Four series I love came to an end this year. Two I'm okay with; one I'm uncertain about, ONE I AM IN COMPLETE DENIAL ABOUT YES JESSICA DAY GEORGE I AM LOOKING AT YOU. Although I am very sad (and in denial, DON'T LOOK AWAY WHEN I AM TALKING TO YOU, JESSICA), fortunately for me (and the other lovers of these series), the closing books were uniformly fantastic. (But don't think that lets you off the hook, Ms. George.)
1. CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare, which I reviewed here. You may remember that in that particular review, I ate some crow over having originally rolled my eyes at hearing that a fanfic writer got a book deal. After spending almost the whole year reading other books, I still think that Clare's Mortal Instruments trilogy has one of the best YA series endings I've ever read. I definitely wanted more Clary and Jace and Simon, but all of my major questions were answered and all the ends were tied up well enough. We consistently sell this series over and over again, and I'm always happy to put it in someone's hands.
2. THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan, which I never did get around
to reviewing because it came out at a really busy time and I barely had time to read it, let alone write about it. There are probably one or two reviews of this tiny little series roaming around the internet. You may have heard of it - Percy Jackson and the Olympians? (About to be made into a movie that I am skeptical about because the actors are so much older than their kid characters?) Anyway. I knew going in that this was the last book, so I was prepared. I was prepared for it to end, and from reading the other four (and meeting Rick once), I felt that he would not let us down with the ending. I was right. I would like more of Percy's story, but I feel that Rick did him justice, and did the readers justice. That story is over, and I am satisfied. I also knew very, very early that there would only be five, so I had a long time to get used to that fact. Also Rick has a new book coming next year, and while I have no idea what it's about, who's writing it is really what matters in this case.
3. FRONT AND CENTER by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Catherine lives close by to Children's Book World, where I worked (and Sarah still works), so I was lucky enough to get to know her a little. We got in on the ground floor, so to speak, with the D.J. Schwenk books - and we were so lucky to discover them so early. Sarah reviewed FRONT AND CENTER back in July, and when I finally read it in October, I learned that it was every bit as good as Sarah said it was. It is an incredibly satisfying close to D.J.'s story. And if you've yet to discover D.J. and her family and her world, the good news is that all three books are out so there is no waiting for you.
4. DRAGON SPEAR by Jessica Day George. Pull up a chair, Jessica. (Can I call you Jessica?) Okay, look. Here's the deal. I know that you can finish DRAGON SPEAR and see that Creel's story has a resolution, and that the dragons got a resolution and we have a happy ending and blah blah blah. And a trilogy is a nice round set of three, so you dotted your i's and crossed your t's and wrapped it up without staying at the party too long like so many others tend to. COME BACK TO THE PARTY, JESSICA. (I'm going to talk to the readers now. Try the appetizers!) Back when I read the ARC of DRAGON SPEAR I insisted that you all go and read this series if you hadn't yet. I am expecting, of course, that you listened to me, and that you're all ready with your teeny tiny picket signs to wave at my little internet protest, right? "What do we want?" "MORE CREEL!" "When do we want it?" "NOW!" I know that we have an uphill struggle here. Jessica's got other stuff to contend with, like her publisher, and the fact that she's been writing other awesome books, blah blah blah. But I believe that if we all hope with all our hearts we can influence this outcome. YES WE CAN. (Okay, back to Jessica now.) How are the pigs in blankets? Look, Jessica - I'm going to read anything you write. (I just finished PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL and now, almost 12 months after publication, it has to go on my best of the year list.) If you write a fantasy where a bowl of oatmeal comes to life, I'm going to read it. And I'm going to read it whether there's ever any more about Creel or not. I'm just saying, if you're hanging around sometime in the future and you're bored and don't have anything else to write, I'd like some more, please. It was a really good party. I'd like to stay. But if you move on to another party, I'll come too. (Not in a stalkery way.) And thanks for Creel, because I really do love her, and I can't wait to share her with my daughter in seven or eight years.
And that's it - the endings to four series I loved, all hitting in the same year. I'm leaving these characters behind with a great deal of sorrow, but I can't wait to see what these authors do next.