March 26, 2020

17 Series Whose Second Book Is as Good as the First

There's a concept that the blogger community has talked about for ages, called the sophomore slump. Often, the second book in a trilogy is not as good as the first or even the third. But I'm here with some series (trilogy, duology, quartet or longer) that hold true through that second book.

1. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy)

2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games trilogy)
Pretty much everyone already knows about this book, but it's my blog, so I'll do what I want. CF is so fricking good. (And so is Mockingjay, despite what everyone says.)

3. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski (Winner's Trilogy)

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4. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns series)

5. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (Heist Society trilogy)

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6. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (The Queen's Thief series)

7. Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen (Scarlet trilogy)
First book that I really wanted to throw against a wall whilst reading.

8. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (Truly Devious trilogy)

9. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity companion series)
Makes me cry every time.

10. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Naturals series)

11. Split Second by Kasie West (Pivot Point duology)

12. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows duology)

13. The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (Wrath & Dawn duology)

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14. The Rose Society by Marie Lu (Young Elites trilogy)
Though the final book, The Midnight Star, is a bit disappointing.

15. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars duology)

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16. Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson (Rebel Mechanics trilogy)

17. The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey (Perveen Mistry series)

Which sequels do you like?

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