Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels That Rock

the broke and the bookish

*yawwwwwwn* Good morning there, early birds. I worked till 2 in the morning, so my brain isn’t 100% functioning at the moment, but let’s attempt this anyways! And I apologize, but there won’t be any pretty pictures or GIFs in this post, because I have an appointment and I’m in a bit of a rush. As usual. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and the topic this week is Top Ten Best Sequels Ever. Not sure if I can come up with 10 of those…

1. All the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling – Well DUH.

2. All the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon – Another duh. In particular though, the first 3. I feel like the first 3 should all be one book. But I love them ALL.

3. Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire was a pretty good sequel to The Hunger Games, and I like it better than Mockingjay, if only because Katniss wasn’t “with” a boy yet.

4. The Black Lung Captain and The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding – These are the sequels to Retribution Falls, and they were both awesome. And I’m sure the fourth book, The Ace of Skulls, is probably just as awesome but I still need to get my hands on it. (WHY isn’t it available on The Book Depository website yet? Whyyyyy?)

5. The Broken Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin – This is the second book in her Inheritance / 100K trilogy, and it was so good! It was a separate story, but in the same universe with some of the same characters making an appearance.

6. Flip This Zombie and Eat Slay Love by Jesse Petersen – These are the sequels to Married With Zombies, and they’re just as fun as the first book – action-packed, funny, and furthering the story. I’m bummed Orbit didn’t sign her on for more sequels.

7. All the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde – Actually, the sequels are BETTER than the first book – The Eyre Affair was alright, but I enjoyed the sequels so much more.

Aaaand because I can’t think of anymore really fantastic sequels, here are some sequels that were pretty terrible:

8. The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons – This is the third book in a trilogy about Tatiana and Alexander, and I HATED it. Wish I could just erase it from my memory.

9. The Dead & The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer – This is the second book in the YA series The Last Survivors, and it was pretty awful, especially since it had so much potential.

10. Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow – This is the second book in the Dante Valentine series, and it wasn’t terrible, but it definitely suffered from second-book syndrome – too much filler, not enough action. I’m still looking forward to reading the third book though.

Alright, what about you guys? Any sequels you love, or hate, or love to hate?

~Sarah

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