Friday Favorite Five: Sequels

I’m fond of making lists, so I thought I’d start making some list posts as a regular thing on Fridays. To keep things simple I’m just calling them Friday Favorite Five. You can find out more information about future and past Friday Favorite Five topics here. Also, I still really need to make a new banner for this, but I’ve been really busy so enjoy this silly banner for now. 😀

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Favorite Five Sequels

Sequels can be a bit of a tricky thing. Especially in a trilogy there’s always the risk of ‘middle book syndrome’.  That being said, sometimes a sequel is even better than the first book or is just as fun in its own and different way. Below aren’t necessarily my all time favorite sequels, but they’re ones that I liked a lot better than the first or sometimes even second and third book of a series.

  • The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

tvotb-coverThis is the third book in her Memoirs of Lady Trent five-book series about an aristocratic lady naturalist who travels the world to study dragons. These books are quite fun but I didn’t quite love the first one. The second one was a huge improvement for me and the third book is where I absolutely fell in love with the series as a whole. Because of the way the story is written, as a memoir, Isabella’s character can sometimes come off a bit cold, especially in that first book. But by the time we get around to the third her character has really grown a lot from her life experiences and she’s feels more welcoming and open to new things. A true explorer. Also, this one has a sea voyage and was quite a lot of fun overall.

  • Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal

was-coverOverall, I really like the Glamourist Histories books and I just finished up the fourth book in the series last month, but this series also started off a little rocky for me. I’m not sure if it was my expectations or what, but I found the subsequent books in the series to be much better than the first. Without a Summer is the third in the series and where things really picked up for me. (What is it with me and third books?) In this one Jane and Vincent have returned from overseas and are dealing with both personal and international crises. This takes place during the infamous year without a summer when global temperatures were temporarily lowered and crops failed across many places around the world. I really enjoyed the history that was brought into this one!

  • Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

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Ok, so for the last six months or so I’ve been making my way through The Dresden Files (finally!) and I just read this one last month. I do think this is one of those series where later books are much better than the first few and I’ve heard that fairly openly acknowledged by a lot of fans. Dead Beat is only book seven of the series, but it’s been the most fun book so far in my opinion. Sure book eight is great too, it has a ton of emotional stuff and character growth, but I don’t know if much will ever top Harry Dresden riding a zombie dinosaur. That’s a tough act to follow. 😀

  • The Crown by Kiera Cass

tc-coverI have this weird love/hate relationship with Kiera Cass’ series The Selection. I really thought the first book was terrible. But it was also very popcorn worthy and I couldn’t stop reading. Before I knew it, I was addicted. In the worst way. These books are not well written but I had so much fun reading them! Then, when I got to the last book in the series, I was surprised by not only how much I didn’t dislike the writing in that one but how much I kind of absolutely adored the entire book. Getting to The Crown really made going through all the other books worth it for me. (Who am I kidding, I had fun reading those too.)

  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

hof-coverHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas is the third book in her Throne of Glass series. The first two books in this I liked, but didn’t love. I mean, they’re definitely flawed books in my opinion (oh, I could go on and on) but I still enjoyed them because they hit a lot of the points that I like in a fun read. Still, I feel like in the third book the series finally opened up into this entire other thing. This is worlds above the first two in terms of plot, character growth and advancement of main story arch and it’s where I really came to fall in love with these books.

 

So, that’s my five picks! Do you have any favorite sequels? Leave a note in the comments or post your own list, I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. I tend to stop reading series when I don’t like the first book, so I’m impressed that you have gone on to discover sequels that are actually better!

  2. This reminds me that I need to pick back up on the Lady Trent books! I think I’ve read through book two and really enjoyed them so far.I definitely agree on Heir of Fire–it felt like that book was a huge turning point in the series that turned it from potentially becoming mediocre to becoming a lot more with a ton of worldbuilding. Great list!

  3. I would consider The Selection Series my guilty pleasure. I love them all! And I thought The Crown was great! Loved the twist at the end 🙂

    I haven’t read any Sarah J Maas books yet–but they’ve been on my TBR forever! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to check them out soon.

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