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This week I’m sharing with you my top 5 sequels I need to get to. I actually had to dig around a bit to find books to put on this list because I’m pretty good at staying on top of a series if I like it! Now, sequels not yet released? THE LIST COULD GO ON FOR DAYS! I wouldn’t even know where to begin because I’m too excited for far too many books!
Most of these are on this list because I’m either waiting for library copies to come in or I’m waiting for the next paycheck to purchase them (the struggle is real!). After reviewing my April book spending, I’m going to have to reel it in a bit, so books on this list that are not at my local libraries will have to wait. I’ll get to you my lovelies, I promise!
I initially picked up the first book in this series entirely on a whim – it had a vaguely edgy name, a sick cover, and it was available on Libby when I was hunting for my next read. What I ended up with was a sort of historical fiction, sci-fi/steampunk-y Frankenstein retelling. It was a fun read that really stuck with me long after I’d read it. I found out the sequel existed last month when I was looking to add the first book to my wishlist and was like WE GOTTA READ THIS! Honestly, since the first book did well as a standalone, I have no idea what I’m getting from the sequel and I’m excited!
So, I had mixed feelings about the first book in this series. On one hand, I really enjoyed the premise and as a musician, I mad appreciated the amount of effort and research put into making the music in this book come alive on the page. Also, the way the clothing was described was beautiful and vivid. I’m not going to apologize for appreciating a good fashion moment. I LIKE WHAT I LIKE. A musical Goblin King story with a major case of cover envy and some pretty clothes? Sign me up! However, there is only so much brooding and dragging out allusions to hush-hush secrets that I can take, and boy did this book like to drag things out. And boy did them characters brood. Ultimately though, I’m curious to see where things go. I wasn’t happy with the ending at all and need something more satisfying. Plus the cover looks really good. Again.
I know it’s been said a million times but the best way to describe book one is Nigerian Harry Potter but don’t let that mislead you – this is hardly a retelling of the young British wizard we all know, but rather a story that introduces you to an captivating new world of magic hidden right in front of our eyes in modern day. The world-building in book one was amazing. I absolutely adored it and can’t wait to dive back into it. I was far more into the world itself than the plot which felt rushed towards the end and didn’t give us a lot of resolution, probably in preparation for the second book – the second book I now absolutely need to get my hands on.
Let me tell you – book one in this series had me hooked right from the start. As you might have picked up from things mentioned earlier in this post, I’m a sucker for ‘pretty’ things. The major premise behind this series is a world where beauty is a highly sought after commodity and Belles are those who control and manipulate beauty. You know Avatar? These are beauty benders. It’s an entire magic system focused on beauty. And the magic? Done with tools from their beauty caisse in a way that feels almost like beauty alchemy. There were some aspects of the book that were upsetting (can we just cancel bury your gays in 2019, please?) but overall, I fell madly in love with the world that Clayton spun and have been trying to get friends irl to read book one so I can scream with them about it. I think I’ve maybe won one of them over. Small victories. A bigger victory will be getting my hands on a copy of Everlasting Rose. ALSO, covers. ‘Nuff said.
K, so Reign of the Fallen was part of my first major wave of letting myself read again and getting completely immersed in new books. I remember grabbing it right off the ‘new’ shelf solely because of the cover. I mean, can ya blame me? Pretty AND it has a skull. It was practically screaming my name from the cover alone and when I saw it had to do with necromancy? There was no way she wasn’t coming home with me. I was immediately taken with the idea of the living dead nobility and the world of the dead in this book – so taken, in fact, that I could still tell you most of the details still even though it’s been well over a year and over a hundred books later. I actually had book two on hold on Libby before it was even released and was the first person to get my hands on the ebook at my library but at release time I just couldn’t get into reading anything at that point in time. I returned the book way early so someone else could have a chance. I keep meaning to go back to Song of the Dead but still haven’t. Maybe May will be the month!