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Hi, my name is Nikki and I don’t read series. I mean… I do. But rarely. Sometimes I enjoy series, but often I get bored, lose interest, don’t like where it’s going, and so on. You’d think that means I just don’t buy series. But Nikki from 4 years ago was too stubborn and just wanted to read what everyone else was reading. So naturally, I bought every series I could get my hands on… and now I’m stuck with them. As you can imagine many of these have remained unread. 2020 is the year that’s about to change. I’m cleaning off my shelf. I could just get rid of these now, but 2020 is still to stubborn to unhaul books without giving them a chance, so here we go!

Later this year, you will see a follow up of this post when I’ve read all of them, where I will explain how I felt about them. I will either…

  1. … have dnf’ed or didn’t like it, which means I will part ways with it.
  2. … have enjoyed it, but not enough to continue with it, so I’ll just pretend it’s a standalone novel (yes I actually do that).
  3. … have really liked it and will continue the series some time (hopefully) soon.
  4. … have loved it and slap myself for waiting so long to finally get to it (and continue with it obviously).


It’s safe to say I’m nervous about this.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1) by Sarah J. Maas
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A Court of Thorns and Roses

Why I haven’t read it: Well the first strike is that it’s a series, but that’s the same for all of them so I won’t keep mentioning it. I did actually try to read this one a couple of years and got maybe 50 pages in? There just wasn’t anything making me want to keep picking it up, so I moved on to another book with the intention of trying some other time. However, after hearing everyone talk about the relationship in this one… I’m just… scared?

What I expect: Something in me is telling me I’ll hate these characters and eye-roll my eyes right out of my head. But that isn’t fair since it’s a total preconception on my part. Please put away the pitchfork!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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Children of Blood and Bone

Why I haven’t read it: When not all the books in a series are out I feel even less inclined to pick it up, because what if I do like it but I can’t read the rest? The probability of me picking up the next book a year later is basically zero. A while back I actually tried the audiobook, but I wasn’t feeling it at all. Maybe it’s just me but the accent the narrator puts on feels really forced and exaggerated, so that wasn’t a success.

What I expect: Honestly, I really don’t know what to expect with this one. The first book received so much hype, even before publication. But after that? I don’t think I’ve heard anyone talk about the sequel…

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
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26032825._SY475_Why I haven’t read it: This one I bought only a few months ago when everyone was talking about the third book in the series coming out. Since then I haven’t really been in the mood to read any fantasy (mystery/thrillers have taken over my reading life).

What I expect: If I can trust all of you guys, I can expect interesting, morally gray characters? That’s what I’ve been told and what made me actually buy this. I really, really, really hope so!

Illuminae (#1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
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Update: I have actually read this (finished it yesterday), but I pre-wrote this post and I still want to talk about it in my wrap-up of reading popular series so I’m leaving it in.

Why I haven’t read it: Is it weird to say I’m intimidated by it? This is a 599-page book with some intense formatting AND it’s sci-fi. I’m just scared I won’t get what’s going on.

What I expect: Either I end up feeling dumb because things went over my head or I’ll love it. This book probably has the highest probability of being one I slap myself over for not reading it earlier. 

Legend by Marie Lu
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Why I haven’t read it: Is it me or have dystopian novels kind of passed their time? It just feels so old to me. This new Hunger Games book that is coming out this year… also not really that interested in it.

What I expect: Well if I’m being honest I feel like I’ll be unhauling this one. The question is more if I’ll finish or dnf it. It does have dual perspective going for it, which is something I love. But other than that… (watch this be my favorite of the list 😂).

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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Red QueenWhy I haven’t read it: When I bought it I already wasn’t THAT interested in it. There was this discount on it and I had seen it around on blogs… you know how it goes. After I bought it people started describing this as being a mash-up of all the common tropes in YA fantasy… if that doesn’t burst the tiny bubble of hope I had of liking it, I don’t know what will.

What I expect: The thing I just said about Legend… that times 10. At this point I’m just not interested in it at all. If it doesn’t capture my attention in the first 50 pages I will definitely get rid of it.

Those are basically all the first books in popular YA fantasy that have been sitting on my shelves. It’s all going to happen this year. Now I to hear from you…

Which of these popular YA books do you think is/are worth the hype?
And more importantly, can we still be friends if I hate them?

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!


17 thoughts on “6 Popular YA Series I Will Finally Give a Try This Year

  1. I…..didn’t love A Court of Thorn and Roses and people are always appalled. Series are hard right? You get so attached to a character through the time it takes to read all the books that it’s like people are attacking real friends.
    I have to say that I did love Illuminae and the books and audiobooks are both drastically different and equally wonderful. Meanwhile, The Red Queen was good but the narrator made me insane which is odd because I usually love her work. I think it was the fantasy accent maybe? It was too much.
    Either way, good luck!


  2. Ahah, hi 2020 Nikki 😀
    I LOVE starting new series, but I never finish them. After almost 5 years of blogging the list of unfinished series is too long to even talk about. Lol

    ACOTAR was… interesting. I have a very complicated relationship with SJM (even thought she doesn’t know about it). I love her writing, world-building, plots. But romance… big No-No!

    I also bought Children of Blood and Bone last year, but haven’t read it yet. I don’t even know anymore if I will love it or not.

    Illuminae is great! Highly recommend! Very fast-paced and entertaining.

    Red Queen is also good, but only the 1st book 😀

    I hope this helps in some way. Ahah


  3. I love series and have all of these on my TBR as well. The only series from this group that I have read {and loved} is The Illuminae Files. Own at least the first book in each of the rest of these, I just have to start them!

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