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Now, onto this month’s topic, Best Sequel! I actually had a harder time than usual trying to pick a book this month. There were actually quite a few sequels that I enjoyed a bit more than the original! Who would have thought because I had coined a term back in the day in reference to sequels – the dreaded sequel sickness – where they would always be terrible, throw in another love interest, have abrupt characterization differences, and more. I do say coined the term, but since it never caught on, we’ll just ignore it.
I had a short list of four books, but I figured I should probably narrow it down to one – you know, because I don’t want to get kicked out of the Calendar Girls XD – and I picked…
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
I literally could not make a decision on what book I wanted to pick, so I decided I would just go with the most recent sequel that I enjoyed more than the original. This isn’t a sequel in the traditional sense, but it is a companion novel set in somewhat of the same world. As a companion novel however, usually it doesn’t quite have a super different feel, but this book did for me.
Why did I enjoy it more than the first? Well, the first thing is that it kept all of the same elements I enjoyed about the first: the mythology, the gorgeous writing, and lots of plot twists. However, this book gave me what I was missing from the first book: characters I adored and BANTER. I LOVE ME SOME BANTER. Our main characters went back and forth with each other and it was glorious.
The romance was a nice slow burn as well, and I liked the plot of the tournament a little bit better than the first. Don’t get me wrong – the first book was still quite good, but this book really overshadows the first with beauty and entertainment.
My VERY honorable mentions, though:
So, what do you think? What is your favorite sequel? Why aren’t you a Calendar Girl yet?? 😉 Let’s discuss in the comments below!
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