I’m not sure if Shanah knows how enlightening these Top 5 Tuesday posts are! It seems like every week I’m discovering something new about myself, that I didn’t realize.
I know that I’m a character driven reader. I can read a book with zero plot, as long as the characters and their development is phenomenal. However, apparently the destruction of a character will also completely ruin an enjoyable series for me!
Each of the series below I stopped reading because I was distraught, or angry, over a beloved character. Some would say I’m overly emotional.
Be prepared. I’m very passionate about this subject.
Top 5 Tuesday was started by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm!
Highlight for spoilers!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass started off decently strong. The first book was entertaining, even if it wasn’t my favorite, and I was eager to move on. I read the second book voraciously, loving it, up until my favorite character was mistreated and unfairly persecuted by the main character. For those that have read the books, (sp) the way Celaena treated Chaol was CRAP! Even if she’d known about the assassination rumor, would she really have let Chaol die (end sp)!? I could have handled that, I could have, except I went searching and found out that it was pretty much the end of their relationship. I felt hoodwinked. I’ve read a lot of books, a lot of romance, and when the heroine says “You’re my home” it’s forever. You can’t take it back. Period.
Experiment in Terror by Karina Halle
I was obsessed with Experiment in Terror. I loved the setup, the world, the relationships, the characters… I especially loved Dex Foray. He was pervy and odd, but still somehow so so sexy. Reading how Perry and Dex’s relationship developed was the highlight of the story, because it was so fraught with tension and drama. I’m not normally into all that, but in this series it worked. I was enamored, all the way up until Dex and Perry made it official. Then, Karina Halle killed Dex. Not a spoiler, because he was physically still alive in the story. He just wasn’t the same character. He’d been castrated. It was like, a sorceress had put a spell on him, so that the only thing he ate or breathed was Perry. It wasn’t romantic; it was pathetic. I stopped reading, and I’ve never looked back.
Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
Two words sum up the whole reason I read this series in the first place: Eric Northman. I love a great anti-hero, and Eric Northman was a great anti-hero. He was so bad, but when he was good, it was so good! I know, I know, we’re supposed to like the good guys. Well, this is a story, not real life. I can like those morally ambiguous characters if I want to. Anyway, I kept reading for more of Eric and Sookie’s tension filled love affair. I was a couple books behind when the final book came out, but as soon as it did (and the world was screaming about that terrible ending) I knew I was done with the series. If you want to know, I heard that (sp) Eric sacrifices himself to someone who tortured him for a millenia, going back to be tortured again, and Sookie doesn’t save him. It ends with her moving on with her life, with Sam-wtf, and leaving him like that (end sp)! What I heard could be wrong, but either way the story was ruined for me. I won’t waste my time.
Dark Swan by Richelle Mead
I loved Richelle Mead’s Georgina Gentry series. When I finished it, I dove right into Dark Swan, loving how she wrote Urban Fantasy. I fell in love with Storm Born, and especially with Keo. I loved how he was a Kitsune, and I thought his tender relationship with Eugenie was so sweet. I definitely liked him more than Dorian. Then, of course, it all went to shits and the author had Keo act completely outside of all the character traits she gave him. I don’t care what anyone says, (sp) in nature fox fathers are one of the most devoted out there! There is no way Keo, as a fox shifter, would have been willing to kill his children (end sp)! The story was ruined for me.
Shattered Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
Of all the series I’ve quit, this one hits the hardest. The Seven Realms series, the series this was a spin off of, is one of my favorite fantasy series. Everything about the series was brilliant, but I especially loved Han Alister. To date he is one of my favorite characters of all time. When Shattered Realms was announced, and I heard it would be the next generation (Han’s children) I was thrilled! But then (sp) Han died in the first chapter! He was killed. With a sword. The most powerful Wizard was killed with a measly sword! In the first chapter (end sp)! I quit. Immediately. I may have even thrown my Kindle. Now, I can’t say I’ll never go back and read this series again. I might, eventually. I just don’t know when, because I’m still devastated. If I do, I’ll definitely skip rereading chapter one.