There are plenty of other amazing third, fourth, fifth, and more books in series, but I figured it would be easier to limit myself to ten if I also limit myself to the second books in duologies, trilogies, quartets, and other sized series.
1. Where She Went (Gayle Forman)
I was nervous when I first heard about a sequel to If I Stay because I wasn’t sure if it would live up to the emotional punch of the first book, but I was needlessly worried – it was amazing. It was great seeing Mia and Adam again and I can’t wait until I reread them again sometime in the next few months so I can revisit them even more!
I was kind of disappointed with Across the Universe (and very disappointed with the third book), but I was very impressed by the middle book. This series did not suffer from middle book syndrome. The story enthralled me completely and one of the main characters, Amy, didn’t bother me as much as she did in the other books. It was a shame that I the third book disappointed me the way it did, but at least there’s the second book.
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)
Does this even need an explanation? It’s simply more proof that Harry Potter is awesome, and introduces us to interesting characters like Professor Lockhart and the Whomping Willow (totally a character in itself!) and made it clear that the first book was not a fluke.
4. The Boy Book (E. Lockhart)
This is another amazing book that merely made it clear that the first book wasn’t a fluke. Ruby continued to be awesome and the characters around her continued to grow. I plan on rereading these books as soon as possible (in fact, I might be rereading this when this post goes up – I’m writing it about two weeks in advance, so you never know).
This second book in the trilogy was much more emotional than the first book and, yet again, made it clear that this was an author to watch. I’m not sure the third and final book quite lived up to it, but considering how great I considered the second book, plenty of good books wouldn’t live up to it.
This book mostly takes place on the run, which some people consider a bad thing, but I actually enjoy, especially in this book. There are more adorable and ship-bating moments with Chloe and Derek and Tori becomes a more interesting character and we discover more things. All good things in my opinion.
7. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Ally Carter)
The first book in this series sometimes seems like it’s from another series since it’s much fluffier. This book is the one that introduces Blackthorne and twists and turns. And Zach. Definitely the most interesting point…
This book made it clear that, even as the books got darker, the humor would always be there. It also introduces an interesting villain (by interesting, I mean entertaining, of course) and continues to be fascinating and attention-grabbing. I should reread these as well…
I know most people love Anna and the French Kiss, but I prefer the companion book. Lola interested me more and I think Cricket was much more adorable. Sorry to offend you St. Clair fans, but I am definitely a Cricket girl.
10. The Mediator: Ninth Key (Meg Cabot)
This is just as entertaining as the rest of the series, but it has a hilarious look at “vampires” – a funnier take than certain other vampire books, that’s for sure. And more Suze and Jesse. Of course.