Top 5 Wednesday: Series That Got Better!

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

I’m not much of a series reader I’m usually the kind of person that can start a ton of series and then not actually ever finish them. So this list was a little harder for me especially since I feel a lot of series really get worse the farther they go on for me, however, here are a few I felt got better!

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5.) Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

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I read this series such a long time ago but when I read the first book I honestly didn’t think much of it, it was okay. However, I decided to continue on and read “Pretties” and “Specials” as well and in my opinion both of those books were a lot better than “Uglies”. I never did read “Extras” but I don’t really feel like I need to either since it isn’t from Tally’s POV.

Would I still think this if I re-read these books now? Maybe but from what I remember when I was younger I thought the books got way better as they went!

4.) Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

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Once again this was a series that I read when I was younger and thought it was amazing! Of course my opinion might change if I read them again now but I like to live in my nostalgia…..

The first couple of books in this series are kind of so, so there really isn’t anything too crazy special about them but as they go they get a lot more action, plot twists, and more interesting back stories!

3.) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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This might be cheating since I haven’t actually finished the series! BUT I have read the first two books and I definitely loved “The Dream Thieves” even more than I loved “The Raven Boys” so I’m just kind of assuming the series will only continue to get better as well!

You can read my full review of “The Raven Boys” here.

2.) The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

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Once again I haven’t fully completed this series but I’ve read the first two books just not the last! I was really leery with the first book since I wasn’t sure it was going to be good or not and I was actually really pleasantly surprised by it! So of course I devoured the second book which was EVEN BETTER than the first one! So I think it’s safe to say this is one of those series you should stick with after the first book.

You can read my full review of “The Winner’s Curse” here.

1.) The Inkworld Trilogy


This is my most prime example of a series that gets WAAAAAY better as it goes, the jump in awesomeness from “Inkheart” to “Inkspell” is huge! While I did really like the first book I still wasn’t super impressed with it but since I already had the second book I pushed on anyways and I am so glad I did! “Inkspell” is ten times the fun with way more characters, magic, and world building! Then there’s “Inkdeath”……I didn’t know it could get any better than “Inkspell” but it did, there are so many plot twists and so much emotional turmoil! The ending was perfect though.

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What are some series you think got better?

Do you agree or disagree with any of these series? Have you read any of them?

Are you big on finishing series or, like me, start them more than finish them?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

20 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Series That Got Better!

  1. deannalcooley July 26, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    The Uglies series was so close to making my list! I had the same experience, I liked Uglies, but the other two books were fantastic. Great list!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 26, 2017 / 3:28 pm

      Glad you think so too! I’m always slightly worried that I don’t remember series I read when I was younger as well as I think I do, haha! I just thought the twists in the other two books were so much more intense than in Uglies!
      Thank you! 🙂

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 2, 2017 / 9:18 am

      That’s awesome! I never meet any other Inkheart Trilogy fans either! It’s one of my favorite series!
      Glad I’m also not the only one who thought Vampire Academy got better as it went, I read the first book “Bloodlines” in the spin off but I haven’t read any more than that. I’d like to continue with it but I have other books I’d like to finish first! 🙂

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  2. Sofii @A Book. A Thought. July 26, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I love seeing this kind of opinion because I think it’s great when you want to start with a new series! Oh Vampire Academy gives me so much nostalgia too, I love that saga so much and it’s been years since I read it and maybe today doesn’t seem so incredible but even so I can’t help loving it 😍😍


  3. MetalPhantasmReads July 26, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    I never read “Extras” either but I totally agree with that series. Have you read his Midnighters series? That one is awesome.


  4. amortalreader1 July 27, 2017 / 6:34 am

    Great Post Heather!
    I’m sort of the opposite to you in relation to Uglies by Scott Westerfield, I really enjoyed Uglies but then it sort of went downhill for me. I did study them as part of my dissertation though so I might of just been getting fed up by that point haha! But whilst reading Specials I just was like urgh.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 2, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      Thank you Hannah!
      Some of these are so iffy for me since I read them when I was younger so I don’t full trust my opinions anymore, haha, if I re-read them now I could think the same thing! That’s true though that you could have been getting fed up, haha I love it! 🙂

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  5. Michelle July 27, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Great list, Heather 🌸
    I actually never finished the Uglies series; I can’t really remember if I finshed the first book. It fell flat for me, but I’m really happy to hear that it gets better! Same with the Winter Trilogy, I haven’t continued on because I didn’t really like the first book. I’m excited to finish The Raven Cycles though, I loved, loved, loved The Raven Boys and I’m excited that I have three more books to read from that series 😊

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 2, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you Michelle!
      I honestly read the Uglies series so long ago that my opinion could be totally different now, I don’t know! While I did like the first book in the Winner’s Trilogy as well I thought the second one was just so much better, plenty more action!
      I am also 100% positive The Raven Cycle is probably awesome the whole way through! I hope we both enjoy the remainder as well! 🙂

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      • Michelle August 3, 2017 / 6:22 am

        Maybe I just have to give both Uglies and The Winner’s Trilogy a second chance! Will definitely try and get my hands on the second book in The Winner’s Trilogy 😊

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 2, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      I thought Dream Thieves was even better, it will probably be my favorite of all of them since it focused on my favorite character Ronan! I really hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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      • Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 5, 2017 / 1:05 am

        Ooooh, yay! I really enjoyed Ronan so much in the first book. I group read it and a bunch of other people were messaging me like, “This Ronan guy is a jerk!” and I was like, “Whaaaat?!” Bahaha


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