A while ago I did a post where I shared some books that I read before I started documenting my reading progress here on the blog, and one of the books I mentioned was actually a book series that I (so far) never got to finish.
And doing that post reminded me of some other book series I just never finished, so I thought I would dedicate a little post to them.
Some of these I just abandoned, some I just kind of forgot about and some of these I never got to finish because there either just isn’t another book in the series, like Shades Of London which I mentioned in that last post, or there was no way for me to get my hands on the next book in the series, so I was kind of forced to give up.
When I started this list I thought there wouldn’t be a whole lot, but as it turns out I have a lot more series on there than I thought. And I am sure I am forgetting a few from when I was a lot younger. Most of these series though are from I guess the last 10 years, ones that I mostly still own books from. I am just doing a few in this post because there are so many, and I will definitely do a follow up with the last few in not too long. And then I might make it a project to finish as many of these series if I can. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself, let’s first just have a look at all the books.
Lockwood & Co. – Jonathan Straus
When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in…The Screaming Staircase, book 1
For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigation Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.
Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have a last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in the most haunted house in England, and trying to escape alive.
I read the first two books in the Lockwood & Co series when I was around 17 I think, or maybe 16. It was definitely before I started to properly track my reading progress in Goodreads. And I distinctly remember wanting to get the third book in the series as well, but for some reason I never ended up buying it, and in the in it just kind of faded out of my memory. I remember really enjoying the series though, it is a great middle grade (I think that’s what these are at least) spooky ghostly book series, and honestly thinking about it now I seriously regret not continuing with it, but for some reason I just didn’t. And now, so many years later, I don’t know if I will still enjoy it as much as I once did. Is it a little too young for me now? I’m just not sure.. I do still kind of think I want to try and continue reading this series though, although maybe I should start reading it from the beginning again to see if I still enjoy it. And if I do, I’ll buy the rest of the series.
The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the center of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.Cinder, book 1
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
I feel like I have mentioned The Lunar Chronicles a lot on here, despite having read most of the books before I started my blog. The reason for mentioning it so often, is because for some reason halfway through the fourth and final book in the series I just lost interest. I legit just stopped reading. My final update according to Goodreads is in May 2017, so over 3 years ago. I still have the book on my currently reading shelf, and as you may know I have had it on my TBR (or TBC in this case, I guess) for the last 5 months as well. Because I plan on finishing this series, hopefully this year, I just need to get myself to actually pick up that last book and get it over with. I don’t even know why I lost interest in that last book, because I absolutely loved the first 3, but for some reason I just did. Let’s hope I can cross this one off my list in 2020.
Sentinels Of New Orleans – Suzanne Johnson
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ’s boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.Royal Street, book 1
Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.
While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.
To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.
This last series of the post is another one that I so wish I could’ve finished, because it was up there with the Cainsville books for me. I truly very much enjoyed the three books that I got to read in the Sentinels Of New Orleans series, and I was desperately trying to get my hands on the fourth book when it came out, but for some reason it was freaking expensive to buy here in the Netherlands, was only released in hardcover and took a literal month to ship here. Same goes for the 2 books that followed. I still check my online bookseller of choice from time to time to see if there is an easier way to get the book now, but so far nothing changed so I still haven’t been able to finish the series. I want to so badly though, and if I ever find myself in the States (which I will hopefully in the next few years) I will seriously make it my mission to get my hands on book 4, 5 and 6 of the series. I will, one day, read all the books, I swear to you!
Heist Society – Ally Carter
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.Heist Society, book 1
Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
I have a great love for Ally Carter books, and it all started with the Heist Society series. Sadly though, she is (was?) pretty damn slow with releasing books in the series, and after book 3, which came out in 2013, she just kind of stopped writing them. And honestly, that made me so sad, because I think it is my favourite series of her. I liked the Gallagher Girls series a lot as well, but was kind of not so in love with her Embassy Row series, although that could also just be because by the time those were published I was kind of growing out of my YA phase, at least books like that one. But the Heist Society series always kind of stayed in the back of my mind, and I would’ve liked to see another book – or few books – in the series. I hope she will continue these one day, and if she does I will definitely give them a shot.
Now you may have also seen that I have finished one of my unfinished series as well recently, I actually worked my way through the last 3 books (out of 4) of the Harper Connelly series in May, and it pleased me immensely to cross that one off my list. But there are also a lot more on there that I hope to finish as well, and then there are some that I don’t think I will give another shot. Or maybe I will, because I don’t really like unfinished book business..
Is there a book series that you just never finished? If so, which one and why?
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