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You all know that famous old saying right? Don’t judge a book by its movie… There is another lesser known one – Don’t judge a series by its first installment.
I’m sure all of us have a favourite series, which is amazing except for one tiny flaw – the first book is not that good. So, many abandon it which kind of breaks your heart. You may recommend it to your friends who may just don’t see what the big deal is.
But it is a big deal! Sometimes the characters, the world building and adventure develops only in subsequent books. Sometimes the best book is like fifth in the series! And all you want for them is to read the whole series so you can fangirl together.
For this Top 5 Wednesday, I’ll be listing out 5 series I think you should not give up on, even if you didn’t like the first installment.
I know most of these are quite popular but I find that people give up on hyped series easily if it doesn’t meet their expectations (which is usually very high). The thing is it takes more than one book for the magic to happen. Do check out Beth’s interesting discussion on managing expectations for hyped books over here.
1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Books: Cinder, Scarlett, Cress, Winter, Fairest, Stars Above( I did not read this one)
My original rating for Cinder was 3 stars. I did like it, but it was not amazing. I wanted more motive for Levana being evil ( which did get fleshed out in Fairest) and I could see the “plot twist” from a mile away.
But if I had stopped with Cinder, I would not have known the badass Scarlett or adorable Wolf. Nor the galaxy’s best hacker Cress or my one true love Carswell Thorne. Or Winter and Jacin.
It would have been awful. Seriously, it is such an amazing series!
2. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin
The Books: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Again The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was not my favourite mainly because of the insta love, a jackass love interest and other annoying clichés. But the paranormal ( slightly horror) element made me continue with the series.
I’m glad I did. The Retribution Of Mara Dyer is such an awesome book! ( One of my favourites). The Evolution… is great too, but Retribution makes you feel this awe and disgust ( honestly, these are my favourite kind of books).
3. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
The Books: The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight ( There is a spin – off too ).
Again, there was insta love (kind of), the love interest is not a very nice person and there is a freaking love triangle! The Iron King also had a very slow start. The story progressed only after like 100-150 pages or so.
But the world of the Fey is so magical and captivating ! I loved the concept of the Iron Fey. The plot also gets more serious after the first book.
4. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Books: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay
I’m not saying The Hunger Games is not good. But it’s not amazing like Mockingjay. I noticed it when I re-read the series.
The stakes are higher, the plot gets sinister and there is more danger and horror as the series progress.
And it is so good! ( Even with all the heartbreak it brings).
5. An Unfortunate Fairytale series by Chanda Hahn
The Books: UnEnchanted, Fairest, Fable, Reign, Forever
Okay, so this is not a series I actually recommend.
I read these books when I was 14-15. I’ve always loved them but mostly because of nostalgia and how much I love the characters.
But, this is a series which got my sister reading.
So don’t go into it expecting mature writing or plot. Try it if you love fun fairytale retellings.
That’s it for this Top 5 Wednesday!
Which series do you think people should give a second chance? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!