Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Sequels I Need to Read


"Top Ten Tuesday" is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It's Freebie week so I can choose whatever I want. I'm going to choose something that will hopefully make me more productive but probably not because lazy is my middle name, my parrot's name and probably my phone password too.

There are people who marathon an entire series and then there's me with a whole pile of forgotten sequels or finales sitting in a dusty corner. Okay, it's not that bad. I do keep them on a shelf but I just can't find the will to grab them and read them. Most of the time it's because I didn't quite enjoy the first book but it can also be because I have way too many shiny new books to read and I have weird priorities. So let me reveal my shame and maybe it'll help me get started ~



1. End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee - The reviews for this finale have started coming in and gosh darn it, THEY ARE MIXED. Some people loved it and some people didn't feel a single thing. Now I'm scared that I'll be in the latter group because I have the heart of an ice queen so I'm holding this off until I'm in the sweetest mood ever. I love this series and I really want to love the finale.



2. The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski - I didn't like the first book as much as everyone else and that's probably because the romance was going well and then suddenly tipped into insta-love, which was disappointing. I also didn't understand why Kestrel barely cared about her people, like yeah they're slaving shitheads but apart from her 1 friend, she would leave the rest to the wolves for all she cared (despite being the daughter of a general). It would have been more emotional if she initially cared about them but knew they were wrong. Maybe that'll be addressed in the next book, maybe not, but I'll read it one day or another.



3. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas - I was not at all a fan of Celaena Sardothien in the first book. She ate mysterious candy when people were being murdered around her, she could do literally anything like dancing/archery/playing the goddamn piano and it felt Mary Sue-ish since it was never shown how exactly she learned all that, and she was just so arrogant. I managed to like a bazillion arrogant characters but Celaena was so bad she grated on my nerves with each chapter. I couldn't even finish it and I don't plan to because what I predicted came true according to another reader. Despite all that, I will be picking up the second book someday because everyone seems to agree that it's way better. Do you? I don't know but I want to love this series because I adored Chaol and Nehemia and although the world is barely fleshed out, I'm hoping it will develop.


4. Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2) by Melina Marchetta - For something so wordy, I expected to take ages to read the first book but I was actually really addicted to it and finished it in a few days. The only thing stopping me from reading this book are the evil shiny, new books.



5. Rebel Heart (Dust Lands Trilogy #2) by Moira Young - Meep. A lot of people who loved Blood Red Road hated Rebel Heart and y'know how I am. I get swayed into uncertainty so easily.

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6. The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire #6) by George R.R. Martin - Pffffft, I'll never read this because it'll never be published.


7. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan - I've been reading this since October 2014 and I STILL HAVE NOT FINISHED. It's so long-winded and boring and not at all like the previous books. There's not enough life in it, there's not enough Percy in it, there's not enough I don't know. I just feel like it's way too long but I'll get around to finishing it one day or another.

8. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater - I loved The Raven Boys so why am I being so lazy and not picking this up? Especially when it's centered around Ronan the badass cucumber that cuddles baby birds? I don't know, I don't know.


9. Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen - The first book wasn't that bad, I was just being mean on Goodreads with my 2 stars. Or maybe it was bad and I'm being too nice right now. I don't remember but I remember that I knew the world was going to develop and that's what I hear happens so I'm interested in finding out what the authors do with the magic system since that was the best part of the first book.


10. Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle - I thought Sins & Needles blew me away with how tense and scandalous it was. At one point, I had to do math homework to calm down. So I JUST DON'T KNOW why I don't have the second book in my possession. 

Basically, I know nothing. I am Jon Snow 3.5. I should probably get myself this t-shirt:

And put my face on it maybe
Do you guys have any sequels that you really need to get started on? And do you have any idea why you haven't started them because I sure as heck don't.


22 comments:

  1. Great idea for a Top Ten - I admit to needing to read The Winner's Crime and I cannot wait for George R.R.Martin to finish his next book - it's been far too long! ;)

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    1. Thanks! The Winner's Crime sounds like it has loads more politics so I can't wait to delve into that!

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  2. I bet HBO will threaten, bribe or force GRRM to get Winds of Winter out by next year (their current deadline). The questions is, can he write a new book in a mere couple of years, or is it going to affect the quality... XD
    Cheers!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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    1. Yes, I prefer he takes his time but I'm also worried he may..."poof" before then and his masterpiece will have to be completed by someone else :/ hopefully he'll live long and forever, especially since he's stolen so many fictional souls lol.

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  3. I tend to do exactly the same thing with series. It gets even worse for me when it's the last book of the series. (I have too many to mention that I need to read.) I hope this helps you to be a little less...procrastinating. I just started Finnikin of the Rock, so I'm really happy to know that it's not a draggy type of book. I'm not even out of the first chapter, and I can totally see how it could be very addicting. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but I liked Throne of Glass way more than Crown of Midnight. The only good news I've got for you is that I seem to be in the minority (it's like me and two other people over here) so there's a very good chance you will like it more. Finally, do read Rebel Spring. While I didn't think Falling Kingdoms was a BAD book, it took some work for me to really click with it. However, I really think this is a series that keeps getting better.

