Tuesday Top 10s

Top 10 Sequels that Ended Second Book Syndrome

tuesday top 10s final

hello friends.

this was strangely difficult post to put together??? im not sure if that’s bc im standalone trash or bc i basically never finish series (what a great realization to come to) but either way i had to scrounge my ‘read’ shelf more than three times before i could slap this together

im a very firm believer that second book syndrome is an epidemic that strikes the reading world from time to time and its very rare to find books that defy this phenomenon

but, i got you, and so here is a list of the top 10 books (the order isn’t written in stone, im a very indecisive person) that ended second book syndrome and were even BETTER than their predecessors.

– everyone gasps in shock –

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10. batman: dc icons

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i kind of loved the idea of this series, not only because growing up, i really loved superheroes (i blame my brothers), but also bc my all-time favourite authors were writing them

so, when i read Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo and was feeling very meh about it, i was worried how the rest of this series was going to play out

THANKFULLY MARIE LU PULLED THROUGH.

these books are definitely not for everyone, but i really loved reading this book, i found it so fun and a real pick-me-up after the first bookflower watercolour

9. our dark duet

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victoria schwab could publish her shopping list and i would be able to write essays about how genius they are

seriously, her writing is beyond amazing and the way she can construct characters and worlds: iconic

This Savage Song was good, but Our Dark Duet, was incredible.

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8. muse of nightmares

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it’s funny, i love beautiful writing, but too much purple prose can actually ruin a story for me. strange the dreamer was a really good book, but man was it hard to get through

i was worried i would face the same trouble with muse of nightmares, but this book was amazing, start to finish

yes, it was slow at some points, but the reveals and twists and turns that laini taylor takes you on, so fricken worth it

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7. scarlet

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THIS BOOK IS PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE FROM THE SERIES

okay, i cant pick between scarlet or winter, but scarlet was SO. MUCH. FUN.

i absolutely adore the characters (wolf and scarlet, ughhhh 😍😍😍), the development of the plot, and THE ARC THEY GO THROUGH, ITS ALL JUST BEAUTIFUL

FJLKDAJFLAJ I CANT STOP SQUEALING OVER THIS BOOK (and series)flower watercolour

6. waking gods

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this series is so underrated. the first book is good but it really sets the stage for book 2 to swoop in and shatter all your expectations.

the reveals, the plot twist, the conflict. i’ve never read (listened) to anything like this

THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK STILL HAS ME IN SHOCK AND I NEED THE LAST BOOK ASAP HALPflower watercolour

5. vengeful

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vicious was good, vengeful was great.

i don’t need to go on more about schwab, but this book is genius in every way possible and if you haven’t picked up this series, you’re SERIOUSLY missing out

also victor, mitch, and sydney, my smol soft family😭😭😭

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4. thunderhead

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book 1 in this series was what you would consider a ‘decent fantasy series with a unique plot’ it was okay, it was good, but it lacked

book 2, was a different level

get your hands on a copy of this book (and ignore the cringe romance in book 1) bc EVERYTHING that was meh about scythe was FANTASTIC in thunderhead.

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3. godsgrave

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don’t mind me i’m just going to be crying over this series

i hate how much pain jay kristoff has inflicted on my life but also im thankful bc these books are everything to me

nevernight was an incredible start to this incredible series, but godsgrave is brutal and shocking and everything in between

can’t wait for darkdawn to slay me ✌️

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2. crooked kingdom

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i don’t think anyone needs an explanation for this.

six of crows was one hell of a book and where i found the book lagged (A LITTLE. in the beginning. plz dont hurt me), crooked kindgom was all action and heart

this series feels like my baby bc its exactly the sort of book you want introducing you to ya fantasy while it simultaneously shatters the idea of finding another book as flawlessly constructed

also the ending 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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1. gemina

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everyone rn: pretends-to-be-shocked.gif

I KNOW YOU’RE ALL TIRED OF HEARING ME TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK BUT TOO BAD FOR YOU

i love this series with everything i am, its my entire heart and i’ll never stop rereading it

i love the characters (especially my husband, nik), the format, the plot, the humour ITS SO GOOD I CAN’T EVEN DEAL

anyways, point being, if you didn’t love gemina with every fibre of your being,,,,,,,,i might have to take back my friendship bracelet,,,,,okay? okay. good talk.flower watercolour

there you have it friends. the books that defied second book syndrome and went on to make names for themselves. which books do you think destroyed second book syndrome? and which series do i NEED TO MAYBE READ THE SEQUEL TO???

