The Last Hours (#2): Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
Sequel Release: March 2022
Interestingly enough, I wasn’t a major fan of the The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices. Yet something about the Shadowhunter world makes me want to come back for more. I think I found my place in the fandom with The Last Hours. I absolutely devoured Chain of Gold and I’m fairly certain this may become one of my favorite YA series.
The Locked Tomb Trilogy by Tamsyn Muir
Sequel release: Summer or Fall 2022
I planned to reread Gideon on the Ninth before reading the sequel but if I’m being honest, I didn’t vibe with the writing style or plot. However, I loved Gideon and Harrow’s dynamic and that ending left me SHOOK. I think I’ll just look up a book recap before continuing on to the next book.
Red Rising (#5): Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Sequel Release: Unknown
I have a confession to make. Even though I’m a die-hard Red Rising fan, I don’t know if I want to finish the spin-off series. The new series is way more depressing and I may have stumbled upon a MAJOR Dark Age spoiler, which makes me reluctant to continue. Not to mention, the final book remains to be announced so I’m in no real rush here.
The Poppy War series: The Dragon Republic (#2) & The Burning God (#3) by R.F. Kuang
Sequel Release: Series is complete.
The Poppy War was so gut-wrenching and I still haven’t recovered. I don’t know when I’ll be mentally prepared to dive back into this series. I’m hoping I will SOON because R.F. Kuang’s new book, Babel, comes out next year.
Series I Need to Start
Crescent City duology by Sarah J. Maas
Sequel release: February 2022
I feel I grew out of Sarah J. Maas as a writer. I enjoyed the Throne of Glass series and even ACOTAR, but I feel like her high fantasy romance book began to pivot toward a more smutty fan fiction style. I want to give the Crescent City duology a chance because I absolutely enjoy the author’s imagination overall.
Alex Stern duology by Leigh Bardugo
Sequel release: Fall 2022
I was SUPER hyped for Ninth House when it was announced but some people on Twitter decided to try to cancel this book. How people handled the content the author decided to include put a bad taste in my mouth and I knew I couldn’t read the story without thinking about my frustration with the book community. I could rant for days on how the expectation for content warnings fell on a female author but no male author has ever been met with the same uproar (Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Mark Lawrence, etc). There’s just so much double-standards when it comes to female authors who write grimdark and horror versus the same male authors who have been writing it for decades.