    My TTT

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    1. The last book of the series is usually hard for me to get to as well! It depends on how well the 2nd book is and usually those aren't that great :/

      And I guess I'll just cross my fingers and see how Crown of Midnight is like. Hopefully I'll encounter more world-building and action. I may even come to like Celaena *gasp* but I doubt that haha. I'm more looking forward to reading the Falling Kingdom books!

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  4. Haha, great post. I also need to start reading from my ever-growing TBR. Thanks for visiting my blog, Ju.

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    1. TBRs are endless and awesome haha can't wait to see more of your blog posts, Rosie!

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  5. Crown of Midnight is definitely way better than Throne of Glass! I actually sped read my way through Blood of Olympus, finished it in about a week but I was excited because it was the last book, it wasn't my favourite. Far too little Percy for my liking! The Dream Thieves is great too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/top-ten-tuesdays-5/

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    1. Omg yess I hear the second half of Blood of Olympus is actually really fast! I'm just being lazy but I need to move and find out what happens to my faves Leo, Nico, Annabeth and Percy!

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  6. FJADKLSF YOU HAVE GOT TO TRY THE DREAM THIEVES. It's incredible and centered around Ronan, my adorable nasty baby. *melts* Oh and I was pretty much MEH about The Winner's Curse, too! But the sequel?! So. many. feels. xD I'm not wholly addicted to that series! Ahhh, I'd love to read Froi, but I basically have the same problem as you. ;-) It's big and scary. But I did so love Finnikin!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. I HAVE RONAN IN MY CLUTCHES AND I SHALL BEGIN TODAY. I didn't know there would be feels in The Winner's Crime because they're both apart but that also makes me curious now :D

      Thanks for visiting my blog, Cait!

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  7. You need to read crown of midnight! I put it off too, but it's so great!! I think I put sequels off because I think they won't meet my expectations... I have so many unfinished series...

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    1. Same, the amount of unfinished series I have is embarrassing, especially the old series like The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy which people have reread and I haven't even finished once ;_;

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  8. I actually am one of those people who liked Curse more than Crime. I get your reasons for not liking Curse though, but honestly from what I remember, those problems aren't really solved in Crime.

    Oh my God, I hated Calaena in Throne of Glass as well! But definitely pick up Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed them both! Now I'm looking forward to Queen of Shadows. :)

    I feel the same way about Rebel Heart! I've owned it and Raging Star for ages, but the negative reviews are putting me off, which is such a shame since I adored Blood Red Road. :(

    I also agree with Blood of Olympus--although I did finish it in maybe three days. It was hands down the worst book in the Percy Jackson universe, which is really sad since I adored all of the other books so much. :( This series should've ended at House of Hades.

    I was a bit meh about The Raven Boys, so I'm still not sure if I should pick up The Dream Thieves. :( I'm actually not a big Ronan fan, to be honest.

    I am HORRIBLE at reading series. I have countless amounts of series that I have started, owned, and still haven't read. D:

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

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    1. Your long comment made my day omg ;_; bless you

      Hmm maybe Crime has more politics? I've heard it has less action but more plotting, guess I'll have to find out. Wahh I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt meh about Celaena! Hopefully she develops in CoM and I hear there are cooler new characters added to the story :D

      Yass, the Heroes of Olympus series felt dragged out! I loved all the characters but even my favorites' have lifeless storylines :(

      Aw I get that you aren't a fan of The Raven Boys because some people couldn't connect with the writing style. It is a really unique style but even the plot is slow so there's that. Heh I just really loved the characters and their interactions so much that I fell for their enthusiasm for the plot ;)

      AND GURL I STILL HAVE THE DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE TRILOGY LYING DEAD IN THE CORNER AFTER CENTURIES. And countless more old series that I can't pick up now because shiny new books :/

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  9. Yessssssss, get Crown of Midnight, girl! I didn't like the first book that much, but holy shit, the rest of the books just get better and better (CoM is my favorite so far) although as for me, the sequels I'm really looking forward to right now is ACOTAR #2, Queen of Shadows, and all Brandon Sanderson's books haha

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Wow, yess I really want to love this series because I love Sarah J Maas as a person and her ACOTAR book is pretty great so far so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll fall in love with Crown of Midnight!

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  10. 2 AND 3 AND 5. GET ON THEM NOW. Especially 3. I just finished the winner's crime AND I LOVED IT I WANT BOOK 3 however i violently adored the first book so i'M not sure how you will like it? READ IT THOUGH.

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    1. Yes sir, madam, sir! So Rebel Heart is good? I've been scared off by the negative reviews

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  11. Crown of Midnight was a fail for me :( I actually liked TOG better than the second book. End of Days was really good but it wasn't as epic as I would have wanted to be, you know? I hope you like them better though :) Great picks <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Is it bad that I just read this after buying Crown of Midnight? Noooo ah I'll guess just have to tough up and face it myself.

      I think Angelfall was absolutely amazing but the magic kinda faded over the trilogy? Maybe it's just one of those books that would have been better as a 300+ page standalone.

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