Loved the first books, hated the last one.

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I don’t know if this is a real thing or not, but I’m declaring it as something because I can’t possibly be the only one that’s had to deal with this.

With this I don’t intend to hurt any author (assuming anyone reads it haha) and I will not mention names, because this is not what this article is about. But I do have a need to speak this concern of mine.

The last book of a series is as important as the first one. This is where the characters find what they’ve been looking for: their happily ever after, and we can call it love, revenge, happiness, even death. Whatever it is, they find it in this last book. They find their closure. For us, the readers, this book means the end of a consuming and wonderful time. It can be painful, because let’s face it, we won’t be with the characters we love so much anymore (until we reread the series) and we’ll miss them like hell. But it can also be so heart-warming and amazing. So, to us, this last book means hope, means happiness, means tranquility, and even though it’ll hurt to leave it behind, it’ll bring us peace of mind and a deep happiness, am I right?

So, what’s wrong, you ask?

There have been times I’ve had to wait for months, even years, to get the last book of a series I’ve loved since the moment I opened it for the first time. We’ve all been there. Sometimes these books are exactly what I was hoping, dreaming for. Sometimes it’s even better than that. But some other times, the book completely sucks. So much so, that it can ruin the entire series for me. I understand that the way a story starts, develops and ends is all up to the author. I fully understand and respect that. I don’t mean to sound like I know how everything should be, because come on, no one knows the story better than the author. But damn it if it doesn’t piss me off.

Lately, I’ve read a couple of books (the last one of the series, to be precise) that leave me thinking: what the hell just happened? I’ve never been too “picky” with books, in fact, I think I fall in love pretty easily with the books I read and the characters. But lately, I’ve been having some issues. Turns out, I’m not one to settle with “okayish” endings. Turns out, I’m an “it’s all or nothing” kind of reader, and when a story starts lacking the passion it once had and it starts feeling as if it was written just to be done with… well, I feel really disappointed.

Battles are lacking action, time and consistency: can it really be explained in a couple of pages? There are things that need to happen and we need to read about. How come the characters have been preparing for this throughout the different books and it all ends in just a matter of a few pages? Or even worse, they end up not doing what they were meant to do?

Characters go completely MIA: how come characters that were so important at some point in the story are no longer present? Where are they?

Conversations are lacking depth: it’s not that I need conversations about the meaning of life. But, how is it that before, the conversations were so intense and full with emotions, and at the end they’re barely there?

Love is lacking passion: where there used to be gestures filled with love, moments of silence that were torturous because of the tension and sadness and love they had, now we are left with barely-there emotional kisses and just plain sex that doesn’t give anything to the story. Yes, sex is part of life. Yes, sex can be intense. Yes, sex is somewhat important. But, where is the intensity of a look? Where is the passionate but tender kisses that just drove everyone insane with love?

The book doesn’t even have to end the way I wanted it to. It could end the opposite way I wanted it to and it could still be good. Amazing, even. It’s all about keeping the specialness and the uniqueness it had from the beginning, that quality that drew me in, you know?

So, what gives? 

And then I wonder, am I alone in this?

I can’t possibly be. And even if I am, it won’t change the fact that these things end up ruining the story for me. I need the passion. I need the love. I need the action. I can’t settle with “at least they ended up together”. Nope. A book is not all about the love-story between the characters. Yes, it’s a huge part, but there are other things going on that need answers, because what’s the point of leaving the reader with this huge question mark upon their heads? Open-to-interpretation-endings are one thing. Unanswered questions about things that were exposed throughout the whole story is a completely different thing. Then, there are other characters that need to grow along with the main ones, if not, then why create them? And so on with a thousand different things.

I need to see things through.

But most of the reviews I read show how many people love these books I ended up not liking at all, and I’m left wondering if I expect too much. I know each of us have our own likes and dislikes, and I’m sure I love stuff other people hate. It’s not that hard to understand… but still, I wonder “how come I hate it when other people who have the same book taste I do love it?” I don’t know. *sigh*

So, have you ever experienced this last book of a series disappointment?

Tell me in the comments!

-Daniela.

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12 thoughts on “Loved the first books, hated the last one.

  1. Yamara

    This!!! All this!!! Yes!!!

    I just finished a series that left me asking myself so many questions and the more I thought the angrier I got. I am one of those people that’s is ok if a book doesn’t end in a HEA but this one made no sense. It lacked the passion the first book did. There was issues that should have been researched so so many things. If the author had done these I would have been ok with the outcome no matter what. But it wasn’t done and I felt an injustice to the readers for myself. Yet everyone is gushing and loving the book. I then question if it’s me or are they to afraid to say hey look this was wrong or not what it could have been.

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    1. lostinabookblog

      OMG It’s like you read my mind. This was me a like two months ago. The more I thought about it, the angrier I got.

      One of my absolute series came to an end not so long ago. I LOVED every book, seriously. I’ve reread that series like 3 times so far, just waiting for the last book and when it finally got here… it was SO NOT what I had been waiting for. I mean, half of the characters weren’t even present. Characters that were almost as important as the main ones. Then, there was no accomplishment on the main girl’s part. I was left with so many unanswered questions and, to top all that, it had a freaking open-ending. No clear closure. You’re left thinking of a thousand possible outcomes. I mean, seriously?

