Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish!
Gretchen here, filling in for Marina this week while she tackles Latin homework and midterms. This week was a hard one, only because there were so many options that I could have picked. Although I may have cheated a little, but only if you’re definition of “sequel” is book two in a series. If not, then we’re good. 😉 These are in no particular order.
After how much I loved Throne of Glass, I didn’t expect to love Crown of Midnight as much. After all, I didn’t consider it physically possible. But then I read Crown of Midnight and ALL THE FEELS. I just … ohmygod. I still can’t handle it.
Incarnate had me on the floor rolling around with feels. Asunder was little different. I had thought that Jodi might be veering into a bad realm with my OTP Sam/Ana, but instead … the romance got better and more real. I was (wait for it) rent asunder with feels.
Now, usually with sequels there’s the question of “Is it better than the first book?” Often the answer is no. When I reviewed Insurgent, I tackled right up front that question and how I felt it didn’t apply to these books. Insurgent is such a different book then Divergent, with amazing results. Now that’s a fantastic sequel.
Very rarely do I say that a middle book in a trilogy is my favorite. I’m the sucker that always goes for the final one, when everything is wrapped up and my romance pairings live happily ever after. Strangely, that was no so with these books. I did like Spell Bound, yes, but Demon Glass remains my favorite, most re-read book in the series.
I enjoyed Angelfire. I did, enough to buy this one in hardcover. I think, though, that this book is where I really fell in love with the series and its characters. I also continually laugh that I used the actual phrase “rapid machine gun of awesomeness” in my review.
CASSIE. MY FEELS. MY FEELS. This entire series might have left them unrecoverable.
I will admit, I wasn’t sold on this series after the first book. I thought it might be enjoyable, but I wasn’t shipping anything as hard as I’d shipped VA. But then this book happened. And I was sold.
Yet another author who has hurt me in all of the feels. I don’t think I was even as emotionally invested in the first book, Silver, as I was in this one. I just … couldn’t. I had to go on Twitter and demand another one from poor Talia. 😛
Every author ever should take characterization lessons from Rae. I never, ever focus on character all that much, but talking about characterization entirely derailed my review because OHMYGOD.
Cheating time! Talk about a book I can’t stop rereading. I will reread the entire series just to get to this book. Richelle knows how to write a finale!