Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read! (Top Ten Tuesday)

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again with the Broke & Bookish!

This week, we’re sharing upcoming sequels we REALLY want to read!

As you may know, many books in the world of YA (and even Middle Grade) are series books. There might be two or three or four or even more books in one series. Take Inkheart, for example. Girl of Fire and Thorns. The list goes on. So when you start a novel, you may not be saying goodbye to its characters at the end. That can be a good thing.

But it can also be a bad thing.

It can be frustrating to wait for the sequel to a book you absolutely love.

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Seriously. A year is a long time to wait.

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I can relate to this with the first two books I share below. I’m DYING to get to these sequels by Marie Rutkoski and Danielle Paige.

And those are just the beginning….read on to find out what other sequels I’m most excited about reading!

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

(The Winner’s Curse #2)

The Winner’s Curse was one of my favorite reads of 2014, and probably my favorite high fantasy read of the year.

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The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

(Dorothy Must Die #2)

Dorothy Must Die was one of my favorite debut reads of 2014!

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Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (Seraphina #2)

I just got the first book, Seraphina, and am already excited about the sequel!

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Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #4)

I just finished Cress a few weeks ago and I CAN’T WAIT for this to be out. The world needs Winter now!!! Reworked fairy tales are some of my favorite kinds of stories and I adore the Lunar Chronicles. Can’t wait for this one. We’re in trouble though. This isn’t coming out until November 2015. What is to be done??!?

 This is almost too much, so I’m not going to think about it.

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fairest2Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles 3.5)

Of course I can’t wait for this one too, which is out sooner than Winter, so that’s a good thing.

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Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

by Anne Blankman (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2)

The first book in this series was FABULOUS!! YA Historical fiction at its finest, in my opinion. This one is coming out soon so I will be jumping up and down when I get a hold of it.

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The Stars of Summer (All Four Stars #2)

by Tara Dairman

If you read my post about Tara’s book from The Midnight Garden’s Blog Tour, you will remember how much I loved All Four Stars #1! An ARC of this will be coming my way soon so I’m VERY EXCITED!

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And now for a few of the coverless sequels!

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The Ninja Librarians #2

by Jennifer Swann Downey

Ok, so there isn’t even a GoodReads entry for a sequel for this middle grade fantasy, but there must be one soon!! I loved the first installment in what I expect is going to be a series, so we need #2!!! Time traveling Librarians who are ninjas. That’s all I need to say.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife #2 by Audrey Niffenegger

Somewhere out there, Niffenegger has said something about a follow up to TTTW in which we find out more about Henry and Clare’s daughter, Alba. I need this!! But I may not be getting it anytime soon because GoodReads doesn’t even have an entry and my only evidence was a segment of the book that was published in a special edition of TTTW.

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The 5th Wave #3 (The 5th Wave Series)

This is coming out in August 2015. I just finished the second book in the series, but I really can’t wait to find out what happens to Cassie and her band of friends and whether they survive the alien invasion.

What sequels are you most looking forward to? Share your links as I want to know!

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**Thanks to What Sarah Read for reminding me how much I enjoy using gifs in my posts!

 

 

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Review of Rae Carson’s The Crown of Embers

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (2012)

Suggested age range: 14 and up

(Greenwillow Books, 410 pages)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: Library

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“My faith has been greatly shaken in the last year, but not broken. I have this conduit, after all, this constant reminder that someone or something listens to my prayers, grants me strange power in trying circumstances, warns me of danger. So I know to trust where it leads.”

The Book: The second installment in Carson’s trilogy opens with action and intrigue, similar to the first book. It is Elisa’s birthday celebration, and she is now a triumphant queen, taking on more responsibility in leading her subjects. In the first chapter an animagus surprises Elisa and her entourage; he makes a chilling promise: “ ‘You think you’ve beaten us back, but we are as numerous as the desert sands. Next time we’ll come at you like ghosts in a dream’” (p. 8). Tensions in her kingdom erupt, Elisa’s life is threatened, and she embarks on a quest to find answers to questions, which might just save the world of Joya D’Arena.

