BLOGTOBER Day 11: 10 series I can’t wait to continue
Yesterday I discussed ten book series which I can’t wait to finish, so I thought I’d use today’s post to talk about the ten book series which I can’t wait to continue… Once their sequels have finally been released!
I had considered doing this a bit later in the month, but I could think of so many brilliant series which I’m really looking forward to continuing on with, so I wanted to get this post out as quickly as possible so I don’t end up forgetting about any of them.
So, without further ado, these are the ten series whose sequels I just can’t wait to get hold of…
1. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Nevermoor follows a girl called Morrigan Crow, who is a cursed child. Morrigan is destined to die a midnight on her eleventh birthday, until a mysterious man called Jupiter North swoops in and rescues her, taking her to the magical world of Nevermoor where she begins a series of challenges to join the Wundrous Society.
The third book in the series, Hollowpox, is released within the next couple of weeks, so I’m planning on catching up with this series before the fourth installment is even announced.
2. And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando
I read And the Stars Were Burning Brightly during Bookoplathon last month, and I was so surprised when I finished it and went on Goodreads to discover that there is a sequel to this book on its way in 2021.
My review of And the Stars Were Burning Brightly is coming in a post later this month, so check back if you’re interested in reading my thoughts on Danielle Jawando’s heartbreaking debut, but if you can’t wait then my Bookoplathon vlog featuring my experience reading this book is already up on my channel.
And The Stars Were Burning Brightly follows a boy called Nathan, who finds the body of his brother Al after he dies by suicide. There are some triggering discussions of bullying, depression and suicide, so if you find it difficult to read about any of those subjects then this is not the story for you. Danielle Jawando handles all of these topics realistically, drawing on her own personal experiences, so I’ll be surprised if you can read to the end of this book without shedding a tear.
I’m not sure how this book can have a sequel – it feels like a standalone and the story is resolved at the end – but I’m interested in seeing how Danielle Jawando expands this world and which characters she decides to focus on next.
3. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
I read the first two books in the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series earlier in the year, and I really enjoyed them both. The sequel wasn’t quite as brilliant as the first book, but I love the fact that we’re finally getting some high-octane UKYA murder mystery novels.
Holly Jackson’s debut was one of the biggest releases of last year – making a huge splash across the pond, which is always harder for UKYA authors – and I’m excited to see where Pip Fitz-Amobi and Ravi Singh go next.
We’ve had a story told through an Extended Project Qualification and one told through podcasts, so I’m looking forward to seeing which format of storytelling Holly Jackson attempts next; it’s one of the most unique aspects in these books, and certainly makes them both memorable. If you love Karen M. McManus’s One of Us is Lying and you haven’t started this series yet, you need to get hold of them as soon as you can!
4. A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison
I had no idea that the cover for A Tangle of Spells had been released until I started writing this post, so I’m now EVEN MORE EXCITED for the conclusion to the Widdershins sisters’ story.
A Pinch of Magic follows three sister called Betty, Fliss and Charlie, who live in the Poacher’s Pocket Inn in Crowstone. These magical middle-grade books focus on the importance of family and friendship but also aren’t afraid to explore darker subject matter, which makes them perfect for grown-ups too.
I hadn’t read any of Michelle Harrison’s novels before picking up A Pinch of Magic but her storytelling is sublime. I’m looking forward to not only finishing this trilogy off, but also reading some of her other books!
5. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
I reread the Noughts and Crosses series earlier this year, after first reading the quartet when I was a pre-teen.
The premise of Noughts and Crosses is simple. Whereas in our world White people are normally in the positions of power and Black people have been abused and degraded by White people for centuries, in the world of Noughts and Crosses those roles are reversed.
Telling the story of Callum, a nought, and Sephy, a Cross, this is a Romeo and Juliet-esque tale which has much more to talk about than just a forbidden romance. Discussing politics, terrorist groups, racism, teen pregnancy, kidnapping, gun crime and gangs (amongst many other topics!), these books are definitely for more mature YA readers.
While I still really love the first few books, the fifth novel, Crossfire, which was released last year (and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize this year) majorly disappointed me. It feels like half of a story, ending abruptly and at an unsatisfying point. I can’t wait to carry on with this series to know how the story ends, but I’m also not looking forward to it because I don’t think anything can ease my irritation!
Apparently the sixth book in the series, Endgame, is on its way… I’m just hoping it is released sooner rather than later.
6. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Another series which I’m actually apprehensive about continuing.
If you know anything about me, you’ll know that Red Rising is my favourite book of all time. I’d probably count the Red Rising trilogy as my favourite trilogy of all time.
When Pierce Brown announced that he was continuing Darrow’s story in Iron Gold, I was excited and terrified and I responded by getting the book as soon as it was released… And finally reading it back in March. Oops.
