We all have them – that series that, every year, we await anxiously for the new installment of. We must have it. We crave them, like oxygen.
Here are some of my series that I am absolutely dying to finish, from most to least. Unfortunately, life is unfair, and these final books are so far unreleased.
The Firebird series by Claudia Gray
I actually met Claudia Gray at an event at the wonderful Mysterious Galaxy indie bookstore last year, and she was oh so funny. When I started her book I was impressed. When I finished her book I was dying for the second. Thankfully I got the second galley at ALA; looking back, I should have waited. Of course that book ends with a huge cliffhanger. The second book wasn’t out at that point – it was still around four months out – and it still isn’t out now. That means I had to read that cliffhanger knowing I wouldn’t see it resolved for a year and four months. Cry for me.
The Trial by Fire series by Josephine Angelini
I read the first book in this series way back when. I thought it was interesting, with intrigue and a cool concept. When I got the second ARC at ALA, I swallowed it up faster than the first. If you’ve read the second installment you know it also ends at a massive cliffhanger, so naturally, I started thinking of possible scenarios in book three, each wilder than the next. I need the third desperately so I can see how it ends up!
The Splintered series by A. G. Howard
Okay, okay. Technically, the Splintered series is all wrapped up. Ensnared came out already, so the trilogy ended. But this new book coming out, Untamed, follows scenes from the same twisted world that I fell in love with so much, a companion of sorts. It has a beautiful, beautiful cover as well. I know that you all are probably getting sick of me ranting about how much I love this series, but I will say it again: if you have not read it, go do that. Now. This is easily my favorite series of all time. I don’t know what it is – the badass, complex characters, the rich and demented setting, the ethereal tone or constant action . . . it all mixes to become a delectable treat. You’re purchasing a ticket to Wonderland when you buy this novel. Meeting A. G. Howard is on my bucket list.
The Fixer series by Jennifer Barnes
The Fixer I got for review last year. Now, this isn’t the type of book that I usually would have thought would be my cup of tea. But intrigue, suspense, power plays, and so much amazing madness made this a showstopper. The second book isn’t even out yet and I know this series will go down as one of my favorites. The setting of Washington D.C. was so unique and interesting, and Ivy was a character that I just adored.
The Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige
When I was a kid, I read all thirteen of the Oz novels. That being said, I love all things Oz, and this series is no exception. When the first book came out, I was very impressed, although I had some problems with the love interest. The second installment was shorter, but it assured my love for the series, and even some of my aforementioned problems were resolved. One thing I loved was that it used not only the classic characters, like Dorothy (she’s evil! What an awesome twist!), but also some of the lesser known ones from the other twelve books. I am so excited to see our heroine Amy Gumm kick butt in book three – although, one complaint about the third book is that the cover isn’t as much fun. The novellas have cooler designs than this new one with a simple yellow brick road. Nevertheless, I’m sure the words will more than make up for that!
What are your top five series that you can’t wait to finish? Have you ever experienced such a book hangover, like I have? Let me know in the comments below!