Top 10 sequels I read in 2018

It may come as no surprise to you that I am pretty bad about reading sequels. But actually in 2018, I did quite well on that front. So much so that talking about all of the sequels I read would be too much. Therefore, here is a top 10 list of sequels I read last year.


10. Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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I started this series in 2018 and got as far as the second book. I put this series off for years and I shouldn’t have, because I ended up really enjoying it. I listened to both of them on audio and I think they work really well as audiobooks. I enjoyed the narration. This series is so action packed and it keeps you constantly on your toes. But anyway, to talk specifically about this book, I felt like it’s not as good as the first one. I think the pacing for it is a bit off, so while there’s still so much going on, it feels slow at times. But it was still a thoroughly enjoyable book, and I fully intend to continue on with this series.

9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I read Cinder I think in 2015, so quite some time ago and I really enjoyed it. But then I just never continued with the series. I was a little bit worried going into this that I had outgrown the series. I just found myself reaching less for YA and more for adult books recently. So I was a bit worried. But what do you know, I ended up loving it even more than the first book. I like Scarlet more than I like Cinder and I definitely liked the love interest more than the one in Cinder. It was also a lot more fun I feel like. Cinder followed the main story-line of Cinderella very closely, but this kinda took Little Red Riding Hood in an unexpected direction and I really enjoyed that. I think I actually got around to reviewing this, so if you want to read more of my thoughts, check that out.

8. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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I started this series in 2017 and immediately picked up the second book. However, it took me quite some time to get through this book and not just because it’s massive. I picked it up at a time when I wasn’t really in the mood for it. Despite that, I still really love this series. I loved some of the new characters we were introduced to. There were pirates and cons and friendship and it’s just such a great series guys. I did feel like this particular installment could have been better paced. There was a bit in the middle where it kind of lagged, but overall, a fantastic book. I’ve also reviewed this one, so check that out for more of my thoughts.

7. The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

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I was not expecting this sequel. I read the first book a couple of years ago and thought it was hilarious. I had no idea there was a sequel coming out, and indeed the author hadn’t planned a sequel. But I was delighted when I walked into a Waterstones one day and saw it. I obviously picked it up and I was not disappointed. Jonas Jonasson is hilarious, his books are so up my alley. The humour is so dry and dark, but also very self aware. And somehow, his books manage to be both super fun and super informative. I just cannot recommend his books enough.

6. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

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I started this series in the first half of the year and it’s become one of my favourite. It’s so dark. Joe Abercrombie has no mercy, pulls no punches, and has created a world and characters that are fascinating and a story so gripping that I just want to know what happens next. All of the characters are super flawed. They’re all pretty bad people, but they’re great. I love them all. I’m currently reading the third book in this series and I just can’t wait to see where it goes. I am officially a Joe Abercrombie fan now.

5. Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwwab

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It’s no secret that I absolutely love Victoria Schwab. This series man. In all fairness, I did prefer the first book to the second one, but this was still a fantastic book. I’m not normally a huge fan of urban fantasy, but the world she’s created in this series is awesome and so unique. I loved this book because it expanded on the world and we got to see different cities where the magic was slightly different. I wish it had been expanded even more. I sincerely hope she writes more in this world, maybe with some of the side characters from this series, because there is so much that could be explored and I am here for it. You can check out my review of the series if you want to know more of my thoughts.

4. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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This is not so much a sequel as it is a companion novella, but I want to talk about it, because it’s such a wonderful, strange little book. Auri is my little precious bean. I can relate to her probably more than to any other character in this series. I love Kvothe, I think he’s a great character, but Auri is precious. I will fight anyone who throws shade on her. This story spoke to me so much, I may have even cried. I put it off for so long because I didn’t want to not have any more Kingkiller books to read. But I finally read it. And it was everything I wanted it to be.

3. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Mark Lawrence is another author I discovered in 2018 and is now one of my favourite authors. I’ve read three of his books this past year, but this series is one of the best fantasy series that I’ve read in a long time. It’s about magical assassin nuns. Just that should tell you a lot. But it’s so dark. And the characters are all flawed. I love Nona, the main character, she is so deeply flawed, but also such a loyal character. And I feel like loyalty and friendship are just not explored enough in books. And I live for that. But aside from the characters, whom I love, the world is so cool and unique; the magic system is fascinating. I just adore this series. I love everything about it and I can’t wait for the next book. Just give it to me already. I also audiobooked this series and the audiobooks are brilliant. I love the narrator.

2. Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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I read both the second and third books in rapid succession and both possibly would have qualified for this list, but I wanted to talk about other series as well. I liked this one more than the second one, so I picked it. This was one of the best finales to a series that I have ever read. Brandon Sanderson is just amazing. I’m 100% here for all of his books after this finale. I was literally in awe at how he pulled all of the little threads together, the foreshadowing alone just blew my mind. I don’t know what I was expecting from the series, but it was not this. It constantly kept me guessing and tricked me and ugh, I cannot explain to you how much I love this series. I have a series review for this so go check that out for more of my thoughts.

1. The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

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I had to give number one to this finale because it was perfect. And it tore my heart out and shredded it to little pieces. I cried guys. I still think about this and all the feels it evoked. I am the least maternal person in the world, but I had such mum feels reading this. It moved me. This whole series is phenomenal: the characters, the world, the story, the writing, just everything. I’ve reviewed the series, I have a spoiler free review and a spoilery rave, so just read those if you want to hear all of my thoughts on the series. But this finale broke me. And I’m still not over it. It’s been like 8 months since I read it. Maybe more. Still not over it.

February 2018 Wrap Up

This month, I’ve read 10 books. Which I am well impressed with considering what a year this has been and also that this month is shorter. Admittedly, some of these books are quite short, but still. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this much.


Everless by Sara Holland

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Despite all the buzz it’s been receiving I thought this was a pretty meh book. It wasn’t particularly original or well written or interesting. The time magic thing was cool, but other than that… meh. I did really enjoy it though. I was just in the mood for something easy and quick to read. Mindless entertainment. And this book was well written and just interesting enough that it didn’t bore me out of my mind and it provided just that: mindless entertainment. So this was by no means an un-enjoyable experience. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not a great one either. 3/5 stars

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Unlike the previous book, this one 100% deserved the hype in my opinion. It was dark, it was atmospheric and seductive in that opulent and surreal fae way, it was cruel and brutal, it was fast paced, the characters were ruthless and interesting… it was basically anything you could possibly want from a dark fae book. I loved it. Read it in one day, cannot wait for the next one. 5/5 stars

The Obelisk Gate & The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

For once, I actually finished a series within 2 months of starting it, which… wow, I’m proud of myself. This series was awesome. I have a full series review, if you want to check that out. I cannot recommend this series enough. If you’re an SFF lover and you haven’t yet picked this series up, just do it. You won’t regret it. 5/5 stars for both books. Also, can I just bring your attention to how beautiful those covers are?

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Finally, finally I have read this book. This series has been hyped up and down for as long as I have been part of the online book community and I finally jumped onto the bandwagon. I really liked it. Dystopia is not really my cup of tea anymore these days, but this is a good one. This is worth reading. It was so full of action, it just kept you on your town. You don’t get a break with this book. It’s one thing after another. 4.5/5 stars.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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I was disappointed by this book. I had heard some amazing things about it, but it was pretty boring. Most of it was just… people travelling and having irrelevant conversations and eating. Pretty much 2 thirds of the book is taken up by that. the ending, does make up for it somewhat and sets up for a much more interesting story in future books, but not enough to make this book a good one. I ended up giving it 3/5 stars, although in all honesty, it’s probably more of a 2/5 star book. But I did really enjoy the main character and the ending, so…

This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab

I finished two series in one month? That’s got to be some kind of record for me. As with every Victoria Schwab book that I’ve ever read, I loved these. I just devoured them and I need more in my life even though they hurt me in my soul. This is such a creative and beautiful and heart-wrenching story and I loved it. Victoria Schwab is the best. 5/5 stars for both.

