For me there are always a few books in their series/trilogies/duologues that disappoint me. I’ll read the first book and then when the time comes around to read the second book, sometimes even further into the series, I find that I’m left disappointed. Either I don’t like where the story is going, the writing, or just the plot of the sequel(s).
I’ve actually gotten into the habit of starting a lot of series but never end up reading the rest of the sequels because I’m legitimately afraid that the second book will ruin the first one for me. Reading a sequel that was a disappointment has actually resulted in me not enjoying the first book as much. Here are 5 book sequels that have disappointed me.
A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2) by Soman Chainani
The School for Good and Evil series is kind of an iffy series for me to begin with. I ended up really enjoying The School for Good and Evil the first time I read it. However, when I started to read A World Without Princes, I was incredibly disappointed because there’s literally no character growth within one of the two main characters in this series. I could handle the character in The School for Good and Evil, but I just couldn’t handle her in the second book. It’s like the author amplified the character’s nature up a few notches. I have no idea how I’m going to handle this character in the third book.
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2) by Erika Johansen
If you didn’t know, I loved The Queen of the Tearling. I swore that book up and down. I mean, it has everything that I’ve come to appreciate: a brutal reality in a fantasy world. Not many books can pull this feat off in my opinion. When I read the synopsis for The Invasion of the Tearling, I discovered that 1., I was super excited to get my hands on the book, and 2., The Invasion of the Tearling had huge boots to fill. And I’m totally taking the blame for this one because there was a lot that I had built up in my imagination. And ultimately, while I enjoyed the book in some durations and after the fact, Invasion of the Tearling fell so low to my expectations. I was incredibly disappointed by the end of reading this book and honestly I was pissed off as well.
The Suffering (The Girl From the Well, #2) by Rin Chupeco
I was expecting that The Suffering would be just as spooky, if not spookier than The Girl From the Well. Ultimately, it wasn’t, which is why I found The Suffering to be disappointing. I still found The Suffering to be entertaining nevertheless.
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs
Compared to Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City was extremely dry. The atmosphere of the book just didn’t sit right with me unfortunately. I actually ended up not finishing the book, I didn’t like Hollow City.
Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2) by Rachel Hawkins
The book went in a different way than I had imagined this story going. While I still somewhat enjoyed the story this book told, Miss Mayhem fell way below my expectations–and my expectations were low to begin with.
Are there any sequels that have disappointed you? I’d love to know!