Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, the UK is currently in the midst of our traditional summer heatwave and I feel like I’m constantly melting which is not great! Yes, I know the irony of complaining about not enough heat in France last week, and too much heat here this week, but I am British: complaining about the weather is a national pastime.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re meant to be talking Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan To Finish, but I very rarely give up series and I didn’t really like the alternative suggestion of Series I’d Like To Finish Someday because I’m not really mid series of that many series right now, so instead I’m going to talk about my Top Ten Favourite Sequels instead. By sequels, I’m talking any subsequent instalment of a series, not just necessarily the second book. So here we go, my Top Ten Favourite Sequels:
- A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)-V.E. Schwab
Honestly the entirety of Schwab’s trilogy is a masterpiece, so wonderfully plotted, the characters are amazing, the world is brilliant and immersive, I could go on and on and on. I was so hooked throughout this book, which is really hard to do in a 600+ page book, there was high stakes action, beautiful emotional scenes, great character dynamics, basically everything I wanted from a final book in a trilogy and more. I am so excited for the new Threads of Power trilogy, whenever it finally comes out!
2. The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)-Samantha Shannon
The more streamlined, fast paced, focused plot definitely worked for me in this book, much as I enjoyed the first two, they were quite dense, this one was much more simple and straightforward which I enjoyed. I also loved Paige’s character development as she took on her new role as Underqueen and I liked seeing the expansion of the world as we citadels in Manchester and Edinburgh. I am super excited to get to go to Scion Paris in the next book!
3. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)-Sarah J Maas
Without a doubt my favourite book of the series so far, both Celaena and Dorian’s emotional journeys in this one are amazing and it’s the first book where we get to see the witches, including my favourite badass Manon, plus I’ve never had an ending of a book destroy me quite as much as this one, except perhaps the ending of Empire of Storms!
4. Undivided (Unwind #4)-Neal Shusterman
Often I’ve found that dystopian books let me down in the finale, not so here. The last Unwind book was just as exciting, creepy and emotional as all the others and it didn’t have to end in a violent war for Connor, Risa and Lev to get what they had been fighting for. It was the perfect culmination to an incredible series.
5. Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2)-Tara Sim
If any of you have been sleeping on this series, then take this as your cue to do it no longer. It has everything, an awesome steam punk world, cute clock boys and the softest, sweetest m/m relationship. Daphne and Colton both have gorgeous arcs in this book and we get to see the alternative India of Sim’s world which was really cool.
6. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)-Maggie Stiefvater
AH I loved this book! Everything came full circle, the Gangsey were just amazing and I loved getting to see their beautiful friendship one more time and even though I was still left with unanswered questions after this book, I was also completely satisfied with how everything went down.
7. The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)-Rick Riordan
THERE WAS SO MUCH PERCABETH IN THIS BOOK IT WAS AMAZING! Okay though seriously, yes Percabeth’s arc is beautiful and brilliant but there is also great stuff from Nico in this book, Hazel got a really great arc, Leo got a really great story, basically it was light on Piper/Jason and heavy on the characters I actually liked, so of course I loved it.
8. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #5)-Rick Riordan
This was such a good series ender book, there was everything I wanted, lots of battle action, much Percabeth (their first kiss may still be my favourite ever) and the way the prophecy that had been building since the first book unravelled was really good. Blood Of Olympus couldn’t even compared to this book.
9. The Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant #8)-Derek Landy
This is one of my favourite books of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, it and Dark Days are my top two. It’s actually more action packed and exciting than the 9th book in the series (which was the original finale, before the author started the continuation series), and we get to see all of Skulduggery’s friends working together, plus all of the Darquesse action that had been building up for the last few books comes to a head.
10. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)-JK Rowling
I know a lot of people say The Prisoner of Azkaban is their favourite book, and yes, I do love it, it’s definitely up there with the Harry Potter books I love, but The Goblet of Fire is my absolute favourite. I love the Triwizard Tournament and the Yule Ball, there are dragons and everything gets just a little bit darker, which of course I love. Plus we don’t yet have angsty Harry of The Order of The Phoenix.
Over to you! What are your favourite sequels? Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Red, White and Blue Covers in honour of the 4th July in the US, now obviously being in the UK, we don’t celebrate 4th July, but since the alternative is using your own country’s flag’s colours, it will still be Red, White and Blue covers I share, since that’s also the colours of the UK flags. In the meantime, I will be back on Thursday with a new book tag.