Often when we talk about favorite series or authors that are auto buys, there are many different opinions. We are all different and are attracted to different things when we read. That being said, because of the massive amount of fans, I’ve picked up some authors and/or series thinking they would blow me away, and I’ve sadly been underwhelmed. I’m sure the same thing has happened to someone that picked up one of my faves. But today, I wanted to list some of the series that I think I gave a good shot, but I just couldn’t. These are not series that I originally enjoyed and then gave up on. That’s a post for another day!
I’ll be honest, I gave up on this series after finishing book 2. There were definitely elements that I was interested in, and I still wish I would’ve pushed far enough to see more of Frost. But I think the writing style and the overall feeling of the series wasn’t for me. Maybe it’s the fact that Merry seems to have feelings for everyone. Maybe it’s the drawn out storyline. All the talking. Not sure. But I couldn’t buy into it. And it’s also the reason why I won’t pick up Ms. Hamiltons’ Anita Blake series. I feel like it would be a lot of the same.
Suz: Butting in here like a ginormous Rhinosorus…any series by LKH is just not for me, I started Anita Blake and didn’t mind it too much…but the more I read the more irritated I became. They grate on me. Enough said.
I feel the stones coming at me, let me go duck. I know there’s a lot of fans of the series, and even our own Annie here at UTC loves every bit of it. I tried book 1. I sadly DNF’d it. I just had this overwhelming eeek feeling a lot of the time I was reading it, and at one point found myself skipping through the sex scenes. But then what was I left with? I couldn’t get into any of the characters (lots of them!). So I quickly moved on to something else.
Oh now I really need to duck, huh? Especially from Annie, she’s going to lynch me. Here’s the thing. I read 3 books. That’s a fair chance in my opinion. I didn’t develop a love for either of the main characters. I wanted to do away with Mac and not be in her head. Barrons was a dick, and although I’m all for a dick hero once in a while he just rubbed me the wrong way. And sadly, the rest of these audiobooks sit pretty in my Audible shelf and probably won’t be read.
Another series that I gave a fair chance to. I read 3 books. I felt the first book suffered majorly from first book in a series syndrome, so I tried book 2 which was more enjoyable but still was very wordy and dragged on. Then I was excited about the sister in book 3. And it all went back to that first book feeling. OK maybe not as bad as book 1, but still. I came to the realization the authors’ writing style just wasn’t for me. And I wasn’t looking forward to seeing any more Camille which I think happened to have more coming in the next book. I think this relates a bit to Laurell K. Hamilton so if you like one you’ll like the other in my opinion. So, not for me.
Yeah yeah, I know. It’s funny, how could I not like it? This was just a humor that wasn’t for me. Another one that I read two books. I really couldn’t force myself to any more puns and bad jokes about vampires, and I especially couldn’t stand one more second of being in Jane’s head because I would stab someone in the eye. So I had to give it a rest.
The cheating! OMG the cheating and how it’s handled in this book! I admit I got through most of the book but then I couldn’t even make myself finish it. I happened to really like Kellan which made this such a sucky decision but damn if I didn’t want to murder the heroine because of her bad decisions and how she kept playing with everyone’s feelings. No I didn’t get how special she was. Kellan should’ve done better than her and then I would’ve read the hell out of that book.
Actually, and sadly, anything by Molly McAdams. I’ve given this author also a fair chair and read a few books. But they always make me stabby. The level of maturity is absent, the decisions, the drama, the amount of time I spend rolling my eyes. I’m often wondering why these heroines attract more than one even man. I think they are were I find a lot of fault with the stories to begin with. It’s just not for me.
Yeah, that has no series. Like the one above I just can’t get with the program in the love of Kristen Ashley. I expect TONS of stones coming at me. My list will probably be shockingly irritating to lots of fans. But here’s my thing with KA. I’ve now tried 3 books. In 3 different series. I tried the first Rock Chick, meh. The first Mystery Man, meh. Then my friends were forcing me to give KA a chance and I read arguably her best work, SWEET DREAMS. Here’s my problem. Her writing style is not for me. It’s wordy, it’s too descriptive, her characters feel almost interchangeable to me, pick up one hero from one series and plop him in another book and he fits perfectly. And her heroines repeatedly say….Ummmmm. Although the actual storylines are entertaining and would make for books I really like, and I do love me a good alpha male like the next girl, I can’t stand the execution with KA’s books.
I admit I have read it. And I will never make the mistake of ever doing that again nor would I inflict on others by recommending it and I certainly won’t be reading her rethrash the whole thing with her new release Grey. I won’t go on, I would need a whole post to express my extremely strong feelings about this series!
I’ve tried a few times with this series, but I can’t seem to get beyond book two. Which is strange, Vampires from space are normally right up my alley. But no, I am just not caught by there allure. They weren’t awful, I didn’t finish the ones I read feeling annoyed/irritated/disgusted, I just finished them with a half-hearted shrug and proceeded to forget all about them.