Like many other book bloggers, I keep track of what I am reading through the years. I have a word document, as well as a goodreads account and a journal. While looking at it I realized that I start a lot more series than I finish. Very often I only read just the first part and then decide to not continue. Sometimes I even read 2-3 books before I lose interest.
A lot of books I read – ones I liked and didn’t like – I didn’t review at all. I’d like to start getting back to a few of those and slowly close the gap. So, here are some of the book series I didn’t continue:
Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Elixir (novella)
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
I only read Half-Blood and even skipped the last couple of pages. Reading the blurb now makes me wonder why I picked it up in the first place as it sounds pretty annoying. I figure I just wanted something light and easy. It wasn’t the worst book I ever read and the style of writing was actually pretty good. But the story was too predictable and all of the characters are Standard YA tropes. The rebellious female main protagonist, who is somehow special, a badass, beautiful and an awesome fighter. The smug & arrogant teacher who falls for her and then later the second love interest for the coming books so that we get a love triangle in there somehow. Of course he is also super arrogant at first.
I don’t remember a lot of what happened. There are a few teenie parties, there’s demon fighting, teaching and of course lot of teenage drama. I didn’t feel particularly entertained and was more annoyed of the characters acting stupid. Will definitely not continue with this series.
Department Q – Jussi Adler-Olsen
- The Keeper of Lost Causes
- The Absent One
- A Conspiracy of Faith
- The Purity of Vengeance
- The Marco Effect
- The Hanging Girl
Carl Mørck used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. But she isn’t dead … yet.
I only skipped this after half of the third book. I really enjoyed the first as it was something new for me. The main character Carl Morck was pretty unique and his dark humor led to some funny scenes. I also liked the interactions between him and his assistant Assad. They couldn’t be more different! While Carl is a typical Scandinavian detective, who wants to be left alone, is a trouble maker and doesn’t listen to authority, Assad is super clean and polite and has lots of hidden talents. The story is told from Carl’s, as well as the victim’s point of view which makes for an interesting perspective. I could see where it all was going pretty soon but still enjoyed it.
The second book wasn’t as enjoyable any more. It’s again written by different pov’s but this time we have the actual suspects which takes away from the story for me. I don’t want to know who did it. I like to learn about it while reading the book. I still finished it and the third book sounded better so I gave it a try.
Unfortunately it had the murderer’s(?) perspective again and I didn’t like the story at all. Even Carl and Assad’s act became a bit stale and I just lost interest. I prefer to have just one perspective or two, when reading thrillers. And those should be the investigators, not the actual suspects.
Tears of Artamon by Sarah Ash
- Lord of Snow and Shadows
- Prisoner of the Iron Tower
- Children of the Serpent Gate
Young hero Gavril is working as portrait-painter to the lords and ladies of Muscobar, a dukedom with a Renaissance flavour. Little does he know that his true father is Lord Volkh, the “Drakhaon” of a far more grim realm in wintry Azhkendir. Volkh’s murder brings Gavril not only the throne–forced on him by dourly loyal henchmen–but demonic powers which exact a terrible price. Physical transformation is only the beginning. Yet it seems these powers must be used, because Azhkendir is threatened by spies, traitors, the vengeful spirit of Volkh himself, and external invasion[…]
I reviewed this here and will keep this short. The reason why I decided to not continue with this is pretty simple. I just don’t care what happens to the characters. Not at all. Even the Dragon-Thing won’t change my mind.