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer

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If you’re new here, I love Artemis Fowl. It’s one of my favourite series and I don’t understand why more people aren’t reading it and talking about it. That needs to happen. Because it’s awesome. And I just found out recently that there’s also a graphic novel version of them that was adapted by Eoin Colfer himself, so it’s time for me to re-read Artemis Fowl. I loved it this time around as well and I really enjoyed seeing the things instead of just reading about them. 5/5 stars.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Another sorely under-appreciated series. This one was another re-read for me and I loved it even more than I did the first time. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this, because it’s amazing. It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s full of adventure and mystery and snark and I love it. It deserves more recognition than it’s getting. 5/5 stars

The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin – Series Review

I don’t often do series reviews because I don’t often marathon series these days. So I’m going to have to try and figure out a format for this. Also, check out my spoilery discussion if you’d like to hear more in depth thoughts.

Books in the series: The Fifth Season (4/5 stars); The Obelisk Gate (5/5 stars); The Stone Sky (5/5 stars)

Overall series rating: 4.75/5 stars

Genre: Adult, fantasy, sci-fi

Author: N. K. Jemisin

Synopsis: THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.

Three terrible things happen in a single day.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.

She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

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The series’ first book was by far it’s weakest link. It was a bit confusing as you do get thrown in at the deep end. Which is something that I enjoy, but this world is so complex that it was difficult to follow at times which takes away from the story. I suspect that a second reading of the series would reveal a lot of things that I completely missed the first time around due to not understanding how things work. Beyond that, I have only one other complaint about the story overall, and that’s quite subjective. I will talk about it more in my spoilery discussion, which I will have up soon, but there is a polyamorous relationship in the first book that I just didn’t really enjoy. Which means that there was a good 100 pages of the book that I just didn’t enjoy. Which in all honesty is probably why it got 4 stars.

The writing style I absolutely loved. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a second person narrative before. At least not with this kind of second person narrative and it’s a bit strange at first, and I did find it a bit off putting in the first book, but by the end of the series, I came to love it. I think it adds so much as you learn more about the the narrator and the person that it’s narrated to. It’s just beautiful and I loved it.

Characters. I can’t think of a character that I didn’t like. Even if I didn’t necessarily like them as people, I liked them as characters. They’re all complex and deeply flawed and so well written. Every single character that is even mildly significant has at least a little bit of development. Even if the story isn’t at all focused on them. It just makes them feel as actual people with their own stories which we may not know, but they exist. As opposed to them just being fillers. And I cared about them so much. I felt feelings when bad things were happening to them (which was all the time) and also when good things were happening to them (almost never).

The series is incredibly diverse in every and any way possible, which is something that earns books cookie points with most people. And I’m not saying that that isn’t something that I like and want to see in books and media, but I am so tired of books getting praise for no other reason than them being diverse. Just because I feel like we should be past that infancy of “omg there’s a PoC, what a statement! Let’s celebrate.” And I know that diversity in media is still young, but I feel like it’s maybe a toddler by now. And it annoys me when I read a book and I feel like the author is constantly trying to say “Look how diverse my book is! Do you see how diverse my book is? But really… diverse… this book is it…” Which is why I love seeing diversity without attention being drawn to it. Which this series does so well. Most characters here are PoC and most of them are women and of course it’s mentioned. But not in a “look at me I’m diverse” kind of way.

The story is so intricate and unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s a strange mix between fantasy and sci-fi. Actually, I think the best way to describe it would be as a sci-fi that’s set in a fantasy world. But it also has elements that are just fantasy. It’s hard to describe, but it’s great. It just draws you in and completely immerses you in this world that is ending and at times, I was so into it that i actually felt like I was breathing ash and fighting for my life. The way the plot is built is masterful. I honestly had no idea where the story was going even from page to page, let alone overall. It was awesome.

I cannot recommend this series enough for any SFF lover. It’s just beautiful and masterfully told and just read it. You’ll love it.

As an additional note, I listened to parts of the series on audiobook and the audiobook for this is also very good. I really liked the narrator and I even felt like it was easier to follow on audiobook because of the second person narration. So do check that out as well.

Yet Another Book Haul

Are you even surprised anymore?

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin | Scarlet by Marissa Meyer | Everless by Sara Holland | Destroyer Dawn by Scott Beatty | Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | The Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence | The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner | This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab | Our dark Duet by V. E. Schwab

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black | Red Rising by Pierce Brown | A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken | Can You Solve My Problems? by Alex Bellos