So here we are, day one, and with a pretty interesting question!
As a general rule, I don’t usually wish for a series I’ve read to go on longer. The thought may pop into my head at first after I’ve just finished a fantastic one (e.g. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or the Inheritance Cycle) but in the end I find I am usually happy with the way the author wraps everything up, and I am always wary of the danger of stretching out a series for the sake of the money or for the fans when there isn’t enough interesting material to work with. So instead I’m going to opt for: A book series you wish would just end already!
As soon as I saw this question, there was a particular series that came to mind:
I started reading these books five/six years ago, as recommended by a keen friend who thoroughly enjoyed them. So I took her advise and she lent me the books. She was right, I really enjoyed them!
I read the first five in quick succession and although they varied quite a lot in quality there was something about them that had me hooked.
The series follows the protagonist Zoey Redbird, who is walking along at school one day minding her own business, coming down with a slight cold when she finds a vampire waiting for her by the school lockers. He marks her with the moon sign, recognized by all as a sign of a fledgling vampire. In this world, vampirism is treated as a disease some people contract at puberty, some make it through the change to become vampires, others die in the process. Becoming a vampire means exile, and Zoey must leave for the Tulsa House of Night to be trained by other vampires if she wants to survive.
Sounds like quite an interesting premise right? It was, it was a pretty intriguing world setup and even dabbled with the religion Wicca and a couple of interesting bits of mythology. However as the books have gone on, they have gotten consistently worse. The plots have become thin at best, and instead of focusing on the interesting world building that I initially loved the series for, all they seem to be able to come up with is the exciting plot of who will fall in love with Zoey next. Let’s see there’s *counts on fingers* five different guys she’s run through so far, each of which instantly fell in love with her because she’s just so damn irresistible. I actually liked her character at the start, but after watching her cheat on multiple guys at once, fall in and out of love at the drop of a hat, and treat her friends like garbage (all the while being practically worshipped for her awesomeness) it’s probably no surprise that I went off her. Another of the lead protagonists Stevie Rae, I also loved at the beginning. She was a country girl through and through, right down to the blonde hair and cowboy boots, and she was often the instigator of the most touching scenes in the books. However her character was soon desecrated – along with many of the others. And don’t even get me started on the half man half bird romance….
I strongly feel this series should have been finished on book six, maybe that was even the original plan, I don’t know for sure but I have a feeling it was. But instead the authors have continued to make them, there are going to be 13 novels by the end, along with three novella’s (Dragon’s Oath, Lenobia’s Vow and Neferet’s Curse) and that’s not even including the spin off’s like The Fledgling Handbook 101. I think I’m on book nine at the moment.
I feel exhausted just talking about it.
Finish the series already!
What book series have you read that you wish had gone on longer OR you wish would just end already? Do you have an opinion on the House of Night series?
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