I have some strong opinions on book sequels and the right and wrong ways to go about them. But, when done well, the following books in a series can be just as or even more exciting than the first book.
I’ve compiled my top choices for best book sequels of the year and the top continuations I’m dying to read in 2013.
Best Book Sequels of 2012
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #2
Wow factor: Full disclosure: I haven’t finished this book yet, but I am fully enraptured it in already. It’s got death threats, mysterious mystical prophecies and some serious romantic tension. All serious wins so far!
Is there more?: Yes – The Bitter Kingdom (listed below) is due out Fall 2013.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Wow factor: Phew, this book packs a punch. Tris and Four are distant from each other, there’s a wild conspiracy floating around and the ending will make you re-read it over and over.
Is there more?: Yes, Divergent book #3 (currently untitled) should be published September 26, 2013.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #3
Wow factor: After waiting for this book for what felt like years (was it years??), I was dying to read little Bitterblue’s story. It was powerful, dark and still so magical.
Is there more?: No – this was the final book in the Graceling series. Write more, Cashore!!
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #2
Wow factor: There were so many more surprises and twists than I could have imagined. And wow, what a cliffhanger!
Is there more?: Yes, Requiem (listed below) will be out next year.
Black Heart by Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers #3
Wow factor: Holly Black is just a fantastic writer. She could write anything and make it a hit. Black Heart was everything I hoped it would be.
Is there more?: No, this was the final book in the series.
Most Anticipated Sequels of 2013
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #3
What I’m waiting for: The final crazy conclusion to this emotional roller coaster of a book series!!!
Expect pub date: March 5, 2013
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #3
What I’m waiting for: All the things! I’ve loved this series and have no idea what Carson is going to do with it in this final book.
Expect pub date: Fall 2013
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
What I’m waiting for: After having fallen in love with Shadow and Bone, I can’t wait to read anything by Bardugo. I need more ambiguous Russian words!!
Expect pub date: 2013
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
What I’m waiting for: I wasn’t the most thrilled with Fever, I’m so excited to see the conclusion of The Chemical Garden series. Here’s hoping it rocks our socks.
Expect pub date: February 12, 2013
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #2
What I’m waiting for: Rossi swept me away with Under the Never Sky, so I’m hoping for the same stun effect in this book. Just more Aria and Perry will make me happy!
Expect pub date: January 8, 2013