Each week, in addition to a question to answer, one of the previous week’s participants will be randomly selected by each host for an interview (hence the Feature portion of the meme). This week’s featured bloggers are Rainy Day Reads and Read. Sleep. Repeat.
Here’s this week’s question:
Have you broken up with a series? If so, which one and why?
Oh yes. Yes, I have. And since it’s my birthday, and no on can get mad at you on your birthday, I will spill all. OK, that sounds a little more juicy than it really is, but the first series that popped in my head was Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
I would think, for a book to qualify, you would have to like it a lot in the first place. So, tbh, I am cheating a little. On my ex. Series. Ha ha. (Sorry – too much coffee.) Anywho, I will say that I really, really thought I was going to love this series. I was on the wait list at the library to read the first one (and this was last fall, when the fourth of the series was about to be released). I went to the Austin Teen Book Festival where both the authors were to be on a panel, and they seemed awesome. I had read about the books and what was not to love? Magic, ghosts, secrets, love, dead parents, more secrets, Civil War-era secrets, romance, Southern crazies, gossip, prejudice, voodoo, paranormal creatures, great cooking, small town living, even more secrets. So, when I finally got the book, I was disappointed in parts. I won’t rehash (you can read my review here), but, needless to say, there were things that weren’t to my liking. (OK, it was the main characters. Move on.)
When I read the second book, that was it for me. A device that I can’t stand (even more than The Dreaded Love Triangle) is when a couple finally gets together, and in the next book, something tears them apart. Then, the entire book is one character doggedly chasing the other, just trying to find out what he/she did wrong. The other person won’t tell, and they are, of course, acting strangely. Boring Boring Boring. That kind of drama was old when they did it in some 50s comedy/drama. So stop. Unless you can be very, very convincing. But no. Just stop.