In addition to joining in on Top Ten Tuesday, I am also jumping onto the Top 5 Wednesday bandwagon as well. This week’s topic was very interesting: your five least favourite books in your favourite series. And I actually found this topic to be a little difficult, but it was quite fun compiling this small list.
Every book that I have listed below is from some of my all time favourite series. Whilst I consider them to be my least favourite, that does not mean that I didn’t enjoy reading them. I would be really interested to hear what you think about the following books and whether or not you consider them to be your least favourite in their series as well.
1. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
The Throne of Glass series would have to be one of my all time favourite young adult fantasy books, ever. But out of the entire series, it would have to be the first book that I don’t particularly enjoy as much as the others. I obviously loved this book enough to continue on with the series, but I found the concept of the various tasks that Celaena Sardothien had to face were not as action-packed and bad-ass as the rest of the series. Yet, this book does make the rest of the series possible (which is absolutely fantastic by the way) and does introduce us to an awesome young adult fantasy heroine that will be a favourite for a long time.
2. Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J. K. Rowling
This actually seems to be quite a popular opinion — out of all the incredible, adventurous Harry Potter books, it is Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets that is placed at the bottom of the list. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I love this book (it is where we get to meet the wonderful Dobby, and yes, I am actually one of those strange individuals that actually likes Professor Lockhart), but out of the entire series it is the second book that is my least favourite. And this is only because I love the other books so much more. It still took me on a wonderful, magical adventure — one that I definitely won’t forget.
3. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare
I have only ever read this book once, which is very unlike me when it comes to The Mortal Instruments. But I remember learning (a long time ago) that the original trilogy was becoming a six book series and being so excited, only to not have my high expectations met. It has been a long time since I have this book, and whilst I still loved the characters, it felt a little slow. I think it just comes down to the fact that I was so excited for this book, had such high expectations and was a little let down when they weren’t met. However, I would still recommend this to any fan of Cassandra Clare.
4. The Titans Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) by Rick Riordan
It honestly breaks my poor little heart to place this book on this list, but out of the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series this would have to be my least favourite (and yet I would still give this one five stars!). I really like the story of this book, but I think its because of the lack of Annabeth Chase that makes it my least favourite of the series. Annabeth is my favourite character of the Percy Jackson series (followed closely by Grover), so it was kind of upsetting that she wasn’t there. Though, at the end of the day, this is still a great book and has a number of hilarious moments.
5. The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2) by James Dashner
This is kind of a cheat, seeing as I haven’t finished this trilogy yet, but when it comes to The Scorch Trials I am still very disappointed. I absolutely loved The Maze Runner, it would have to be one of my favourite books, but when it comes to its sequel… I just don’t like it. Most of the time it felt like the characters were running around achieving nothing, and we did not get to see much of the other main characters that we met in the first book. They were pushed off to the side, which annoyed me greatly, as the main character was slowly starting to become unbearable by the end. It saddens me that I feel this way… hopefully the last book is better!
What are your least favourite books in your favourite series? Have you read any of the above books, if so, do you like them?