Top Five Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Second Book Is Best

Hey, rad readers!

Top 5 Wednesday are honestly some of our favorite posts to write! If you want to join in, you can find the topics here!

You have all probably hear the term “second book slump,” which means that the second book in the series was the weakest (this particularly happens when it is the middle book of a trilogy). However, today’s Top 5 Wednesday takes that phrase and turns it on its head and is featuring books where the second book is the best of the series! So without further ado, let’s talk about some rockin’ second books!

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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When we saw this week’s topic, this book immediately popped into our head! In our opinion, ACOMAF is by far the best book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series! So many amazing connections to the first book were made that literally had us freaking out. There was just the right amount of action, romance, and political intrigue in this one! And honestly, we loved all the time spent in the Night Court!

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 

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The Raven Cycle is definitely a very character driven story and with each book you learn more and more about each of the characters (and subsequently fall in love with them more and more).  We particularly loved the second book in this series, The Dream Thieves, because we got to see more of Ronan’s life, which was so cool and interesting and astonishingly complex! It’s hard to explain without being spoiler-y, but Ronan’s ability is wicked cool and seeing how he interacted with it was really a highlight of this book! And there were some seriously beautiful quotes (as to be expected with a Stiefvater novel) in this installment! And the Gansey and Blue moments in this one (*swoon*)!

“While I’m gone,” Gansey said, pausing, “dream me the world. Something new for every night.” 

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter


Now, we know we bring up this series A LOT, but this series truly does fall into this category! While the first book introduces you to the world of teenage spies, the second book takes that and runs with it! The story line really evolves in the second book, and will keep you invested until the very end of the series. But, if we are going to be honest here, it is Cammie’s love interest that develops in the second book that really puts the cherry on top for us!

Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


If you are a fan of Criminal Minds, then, boy, is this a great series for you! This book was just as great as the first book of the series! But while the first book, The Naturals, mostly focused on the main character, Cassie, the second book centered more around the supporting characters (specifically Dean). This book was so interesting to read because it gave you all the insight you needed into why Cassie’s brooding, mysterious love interest was just so dang broody and mysterious (a classic trope that we all know and love).

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


This book was truly on fire! While we absolutely adored The Hunger Games, this book was one of our favorites to read because all of our favorite characters returned in a brand new, ramped-up arena. With a knowledge of how everything works already, Suzanne Collins did an amazing job keeping the audience on their toes and presents us with an incredibly creative and plot-twist-filled story!

This concludes our Top 5 best second books of a series (boy, that sentence was difficult to construct!). It’s not too often where we love the second books of a series more than the first, so the books that we mentioned really do hold a special place in our hearts! Let us know if you agree (or disagree) with our choices down in the comments!

We hope your day is filled with lots of delicious waffles and bowls of fruit (can you tell we are hungry?)


Ash & Lo


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