Will Elisa find the Zafira, which may be the solution to endless tensions between Joya D’Arena and Invierne? Will she survive, even in the midst of multiple attempts on her life? How will these events affect the relationship between Elisa and Hector, her protector? Many questions are raised during this action-packed narrative, complete with more revelation and insight into Elisa’s developing identity as queen. Though she struggles with insecurity as she did in the first book, the Elisa in Crown of Embers is assuredly more confident and ready to embrace her destiny.

Spirituality in The Crown of Embers: Elisa’s adventures and struggles depicted in the story reflect spirituality in several ways. Like the first one, this book really gets into the spiritual culture of Elisa’s world, and I loved the way Carson presents this culture. Some of the phrases Elisa says to herself when she is in the midst of very stressful situations resemble Biblical scripture, but this in no way turns the book into anything stuffy or too religious. In fact, I appreciated that I could recognize some of these phrases.

Elisa often taps into her Godstone and begins “praying” when she needs peace or is in danger. This is yet another example of how her spirituality is vital for her life and the trials she experiences. Her ability to help those close to her heal from life threatening wounds also illuminates the notion of making sacrifices for people. Elisa possesses significant love and compassion for people, and this is highlighted many places in the story. A spirituality of connectedness is definitely present in the story.

Who Should Read This Book: Young adults and adult who read the first book, of course! Fans of fantasy should pick up this trilogy. Even high school English teachers might consider introducing the books alongside curriculum about plot, character, and theme. Carson’s book is a perfect one for discussion, so this would also make a fabulous book club read.

The Final Word: I really enjoyed The Girl of Fire and Thorns but I think I may have enjoyed the second book even more. Carson does leave readers on a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, but since the third book has already been published, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I strongly recommend reading this trilogy.

 

 

Alert the Divergent

INSURGENT

Insurgent  by Veronica Roth (2012)

Suggested age range: 13 and up

(Katherine Tegen Books, 544 pages)

Rating: 4/5 stars

“ ‘May the peace of God be with you,’ she says, her voice low, ‘even in the midst of trouble.’

‘Why would it?’ I say softly, so no one else can hear. ‘After all I’ve done…’

‘It isn’t about you,’ she says. ‘It is a gift. You cannot earn it, or it ceases to be a gift.’

The above quote takes place toward the end of Insurgent, when Tris is caught in the middle of a religious ceremony while at Amity headquarters; a member of Amity takes her hands and gives her a message. Tris, however, finds it difficult to receive this “peace” the woman talks about.

What I find interesting is the way this passage illuminates Tris’s guilt and reminds the reader of her continual struggle throughout Insurgent over her past actions. Many of her past actions, she feels, she was forced to take, in order to protect those she loves. However, she repeatedly grapples with the consequences of her choices. One question I am asking at the end of the second book: Will Tris be able to find peace by the end of the third?

The sequel to Divergent, Roth’s second novel continues to follow the journey of Beatrice Prior as she grapples with losing her parents, making sacrifices to save those that are dear to her, and searching for the truth behind the chaos that is now her world.

I was not as captivated by Insurgent as I was by Roth’s first novel, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t racing toward the end of the book in order to find out the secret of the information Tris had been asked to retrieve from Erudite headquarters. Though the middle of the novel seemed a bit slow in some parts (or perhaps I was just spoiled by the pace of Divergent!) the last third of the book kept me turning the pages. Like other readers, I’m sure, I was also left wanting to have the third book ready to crack open, as the second novel does end on a bit of a cliff.

Like the first book, Insurgent gives readers a closer look at Tris and her relationship with Tobias as well as with her friends, from both her own faction, Dauntless, as well as others. A word of warning: many people die in the second book. After all, it is war-time. Some of Tris’s friends die. There is violence and blood. However, Tris is a character we want to be safe, and we want to know what her life is going to look like when things become more “normal.”

As with many other contemporary young adult novels currently being published, there are some good conversations that can emerge among readers about government control, corruption, the abuse of power, and the question of “doing something bad” for the “greater good.” Both characterization and themes in this novel provide much room for in-depth and engaging discussions. Roth’s trilogy would be an excellent book club read.

Now, we just have to be patient until the conclusion to the trilogy, Allegiant, is released later this month.