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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday post is the Worst and Best Series Enders. How tricky is this topic!? For me it comes down to not being able to pick certain series because they just haven’t ended yet, OR reading a whole bunch of standalones that I guess don’t really count because they’re not series. Hm!
NOTE: This list is in no specific order.
10: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – When this series ended I’m sure along with everyone else in the world I cried, and felt like something was missing from my childhood. That being said it is by far one of the BEST series enders I can think of, of my childhood!
9: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I have been on the fence about this ending for a while. Ever since I read the ending I felt like it just didn’t give the entirety of the series justice to EVERYTHING that happened. It wasn’t your typical “happily ever after” but I still liked it … I suppose. This is a good BUT I didn’t like it choice.
8: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - GAH! I LOVED LOVED LOVED this series so much … SO MANY FEELS! But that being said the ending was so bitter sweet. Tessa got to have her damn cake and eat it too. I’m not a fan of this type of happily every after to be honest. I still thought it wrapped up well but I did not like the Epilogue portion. I was slightly disappointed and lost after this series ended. That being said it was still AMAZING.
7: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines – This little diamond in the rough series surprised me so much! I absolutely devoured it within a weeks time! It ended with perfect precision delivering enough sappy happy moments and enough not everything is solved moments that it felt completed. Not too perfect, but not totally left field!
6: The Coincidence (series) by Jessica Sorensen - This series had SUCH high hopes with the first novel, but unfortunately for me fell short in the end. I felt like there was a constant “stop and go” storyline going on. One thing would happen and then another and another but not everything got resolved in the end. Some of it moved to quickly and some too slow. I honestly felt like the story could have been shorter and too the point rather than as long as it was with too many alternative stories going on.
5: Up In The Air by R.K. Lilley – This ending did the series justice! Again we have an “almost” happily ever after plot but something goes horribly wrong in the end. It left me with such a pang of suspense that I actually wanted the series to end so I knew what had happened. This is one of my favourite series enders because it was the perfect pace, and how many books and nothing substantially “new” was added either just for page numbers – highly recommend this series if you’re looking something LIKE “50 Shades of Grey” (much better though :P).
4: Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning – I had read this series almost over a year and a half ago and still remember loving this ending because it didn’t really end! It gave enough of an ending that if no more books were written we’d be happy with what we got BUT there are more books coming and I am loving it! But when the series ended I was very please that Mac and Barons didn’t get a roses and hearts happily ever after but more so one that fit them and their trials and tribulations ahead of them. I just wanted them to end up with one another (; hehe!
3: Beautiful Series by Jamie McGuire - I know this is TECHNICALLY a stand alone series but it did have two books in it! From two different point of views this book has TWO beautiful endings! Although I did prefer the epilogue portion in Travis’ POV “Walking Disaster” (#2). There was heart break and heard ship and tons of brilliant romance! *swoon*
2: Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore – This series was a whole lot different than the other ones. It followed three separate characters in each book but was able to tie in the previous characters from previous books! Bitterblue the last book in this series was fantastic! It has fantasy, and intrigue, love and lost, and a whole lot of awesome character growth. I was sad to see this particular series come to an end but it was one of the more perfect endings to a series.
1: Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce - A perfect last choice for this list. This series was the FIRST series that I finished fully when I was about 11 years old. Tamora Pierce was the first author I sat and read back to back for days on end while I was recovering from mono. The ending was one of those endings you’ll never forget because it was executed with style and elegance for such a Middle Grade novel. It tied everything up nicely with a perfect bow but also lead stupendously into the next set of books with the same characters but different main characters. The heroine ended up with her “second” choice love who wasn’t the prince! For a Middle Grade novel this ending taught a lot of girls to go for what they want and not what society dictates. Although at that age I didn’t know that’s what I was learning, I was just happy Alanna ended up with the dashing rogue (;