Yesterday, we shared our list of standalones and new series that we can't wait to get our grabby little hands on this year. And now, here are the sequels and follow-ups that we're looking forward to in 2014!
(Same rules apply as before -- only books with pub dates and (mock) covers were considered. And then we promptly bent those rules, with a few more series to keep an eye on. But we were much better at avoiding spoilers, so y'all can proceed without fear!)
Why I'm Excited: The eerie, mysterious world that Ransom Riggs created in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children felt like like a stand-alone novel, even with that ending. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there would be a sequel; I look forward to learning more about the peculiar children and the time loops in this second book.
Why I'm Excited: I don’t know if "most anticipated" is correct here. More like dreading the most because, omg what is going to happen, I’m so scared. The last third of Daughter of Smoke & Bone let readers know this wasn’t going to be your straightforward fantasy romance. And Days of Blood & Starlight confirmed the intensity of this series. So I’m both extremely excited to get to read the conclusion and sad this trilogy is coming to an end.
Why I'm Excited: Although The Beautiful and the Cursed is one of many (many) paranormal YA romances that have come out recently, the book stood out to me as one of my favorites of 2013. I am so excited to delve back into the Waverly siblings’ world of demons and other unusual paranormal creatures. Plus, I need to see some resolution to those TWO love triangles!
Why I'm Excited: Another of my top picks of 2013, the second book in the Grisha series, Siege and Storm, held no punches, which is a welcome thing in the world of mediocre second (bridge) books. Leigh Bardugo certainly knows how to suck readers in, and I’m thinking the conclusion to the series will not disappoint.
Why I'm Excited: Although I wasn’t sure I’d like The Diviners at first—I found the language/lingo really hard to read—I soon got into the story and the frightening underlying plot. Upon first thought, I didn’t think a sequel was entirely necessary, but I’m certainly not going to say no to another suspenseful story starring Evie and friends.
Why I'm Excited: OMG OMG ISLA IS ALMOST HERE. (And Cricket Bell is coming back to me, EEEEEE.) Stephanie Perkins quickly ascended to my “Must Read Anything They Write” list, so obvs I’d be all over the long-awaited Isla.
Why I'm Excited: The cliffhanger conclusion to the second book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Star Cursed, was one of THE WORST things an author could do to a reader. I have to find out how it gets resolved, like now. Waiting until August is going to be torture.
Why I'm Excited: The 5th Wave was one of my favorite books of 2013, and while it didn’t necessarily have a cliffhanger ending, I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Especially after [spoiler redacted] and [spoiler redacted]. I have no idea what Cassie’s gonna do next, but I’m pretty damn sure that it won’t be good for my heart rate.
Why I'm Excited: THE END IS NIGH, Y’ALL. My beloved Heroes of Olympus series (and possibly the entire Camp Half-Blood universe) is almost over, NOOOOOOO. DON'T ANYONE TALK TO ME ON OCTOBER 7TH, KTHX. Never have I related so well with Jessie Spano:
Honourable Mentions (i.e. books without release dates and at least mock covers):
• The Seeker, The Host Book 2, by Stephenie Meyer (picked by Mandy C.):
I’m a tad embarrassed to be including this book on our list, because, well, it’s by Stephenie Meyer, but I thought The Host was an awesome read. I love the unique world Meyer created, and I’m intrigued to see what happens/happened with Melanie and Wanda.
• This Shattered World, Starbound Book 2 (companion novel), by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (picked by Mandy W.):
I had planned on reading the sequel anyway, but finding out that this intragalatic sci-fi series is made up of companion novels (‘cause I forget so many things, you guys) pushed the next book to the top of my want list.
• Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Raven Cycle Book 3, by Maggie Stiefvater (picked by Posh):
It doesn’t have a cover-- hell, it doesn’t even have a title, but the next Raven Cycle book better be coming out in 2014 or MY BRAIN WILL MELT OUT OF SHEER ANTICIPATION. Plus, what can I say, I miss hanging out with Gansey, Blue and the gang. (Except for you, Adam!)
So which sequels and follow-ups are you looking forward to in 2014? Let us know in the comments!