Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’ve had a good holiday season whether you celebrated or not! As you might’ve noticed, I kind of didn’t end up finishing my blogmas posts leading up to Christmas but I didn’t want any of the posts going to waste, so I’ll try and post them leading up to NYE instead. 😀
For today’s post we’re talking about sequels and finales that I read in 2018 which includes the one finale I had higher expectations for. But we’ll get to that at the end! Let’s jump in, shall we?
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman’s Arc Of A Scythe series definitely took me by surprise.
I didn’t think I’d end up loving it as much as I do because there was suddenly this hype surrounding it that wasn’t there when Scythe first released.
And while I had a small issue with the romantic subplot in Scythe I was super happy to discover that there wasn’t much of it in Thunderhead. I really love following the two main characters in this dystopian world and the Thunderhead was such a fascinating addition too!
I’m super curious about The Toll and definitely want to reread the first two books in physical form so I can tab and write down notes. This feels like a book made for annotating!
A Reaper At The Gates By Sabaa Tahir
Sabaa Tahir’s Ember series is hands down one of my favorites but also one that continues to cause me pain and yet I keep returning to it. I’ll wait two years for the next book just to read it in two days. I don’t make good reading choices, clearly.
A Reaper At The Gates continues to extend the world and mythology and I am here for it. I was sure we’d ‘just‘ continue on the plot at this point, right? But nope! There is more to come (especially more pain, would it be a Sabaa book without it???) and I can’t even start to imagine what the finale will be like. All I know is that I need it. Yesterday.
If you’re looking for a kickass female character who is willing to do so much for the people she loves, who isn’t afraid to stand up for herself when needed, who has been through a shit ton and still continues on – this is your book. If you’re looking for a male character who does everything in his power to not let his upbringing and education turn him into someone he doesn’t recognize? If you’re looking for someone who will sacrifice himself for the greater good? This is your book. If you want a villain you will despise from the very second they appear on the page? If you want a villain you actively root against and wish bad things upon them? That’s your book.
Basically, what I’m trying to tell you is this: Read. This. God. Damn. Book.
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
Whenever I think about books I discovered thanks to blogging, Kiersten’s Conqueror’s Saga pops up all the time and I am so freaking happy that I did find this series in 2017 because I just love it. A lot.
Lada is for sure one of my all-time favorite characters and Radu is the softest human being but also willing to do things to get the job done. Also, his journey discovering Islam was beautiful to read about.
I read this finale in a single day this past summer and shed a few too many tears but I’m so happy with how things ended for all the characters – Bright We Burn was definitely a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy!
Kingdom Of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
And now it’s time to talk about the, in my opinion, best done finale/sequel that I read in 2018: Kingdom Of Ash!
I finally got caught up on this series this year (I hadn’t gotten to Tower Of Dawn yet…) and then it was time to read the finale.
And to be honest with you guys, I was a bit worried I wouldn’t be satisfied with the conclusion after having read A Court Of Wings And Ruin last year which was the finale to the A Court Of Thorns And Roses trilogy.
But! Luckily, this was a proper finale. We got all the battles we’ve been promised for so many books now. We got to see our characters complete their journeys. We saw our characters lose. We saw them win. We saw sacrifices (aka Swetlana couldn’t see the god damn words on the page thanks to all the tears she was crying) and we saw some of the best reunions.
This almost 1000 page long book was everything I had hoped it would be and I am so glad Sarah wrote a worthy finale to this series! And that tiny moment at around page 800 was freaking cool too.
Hold Up. Wait. We Need To Talk About Another Finale.
Queen Of Air And Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Back when I started planning blogmas (which I actually failed at…) I knew I had to put this particular post towards the middle of or around late December so I’d have time to read Queen Of Air And Darkness. I figured it would easily make it onto my favorites list for the year. But. Here we are.
Don’t get me wrong. I still really enjoyed this book but it wasn’t a finale. For quite a while I couldn’t figure out what was bothering me about this book. I knew there was something but I couldn’t put a finger on what exactly. Until I watched Christine Riccio’s book talk.
Queen Of Air And Darkness wasn’t a finale. It was a set up for the trilogy set a couple of years after this. And that’s what’s been bothering me. I would’ve understood a bit of setting up, right? Especially considering who we follow in the next trilogy. But it was too much.
Another thing that was too much: the times characters from The Mortal Instruments showed up/played a part. I get that they set us all off on this journey and stuff and I wouldn’t mind cameos but it was just too much. I want to spend time with the Blackthorns, Emma and Cristina. Not have characters who have had 6 books to shine take away from them. And with the way this ended, I think we’ll still get more of them in the next trilogy.
Here’s another problem I’m kind of having: I’m wondering if I would’ve felt differently if we’d gotten cameos from characters from The Infernal Devices. I adore them so, so much. And I care about them more (for the most part) than about the TMI characters. So I wonder if that would’ve changed how I felt about the amount of time we spend with the TMI characters. Guess we’ll find out once we get the trilogy that’s set after TID. xD
How about you guys? What were some of your favorite sequels and/or finales you’ve read this year? Did you read any of the ones I mentioned above? If so, how did you feel about them? Do you have an opinion about the whole QOAAD section up there? Let me know in the comments down below! I can’t wait to hear from you guys. 😀
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