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Ten Sophomore Books That Were Better Than the Debuts

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
For today’s Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is, “Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut.” But because I’m a rebel, I’m going to pick ten sophomore books (the second books published) I thought were better than the authors’ debuts!

In no particular order, here are the books!
*Links lead to Goodreads and images lead to my Instagram account.

#1. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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The Archived, I believe, is Victoria Schwab’s second novel. I enjoyed her first book, The Near Witch, a lot, but this one was just so much better! You could clearly see how she grew as an author and developed her writing style to draw readers in.

#2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles books just get better and better! While Cinder was fabulous and took a while to get into, I totally adored Scarlet. I mean, hello! Nobody can resist the super-adorable ship that is Wolf/Scarlet. <3 Asdfghjkl I hope there’s more of them in Winter!

#3. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

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I actually didn’t enjoy Paula’s debut novel, The Art of Lainey, too much, but holy heck, when I started Liars, Inc., I was instantly hooked. Paula’s one of those authors who take constructive criticism well and actually use those to improve her writing, instead of sulking in the corner complaining about them–one of the reasons I adore her so much!

#4. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

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Okay, fine, I didn’t like The Lies About Truth more than Faking Normal–they’re just about equal in my eyes. BUT THEY ARE BOTH EQUAL IN THEIR AMAZINGNESS. Both books got me emotional and totally addicted.

#5. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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Cruel Beauty was good, but Crimson Bound was amazeballs! There was a huge improvement in terms of plot, writing, characters… And especially the pacing (things went on way too fast in Cruel Beauty, but went perfectly paced in Crimson Bound). Everything was just 100x more amazing.

#6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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Let’s be honest here–If I Stay made me want to take a nap. I felt nothing whatsoever reading that book, and it was a wonder I even picked up Where She Went. I’m SO glad I did, though, because I found one of my favorite reads! Where She Went was a million times more emotional and passionate… Probably because, you know, ADAM.

#7. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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I actually hated Throne of Glass and wanted to chuck it across the room, but everyone told me that Crown of Midnight was way better, so I decided to give it a shot. And people were right. Calaena wasn’t her wishy-washy self from the first book and turned into a heroine I could sympathize with.

#8. Prodigy by Marie Lu

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The Legend trilogy is another series that just keeps getting better as it goes along. In Legend, I was: :O. In Prodigy, I was: :'(. In Champion, I was: T_T.

#9. The Suffering by Rin Chupeco

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The Girl From the Well scared the shits out of me, but The Suffering? It made me want to transfer to the Land of Rainbows and Unicorns, away from any source of darkness. Also bonus points for easier-to-get-into writing and crazy emotional turmoil.

#10. Addicted For Now by KB Ritchie

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THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY MY HEART OUT. And yet another set of authors who just keep improving with every single book they publish! Please let Long Way Down, Some Kind of Perfect, Infini, and all of their books come out NOW.

And there you have it! Thoughts?

1 Comments

  1. I couldn’t agree more about Where She Went. It was so, so, so much better! I also didn’t care for If I Stay.

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