Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: best sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a new topic that the participants come up with a top ten list for.

This week is about the best sequels ever!

I love sequels. I even tend to like second books in a series best, which is apparently unusual (and will be the subject of another post soon). For now, I'll give you ten of my favorite sequels :) I'm sure there's something glaringly missing. This post would be so much easier to put together if I had all my books lined up on shelves instead of in boxes in my parents' basement >.<

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas
Oh my god, this book. If I still had some issues with Throne of Glass, they disappeared with this book. It was simply brilliant. The characters, the world building, the suspense, the romance... spot on!

Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare
Also called the heartbreak book. It made me cry at 2am on Christmas Eve when I finished it. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles but the Will-Tessa-Jem one worked really well because it's balanced and not weighed down by buckets of jealousy. All three love each other so much and it's just... unfair.

The Demon's Covenant, by Sarah Rees Brennan
I really loved being in Mae's head! The plot, the action, the set-up, the make-outs... my favorite book of the trilogy :)

The Golden Lily, by Richelle Mead
So far my favorite of this spin-off. Sidney grows so much over the course of the novels, and I also really enjoyed Adrian's development and how the two grew closer.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin
I read book one in a day and didn't have much longer for this one. I love Noah. I love Mara. I love her brothers. The writing is sharp, and the mindfuck at the ending left me like o.O The waiting for book three is killing me...

If I Die, by Rachel Vincent
Because the feelings and the wonderful quotes and Tod and Kaylee. Ahem. The whole series is amazing but I think this one is my favorite. I reviewed it here.

Shadow Bound, by Rachel Vincent
I really liked Kori, and I thought it was strange (and a really smart move on Vincent's part!) to get a completely different perspective of the main characters in the first book. The world building is just so tight and the stakes only got higher... loved it!

The Eternity Cure, by Julie Kagawa
One of my most anticipated sequels of the year, and definitely worth the wait! I love how Julie combines a great vampire novel with the dystopian genre, and that she's not afraid to show the gory parts. My review's here.

Red Glove, by Holly Black
"Curses and cons. Magic and the mob." I think by far you all know how much I love this trilogy. It's heartbreaking, thrilling, full of amazing cons, unfavorable odds, twists, unreliability... just wow. I loved all the books, but I think this one I liked best. You can read my review of book three here.

Dance of the Red Death, by Bethany Griffin
The atmosphere, the way things turned out, Araby, and Will made this book for me. I really didn't know what to expect after the way book one ended and knowing there would only be one sequel, but I ended up loving it. You can read my review of book one here and book two here.

Runners-up: At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost, Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh.

What do you think of my choices? And what are some of your favorite sequels?


  1. I'm not much of a sequel fan, the prospect and expectations of a next book terrifies me sometimes! LOVE YOUR PICKS!! I haven't read them but I've read and loved the first books (Throne of Glass, The Immortal Rules and I HAVE TO READ CLOCKWORK ANGEL. ERMPH), so glad to know that they worked out great for you! =)

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

  2. I loved Evolution as well! Her brothers rocked in that book -- the banter was so funny! I really, really need to read Throne of Glass so I can read Crown of Midnight. It sounds too good to pass up :D

  3. ACK...how did I forget CP and Evolution?!? Both were soooo good. Also, I've been hearing people go on and on about Kelly Creagh's series, so I finally broke down and bought both of them. Hope I love them as much as everyone else seems to! Great list!

  4. Gah, I need to read so many of these series! Starting with Throne of Glass D:

  5. Crown of Midnight ♥!! YES! The rest of your picks are scattered with books/series on my TBR shelf, like TID, Bloodlines, Soul Screamers & Night Huntress! ANd I'll admit, your love of Dance of the Red Death is tempting me to give it a try... ;-) Fantastic TTT hun!

  6. I need to read the Red Dance! I want to do a reread of Red Death first. Love me some Bloodlines and Adrian <3 and ugh yes. CP. So much love between Jem-Tessa-Will. Best trinagle ever! I've only read the first novella and first two books of the Soul Screamers series. I need to continue again!

  7. I still have to read Throne of Glass, but I AM GOING TO. And I really enjoyed The Immortal Rules, but then totally forget about The Eternity Cure...
    Red Glove - yes, it's just... WOW :)

  8. HUGE yes to The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Eternity Cure. They're awesome. :D<3
    As for Crown of Midnight, I still have to read it. >___<
    Great list Carmen & thanks for stopping by my TTT! (: