When do you quit a series?

bloodpromise_novelSo, how much time invested in a series is too much time to quit after the fourth book? I ask because I recently read Blood Promise – the fourth book in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series – and it was truly, truly awful. Like actually excruciating, and I’ve heard the next book could even be worse. So, what do I do? I’ve read four books in the series, there are only two left, it seems a bit silly to quit now, but I honestly don’t know if I can take another experience like the one I’ve just had.

Reading Blood Promise (and when I say reading, what I really mean is a combination of reading, skimming and then just full-scale skipping) was one of those experiences where all you really care about is the resolution at the end – there was very little joy to be had in the journey. I have invested enough time in the series to give a mild shit about the Rose and Dimitri storyline, but that’s just about all I care about, so to reach the end and not even really get a proper resolution to that was somewhat disappointing (which is a polite way of saying I was majorly pissed off!).

All of things about Rose that I once found endearing or admirable have been heightened to such a degree that they have become downright painful. And now the disappointment I felt in this book has me questioning whether I actually even liked the first couple of books that much – I’m pretty sure I thought they were good. I mean, it wasn’t Jane Austen or anything, but I enjoyed them and thought the writing and the concept were quite smart. But maybe six books is just too many for this story – maybe if she’d capped it at three she could have kept everything a bit tighter, and wouldn’t have had to introduce so many ridiculous plot points, or try to create some sort of faux romantic tension for Rose with anyone other than Dimitri.

Anyhoo – all this is to say that I think I’m out. Unless someone out there can tell me that the last two books really turn everything around, I think I am going to find a spoiler-heavy review and just find out what happens in the end, because I don’t think I can bear another two books like this one. What say you blogosphere?

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  1. This is why I tend to avoid long series. Reason why I haven’t picked up the TOG series by Sarah and the TMI series. They are way too long. I’m all for duologies and trilogies. I’ve only read one book in the Vampire Academy series and loved it.

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  2. Wow, that’s a tough one! I hate giving up on series part way through, but I think if it was as truly awful as you found the fourth Vampire Academy book I’d probably just stop reading. Maybe you could start the next one and just see if it seems to have improved, and if not, just quit?

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