Bookslikewhoa is one of my favorite booktubers and I thought this Best and Worst Series Tag she created would be a great addition to my wrap up posts relating to 2019. In 2020 I do want to focus a little on completing some series and just paying attention to series in general so this tag may help me out a little. Let’s get to it!
1. What is the best series that you caught up with this year that is still a work in progress?
Well, I mean, I’ve read both books out in the series I’m going to talk about this year, but the third for all three are anxiously anticipated. So the Consortium Rebellion series by Jessie Mihalik, which debuted this year, actually with Polaris Rising. Aurora Blazing came out this Fall and I adored both installments. The Sixth World by Rebecca Roanhorse is such a fantastic urban fantasy/post-apocalyptic series and I absolutely cannot wait for her to have time to continue in the series. I think she is under contract for another? Maybe? And then finally, the Crown of Shards trilogy by Jennifer Estep, which, I do admittedly have the third and final book for in ARC form, but haven’t read it quite yet. I’m just not ready to let it end.
2. What is the best work in progress series that you are still catching up with?
My current obsession is the Mercy Thompson series, but after having a conversation with Aarya about it on Twitter, I think I’m going to have to let this one go. So, I really want to finish catching up with Troubleshooters by Suzanne Brockmann and I want to make progress with Black Dagger Brotherhood. Oh, and why haven’t I finished reading The Art of Theft yet? Sherry Thomas’ Lady Sherlock series is everything. And then at the very end of the year, I re-read Naked in Death and now I’m very ready to read a whole bunch of the In Death series this year.
3. What was your favorite first book in a series this year?
Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik and Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse were both really successful intros to sci-fi and fantasy series. Also, Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep. Which is why they’re all answers for me in the first question. Lol. So shifting to traditional romance series, The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham was so fantastic and it created a world of characters that are all so appealing that I was desperate to continue. Oh! And Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.
4. What is a first book in a series you read this year that you think should have just been a standalone, not a series?
I really don’t know. Maybe Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor or We Set the Dark on Fire by Taylor Kay Mejia? But I don’t really have an issue with either being a series, I just don’t know when or if I’ll continue with them so I kind of wish they had just resolved in one book.
5. What is your most over-hyped series of the year?
The Fever series. I just… I think it’s probably not entirely the book’s fault, but the narrator of the audiobooks drives me nuts and everyone loves these books. But also, the sex stuff just really didn’t sit right with me so I’m quite happy to be done with that series.
6. What is a series that you DNFed this year?
I mean, the Fever series.
7. What was your favorite series finale of the year?
Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday was probably the best of the Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series and so was The One For You by Roni Loren from The Ones Who Got Away series. And An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole was such a gorgeous conclusion to The Loyal League series. And that’s just 2019 releases.
8. What was the biggest cliffhanger you had in a series this year?
Does my re-read of Before the Devil Breaks You count because LIBBA, I NEED TO KNOW IF REDACTED IS OKAY!!! I really can’t wait for The King of Crows… And thank God I waited until the day before The Rebel King came out because that cliffhanger at the end of The Kingmaker would have killed me.
9. What is your favorite spinoff series you read this year?
Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
10. What is your most anticipated next book in a series that you read this year that will come out next year?
11. What is your most anticipated series to catch up with next year based on what you read in that series this year?
12. What is your favorite series that you finished this year?
13. What is your favorite episodic series of the year?
I’m not actually sure I read any unless you count stand alone romance series without an overarching plot? In which case… Maybe The One for You by Roni Loren.
14. What is a series that you finally bailed on after holding onto it for a long time?
I don’t think I did that this year, actually.
15. What is the series you were most surprised that you liked this year?
Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole, probably, given that I hadn’t continued for years until Fated Mates. But also Black Dagger Brotherhood just really didn’t seem like it was going to be my cup of tea. Also, it took me multiple tries to get through A Study in Scarlet Women and now I adore the Lady Sherlock series.
Bonus #16: What is the series that you meant to catch up with or finish this year that you didn’t?
Well, I was rather hoping to actually finish Immortals After Dark, but alas, I ran out of steam.
Bonus #17: What is a series you finished this year that you think is greater than the sum of its parts?
The Others by Anne Bishop