Book Series I Fell Out of Love with Over Time

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Hello all! I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about falling out of love with series. I guess part of this comes from realising certain books simply don’t interest me like they used to- which is a pity- but is all part of growing up I suppose 😉 We have our childhood sweethearts and then drift apart… However that’s not exactly what I’m talking about here. What I want to talk about today is the books that leave a sour taste in my mouth, the ones which feel increasingly tainted and the series that really broke my heart. Let’s get to it, before I chicken out…

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Anything in the Shadowhunter-Verse– this is the most obvious to me right now and the inspiration behind making this list. Sorry to the people that are still diehard fans, but the more I think about it, the more I’m bothered by the direction the series took (or in some ways, the lack of direction). The recycled characters and plots, the endless cliffhangers, the insertion of politics- it began really grinding my gears at the start of the Dark Artifices and had driven into a ditch by the end. And while I may continue to look back on my first foray into this world with fondness- ie the Infernal Devices trilogy- the more recent books are actually managing to taint my original view of the series as a fun paranormal romance. Sadly, its lost the entertainment value for me.

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The Divergent Series– I’m gonna confess, I was never a massive fan of this series. That said, I consistently rated it around 4* for enjoyment alone- always stating “don’t think about it too much”. Well I guess I couldn’t take my own advice, because the more I’ve thought about it over the years, the more I think it fails as dystopic fiction. The world building is nonsensical and the messaging (super important in this genre) is all over the place. And certain decisions in the last book are. so. frustrating (and I’m probably not even thinking of the one you are- which just goes to show how many issues there are with it!!)

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Twilight– unfortunately I have the awful claim to fame of being one of those peeps that liked Twilight before it was cool (I definitely ought to bury this fact somewhere- but for some reason I keep bringing it up 😉 ). Anyway, I think it’s fairly obvious why I stopped loving a story about sparkly vampires- not only is a concept like that bound to lose its shine over time, but that series GOT SO MUCH WORSE. I’m just sad I staked any energy in it 😉

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The Kingkiller Chronicles– ooh controversial opinion time. I actually LOVED book 1- however I ended up hugely disappointed with Wise Man’s Fear– in a way that made me question why I even liked the first instalment. My increasing despondency to this series hasn’t been helped by the huge wait between books. That said, this is the sole book on the list where I’ll happily read more and the only one that I think has a strong chance of redeeming itself with a killer finale.

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The Chronicles of Ixia– ah this is another one it pains me to think about these days cos I *loved* the first book. Unfortunately, it didn’t keep up its unique momentum in book 2 and managed to get progressively more generic as the series dragged on. Such was my disappointment that it’s even tainted the earlier books for me and, as much as I still have a soft spot for some of the characters (*cough* Valek *cough cough*), I always feel a twinge of sadness when I think about this series.

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Maximum Ride– now I didn’t want to include a lot of books from my childhood, because I know that my tastes have changed over time, I usually just read things based on what was available in libraries and mostly I look back on them with rose-tinted glasses even if they were lousy- BUT I can’t forget how much this series crashed and burned. It started out as a great concept and then flew wildly off track. Such a pity.

There you have it, these are all the series that cut me to the quick! 

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So do you have any series or books you used to love, but don’t anymore? Let me know in the comments! 

Four in Four Parts

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When I first read Divergent, I loved Four as a character, and then Allegiant came along and ruined it all. But still clinging to the idea of the character I had loved, I made the rather silly mistake of picking up the Four collection of stories from my local library. And then I made the even bigger mistake of reading them. Whoops.

So that’s why you get to read this review of each of the stories. Because it’s linked so heavily with the Divergent series, I’m afraid I can’t talk about this collection without massive spoilers for Divergent, Insurgent and Alliegant- so you have been warned.

The Transfer

Well this was interesting enough- I suppose saying I enjoyed seeing his relationship with his father in detail wouldn’t be quite right, but it was done well. The intensity was just right and it was not too heavy handed with the issue. I also liked the way Roth showed how conflicted he was about his decision. I thought that was even better than when Tris made her decision. Unlike Tris, he had a good reason to leave, so it wasn’t just about being true to himself- there were other emotions at play that made for a good story.

Rating: 4 bananas

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The Initiate

I also liked this part, although it did go over old ground and wasn’t nearly as dramatic as Divergent. But it was good to see his relationship with Eric and Amar. My main issue with this part was that it reminded me how much I *hated* that Four was not supposed to be Divergent in Allegiant. Honestly, having read this story, I can’t see how it makes sense. He’s just as good at playing the system as Tris. And there’s no alternative explanation. Except that he was told what to expect by his father in the first one- but that doesn’t explain why he can manipulate the simulation, cos everyone else knows it’s not real too. Even more importantly, he shows signs of having more than one trait. He’s definitely got elements of Abnegation, Dauntless and even Erudite. If we’re supposed to believe (from Allegiant) that he’s brain damaged to only have one trait, then this doesn’t add up. I’m not saying I didn’t like this one, I’m just saying it makes Allegiant make even less sense.

Rating: 3 bananas

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The Son

Gosh this part was pointless and unnecessary. It would have made so much more sense if Roth had just made it so Four did not know his mother was alive in Insurgent and found out when Tris did. That would have made for better reading. In terms of the writing, I felt like Four’s reaction went too quickly from shock and anger to acceptance and forgiveness- which was not good.

Rating: 2 bananas

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The Traitor

I really did not enjoy this part. This made it seem like he knew wayyy more than he seemed to in the book. I mean, how could he know about the attack before it happened? How could Marcus have known and not done anything? Roth also didn’t need to include their reunion- again that would have been better without it. Also, it just went over old ground- and not in a good way. By this stage, I’ve also realised I do not like being in Four’s head. I don’t know why, but for some reason Roth makes his voice sound really robotic. Which I guess is my biggest problem with Roth’s treatment of Four in the books and in this collection- she just doesn’t do it justice.

Rating: 1 banana

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Huh- looks like I’ve been docking bananas as I went along- that’s disappointing. Let’s end on a positive note then:

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Isn’t he pretty? Also- on a more serious note- what do you think about Four? What do you think of what Roth did to his character?