Summer of Sequels

This summer I decided on a new reading plan.  Sequels only.  During the school year I can’t read sequels for the simple reason that I can’t book-talk them.  I focus my reading on award books, stand alone novels, or first in a series books to get readers hooked.  But what about when I’m hooked?  This summer before leaving for break I brought home some of the best YA series books I had read during the school year, determined to find out the rest of the story. Below is a list of a few that I found to be truly worth reading through the series.

#MurderTrending Series: For lovers of dystopian, horror, mystery, and thrills.  This series follows a teen as she is wrongfully accused of murder and must survive in a future where a prison sentence is a murderous live streamed event across America.  

  • Book 1: #MurderTrending
  • Book 2: #MurderFunding
  • Book 3: #NoEscape

Once Upon A Broken Heart Series: Fantasy and romance by the author of the Caraval series, Stephanie Garber. The story of a young girl with a broken heart that will do anything to find her happy ending. 

  • Book 1: Once Upon A Broken Heart
  • Book 2: The Ballad of Never After
  • Book 3: A Curse for True Love (coming 10.24.23)

Belle Morte Series: For all the readers who love vampires, romance, and the paranormal. A mortal girl agrees to live with vampires as a blood supply to find the answer to her sister’s disappearance. 

  • Book 1: Belle Morte
  • Book 2: Revelations 

Gilded Series:  Give to those who enjoy fairytale retellings or other books by author Marissa Meyer. The reimagined story of Rumpelstiltskin that follows a young girl as she tries to save herself and her kingdom. 

  • Book 1: Gilded
  • Book 2: Cursed 

The above are just a few that I have really enjoyed reading during my summer of sequels.  This is definitely something I will be continuing to do each summer in the future.  I loved having the chance to find out more about each of the worlds and characters these authors created.


Author: Elizabeth Libberton

Elizabeth Libberton is the library media specialist at St. Charles East High School in St. Charles Illinois. She currently writes book reviews for School Library Journal. She is a member of the ALA Awards Selection Committee. Also, she is a member of the steering committee for the AISLE Lincoln Book Award.

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