September 15, 2012 by Heidi
So there I was…innocently reading a book and there’s all this build up and then this climax but then…wait. No! That can’t be the last chapter…is my copy faulty? *Flips frantically forward and back.* Oh. That’s it? Really?!
Needless to say, cliffhangers leave me a bit miffed. I could have reacted like this:
But instead I reacted more like this:
Here’s the transcript of my Gchat conversation with the bf immediately after finishing:
Okay so backstory to explain his not taking me seriously–in 2011, my New Years resolution was this: I will not start reading a series unless all of the books are already published.
All right, I realize this was a little far fetched for someone who reads as much as me, but I hadn’t yet discovered the book blogging community, and I fared pretty well for about 3/4 of the year before I caved. Since then I’ve been RAMPANTLY NEGLECTFUL about my series reading. For example, here are some of the books I’ve read in the last year that I wish I hadn’t:
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan–THE book that made me put on my ranty pants today. Um…I ‘might’ have tweeted Sarah and told her I wanted to punch her in the face, but I put a nice little <3 by it and told her Unspoken was awesome, so I think she took it in stride (and probably cackled manically because she is clearly evil).
Did I hate these books? NO! I really enjoyed every single one of them and can’t wait to read the next books. What I DID hate about them were the endings. Some were more cliffhangery than others, but all in all, there wasn’t much resolution throughout. I’m not one of those readers who gets a little thrill from that ‘What’s going to happen next?!’ feeling. I hate it. I detest it. I loath it with the power of a thousand firey suns. I fear for the pride of my love ones and safety of any nearby candy when I experience the sheer fury that these endings bring.
So here is my call–nay–plea for public accountability. I am not going to start any more series until they’re all released unless:
1. I already have accepted the ARC for review. This includes:
- Dualed by Elsie Chapman
- The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
- Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
- Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
- Seven Kingdoms by Kristin Cashore
- Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes