This includes TV but the truth is that one, I watch very little TV. Two, the TV that I have indeed watches ALWAYS gets worse with each season. Except maybe Buffy and Farscape but those are older shows.
So let’s just focus on books and as you can see, it’s all YA down here.
- The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi – a promising concept was destroyed by weak main character and overuse of metaphors became more and more detrimental to the story. Added to it was a weak plot that centered around the love life of our weak main character rather than on the interesting world and you have a series that should’ve been a stand-alone. (Theoretically, if you remove ALL metaphors from the books you will have 2 chapters left so…)
- The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor – Ms. Taylor is an excellent mythologist however the use of an insta-love in what otherwise was a great book made the 1st book passable to me. I had hopes that the second one would be better and that was not so, the plot was stagnant (quite literally) and she introduced way too many characters and gave them POVs creating severe alienation. I almost didn’t finish the 2nd book and I gave the 3rd book away, completely uninterested.
- The Summer Series by Jenny Han – a very well done young adult (ages 12-16) trilogy had 2 solid books that center around the themes of grief interwoven with a girl blossoming into a woman (ack, I hate the word ‘blossoming’) and the boys that become interested in her. However the 3rd book is set like 2 years after the grief is over and it becomes a purely love triangle which I thought did a disservice to the characters.
- The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani – The first book of this middle grade series blew me away, it was so good, so immersive, so everything I enjoy about middle grade. The second book was great, no AWESOME but still a very great sequel then came the 3rd book. If you’ve read it, you know that the 3rd book was both unnecessary and detrimental to ALL of the character Chainani had wonderfully created. I disliked it.
- The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel – the first book is still one of the best YA dystopians I’ve ever read, it’s reflective and smart and so so so quotable, focusing on society’s view of the female sex and how young girls are molded by a patriarchy. The ending left me gasping and it’s not that the companion to the duology was bad, it was that Engel had to either just made this one book or cut a lot, a lot, a lot.