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Last Book Syndrome

As I was staring at my shelf earlier, I’m counting my unread books and I realized that most of these books are the last book in a series or a trilogy. I have 7 unread last books in a series/trilogy. (Don’t ask me about the total of unread books that I have.) I know it could have been worst. And so I called it the “Last Book Syndrome”.


  • Anticipating the last book of every trilogy/series but puts it at the end of your long TBR list when the said book was acquired.
  • Constantly putting it back on the shelf whenever you pick it up.
  • Reading a different book after reading 2 to 3 chapters from the book.
  • Guessing the ending while staring at the synopsis of the book.
  • Getting a reading slump whenever you are reading the book.

I’ve been enjoying the last book in every series or trilogy because that’s where the talent of the authors would really come in handy. How they wrap up a very long series or a trilogy is what I’ve been meaning to see. I’ve been very critical of the last book in every trilogy and I have been disappointed by some. I would list down some, and by some I mean two, last book in a trilogy that disappoints me.

SPOILER ALERT! (Allegiant and The Retribution of Mara Dyer) Read at your own risk.

ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth – I’ve enjoyed the first book so much. The second book was okay. But this book? I hate it. I just think that this trilogy went down the hill. To be honest the issue of the protagonist dying, in the end, does not bother me at all. What seems to be a let down for me is the reason why she died. That was the stupidest thing ever. Didn’t she know how to dodge a bullet? She could have docked! If she died in a very different way or in a very heroic way, I would have loved this book even if the main character died.

THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin – I’ve expected so much from this book. The first and second book were epic, a total page turner. But this book was not bad, but it’s not good. Considering the standards that the author set because of the first two books, this book drags the whole trilogy down. I’ve expected a different reason, a different outcome, and a different finale. Not just “they are different because of their genes”. THAT’S IT? It’s too unacceptable for me. But I’m still anticipating Noah’s story. Michelle Hodkin could revive herself with this one!

I really don’t know what happen and why the heck am I putting off the last book but I have a guess. I’ve been so hyped while waiting for the release of these 7 books, but when I have them on my shelf, I have no plans of picking it up and reading it.

I think this is all Richelle Mead’s fault. I’ve started putting off those books when I finished her Vampire Academy series. The last book breaks my heart, in a good way, leaving me with a whole in my heart. I want more, and I don’t want the series to end. And after that, I’ve been avoiding the last book of every trilogy and every series for the fear of having my heart broken once again.

And my problem is, I will always end up with a slump whenever I pick a last book. So what to do? 😦


A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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