Blogmas Day 4: Top 4 Sequels And/Or Series Finales

Evening you guys and welcome to day 4 of Blogmas! Today, we’ll be talking all about sequels and series finales we absolutely adored! Weirdly enough, I didn’t read that many sequels/finales overall and then there were also some I just didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped I would – but more on that in an upcoming post! I don’t want to spend too much time writing an intro, seeing how I get rather rambly once I start talking about books and there are 4 to get through today! Let’s just jump right ahead!

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a conjuring of lightI finally read Victoria Schwab’s (or V.E. Schwab’s) Shades Of Magic trilogy at the beginning of this and I loved it. Especially the final book, A Conjuring Of Light! But since this is the last book in a trilogy, I obviously can’t talk about the plot because that would spoil it all for you guys.

The Shades Of Magic trilogy sets the story in a world where Antari have the ability to travel between parallel worlds. Our main character, Kell, is one of the last Antaris and we join him as he travels between parallel versions of London to deliver messages between the royal families. However, Kell often smuggles items between worlds and one day he ends up getting caught and the story develops from there.

I absolutely love Victoria Schwab’s writing and the world with its magic system that she created here. It’s really fascinating to see how the four Londons are dealing with the state of magic that is available to them and what effect magic and the ability to wield it has on people.

Whenever I talk about this trilogy finale, I have to mention how it reduced me to a sobbing mess at 4 AM. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It broke my heart. We’ve been getting to know these characters for such a long time now and to see them through everything that this book threw at them was quite heartbreaking, really. Especially when it’s happening to a character you pretty much fell in love with the first time he appeared on the page.

If you haven’t read this trilogy yet and would like some more convincing, I reviewed all three books on the blog: book 1, book 2 and book 3! Know that going into the reviews for the last two books there will be spoilers as I talk about their plots too!

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now i riseNow, let’s talk about probably one of the biggest surprises of this past reading year: Kiersten White’s Now I Rise! And I probably wouldn’t even have read it if I hadn’t requested the ARC via NetGalley because while I was interested, I was being pulled into this story and I would be so angry with myself if I hadn’t read this fantastic book!

But again, this is a sequel, so I can’t tell you about the plot of it, but the first book, And I Darken, tells the story of Lada, a genderbend Vlad The Impaler, as she and her brother Radu are wrenched from their home Wallachia and sent to live in the Ottoman Empire. While there, they meet Mehmed, the sultan’s son and future ruler of the Ottoman empire. Lada spends her time within the Ottoman Empire planning her vengeance and making sure, she can get back to Wallachia and claim her birthright.

While And I Darken set up quite a lot of the story and future conflict, Now I Rise jumps right into the action and conflict. It was absolutely fascinating to see the paths Lada, Radu and Mehmed went down in the sequel – especially Lada. I always say I would not want to end up on her bad side, she terrifies me. And I love it. So much. I cannot wait for the final book and see just how far Kiersten White is going to go and how accurate to history she is going to stick!

I had never read a book that I knew was based on a real-life person, so once I had read both books I went on a YouTube binge and watched a ton of videos on Vlad The Impaler and it was awesome to see how Kiersten White told his story through Lada! I am here for this.

And once again, if you need some more convincing, I actually shared 5 reasons why I think people should read this trilogy!

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lord of shadowsI feel like this post wouldn’t be complete without me talking about a Cassandra Clare book and that’s exactly where Lord Of Shadows comes in!

In Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, we follow the Blackthorn family five years after the events of the Dark War. Joining the Blackthorn family is Emma Carstairs, Julian’s best friend and parabatai. One day, the dead bodies of humans and faeries start showing up and Emma and Julian investigate what’s been happening in order to get Julian’s brother Mark (who has been living with the Wild Hunt) back. Along the way, Emma discovers secrets that have been kept from here while finally learning the truth about who killed her parents and why.

Lord Of Shadows then deals with the aftermath of everything that happens at the end of Lady Midnight, the secrets that have been revealed and the consequences those have for everyone. We also join our cast of characters as they travel to the London Institute – which I loved a lot. There were so many references to characters from The Infernal Devices and my heart just burst with so much love.

