Top Ten Tuesday | Sequels that Definitely Did Not Suffer from Sequel Syndrome

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Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.

Today’s topic is ‘Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut’ but I thought I’d put a twist to that and tell you some books that did not suffer from sequel syndrome. The first book in the series may or may not be the author’s debut; either way, the sequel was just as good, if not better, than the first book. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

In no particular order.

1- The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon

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2 – The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski

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3 – The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

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4 – Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

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5 – Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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This is, hands down, one of THE BEST sequels out there. Too bad Sarah J. Maas treated this book like it was Chaolena fanfiction on her computer, and ignored every word written in this to make way for a ship in the fourth book. Excuse me. #StillBitter

6 – The Heart of Betrayal (Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

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7 – The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness

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8 – The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin

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9 – Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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10 – Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) by Laini Taylor

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Comments

  1. So many great books on this list Aimal!! I enjoyed Crown of Midnight and Scarlet so much more than Throne of Glass and Cinder!! I’m not sure that I agree with Clockwork Prince though. Clockwork Angel was such a great first book!! But I gave all three of the TID books 5 stars so it’s hard to judge 🙂

    I’m hoping to get to the Chaos Walking trilogy really soon (I know you love that series!!). And hopefully I can read The Winner’s Curse and Daughter of Smoke and Bone next year. It’s good to know that those series get better and better!

    • Thanks, Jenna! 😀 Yaaas *virtual high five* Another Scarlet lover! I don’t find those very often. 😛 I’m so excited for Winter, woot woot.
      I think the reason I liked CP more than CA is because while I was reading the latter, I had midterms and it took me FOREVER to get through it? I think that’s the only reason why I enjoyed the sequel more because I was free to go at a pace I was more comfortable with. :3
      I hope you get to those series (especially Chaos Walking and The Winner’s trilogy). They’re brilliant! x

      • Hehe I have no idea what people have against Scarlet and Wolf!! Their relationship is amazing! I like Cress and Thorne too (and I guess Cinder and Kai) but the connection between Scarlet and Wolf is like GAHHHHHH SO GOOD <3

  2. Yesss! Numbers 5 and 9 are so true!
    Crown of Midnight was absolutely a step up from Throne of Glass! And yup, it was more Chaolena this time (but I’m shipping for this tbh)
    And Clockwork Prince! Omg that book is so good I can’t even! I had to jump immediately to CP2 bc of the cliffhanger!

  3. I love your interpretation of the week’s topic! Definitely my favourite list so far. 😀 I haven’t read The Mime Order yet? Is it as good as/better than The Bone Season?

  4. I want to read The Bone Season so badly!! It’s on my Christmas Wishlist! Your totally right about Crown of Midnight and Scarlet not suffering from the the sophomore slump! If anything those two series only get better with each book! I have the first Chaos Walking book on my shelf I need to get to it ASAP but there are just so many books to read!!

    • The Bone Season is very good. A little slow/confusing in the beginning because there’s a little info-dumping going on, but it’s brilliant once you get through that initial part. 😀

      The Lunar Chronicles definitely improves… but Throne of Glass… not for me. I think the series peaked at Crown of Midnight. After that, it went in a direction that didn’t make sense to me. :3

      Chaos Walking is everything. Tragic, haunting, thought-provoking, intelligent, everything amazing is this series.

  5. COMPLETELY agree with The Winner’s Crime and The Ask and the Answer! Coincidentally, they’re my favourites of the series (so far with Winner’s anyway). I can’t wait until The Winner’s Kiss though. I’m preparing the superglue for my broken heart. :'(

    • YAAAAS. I thought the Winner’s Crime was better than the first one too, even though I absolutely adored Curse too! That cliffhanger- it was the end of me. Arin and Kestrel 5ever; I will settle for nothing less. My babies.

      I actually preferred Monsters of Men over the Ask and the Answer. But AatA was heartbreaking and it really took the series to a whole new level! I still sometimes mourn Davy Prentiss Jr.

