5 Books That Need Sequels & 5 That Should Never See the Light of Day

August 6, 2013 Meme / Surveys 16

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This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels. I’ve listed 5 books or series that I could keep reading and 5 that should have ended.

5 books or series I could keep reading

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Brenda Joyce’s Francesca Cahill series.
The last book was Deadly Vows and I waited a little over 7 years for this book. Joyce mentioned if it sold well, her publisher would commission one or two books, but leading up to publication date there was no promotion on her part or her publishers. I really wanted another book because it leaves so many characters in limbo. Did Maggie marry Fran’s brother? What of Bragg and his wife? Did they make up and how’s married life treating Calder? I haven’t had the heart to pick up another Joyce book since she so callously announced the end of the series.

The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
To be truthful, I’m quite happy with how it ended, but we’re missing Frederick’s viewpoint on several key scenes. If Willig should decide to revisit, I’d be happy to read it! Plus I want to know about that final scene where (I can’t mention it because of spoilers) and what happened afterwards.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Yeah I want to know how things are working with the _____. Hahaha, I’m so bad.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
I know this book isn’t released yet and um I just want to know what happens after the whole story takes place! I’ll keep my mouth shut now since I’ll just spoil things.

Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series
Having just finished the last book in the series, The Dark Enquiry, I was sad because I wanted to know more about Julia and Brisbane. I could read their adventures and never get tired. There’s one thing I never want Raybourn to do is and that’s write a novella or a story via Brisbane’s POV. I like him mysterious and in the shadows and getting to know him via Julia.

5 books / series that don’t need to see the light of day

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Fifty Shades series by EL James
Now I know a lot of people enjoy the books and there’s talk of Christian’s point of view. For the love of all things holy, no. No more Fifty.

Thoughtless series by SC Stephens
Oh dear, one book was enough with Thoughtless and Kiera being too stupid to live. Okay she’s not, but she just annoyed me. Book 2, Effortless, should have been the end, but did we need a third with Reckless and the whole fan drama, etc? Nope. I can’t summon the energy to read this.

Bared to You series by Sylvia Day
Ah, I loved Bared to You! Reflected in You had me on the fence, but shortly after Entwined With You was released it was announced there would be 2 or 3 more books. No! I think Day could have ended it with Entwined instead of extending it.

Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard
I really liked Gabriel’s Inferno and was quite happy with the way Gabriel’s Rapture ended with Julia and Gabriel married. So I was disappointed there was going to be a book 3 even though I think there’s no need for it.

Easy by Tammara Webber
A lot of people have been asking for Lucas’ story and Webber has sort of ignored the issue, but I really hope she doesn’t write. I don’t need his story and his closure. At this point I think all authors that write a POV in another main character’s point of view are out for the money because it’s the SAME story as the other POV. Utilize third person or write a book in dual POV in that case.

What books or series are on your list?

16 Responses to “5 Books That Need Sequels & 5 That Should Never See the Light of Day”

    • Jessica

      Maybe a novella? I just want to know what happens after they have the _____. Poor ____. Maybe a quick visit to see how things stand 5 or 10 years later?

    • Jessica

      I read it this past Feb and wow! It’s one of those books that isn’t for everyone. Some hate it and others love it. I love it because Amy speaks the truth about how we conform to some situations, etc.

    • Jessica

      Amy was crazy in Gone Girl. I’d just love to see how things are 5 or even 10 years down the road.

    • Jessica

      Ah it’s going to be crazy when they announce the actors for the film. I don’t want anything else with Fifty. No film either. LOL

  1. Rory

    I agree with every point on your should not have been a sequel list – especially the Christian POV (shudders).

    I admit I am curious about the third Gabriel book, only because I where they are going to go with it. It was nicely wrapped up. I only picked up this series because of you and I really liked it.
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    • Jessica

      I think GR ended at a great place and I don’t need closure. If he had opted to revisit via a novella, I’d be okay with that. I just worry how cliché he’ll get with this story. I mean how much more damage could Christa do? I’ve skimmed the original fan fiction and in it Christa would be (whatever Twilight character she is) gets her due and they have a baby in the end.

    • Jessica

      I don’t think I’d mind if Webber revisited them at a later date. A novella might work, but a whole book dedicated to what Lucas thinks in his POV which is essentially Easy all over, I wouldn’t buy it. I like the mystery of getting to know him via another POV.

      I just want to know how crazy Amy handles the ____. Poor ____.

  2. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Well, I haven’t read any of these (in some cases, add the word “yet”), but I mostly agree with you on authors rewriting the same story from another character’s POV. Once in a while, that could be really effective, but it seems to be a growing trend, rather than something all those authors really felt moved to do.
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    • Jessica

      I know readers want to know what x was thinking during a book and that’s a limitation of first person POV. I think authors could do better if they used third person or in some cases dual POV. I’m really hating this trend. I wouldn’t mind a novella via x’s POV as a sequel to see where things stand in the future, but what ends up a mirror copy of the original book? No.

    • Jessica

      Ahhhhh, you’ll have to tell me your thoughts on the ending! I’m already dreading the film because I know it won’t hold up to the brilliance of the book.

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