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Monday, October 7, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Series Enders

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Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders (All covers courtesy of Goodreads.com unless otherwise linked.)

Worst Enders:

3. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis--I actually don't like putting this on a "worst" list, because it really wasn't. I didn't mind it, I was just disappointed by the final book. It's called "The Last Battle," but it's actually very slow and somewhat anti-climatic. What happened was pretty cool, but it just didn't feel as engaging as other stories.

2. The Twilight Sagaby Stephenie Meyer--I was actually a pretty big Twilight fan while the series was being put out, but I really hated the end of book 4. It felt like she changed her mind right before the end. She set us up for a huge battle, but then when everyone got there, they just changed their minds and went home. Really? I will say that, surprisingly, the movie did a better job with it. We got to see the whole battle before it was retracted, which made the ending feel more real and justified. At least to me. :D

1. The Girl that Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson--I've talked about this before, but I totally hated this series, mostly because of the way it ended. Book 1 was okay, but this was a case of the author setting us up for something, then changing his mind fifty pages before the end of the series. I kept reading, hoping it would get better. Afterward, I decided it had been a colossal waste of time.

Best Enders:

5. All is Well by Gerald N. Lund--Such a great conclusion to an epic historical fiction saga! It ended on the perfect note and I totally loved it!

4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins--I know lots of people didn't like book 3, but I think that's to be expected. Parts of it did feel rushed to me, but the end of the book--and I mean the VERY end--kind of made the story for me. Maybe I'm a sap, but overall I really liked it.

3. Confessor by Terry Goodkind--I won't say it was all kinds of epic, but it got to the point where I really didn't know how he would end the series and solve all the problems he'd come up with over 11 books. I ended up being pretty impressed with what he did.

2. The Deadly Hallows by J.K.Rowling--I know people had some complaints about book 7, but most of them didn't bother me. I still started reading and just couldn't stop, finishing this tome in only 2-3 days. In my book, that's a pretty great finale. Plus, we got lots of tragedy, battles, and a fitting end to an epic villain. I especially liked the "19 Years Later" afterward. The line where Harry tells his son that he was named after two Hogwarts headmasters and one of them (referencing Snape) was the bravest man he'd ever known is, in my opinion, one of the best lines I've ever read. I still tear up when I think of it.

1. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson--So you totally saw this coming, right? I know I'm a broken record on the subject of this series, but I can't emphasize enough how great the final book was. The most amazing, epic, battle-ridden, awesome character arcs, in all other ways incredible series ender! Everything we could have hoped for over fourteen books and literally thousands of pages!

Bonus: Enders That I Can't Wait for (the Veronicas!):

1. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

What are your Best/Worst Picks?


  1. I have Deathly Hallows on my best list, despite not liking the epilogue. I thought Mockingjay was okay, not brilliant, but not awful. Great list :-)

  2. Great list! Glad to hear Goodkind and Jordan's series all wrapped up nicely :) I don't think I'll ever get around to finishing either series but that's good to know :)

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  4. Memory of Light :D! I wish I could finish Sword of Truth, I got about 3.5 books in and I just couldn't take it anymore.

  5. I'm glad to see Mockingjay on another best list! That certainly divided the community, but I loved it.

    I totally agree with you about the film version of Breaking Dawn being much better than the book. It was very clever of the filmmakers to film that hypothetical battle scene.

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  6. I just read the Narnia books this year with my son, and I have to agree about The Last Battle! I thought it was a fairly dismal way to end a magical series -- just long, drawn out, and confusing, not to mention way more heavy-handed on the religious subtext than the other books. Too bad, because we loved 1 - 6! I'm with you on Breaking Dawn as well -- not having a big battle scene at the end felt like a cheat. And of course, loved Harry Potter... just wish we could have more!


  7. I'm so with you on Allegient! Cannot wait!

  8. A lot of people have been saying they didn't like Mockingjay, but I agree with you, I thought it was very intriguing. The epilogue I could have lived without, but I thought that twist left some great food for thought. It took me a couple of days to digest and decide what I thought, but that is the mark of an amazing book in my mind ;-)

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