Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post actually sent me on a bit of a hunt through my Goodreads’ read list, because I couldn’t come up with actual series finales that I’d read! This was confirmed via Goodreads; I have lots of in-progress series, but very few that I’ve read all the way through. I should really do something to remedy that!
Anyway, here are my choices! Some of them may be a bit off the wall, because, like I said, I actually haven’t read a lot of the popular series finales, like Delirium or Twilight, which I’m sure will be on a lot of lists this week. But here are the ones I HAVE read, sorted into two lists: those I liked a lot, and those I didn’t like as much.
- The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan
- Trickster’s Queen (Daughter of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
- The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray
- Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris
- The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) by Philip Pullman
- The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (Mysterious Benedict Society #3) by Trenton Lee Stewart
- Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales #3) by Holly Black
All of these books soundly wrapped up the series, usually with a lot of action and drama and excitement. Some of them broke my heart (The Amber Spyglass, The Sweet Far Thing), while the rest left me with a smile on my face or at least a feeling of satisfaction. Definitely two thumbs up!
- The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter
- The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia #7) by C.S. Lewis
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
I personally found the entire Goddess Test trilogy to be a disappointment, but The Goddess Inheritance took the cake. The main character was mopey and stupid and self-sacrificing (even when she shouldn’t have been, and should have trusted her husband), and I just really didn’t like the way things ended. I can sum up my unhappiness with The Last Battle with one word: Susan. And before anyone jumps all over me, let me state that I liked Deathly Hallows a lot; what I didn’t like was the ending, as in the epilogue, which I found unnecessary and not nearly as well-written as the rest of the book. It was almost like she’d written it years before and just tacked it on the end to say officially “I’m done!” If I could get a copy of the book without those extra pages, I would be perfectly content.
So that’s what I chose this week! What did you pick? Have you read any of these same series enders? If so, what did YOU think of them? Please link me in the comments!