On the Topic of Sequels - BroodyBFF Challenge #4

Sequels.

Good. Bad. Indifferent?

The Ravenous Readers have different feelings on sequels and we are here today to talk about them in light of Broody and his desire for 19,012 sequels (that's a lot of back and forth with the love interest - a girl could get tired!).

Nancy - (somewhat) Pro Sequel & My Favs

Hello!!!!!! Just so you know I dislike sequels more than I like them. LOL! If a sequel is done well then I wholeheartedly support it. Yet, I will admit that there are more and more sequels that tend to disappoint me and my fickle heart. 

I tend to favor duologies more than trilogies and don't get me started on series that last more than three novels (with the exception of Harry Potter and the BDB). Another pet peeve are series that start off with a set amount of books then develop into a serious  multi-series mess of words that don't give a clean story and are just filler.

So, with all that being said I have a few series that I will love till the end of time due to either their characters that I could not get enough of or the world that I would want to live in or frankly both. If you have a great cast and impeccable plot (that doesn't turn it's character turning into a tree) then I am yours. Just don't take 700 pages each book to get there.

Here are some of my favorites, and in NO order of preference.
  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward (still on going)
  • The Puck series by Helena Hunting (still on going)
  • The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (take out book 5)
  • The Saints of Denver series by Jay Crownover
  • The True Reign Series by Jennifer Anne Davis
  • The Crashed Series by K. Bromberg
Just a few of my favs and I would love to have more in each series.


Christy - #Standalones4Life But I Make Exceptions

Ughhhhhhhhh. UGH. Sequels.

I know, you're like, BUT CHRISTY, you get more of your favorite characters and worlds! Well, remember I am not a high/epic fantasy reader. So many sequels tend to be journey books, which I become immediately bored with. I am so about not dragging out a story. Give me a self contained story ANY DAY.

But I make exceptions. I am especially fond of standalones in a series. Maybe they're set in the same world but around different characters. Maybe it's a similar concept across the board. The American Horror Story of the book world. Yes. 

Some standalones in a series you should check out:
  • The Glittering Court
  • This Raging Light / But Then I Came Back 
  • The Marked Men
  • The Lady Janies
Of course, there are some really well done series. I adore The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Each book is short, sweet, and gets sh*t done. Book three is not a doorstopper! 

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Published: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony
Preorder!

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

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