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Today’s Top 5 Wednesday’s theme is “Second Book is Best.”
I’m going to be grasping at straws here because, honestly, there aren’t many books that the second book in the series was leaps and bounds better than the first, in my opinion. There are some series in which books further into the series are the best and some where the first was the best. But, alas, I will try my best!
Frostbite (Vampire Academy Series) by Richelle Mead
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…
It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…
Gideon (Nightwalkers Series) by Jaquelyn Frank
They’re called the Nightwalkers–proud, ancient beings who live in the shadows, existing just beyond the human world. But there are also dangerous humans who hunt them–necromancers who use the blackest magic to manipulate them. And for a Demon named Gideon, the battle against these evil forces will soon be all too personal…
AS A HEALER, HE KNOWS HER BODY. BUT IT’S HER HEART HE WANTS.
For a thousand years, Gideon has healed his people. And as the oldest surviving male of his race, his wisdom has always been respected without question. But Gideon knows that even he is vulnerable to the powerful, primitive desires that befall his kind during Hallowed moons–and nine years ago that truth was hammered home when he found himself claiming Magdalegna, the Demon King’s sister, in a wild embrace. Horrified by his lack of control, he left her wanting and furious–and then exiled himself for the better part of a decade. Now, with necromancers threatening his people–and Magdalegna nearly their victim–Gideon must face another truth. He and the beautiful, stubborn Magdalegna are destined to be together, to share a love as deep and old as time itself. But first he needs to regain her trust. Then he’ll have to save her life…
Every night holds secrets.
Ok, so this is where I’m grasping at straws because I actually like this book just as much as the first book, but I’m adding this to the list because when I was introduced to Gideon in Jacob’s book, I had absolutely no interest in him. In fact, when I saw that Gideon’s book was next, I almost didn’t continue with the series. But then I did… and oh my gosh, it was so good. Honestly, though, this entire series is amazing.
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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series) by J.R. Ward
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.
Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…
I’m definitely smudging the rules here because this book is actually Book 3 in this series, however this series has about 4 million books in it, so I feel like in some obscure mathematical equation this would round down to book 2. Z. Oh, Z. I just can’t with him. His story is amazing, he is amazing, Bella is amazing for him. Did I mention this book is amazing? Cuz it is. Ok, now I’m off to find a new word…
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Trust (Wrong Series) by Jana Aston
“Um… Who’s there?”
Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me
you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in
plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not.
Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.
But I’m going to get it together. I am.
I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.
I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself.
I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after.
Right after I get out of this interrogation room
So, I’m not so much smudging the rules here as I’m completely disregarding them because this is book 3 of 3. No amount of rounding or math will make this book 2, but whatever. I really enjoyed the first two books, but this was my favorite one of them all. You can read my review here.
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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series) by Sarah J Maas
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Look at how much I’m not breaking the rules! This is actually book 2 and it is leaps and freaking bounds better, people. Leaps and freaking bounds. And that is saying a lot because I actually really, really liked A Court of Thorns and Roses. ACOMAF took my breath away. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it in other posts, but I did not see it coming. I was completely blindsided in the best way possible. That butterfly rating of mine? Yeah, this is what I measure everything up to.
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Which series has your favorite second book?