This week’s top ten list is about Best Sequels. Well, this is a tough one. Why? Because, usually, I don’t like the sequel as much as I liked the first book. Does it happen to you? Either the writing is sloppy, the plot disappointing and the characters inconsistent to the first installment. The truth is only one. It’s rare to find I sequel that I like, which is why I tend to avoid reading series. Still, there are a couple of sequels that turned out to be better than what I expected.
Top Ten (or Four!) Best Sequels Ever
(click in the covers to find the books in Goodreads)
1. Son of Shadows
Son of Shadows is probably one of my favourite books of all time. This book is precious to me in so many ways. Not only the book is extremely well written, with amazing characters and plot, I also read it a very special time in my life. Though I loved the first installment in the series (Daughter of the Forest), this book is my absolute favourite of the entire Sevenwaters series, by Juliet Marillier. If I ever be in a deserted island, this is the book I choose to take with me.
2. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
This is my favourite second sequel of all time and also one of my favourite books. Yes, it’s chic-lit and historical romance. So what?! I love these characters and their story. This book warms my heart and my soul. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is the book #4 of the Bridgerton series and, despite loving the second book (The Viscount Who Loved Me), this is one is special.
3. Tears of the Moon
Now, this isn’t among my favourite books, and probably isn’t the best sequel ever, but it is one of the first sequels I loved. I read it in my late teens and I really enjoyed the characters. Brenna is a mechanic and a kick-ass girl, while Shawn is a musician and more slow paced in life. I love the pair they made. Also, this book had a huge influence in my love for Ireland.
5. Archangel’s Kiss
Archangel’s Kiss is definitely not the best book ever. I’m having mixed feelings about this series and frustration is all over the place. Still, when I was a bit disappointed with the first book, it was this sequel that saved the series for me, (only to be utterly disappointed by book #3, but that’s another story). The book is well balanced, good paced, more consistent that the other book I’ve read and much more interesting plot, character and world development. So, because it’s an exception to what is usually the rule, the book made it to the list.
And this is it! Short list, only with two titles that I can really call “best ever”. It is what is is. What about you? What’s your favourite sequel ever? Do say that you have some amazing titles to recommend. I’m so very disappointed with series at the moment. I could use some good suggestions. 🙂