 

have a lovely week,

mayy

26 thoughts on “Top 10 Sequels that Ended Second Book Syndrome”

  1. So confession time: I have read This Savage Song and loveed it. I haven’t read Our Dark Duet because I got spoiled for it all and that was months ago and I am sooooooooooooooooo mad everything feels ruined. I can’t wait to read it, but I’m still mad knowing what will happen and ughhhh.
    And the lunar chronicles, ohhh that series just got better and better with each book, I loved them all SO MUCH.
    Wonderful post!! ❤

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    1. oh NOOOOOOO YOU GOT SPOILED NOOOO that ending HIT ME SO HARD!! 😭😭 i hope its still as amazing for you bc i LOVED this savage song so much for ODD was just outstanding!
      yes yes yes!! thank you sm ❤

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  2. Second book syndrome is really the worst though, smh 😦 I’m actually read, um, one Schwab book (A Darker Shade of Magic) and thought it was fine and haven’t had the feeling to pick another one up but now I feel like I should. The Lunar Chronicles and Gemina were just such good reads! Also let me take a moment to talk about how amazing Crooked Kingdom is and how much I love it. Great post!

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    1. RIGHT, its such a PROBLEM! theyre usually my least favourite from a seriesss. i hope youre able to get into them bc THEYRE SUCH GOOD BOOKS!
      crooked kingdom is just,,,,,the best book ever i cri
      thank you sm ❤

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  3. AAAHHHH YES MAY Thunderhead was INCREDIBLE and i honestly cannot wait for the third book!! also i really need to read the lunar chronicles omg, i know so many people (both online & irl) who love it 💓 great post as always!! (this post reminded me of just how many series i need to read)

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  4. I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH. MAyyyy!!!???? *gestures at post*
    I would like to start by saying, all the victoria schwab praise warms my soul. her plotting is so good????? and usually i don’t talk about plot, because characters are everything good in this world. but HER PLOTTING SKILLS ARE SUPERB. I was in shock. I needed a blanket and everything.
    ++ i’m currently reading Strange The Dreamer and Lazlo is a buttercup cutie pie and he’s adorable af c: c: c:
    ++++++ i loved The Lunar Chronicles so much, and at first I was so upset and outraged when the series added new main characters for book 2. Like, I wanted it to JUST follow Cinder and her (his personality is a potato) prince boyfriend.
    BUT THEN.
    SCARLET?? MY GIRLFRIEND?????
    and i was certainly not prepared when Cress became the highlight of my meager existence. I would sell my soul to whatever cause she deemed worthy.
    *wipes tears from eyes*******

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    1. victoria schwab DOESNT COME TO PLAY GAMES, SHES ONLY HER TO MAKE US HURT, my goodness her books are just superb help
      omgoMG OMG YOURE READING STRANGE THE DREAMER yes love lazlo with all your heart bc that boy is so soft and precious, protect him!!

      loool, literally have the same feelings, like cinder = queen but kai is like my wayward son who is kinda,,,,,boring
      SCARLET IS MY ENTIRE HEART MY GOODNESS I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT HER AND cress, small+60% of her body weight is her hair+stays on the internet the whole day = ME
      never have i related to a character so much

      thank you sm for your comment, they are the highlight of my life omg i loveeeee

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  5. so so sorry but i haven’t read any of these. BUT I LOVE MARIE LU SO MUCH AND I REALLY WANT TO READ THE ILLUMINAE SERIES AS WELL AS ANYTHING YOU RECOMMEND MAY *winks*
    rhi xx
    p.s. also i would’ve commented earlier but for some reason??? i couldn’t???? post this comment???? stupid wordpress

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    1. hey at least now i can hear recent accounts of your thoughts lol
      im so excited to hear about your thoughts on these books when you get to them aaaaaaa
      p.s. wordpress is exhausting but omg youre so precious you waited, idek why i didnt let you comment but ily for going through all that effort ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. yep!
        you’ll be the first to know. also do you have an email bc I’d love to chat with you more outside of blogging! let me know pls!
        p.s. uhhhh…. i copied and pasted my comment into notes so i wouldn’t forget hehe! but there was still effort and i love you too may xxxxxx

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