Hello all! Time for another of my ‘Favourite Reads of the year’ posts. This one is focusing on the sequels that I have read this year and loved. Some of these have been the epic endings to what have become favourite series of mine, and others are the equally epic second books in series that I am loving so far. When you see all the amazing books below, you will understand why I had to cheat and do multiple ‘top reads’ posts because I would have found it absolutely impossible to narrow the over 100 books I’ve read down to 10. Have you read any amazing sequels this year? Whether they were the end of a series that made you an emotional wreck, or simply sequels that ending on ridiculous cliff-hangers leaving you needing the next book asap. Let me know in the comments.
I know I say this all the time but READ THIS SERIES! It is honestly so good and underrated. With the second book in the quadrology? (is that a word?) the author manages to give is an even deeper insight into the MC’s from book one as well as introducing a whole host of other characters for us to fall in love with. It has the slowest burn enemies to lovers, Inuit mythology and a kickass heroine who deals with PTSD and another MC who is deaf there is something for everyone to enjoy.
This book destroyed me. I was an absolute mess after reading it. I knew it wasn’t going to be a happy ending, but I was not at all prepared for the torture the author would put me through. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the world that the author created and will definitely be returning to it soon.
Talk about the perfect ending to a series. This book was everything the end of a series should be, it had me in tears, whooping with joy and on the edge of my seat gripping the pages. It is a series that wholly envelopes you as a reader, and the author gave the characters the ending they deserved. Nothing was rushed it was, simply put, perfect.
These authors sure know how to raise my blood pressure. I think I was close to a heart attack whilst reading the last chapter. But we also get treated to some amazing character growth, brilliantly depicted battle scenes I’ve yet to read a bad book where either of these two author are concerned and this was an easy add to my favourites list.
The angst! My god this book had angst by the bucket loads which, if you know me, means I loved it. The absolute perfect follow on from the previous book, we get to see the characters in the aftermath of the death of one of their own. How they react, detach from each other, grow distant. I love how the author deals with all the relationships and also delves a little more into characters I loved from book one.
This book had a lot to live up. Not only because I loved Mirage, but also had to wait what seemed like an age for it and readers… it did not disappoint. I fell back into the world with ease, and was swept away with the politics and romance. We also got treated to a second POV that added a whole new depth to the book and made it that much more special.
The books are just so much fun. There are no airs and graces, what you see is what you get, and what you get is a rag tag group who try their best but generally end up doing more harm than good. Unabashedly British, witty and yet manage to deal with some hard hitting topics with a lightness that has you speeding through the pages.
I actually read both books in this series this year and easily found myself a new favourite author. I love me a good literary squad and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. Add in a unique and well developed magic system, world building to die for and plenty of romance and angst and I was hooked.
The Burning God by R.F. Kuang
I literally finished this book hours before writing this post and I’m still not sure if I can put into words just how good it was. It devastated me, and yet as I was reading I knew there was no other way it could have ended. The added fact that this series is based around an actual piece of history make it hit that much harder. I fell a little in love with each and every character (more fool me) and it is an ending that will stay with me for a long while.
I adore this series. Filled with a fresh and well developed magic system, characters you can’t help but fall in love with and a heroine you will fight for till the very end. The authors writing style is just so beautiful and I was swept away on a journey filled with romance, friendship, family and magic dresses.