      Also, I’ve come to realized that the boy getting the girl is not everything. I mean, yes, in a lot of stories, this is the main issue. But in some, it’s not. There are other characters, other stories, other things happening that need answers. So, where are they? Why didn’t we get those answers? I don’t know. There were so many things I didn’t like. And I’m not one to settle. I won’t settle with okayish endings and just being content. I need to feel the passion in the books and I need to feel passionate about them. I’m not that hard to please when it comes to a book, but I won’t say I like it if I didn’t. Not even when I loved the previous books. Not even when the rest of the world loves it. I just can’t.

      Thank you for reading my post!!! 🙂 I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one haha!

      -Daniela!

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      1. Yamara

        I actually love open ended books if they’re done right. But this one had so many things missing. One of the biggest things was getting the medical info correctly. Not that I’m a doctor or nurse but the medical info was so off. Gawd I could go on and on but I’m glad I’m not alone. Loved your post glad someone finally said it. ☺️

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        1. lostinabookblog

          Haha yeah I can’t deal with those. I’m too much of a control freak <3 Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm glad to know you liked it 🙂 feel free to check out my other posts. Aaaand if you feel like it, maybe subscribe? 🙂 If not, that's totally fine haha! <3 Thank you again!

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  2. Cristal @Three Little Birds Book Blog

    Fortunately, this hasn’t happened to me yet (knock on wood!), but I can imagine how frustrating this must be. I actually think the last book is more important than the first one, because that’s it, that’s the last impression made. Whereas, with the first, the series can get better and clean up any inconsistencies that it had in the beginning. This is why I usually try to wait until a series is over before I begin it – call me a coward, I don’t care. I wait to see what the general consensus is before I dive in. I’d just hate to invest YEARS in a world and in a set of characters, only to be disappointed in the end. There’s nothing worse than disappointment.

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    1. lostinabookblog

      I know!!!! It’s so frustrating. And yes, you’re right about the first book being able to get better and improve. But this is where you meet the characters, their stories, you know? This is where you see who they are. Yes, they’ll grow, and you’ll grow with them, and this is where the last book of the series comes in. It will give you the last piece of everything you’ve loved and it’s supposed to make you happy, to feel at ease, it will give you closure. But in these cases, for me, they left me with so many questions and no closure at all. It just sucked.

      There’s nothing worse than disappointment.

      Thank you for reading my post!!!! 🙂

      -Daniela!

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  3. Patricia

    YES!! You are not alone. I experienced that this year with a series where I adored the first two books. But when I got to the end of the third book, I was left disappointed with absolutely no closure. It was so frustrating and I am still upset about it now almost 6 months later.

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    1. lostinabookblog

      Yes!!! Thank god I’m not alone! I don’t think I’ll get over these disappointments soon either, so don’t worry! Haha… I’ll try to move on, but every time I think of them, I’ll just get mad all over again haha!

      Thank you so much for reading my post and commenting! 🙂

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  4. Lori

    I’ll say it. I hated the ending of Mockingjay. [SPOILERS GALORE.] It left me so depressed that I came close to delving into writing a better ending on fanfiction.net. I just felt like she made Katniss’s choice between Gale and Peeta too easy and too obvious–and I think Katniss picked Peeta because she really had no other choice. I felt it was selfish of her. I know I’m in the minority in thinking that Katniss and Peeta weren’t “meant to be.” I loved Peeta. I thought he deserved someone who loved him better than Katniss ever could/would be able to. I really think her heart was with Gale, but that his involvement in Prim’s death was more than she could ever forgive. I don’t think it would stop her from loving him, but I think there would be too much pain associated with him, so it was easy for her to walk away. Anyway. That’s probably why I still haven’t seen the final movie yet. I will… but it wasn’t as urgent as the others. I loved the rest of the books and all of the characters… but that ending was all wrong for me. I think Katniss should have remained unattached, honestly, and done other things with her life. I think Peeta should have been given a new love interest in the future who truly wanted a family.

    And I know Daniela disagrees with me on this.

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    1. lostinabookblog

      Omg. Yes, I 100% disagree. I love Peeta. With all my heart, and even though Katniss was never going to deserve him, I needed them to end up together. He was going to be her peace, she needed that peace. Maybe it’s not enough, yes, but I think she truly needed her dandelion in the spring. I could’ve lived without the part with the kids though.

      -Daniela!

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  5. Karla

    I started a series several years ago, actually reading the second one first, but I was so pulled in that I grabbed the first one and ketp going. The more books she out, the less I liked them. i stuck with her through six books, waiting for them to be published, but after that, I couldn’t even muster the interest. The stories became boring, the characters aged ungracefully, all the things that made the early books good were missing from the last few. And the storis didn’t end. The books ended as if they had a page limit. The kind where you turn that last page and wonder where the rest of the chapter is….so disappointing fro a series that so completely captivated me from the start

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    1. lostinabookblog

      I feel your pain. It truly sucks! You keep hoping and hoping it’ll get better, but it doesn’t! Bah. Well, thankfully there are a bunch of other series that don’t turn out this way. So, let’s celebrate those! <3 haha.

      Thank you for reading my post and sharing your opinion!!! <3

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