      • Aimal, I’m joining you on your Arin and Kestrel ship! And if they don’t work out at the end (BUT THEY WILL, THEY MUST) we can cry and our tears will keep the ship afloat. XD

        Fair enough! Both were fantastic books. My favourite part of Monsters of Men was the perspective of the Spackle. I just really loved that, since ‘opponents’ of war hardly ever get a narrative. It just made the story so much better and developed. ^_^

        I mourn him too. I couldn’t stand him at the beginning but. 🙁 HE WAS JUST LONELY AND HURTING. 🙁 He’s my poor baby. :'(

        • LOL @ our tears keeping our ship afloat. Hopefully, our tears will be happy ones because they must end up together. By the way, if one of them dies… I will punch something.

          That’s so interesting that you say that. A lot of people hated the Spackle part in MoM. xD I quite liked it myself.

          • I HOPE SO TOO. For the sake of my heart and soul! If any of them dies, it will literally shatter me. I haven’t felt this emotionally invested in a series since… the Bloodlines series (and that was awhile ago)! AIMAL WHAT WILL WE DOOOO 🙁

            They did? Oh gosh, I think they missed something really beautiful about the story then! Ah, but oh well. I’m glad you liked it – I’m sure you understand what I meant!

  6. I HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK OF ANY OF THESE. Except the Lunar Chronicles. Scarlet is my least favorite book of the series because I think Scarlet is incredibly annoying. But I agree that it doesn’t suffer from second book syndrome at all!

  7. I love your twist on the topic this week! 🙂
    I haven’t read Scarlet or The Ask and the Answer yet. Scarlet will be my next read though and I am excited! I had to take a break from the Chaos walking series after reading The Knife of Never Letting Go. That book seriously emotionally drained me! lol.
    I recently got The Bone Season, so I am excited to start that series!

    • Thanks, Ashley!
      I quite enjoyed Scarlet; I liked it better than Cinder because I just liked Scarlet and Wolf more? But I know a lot of people disagree with me on that. And yes, I totally get why you’re taking a break from the Chaos Walking trilogy. I don’t think I’ve ever cried harder during a book series than I did in this one (except for maybe Harry Potter). xD The last one was the death of me, but it was also the greatest.
      And yay! I can’t wait to see you get into the Bone Season. That series is severely underrated! x

      • I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been saying that Scarlet was the worst one. I do really like Cinder, but I didn’t think it was “OMG AMAZING”, because I had already figured Cinder out before it was mentioned in the book about her. So hopefully I like Scarlet more!

        I don’t think I ever stopped crying while reading The Knife of Never Letting Go, haha. So I am so nervous for the rest of the series. I know I have to mentally prepare myself.

        Deathly Hallows had me crying so badly, lol. I was also listening to the audiobook at work, so when it got to the part about Snape and Harry I just started crying and almost couldn’t control myself, LMAO! I had to stop listening to it and finished the last bit at home where I completely lost it when it got to Harry and his kids. haha.

        • I figured out the big plot twist too. LOL. Although I enjoyed Cinder, when I got to that part, I was like “really? People are surprised?” Bahah.

          Oh gosh. Manchee. *sobs* I definitely think the rest of the series isn’t as emotionally tough as the first one, but it gets a lot darker, and a lot more complex. Hopefully you’ll be able to get to it soon because it truly is a masterpiece!

          RIGHT? Deathly Hallows was… emotionally traumatizing, to say the least. I remember reading about a certain red-headed character’s passing and just sobbing like a nut. I couldn’t read through my tears and had to put the book down for an hour until my eyes ran out of tears to shed LOLOL. *silently weeps*

          • That’s good to know that the rest of the Chaos Walking series isn’t as emotionally tough. I’m sure it’s still amazing though! I definitely want to finish it soon!
            I just finished watching both of the Deathly Hallows movies and they almost emotionally drained me as bad as the book! LOL!

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