Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is best sequels. Here are some books that I thought were just as good as (or even better) than the first book in the series:

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The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner – I thought The Thief was a good book but I was stunned by how amazing these two sequels are. I’ve reread them several times but they never get old. Sigh, wonder when the next book in the series will come out?

A Coalition of Lions ebook

A Coalition of Lions, The Sunbird and The Mark of Solomon duology by Elizabeth Wein – As much as I love EWein’s writing, I don’t think The Winter Prince was for me. I’m so glad my introduction to her Lion Hunters series was through The Sunbird because I fell in love with it right away.

Son of the Shadows

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier – Daughter of the Forest was such a lovely, lyrical read and I delighted to discover that the sequel is just as good. I think I may even like Liadan a little bit more than Sorcha.

Blood Challenge

Blood Challenge (book 7 in the World of the Lupi series) by Eileen Wilks – My favorite out of all the books that are currently out in this series! I loved how it kept surprising me right until the end.

Silver Shark

Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews – Novellas like this are the kind that you read in one sitting. I would love to see more books about this world.

Where She Went

Where She Went by Gayle Forman – I guess I was lucky that it took me a while to read Gayle Forman’s books because I got to read this together with If I Stay and I think it balances the story arc so well.

The rest of the books in my list are more companion novels rather than sequels, even though they were published after the first book.


Fire – Loved so many things in this novel: the characters, the romance, the setting and how unique monsters in this world are.

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The Piper’s Son – Together with Jellicoe Road, The Piper’s Son is my favorite Melina Marchetta novel. ALL THE FEELS!

The Chocolate Kiss

The Chocolate Kiss and The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand – I think it’s great that each of the books in the Amour et Chocolat series has a different tone and feel, makes it much more fun to read them.

Down London Road

Down London Road by Samantha Young – Even better than the first book, this was such a good romance that started off with the two protagonists not even liking each other. Love-hate relationships FTW!

What about you, do you agree/disagree with any of my choices? Have you read sequels that are just as good or even better than the first book in a series? Feel free to share what those titles are.

Diving Into a Series

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Some of the World of the Lupi books in the bookstore

It has been a little over two weeks since I started reading Tempting Danger, the first book in the World of the Lupi urban fantasy series by Eileen Wilks. I’m currently in the eighth book in the series, there is one more waiting to be read and then a new one will be published next week. I’ve been looking for another urban fantasy series to follow for a while now and I don’t know if I was just in the right mood when I started with the Lupi books but I’m just glad it worked out for me. I like diving into a series that can keep me occupied for a while – it’s nice to not have to worry about what to read next. Plus, I’ve made the decision to review the series as a whole instead of posting a review for each book (partly because most of my friends haven’t read the series so I’d like to avoid spoilers) so I can just keep reading. No need to pause to let one book sink in and write a review of it. Since this series has been going on for a few years, there are a lot of books in it and it feels good to NOT have to wait for sequels to be published. Although I will encounter that situation once I finish going through all the ones that are out now.

I can’t remember the last time I had a nice glom of a series like this. I did reread the earlier Kate Daniels novels fairly recently, in preparation for Magic Rises, but that was a reread instead of devouring a new-to-me series. One reason for this lack of series engagement is that I discovered most of the series that I currently follow back when only a couple of books were out (e.g. there were only two books in Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat series when I first started reading it). Another part is that I just haven’t been hooked by a series. There was a time when I would have to buy a complete set of a series before starting it but then it came to a point when I would only read the first two or three books and then give up. So I made the decision to give the first book a try and then just grab copies of the next books as I go long. This way, I also feel like I don’t have to make a commitment to finish a series once I start it. I just go with what I feel like reading. We can’t really predict how we’ll react to the books that we read, right? As much as I would have loved to be blown away by some of the series that I’ve tried, it just didn’t happen.

Since this World of the Lupi glom has been taking up a lot of my time (and I’ve also been giving up sleep for it), I thought it would be a good idea to start a conversation about it. What was your last good series consumption and when was it? What are some of your favorite series that you know you’ll follow until the last book has been published? What are some of the series that you tried but didn’t feel compelled enough to continue?