I always thought I was the type of person who saw series through to the end, but apparently not. I recently went through my Goodreads and I found a ridiculous amount of series that I started with no intention to finish. This post series is going to be a lot longer than I thought it would.
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
If you’ve been reading Young Creative Press for a while, you’ll know the tale of me wanting to read this book for years, finally doing so and then it not being anything like I thought it would. It was ok, but nowhere near as good as I thought it would be. The magic system was cool but I just didn’t really care about anything that happened.
Synopsis: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic of her… of her forever.
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I did enjoy this series at the time but thinking about it now, I just didn’t care about the characters enough to finish, especially as each book just kept getting bigger.
Synopsis: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
I’m pretty sure I tried reading the second book but couldn’t get past the first few chapters. I did enjoy the first book, I think, but I did read it when I was quite a young teen so I don’t really remember.
Also, this series is technically called the Caster Chronicles, but I don’t think anyone would recognise it by that name.
Synopsis: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
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