Most of the series I read get far worse over time. They start off really strong, with an amazing opener… Then they crash and burn. I’m left wondering why I bothered wasting so much time on these characters and that author.
However, these five series are different. They’ve all drastically improved. I’ve found myself more in love with the series at the end than I was at the beginning, and I’ve just wanted more and more installments!
5) Ignite by Erica Crouch
I could only give the first book in the Ignite series three stars, because it was unbearably average. It was a stereotypical angel book, which didn’t grab me at all. However, I decided to give the second installment a go anyway… And boy, am I grateful I did that. The rest of the series – particularly the novellas – is gripping, heart-wrenching and beautifully written.
4) Need by Carrie Jones
Because I read the Need series so long ago, I can’t confirm that they’ll be as good if you read them now. However, at the time I thought this was one of the best series around. I’m a huge fan of fae, and Carrie Jones puts her own spin on the mythology. Honestly? I can’t really remember what happened. But I know that they improved over time: the first book being undeniably cheesy, but the fourth book in the series putting tears in my eyes.
3) The Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy by Aimee Carter
If you don’t like dystopian novels, you won’t enjoy the Blackcoat Rebellion. However, I thought these were three of the best dystopian novels I’ve ever read. Aimee Carter crafts a brilliant world, which sucks you in and won’t let you go. Furthermore, her characters are so well developed. I read all three novels within a week, making them the fastest series I’ve ever binge read.
2) The Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown
This is cheating, because the Red Rising trilogy stayed consistently good. I rated all three books five stars, and I’d happily reread them tomorrow if I had the chance. I can’t wait for ‘Iron Gold’, the first book in the next series, to be released – I’m sure it’s going to be just as good as these three.
1) The Snowdonia Chronicles by Sarah Mussi
It took me MONTHS to finish ‘Here Be Dragons’. It dragged, the characters were childish, and I just wanted it to end. I carried on with ‘Here Be Witches’ on the off chance that it would get better… And I now can’t wait to get hold of the third book in the series. The first book is definitely an establishing novel, which means that the second book jumps straight into the action. I couldn’t put it down, and finished it within a couple of days.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Five Wednesday! Can you recommend any series which you think improve over time? I’m always looking for good ones!