Top 5 Wednesday #32: Least Favorite Book in Favorite Series


Welcome to another edition of Top 5 Wednesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey! You can check the group here for more discussions and topic.

This week’s topic is a freebie so I decided to reuse the old topic I missed. The topic I’m choosing come from March 2016 and about least favorite books in my favorite series. While I prefer to read stand alone, I have my fair share of series that I’ve read. As there are multiple books in a series, there’s bound to be a book that we do not like. Maybe because it just felt like a filler book, or throw any development out of the window, or because it change the direction of the series. For whatever reason, the following books are my least favorite book in my favorite series:

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan

Yes people, the first book in the series is my least favorite. It felt very immature to me as Percy was only 11 in this book and I had to stopped reading several times because I was infuriated with how immature Percy was. I love the Greek Mythology and the direction the series was taking though, and I can happily report that this series gets better as it goes on!

Dreamless (Starcrossed trilogy) by Josephine Angelini

One of the most underrated YA paranormal series, this series follows the descendants of the Trojan war in the aftermath of the curse at the end of the war, that still haunts them to the modern times. The first book was amazing, the third book is definitely my favorite, but Dreamless… not so much. While I ended up loving Orion better than Luke in the end, the pacing really suffers in this book and there are too many teenage angst going around for me to care. Give me all the juicy mythology stuff please!

Unravel Me (Shatter Me trilogy) by Tahereh Mafi

By no means Shatter Me is my favorite series, but I did enjoyed Shatter Me and loved Ignite Me. Unravel Me? Let’s just say I spend more time being frustrated and yelling at Juliette and Adam rather than reading. The romance in this book was very frustrating, Adam had a personality flip and Juliette keeps moping and crying and worrying whether she should pick Adam or Warner while THERE’S BOMB LITERALLY THREATENING THEM. Thank God for Kenji who actually snapped at her.

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

The shadowhunter series will always have a special place in my heart, but can we all agree that TMI should’ve stayed a trilogy instead of being made into a 6 books series?? City of Lost Souls is definitely the worst book in the series, as when I read it the first time, I DNF it. Then I decided to reread it in different language (I was reading in English, I’m switching to Indonesian) and only then this book managed to grab my attention, yet the progress was extremely slow. Nothing much happened in this book except for the fact that everyone is preparing for the final battle, Maia got a totally unecessary romance, Sizzy getting together, Malec separated (sobs, I remember how stressed I was towards them), and Clace being insuffarable together as they were individually.

Basically, not much happen plot wise but a lot of things happened in the department of personal drama.

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle) by Rachel Hawkins

Last but not least, Miss Mayhem! I almost forgot about this despite being very dissapointed in it. Rebel Belle was such a fun series, but in Miss Mayhem, there are too many unecessary teenage drama and angst that brought down the fun level and slow down the pacing to crawling. Boo.

What is your favorite series and what is your least favorite book in it?


10 Replies to “Top 5 Wednesday #32: Least Favorite Book in Favorite Series”

  1. It’s been a while since I read the Percy Jackson series, but I can see what you’re saying about Percy being 11 and immature 😂 The series does get better as it goes along tho!


  2. Wait what do you mean PERCY WAS ONLY 11??? my mind is blowwwwnn whaaaat. My least favourite from PJO is definitely Sea of Monsters though 😂. And my fave are the last 2 because they were sooo goood. And I agree that TMI should have been a trilogy since man I hated the 4th and 5th books ughhhh. Heavenly Fire was great but the rest meehhh.


  3. I have only read 2 of these, Shatter Me and TMI, and I totally agree about Unravel Me! Also, TMI most definitely should have only been a trilogy. I don’t even know if I can decide which of the remaining 3 books I liked least because… all of them basically.


  4. It’s so funny how Unravel Me was your least favourite in the series when I’ve seen so many people saying it’s their favourite XD And I think the first PJO book might actually be one of my favs?? I thought it was a great start to be introduced to the world and overall it was just really fun and enjoyable! So weird how everyone has different opinions on things 😀


  5. I completely agree about Adam’s change in character. It felt like he was run into the ground as an easy way to push Warner and Juliette together. Still team Warner though 😂


  6. I really enjoyed Unravel Me but you are so right! Juliette isn’t very good at getting her priorities in order. And I have to continue with the Rebel Belle series but I hear a lot of mixed things about Miss Mayhem so I’ve been putting it off.


  7. Ahahhahah I laughed so hard at your thoughts on Unravel Me haha, I get your frustrations so much. We have Kenji to thank for A LOT of things haha, I love him the most haha 🙂
    Lovely post! x


  8. I 100% after that TMI should have been a trilogy! Have you read her prequel and now the Dark Artifices?! They are really good and trilogies!

    I have not read the Starcrossed series but I own the first two books. I think I’ll add those to my TBR now list for April!


  9. Oh, yes, I agree, I love Percy Jackson, but that first book definitely isn’t the best. I did love that plot twist, though! 😂 And I agree; I wish TMI had ended with City of Glass like it originally was planned to be. It’s sort of weird that there were threee more books added, especially since all her books since have been really entertaining trilogies?


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