I caught up on books four and five in the Red Rising series earlier this year, and although I enjoyed Iron Gold and thought it was a worth continuation – even though it didn’t go in quite the direction I was expecting – I found myself very disappointed by Dark Age.
Dark Age is 700 pages, and although it’s jampacked with action and fighting it doesn’t really take the story anywhere. There is a major twist which I saw coming in Iron Gold, and when the moment which is supposed to have the most impact falls flat you know that there’s a problem. It was the first book in the series which I didn’t automatically give five stars to, and I ended up setting my rating at three stars.
Although I’m excited to read the as-yet-unannounced sixth book and finish Darrow’s story (again!), I’m also worried that it might end up ruining the original trilogy for me. If it does I’m going to try my hardest to think of the second trilogy as fanfiction and pretend that Pierce Brown left things how they ended in Morning Star…
7. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
I only read Foundryside last month, but I think it might be the best book I’ve read in 2020.
Including wit reminiscent of Pierce Brown, a badass sapphic MC, a talking key and a world of magic based off of writing, I don’t think Foundryside could appeal to me any more than it did.
The start of this book is amazing, throwing the reader into the middle of a heist that Sancia has been hired to fulfill. Before you know it you’re 100 pages in and it feels like you’ve only been reading for a few minutes because the pace is that intense.
I’ve been putting off reading Shorefall because I don’t want to have to wait too long for the third book in the series, but there was a two year gap between Foundryside and Shorefall being released so I’m going to have a bit of a wait no matter what. This is definitely a series I’m going to be rereading before the third book hits the shelves, though, and I have a feeling I’m going to fall even deeper in love with this world the second time around.
8. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
It hurts my heart to have to put the City of Ghosts series on this list, because its original release date was last month and I was planning on reading it as soon as it came out. Unfortunately for a couple of reasons – both COVID and the release of the highly anticipated The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue probably contributed – the release date of Bridge of Souls was pushed back to March.
Following a girl called Cassidy Blake who can see ghosts – and her best friend, Jacob, who is one – these middle-grade supernatural stories are genuinely spooky. While reading Tunnel of Bones I found myself getting more unsettled than I do while reading adult horror novels, and I’m looking forward to frightening the life out of myself while reading book three.
9. The Dreamer Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
After binge-reading The Raven Cycle I decided to move straight on to Call Down the Hawk, the first book in the Dreamer trilogy, and I loved it.
Although the ending of The Raven Cycle disappointed me a bit (I’m probably not alone in thinking that the conclusion was a bit of a cop-out) I was looking forward to spending more time with Ronan and Adam, and I think Maggie Stiefvater did a great job with continuing their story.
As well as getting to see how some of my favourite characters had been getting on since the quartet finished, I also loved meeting Jordan and Carmen, two new characters who add a lot to the story being told in the Dreamer trilogy.
Jordan is an artist who is also a Dreamer, while Carmen is a hunter who is trying to track down Dreamers across the globe. Jordan’s story is my favourite out of the two, but I’m looking forward to seeing which direction Maggie Stiefvater takes Carmen in, as there is a lot of potential with her character.
Although the release date of the second book has been announced (it’s coming on May 1st 2021!), the title and the cover are yet to be revealed, so I’m looking forward to getting more Dreamer Trilogy content at some point in the next few months.
10. Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas
Everyone and their dog was talking about House of Earth and Blood when it was released back in March, so this is exactly the kind of book I would have normally avoided like the plague. I hate hype because I’m always convinced books aren’t going to live up to it, and I hate reading the first book in a series when there’s no news on when the second installment will be released, but I threw caution to the wind and read this book back in April and I bloody loved it.
House of Earth and Blood is the first book in the Crescent City series (which is currently slated to be a trilogy, but Sarah J. Maas has stated that she thinks there will be more books added). Introducing the world of Crescent City, we join Bryce Quinlan as some awfully traumatic things happen to her and she struggles to come to terms with them, while also investigating the mystery of what happened that night.
As this is a Sarah J. Maas novel – and her first book which was actually marketed as adult – I’d been expecting this to be stuffed full of sex, which really isn’t my jam. Surprisingly, hardly anything sexy happens at all… Which makes me a bit worried about the second book in the series, because Maas might decide to use that opportunity to stuff in all of the sex that was missing from book one.
I’m hoping that isn’t the case though, because this urban fantasy has a compelling setting, a brilliantly crafted cast of characters and so much potential, and although I wouldn’t mind the characters getting steamy if it added to the plot, I don’t want the story to suffer so that the characters can have a shitload of sex.
And that’s it for this post! I can’t wait to continue on with these series, but which series are you looking forward to carrying on with? Leave your comments down below and let me know!
See you tomorrow,