The ending of Lord Of Shadows was really, really heartbreaking and I couldn’t believe that what the words on the page were saying was actually true. And I think I’ll continue to stay in this state of denial until I have Queen Of Air And Darkness in my hands and find out what actually happened there. Because no. Absolutely not.

Unlike with Cassandra Clare’s other books, you can’t read The Dark Artifices as its own series and I talked more about why that is the case here. But that’s not the only post I wrote surrounding the release of Lord Of Shadows, I actually also reviewed the book so for more thoughts, please click here.

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always and forever lara jeanThis past summer, I went on a serious contemporary binge and as part of it I read the Lara Jean trilogy by Jenny Han and I adored it. Absolutely and full heartedly adored it. Especially the final book, Always And Forever Lara Jean!

Lara Jean has been writing letters to all of the boys she’s loved before and put them in a little box. One day, someone ends up sending out said letters and Lara Jean has to deal with the consequences of it.

This trilogy was a really quick and lighthearted read, perfect for the warm summer months. I especially enjoyed the final book as I was able to relate to Lara Jean and what she was feeling and going through a lot more than I had in previous books. It almost felt like Lara Jean’s and my final year of high school was somewhat made up of similar feelings and discoveries.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has also been turned into a movie, so I’m even more excited about the fact that I read this book this year because I get to properly enjoy any and all kinds of movie content that is bound to come our way soon!

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And now it’s once again time to link to you guys’ posts for yesterday’s prompt of the day: Young Adult Debuts! If you guys want to be featured for any of the upcoming prompts (including today’s) just make sure to write your own post and pingback to the corresponding post of mine so I don’t miss your posts! I can’t wait to see what some of you guys’ responses to the upcoming prompts are going to be!

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And now, let’s talk about you guys! What were some of your favorite sequels or series finales that you read this year? Where you satisfied with them? Or did they end up disappointing you? Let’s chat in the comments or share your very own post and pingback to me so I can feature it in my upcoming post all about new-to-me authors!

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12 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 4: Top 4 Sequels And/Or Series Finales

  1. Oh I love your choices here, Swetlana! The Shades of Magic series is so incredible and unforgettable, I love the author’s writing style and just how immersed I always am whenever she’s writing new stories, I love it SO much. That finale was crazy, it had me crying haha, I loved it so much.
    Lara Jean’s finale was quite incredible, I think that it was perfect. It was bittersweet, it wasn’t too much of a happy ending right away, but it was still very realistic, which I appreciated so, so much. ❤
    Great post! 🙂

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  2. I am so excited to read all of these! A Darker Shade of Magic was really a mind-blowing book, and I cannot wait to read the sequel. And I Darken was also one of my favorite books ever because of the characters and the strong plot, but I don’t know why I haven’t read now I Rise yet.

    I am happy that you included it on your list, though. I’ve heard that it is even better than the first one! Thanks for mentioning that Now I Rise jumps right into the action, because that was something I was worried about. The first book was interesting, but also definitely a build-up for the future. I need the sequel to be fast-paced now.

    I really liked Always and Forever Lara Jean (I can’t believe I’ve read 2/4 books on your list! I usually have read NONE), but I didn’t think it was the BEST book in the whole series. But I loved seeing LJ again!!
    For today I wrote a review of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, which I can’t remember if you’ve already read. If you haven’t, I would highly recommend it because it has similar vibes as The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White!!! I think you’d enjoy it 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I feel like And I Darken was mostly there to set up the story and get us to a point where the characters would then set off on their individual journeys and that’s exactly where we’re at in Now I Rise! You should get to it as soon as possible!

      I think it was my highlight because I was able to relate to Lara Jean much more in that last book than before.

      I’ve heard of Three Dark Crowns but I haven’t read it yet!

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  3. I must say that I have not read any books on your list, but I have finished surprisingly many Series this year 😄 My favorite finale would be The Midnight Star by Marie Lu, which I read only yesterday, it was really heartbreaking, but ended up satisfying me! The last book in The Magnus Chase Trilogy was also very good, even though I want mooooore books 😮

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    1. I haven’t read Marie Lu’s The Young Elites trilogy yet as I kept seeing such mixed/negative reviews on it when it first came out, but I’ll probably give it a go as I want to have read all of Marie’s work if possible!

      I still need to read the final book in the Magnus Chase trilogy, but I’ll get to that sooner rather than later! 😀 I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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