I’m curious how you feel about them. Do you prefer continuing on with the same characters or exploring new characters and seeing more of the world?
When done well it’s amazing. For me, I love character driven stories they’re my favorite for a reason. So any chance to continue on with them is great unless they have a conclusion. Restarting a series picking up where we’ve left them makes me angry lol It never gets better with this option. I would just prefer following new characters and exploring more of the world.
There are occasions when the ending is left very open with room to come back to. This doesn’t irk me but I’m less likely to pick it up if it’s been too long & my interest has dwindled.
I’m going to talk about some I enjoyed, some I’m on the fence about, and ones that I wished didn’t exist.
Rebel by Marie Lu
I was not okay after that ending in Champion. Raise your hand if you were also victimized by that book. I think Champion came out in 2013 & had this new book come out a year or two later I would’ve been all over it. As it stands I have no desire to pick it up. I’ve actually not heard anything about this LOL Sooo I don’t know if that means something bad. Regardless, the longer away I’ve been from this world and these characters the less I remember and the less I care to grab this book. What are your thoughts if you read this book?
Call down the hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Unpopular opinion but Adam is my least favorite of the group of people from this series. Sorry, but that’s just how I feel. I haven’t read this book and again I’m not sure I want to. I was curious about it when it was announced but my excitement has waned. I love her writing style it can be a little difficult at the beginning but eventually all the strings of connection are pulled together. I also enjoyed the Raven Cycle but I liked how it ended. Idk I could go either way but for now I’m not going out of my way to read it.
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Oh boy, this was a big ole let down. We’re following a character I don’t care for. In the original series they were around about a handful of times & as a small wee child. I went in with low expectations and still ended up disappointed. There also happens to be another continuation from another character’s perspective coming out today Haha I’m cautiously curious, is that a thing because that’s what I’m feeling. The Iron Raven follows a character I wished The Lost Prince did so,, I’m more keen to at least attempt this one.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
This too was a letdown and I was really hyped for it. I do not understand Nina’s POV it feels so separate from the rest of the story. I hope the sequel does a better job of correcting this disconnect. I’ve only read King of Scars once and may re-read before venturing onto the sequel but there was a lot of predictability that annoyed me. After reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom I kept expecting surprised reveals Haha but jokes on me cause it never happened. & then that ending, like come on *eye roll*
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
I read this series long after the movies had come out. I don’t like or care for dystopian. I did enjoy the first book but I couldn’t stand the 2nd or 3rd and having read them back to back I can’t distinguish them from each other. With all that being said I will not be picking up this book that focuses on Snow of all people. Really??
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The reading journey I had with these books was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I read these stories after some personal devastation and they were the perfect healing balm. Even though I was not the reading demographic I still laughed and cried and truly cherished these characters. There was some growing pains when going to into Heroes of Olympus series because we’re no longer just following Percy. It took a while to warm up to Jason, idkw because everyone else Leo, Hazel, Frank and Piper were fairly quick to love and root for but not Jason. I feel bad saying that after having finished the Apollo series 😦 This long paragraph just to say young or old these stories were dam fantastic.
Would it be a spinoff/ continuation post without mentioning the most obvious one the Shadowhunter world
I have read every book aside from some of the short stories with Sarah and Maureen. I understand the love I understand the dislike but I like how expansive the world is. I don’t like having to keep a chart of who everyone is & who’s related to who lmao I do think the newer books are better and I can’t wait for Chain of Iron!