This Top 5 series started back in October and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings and high fantasy. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday.
The upcoming schedule is:
7/20/19 — Sequels
7/27/19 — Psychological Thrillers
8/3/19 –Books with Asian Settings
8/10/19–Books about Assassins
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This week was really hard for me to narrow down the choices to only 5 books. I have a LOT of unfinished series that I have started and never finished, and so many of them I really want to continue. Since becoming a book blogger I get a lot of ARCs and I don’t have as much time for back list titles, and that means that I don’t always finish the series that I start. I have a bit of a fear of sequels because a lot of times they suffer from what I call “second-book-syndrome”, meaning that the sequel tends to not be as great as the first book in the series was. I think a lot of authors try and force their stories to become trilogies, when they should really have just been stand alone titles, but at the same time I absolutely love returning to favorite characters and worlds. These are the sequels that I am definitely going to read because I loved the first books so much!
This book is probably the first book I will read out of this list, not only because I actually have a copy, but because I really can’t wait to read it. It’s been a while since I’ve read The Kiss of Deception, but I really loved the world building, and that twist blew me away. I feel like I have been seeing this series everywhere lately, and it’s a series that I really want to catch up on. Check out my review for The Kiss of Deception here.
I absolutely LOVED the dark world of Ace of Shades and tried SO hard to get an ARC of King of Fools. This is one of my favorite worlds, and I can’t wait to return to it. I am a sucker for books about con artists, and Ace of Shades was a 5 star read for me. This is a book that I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on. Check out my review of Ace of Shades here.
As long as we’re talking about books about con artists, we might as well include the sequel to White Cat. The first book in Holly Black’s lesser known Curse Worker’s series is actually the first Holly Black book that I had ever read. I got the second and third books in this series for my birthday, but still have yet to read them.
I recently saw the An Ember in the Ashes series on Kristy’s Book Review’s blog post about under-rated and under-hyped books and it really made me want to return to this series. I feel like people only talk about this series when the next book comes out, but I really loved the first book in the series. I have heard that if I continue the series it will tear my heart out, but that only makes me want to read it even more. Check out my review for An Ember in the Ashes here.
This is another sequel that I tried really hard to get an ARC of, but didn’t. I found Rule to be a fast paced fantasy, and it totally took me out of a reading slump. I loved the story and found it to be a really fun and interesting read. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and return to these characters, which I really loved in the first book. Check out my review of Rule here.
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Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What are some of your favorite series? Do you prefer stand alone books, or a series? What sequels do you really want to read? Do you believe in second-book-syndrome? Have you read a sequel that was better than the first book? Don’t forget to comment below so we can chat about books about royalty!