Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Breakfast with the Bookie: Series You Just Couldn't Finish (Eg. House of Night)

Breakfast with the Bookie is a semi-weekly feature here @ Badass Bookie which is making a reappearance in 2012. Every other Wednesday morning, let's all grab our teas and coffees to gather and discuss and share our opinions! Everyone is welcome to join and make sure you leave a comment to state your opinion. Don't be shy!

This Week's Topic - Series You Just Couldn't Finish (Eg. House of Night)

I'm one of those people who HAS to finish a book if I start it. Even if it means constant torture of the badly written kind. I think I can count on one hand the books I have started but didn't finish. Same goes for series. I'm one of those people who compulsively seek out the next book even if I didn't like the first one in hopes that it would get better. 

However sometimes, I just can't stomach it anymore. 

An example is House of Night. 

Why I gave up? House of Night actually started out really good. I was addicted, fantastic novels but then things went to hell. I got up to book 8??? But then I had to stop because even I couldn't convince myself that it was going to get better. WHY?

1) Too Many Books - House of Night takes "Never- ending" to a whole new level. I read somewhere that the mother-daughter duo plan to write 14ish books for the series? Honestly, to me it seems like the plot dried up after book 5 and after that the duo has just kept making more stuff up! In my opinion, the series should have ended at Book 5. 

2) Too Many Boys - I never thought I'll be saying this but there are way too many boys in the series. This Zoey girl just can't seem to make up her mind! Every, EVERY book she seems to be juggling no less than 3 guys! I grow attached to one guy and then next thing you know she's dumped him for some new guy! Too many!

3) Heath - I really hate this guy. Zoey just can't seem to get over him but seriously I hate his guts. I rejoiced when he died ( I know I'm cruel) but than at the end of Book 8, they decided to BRING HIM BACK TO LIFE??? That was the last straw, he should have STAYED DEAD. 

Hence why I stopped reading the series. Now did you stop reading House of Night? Why? and what series have lost your interest?

Badass Bookie xx


  1. This is such a good idea for a post. All of these reasons for not reading any more are completely valid. I would've stopped, too! :)

  2. I've never read a book in this series, but I do own the first one. I've given up on a few series over the last couple years. I gave up on the Sookie Stackhouse books, the Evermore books, the Blue Bloods books, and the Soul Screamers books. I hate giving up on series, but there are so many good books out there that it's not worth reading the bad ones when I could be reading good ones.

  3. I haven't read the House of Night books either, but I have given-up on a couple series'... but none of them were YA! Mostly for the content either being tasteless, or just lacking any interesting concepts all together. Right now I'm pretty close to giving up the Dark-hunters series (S.kenyon) because its endless.....

  4. I stopped reading House of Night, too, because of all the guys. It was just way too ridiculous. I also gave up on the Thirst series by Christopher Pike, simply because it was boring, and I gave up on The Dark Divine by Bree Despain after the first book. I just wasn't very interested in it.

  5. I am thiiiis close to giving up on House of Night. For me it's not even the super-thin plot or the ridiculous boy-drama, it's that I can't stand Zoey, Stevie Rae and Neferet as narrators. They are really just annoying. I just read Dragon's Oath and loved it, and that's when I realized I'm fine with the world, the story and everything else, but that doesn't help much when I hate the three main characters..:)

  6. I accidentally gave up on the Artemis Fowl series as well as the Series of Unfortunate Events. While I enjoyed reading the Artemis Fowl books that I did read, getting through the first few chapters of all the books is rough. I don't even know why! As far as the Lemony Snicket books, they were a treat, but there were so many books in the series, and they all seemed to be the same books over and over just with different characters and different settings.

    Also, I'm so very close to giving up on the Twilight series. I'm halfway through the final book, and I just can't handle it anymore. But, I don't know what's worse: wasting a couple hours of my life just to finish 200 pages or so OR realizing that I wasted so much of my life reading 3.5 of the books and not reaching the end.

  7. I gave up on house of night, but agruably I couldn't get past the first book. I've only been able to read one of the Fallen books as well.

  8. I stopped reading House of Night because I just go SO annoyed with Zoey! (I detested Heath as well)

  9. Honestly this series lost me at book 2. She had a string of guys even then. Glad I didn't go on. Brought the dead guy back to life? *Shakes head* You poor thing.

    Anita Blake lost me when it turned into all porn/no plot. And Sookie Stackhouse has gotten very boring.

    Enjoyed the post!

  10. I have to agree with Alyssa above. I was mad about the Anita Blake series. The main character was so strong and clever and it had some great action. But the books just started to slip from tantalising teases to outright porn. And then the porn became more predominant than the storyline and I was out.
    Someone was telling me the other day the books pull back out of the porn slump and return to quality again, but I'm debating because I'm not sure if I can wade through all that porn to reach the storyline again...
    As for bringing characters back to life, I have a few issues about that. That's usually a book dealbreaker for me. I don't mind the trick-you-into-thinking-they're-dead ruse and then bring them back if it's done right, but dead is dead.
    Cool topic

  11. I haven't read House of Night yet, and I guess I probably won't. That's kind of hilarious that the guy was brought back to life. I feel like when they do that in tv shows or books, it's not really necessary. It's just an attempt to please watchers/readers.