Top Ten Tuesday #21: Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

Posted October 8, 2013 by Debby in Memes, Top Ten Tuesdays / 22 Comments

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Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

This is a sad, sad week. Because now I am confronted with the piss poor number of series I finished. *cough* it’s not even ten omgasdfjkl; Nonetheless, I have a lot to say about this topic anyway, and I’ll put my own little twist on it.


The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: Last book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
This last book was so freaking epic. This is how you conclude a series. Overall, this series got better with every book, so the last one was just an explosion of epic. The storylines were concluded brilliantly, the last battles were amazing, and finally Percy and Annabeth happened. ♥♥♥

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien: Last book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Aw man, I love the Lord of the Ring and was so mad at myself for putting off reading it till last year. How that series ends is just brilliant, and I don’t think it needs any explanation. But perhaps my favorite part of it? Faramir and Éowyn. Oh yes. So. Freaking. Beautiful.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: Last book in the Harry Potter series.
This comes with a disclaimer because in my experience of this series the epilogue never happened. *cough* So other than that, I really loved this ending. The way that it played out with the horcruxes, and the Battle of Hogwarts… sure, the character deaths were heart breaking, but it was an absolute thrill to read.


Just One Year by Gayle Forman: Last book in the Just One Day duology.
Holy crap guys. My disappointment in this ending goes beyond words. But since it’s not out yet, highlight to view my thoughts: I WANTED TO FREAKING SEE THEM TOGETHER. AND THE WHOLE BOOK WAS JUST A FREAKING WAITING GAME FOR A MOMENT THAT NEVER CAME. FREAKING FREAKING BORING AS FUCK BOOK. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR. My review for this goes up tomorrow, so check back if you’re interested.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand: Last book in the Unearthly trilogy.
Aw man. In many ways I was pretty okay with how this series ended, but especially just for how the loser in the love triangle ended up, I hate it. I mean, it was just seriously unfair. Seriously. And terribly handled. For the rest I still like the series, but just ugh.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: Last book in The Hunger Games trilogy.
asdfjkl; Though I find the story is solid, and the way things were tied up ultimately worked, I still completely disagree with the direction this last book took. Ugh. And how things ended up for many of the characters. I mean Prim? Gale? Finnick and Annie? Ugh. ;_______;


Honestly, I only have finished those six series listed above and maybe a couple of extras. I’m still midway through many other series – many of which the last books aren’t out yet. But so I thought I’d shortly name some series that I have given up on, that I won’t be finishing.

The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore: I finished the third book, The Rise of Nine, but honestly that series is a train wreck. From nonsensical world building to idiotic and unlikable characters, I had no reason to continue reading. I genuinely liked the first, I Am Number Four, but it crashed and burned after that.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I started this series trying to understand the hype. I actually for the most part enjoyed the first, City of Bones, but after City of Ashes, I only saw the flaws. I didn’t enjoy it at all. Absolutely not worth continuing, and I’d rather not support Cassandra Clare anyway.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis: UGGHHHHHHH. I’m genuinely a sci-fi fan, but I deeply dislike this series. I was on the fence about the first, Across the Universe, but midway through the second, A Million Suns, I gave up. The boring and stuuupid characters annoyed the crap out of me, and I did a rare DNF.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: I actually really liked reading this series, as far as a guilty pleasure series goes. The story was so brilliantly crafted and the eighth book, Wanted, was absolutely epic. I continued with Twisted, but it was an obvious attempt to just milk it, and where the series was going was drawn out of thin air and just… no. Not worth it.

Let’s Talk!

So… what do you think of my list? Which books are on yours?

Let me know in the comments!

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    22 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #21: Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

    1. I agree with you about Boundless. Really probably the most meh finale I've read in awhile. And the thing was my team won and I still hated the ending. Harry Potter was a mix bag for me as well. I was never a fan of who ended up with who, but I really did like the way things ended up to the epilogue. Another ending I really hated was Twilight it had a Hallmark card ending. Everything was tied up nice and neatly like in a Full House episode. I think series like TMI and Pretty Little Liars and for that matter House of Night just get tiring after awhile because they never end. Like if you count all the various spinoffs and planned spinoffs to Cassandra Clare's TMI that's like twenty books. Grant it, six of them only cover the original cast. But still.
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    2. meg

      Yes to all of this. Although, I can't even hate on the Harry Potter epilogue (though I emphatically DO NOT ship Harry/Ginny) because it was such a relief to see the characters got to finally chill out and live their lives.

      I haven't given up on Lorien and TMI just yet, but I'm pretty close on both of them. The only thing keeping me invested at this point is my OCD need to finish series. Good call with the Across the Universe, I made it to the end of that one and was left feeling like I wasted my time.
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    3. Brittany S

      I was SO INCREDIBLY MAD when Just One Year ended. I think I've made my peace with it a little bit now but I was IRATE when I finished and that really upset me more than anything. I LOVED Just One Day so much because I connected with it on so many levels but the ending to Just One Year……….. UGH.

