Does anyone else have a problem with follow through? I do. I fall in love with these series and then I need to have their sequels in my life and then I put off reading them. I don’t know why I do this, but it just seems to be something that happens. That being said, I did try my best to finish up some series I was reading and to continue one with some of the series I was reading. This post is a highlight reel of my top 5 best sequels I read in 2019.
As I was trying to make this list, I actually had quite a difficult time making it. It turns out that I have actually read a whole bunch of really good sequels and it was hard to narrow it down to just five. However, I after some nail biting and hard decision making I narrowed it down. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my top 5 sequels I read in 2019!
- Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
This was a fantastic sequel and conclusion to the duology. I listened to both books in the series on audio and the narrator was super fantastic. However, I have to admit that I kind of liked the second book a bit more than the first, which is what I think made it such a good conclusion. I loved the extra layers that were added to the world building and I also really enjoyed the way the story came together in the end. Lazlo is one of my favourite male protagonists and he and Sarai are a total OTP. If you haven’t read this series yet, what are you doing? Plus you won’t have to wait like the rest of us did for the conclusion.
- The Wicked King by Holly Black
I know some people might go for the conclusion of the series, and it was tempting when you consider that Queen of Nothing also came out this year, but I have to admit that while I loved Queen of Nothing, I preferred the second book in this series: The Wicked King. The Cruel Prince series wasn’t a series I expected to love, but I do. Jude is so devious and Cardan is wicked. They’re a match made in hell and I love them so much. I loved all the plotting that happened and the different layers of the story. I also loved the ending. I didn’t expect things to play out the way that they did and that ending had me impatiently waiting for the conclusion. I was so glad when I heard that the final book got pushed up to come out at the end of the year.
- Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
The Witchlands is such an underrated series. People need to give it a ton more love than it is getting because I am just obsessed. The cast of characters is diverse and fantastic. They’re all so unique and strong. I love how they interact with each other. It has some of the strongest friendships and cutest OTPs. There are lovely slowburn dynamics and so much banter. Additionally the magic system is really neat. I love the world that Susan Dennard has created and so I was super excited when I heard Bloodwitch was coming out. I was even more excited when I read it. The focus on Aeduan was great, and the developing of the crisis was so fascinating. I have all kinds of theories about what is going on and who certain people are. I need to know if I’m right but there’s no release date for the next book yet, which is super sad. However, you should go and read this series because you genuinely won’t regret it. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Susan Dennard is a fantastic human being.
- Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
The size of this book was so daunting to me despite my absolute love for this series. The Diviners and Lair of Dreams were both fantastic and I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it. Okay, well, I guess I hinted at it a little bit in the first sentence. The size is daunting. It really is, but I’m so glad I finally got to it. I listened to the audiobook and it was so good. I really love this series. This sequel was twisty and the mystery was that much more intense. I have to admit though that there is a little part of me that wishes I had waited just a bit longer because the final book doesn’t come out for a little while yet. I need to know how this series ends because that conclusion hit me right in the feels. I have no idea how this series is going to play out.
- Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Size was another factor in making me procrastinate on reading this book. And then it was the fact that it had been awhile since I had the first two. (As a side note: I definitely think that all sequels should have a recap of the previous books.) This took me a minute to get back into because I had to remember everything that had happened, but once I was in I was once again swept up into the world of the Shadowhunters. I forgot how much I loved these characters and this world. Queen of Air and Darkness was an excellent conclusion to the series. I liked how the conclusion played out and that it had a good ending. I enjoyed all the different perspectives in the book and I also like the revisiting of characters from previous series. However, ultimately that conclusion was what got me. I need more books in this world as soon as possible! If you haven’t read anything in this world yet, you really should. The initial series isn’t my favourite but they only get better as you go.
Those were my top 5 sequels that I read in 2019! What were yours? Let me know in the comments down below.