Monday, February 21, 2011

Awesome sequels

You get book one and read it. Instantly you fall in LOVE with the story. So, you anxiously await book two in the series, rushing down to get it the day it releases. Crack it and you're let down. Of course this is a taste thing. What could let me down, others might love. But when this does happen to you, it's incredibly frustrating, isn't it? I don't know if it's just you lose that first feeling of love in the second book, or if you go into it expecting certain things unlike when you go into the first book, but this has happened to me a few times. It breaks my heart each time.

I like to be positive though. So I'm not going to spend my time talking about sequels I didn't love, I want to talk about sequels I DID love. One such book is Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting.

I don't know why people aren't talking about this series EVERYWHERE. I absolutely loved both books. The bad guy was creepy in book one. In book two troubled but still in a way that made you uncomfortable and when it all comes down in the end, there are SO many emotions.

Not to mention Jay. Heart him. Love him. Such a cutie. I'm a sucker for best friends falling in love and Jay and Violet are one of my favorite such couples.

I was so happy that this sequel was just as wonderful as the first book. The Body Finder was one of my favorite reads of 2010 and Desires of the Dead is definitely one of my favs so far of 2011.

What are some of your favorite book twos? What do you think it is about them that makes them work?

PS, sorry for the late post. I have a kiddo with the flu and completely spaced it.


  1. I'm SO going to read those books.
    Well, I'm sure a million people are going to say this, but I thought each book in Twilight was better than the last.
    Although I have a soft spot for when they meet. But, generally, I'm let down by the next book in a series, and I couldn't even count how many I didn't finish.

  2. NOOOO. New Moon is my least favorite. My favs are Twilight and Eclipse.

  3. Twilight and Eclipse are my faves, too. I've never read The Body Finder novels - thanks for the suggestion! I recently read Poison Study, which was great, and the sequel Magic Study was really good, too. I haven't read the third yet (Fire Study).
    I have to really love a first novel in order to read the second. I'm so sick of first books that have huge cliff hangers and tons of loose-ends. It makes me not want to read the sequels, to be honest.
    Hope your kiddos get well soon!

  4. Wendy, yeah, you will love Body Finder books. They're good. Cliffies drive me crazy too!

  5. I'm with Kelley and Wendy, Twilight and Eclipse are my favorites in that series. And I hate the huge cliffhangers! The first Morganville Vampire book ends with a MASSIVE cliffhanger and it just made me mad.

    I don't often like sequels as much as the first, but I thought Janice Hardy's BLUE FIRE was as awesome as SHIFTER

  6. Catching Fire is my all time favorite sequel and all books in the Sookie Stackhouse series from 3 on.

    @Sarah I *loved* Blue Fire, though I admit I did not read Shifter.