    4. bookrockbetty

      I've been seeing quite a few negative thoughts on Just One Year!! I'm nervous! I had Jamie's copy for weeks, read the first 50 pages, then found Origin so had to start that and never went back to Just One Year! I was planning on buying a finished copy anyway so figured I'd wait and read it then. Now I'm freaking out!!! THO— you do hoard your oranges…. mwahaha so maybe I'll LOVE IT??? 😉
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    5. cfiel25

      Harry Potter and PJ are on my top 3 for best series endings. But LOTR is not. I am a fan of the movies but not of the books. If you're rooting for Faramir and Eowyn, I was rooting for Aragorn and Arwen. Every time I look at Eowyn, I couldn't help but feel awkward especially when I can't shake the fact that she had been inlove with Aragorn first. Hahaha.

      And yeah I understand you about TMI. Seriously, Clare could have ended the series with COG but no, she has to follow it up with COFA. Dammit. But I am stickler for series so I will see through it until the end. *sighs* I actually doomed myself.

      So sad that you hated the I Am Number Four Series. It's one of my favorite sci-fi series. But oh well, to each her own.
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    6. inspiringinsomnia

      I didn't really care for The Rise of Nine, either, but I picked up The Fall of Five from the library, almost as a reflex. I attempted to struggle through it, but I think I'm just going to DNF. I've had enough.

      Mockingjay and Boundless both made my best list. I see JOY on your worst, but I didn't allow myself to read the reason for it, because I'm trying so hard to avoid spoilers. I've been dying to read this book.

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    7. shellysrambles

      I loved the I Am Number Four series! The newest book, Fall of Five is amazing! Your top 3 series endings would totally have to make it to my list as well, those ending were amazing! Percy and Annabeth will forever be my OTP! Great list! 🙂
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    8. Pam@YAEscape

      Boundless actually made my list for best, but I was disappointed in how the one character was treated. Mockingjack made my best list too. Again, there were parts that were so brutal and sad and the ending was also so sad, but I felt like it fit the series, which was rather dark.
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    9. Hahaha, yeah, I'm probably going to be a black sheep here… you'll probably be more on the Jamie side of things, who LOVED it, and I'm realizing I just don't get along with Gayle Forman's writing really. Oh well *happily hoards oranges* *hugs them* my babiesssssss 😛

    10. Ugh I am wiping that ending from my memory. I don't want to think about it ever again. But now my review's posted, so yay, can't wait for those comments ^^; ugh but seriously WHYYYYYYYYYYYY.

    11. I don't know what's going on with the Lorien Legacies, but I also heard that one of the two authors quit after the second one, I believe, so… yeah. I'd say DNF. My faith in that series is nonexistent. (though some people appear to still be enjoying it. like. wut.)

      Haha, yeah, read JOY first and form your own opinion. It's looking like I'm pretty much a black sheep but… we'll see once more people read it. *sigh*

    12. Evie

      I completely agree with you about the House of Night novels. I was on this epic quest to finish the books that were already out and once I had, I vowed never to buy another House of Night book again. The first couple were really rather good but as it moved on, it was just dragging on too much!

    13. Kim

      I loved Mockingjay (well, except for the cop out epilogue), but I think had she extended it into another book it would have been better. Less rushed. It's funny, but from talking with friends and reading blogs, there seems to be an age line in the appreciation of Mockingjay. Those who were about 25 or older when it came out liked this. Those who were younger (with the exception of my little sister) did not.

      I've been curious about The Lorien Legacies, but I just can't bring myself to support James Frey and the exploitative way his book factory takes advantage of young authors. Good to know it's not worth it to start the series.
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    14. I dunno, I would have liked just SOME flexibility for HP because everyone was so invested in that series and had their own ships and stuff and STOP BLOWING HOLES IN MY SHIP. If I want to imagine that it's CANNON that Hermione and Ron are together at first but then like realize that the war CHANGED THEM and then Hermione goes back for a 7th year of Hogwarts and is Head Girl alongside Draco and shenanigans occur, that should be allowed ;__________; god, clearly this remains a big issue with me. *sigh*

      I used to be OCD about finishing series, but the more series I start the more I realize that if I'm not enjoying one of them, chances are it's NOT going to get better and it will be a waste of time. *sigh*

    15. I just can't get over what she did to Christian. It's like Gale in Mockingjay all over again. THIS IS NOT HOW YOU END A LOVE TRIANGLE. NOOOOOOOOO.

    16. Judith

      YESSSSS to the first three! They also made my list because they're fabulous and flawless and everything. I love Mockingjay now, but when I first read it it pissed me off. But it's depressing like the rest of the series, so it kind of fits. I still need to finish the Unearhtly series, but I'm a bit nervous bc you didn't love Boundless.

      And I'm DEFINITELY not sticking around for the Lorien Legacies series either. I'm just… done. They're too long. It's annoying. I also need to sell my Mortal Instruments books because I just don't care anymore. Stupid impulse buys.

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