We all know how expensive books are. But as book lovers we’ll gladly sacrifice a few meals if it means that we can add a book or two to our collection – or am I the only one?? I love reading; I love the suspense and mystery that comes along with a good book. So it annoys me to no end when an author chooses to drag out a series because that means I have to spend more money on something that was published just to make more money in the first place! Evidently, I fall into the sickeningly sweet honey trap set out by publishing houses to trap an unsuspecting moron (a.k.a. ME) who gets distracted by the promise of a new and exciting edition to the book world. And by the time I’ve realized my mistake I’m already fifty pages deep, thinking, “heyyy… how did I get here??”.
But enough with the one woman show! These are the five sequels I believe the book world would’ve been just fine without *this is my personal opinion of course *:
POINT OF RETREAT AND THIS GIRL (BOOK 2 AND 3 OF THE SLAMMED SERIES) BY COLLEEN HOOVER
Slammed is one of my favourite books written by Colleen Hoover. I loved the way she wove poetry into the story, it gave the book so much more depth and meaning. So when I heard that there was going to be a sequel, I got really excited and could not wait to get my hands on it. Unfortunately I realised pretty quickly that the story of Layken and Will would’ve been better if it just ended with book one. Now each time I tell anyone that I love Slammed, I have to make it very clear that the second and third book should be read at their own risk. I don’t understand why anyone felt this needed to be made into a series because it spoiled the characters and the storyline for me. A once strong, fierce young woman became an immature irritation that I couldn’t wait to be rid of.
THE EDGE OF ALWAYS (SEQUEL TO THE EDGE OF NEVER) BY J.A. REDMERSKI
The Edge of Always picks up where The Edge of Never left off, and again there was no reason for this to be drawn out. I loved this book the first time I read it, but after skimming through it again last year I realised that I don’t feel the same way about it – at ALL. So I have to question the reason for J.A. Redmerski writing a sequel to this book since the first book already told their story. I mean I enjoyed the characters (at the time) but I don’t see where their story could possibly go, and why it should even be told.
THE WRATH AND THE DAWN NOVELLAS BY RENEE AHDIEH
The Wrath and The Dawn was one of my favourite books for 2016. I loved the characters, I loved the storyline, and the writing was utterly beautiful. So when I saw that Renee Ahdieh had written a few novellas for the secondary characters I was already sceptical about it, because we all know it often does more harm than good. I absolutely adored The Wrath and The Dawn, but the novellas? Not so much. I feel like there was no good reason for these books to be written since they didn’t have a strong enough story structure or do anything to give us more insight into the lives and personalities of the characters. To me, when reading these books (which were made up of a few pages), it felt like Renee Ahdieh wrote it to keep the readers busy while she completed the main story, which I’d be completely happy with if there was a proper story to tell! I would’ve been happier if she didn’t write those novellas at all because they did nothing for me. And this is sad because I think that if she’d done it properly, she could’ve added some genuine depth and insight into her character’s makeup.
P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU (SEQUEL OF TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE) BY JENNY HAN
I wasn’t a fan of book one, even though every single person who read it (and their pet goldfish) seemed to find the meaning of life in this duology series (I believe the third books is going to be released this year). I found it to be fluffy and cute, but certainly nothing more, and the ending was not only predictable, but honestly there was no other direction for the story. So for me, P.S. I Still Love You was completely unnecessary. Because, come on! You don’t need to write two three whole books just to say “and they lived happily ever after!” because we know that’s how the story goes! It could’ve, and should’ve been done in one book. But hey, I seem to be in the minority with this opinion…
GREY (CHRISTIAN GREY’S RETELLING OF BOOK ONE) BY E.L. JAMES
Someone tell me WHY this book was necessary! Christian’s inner monologue is probably the coldest, most boring thing I ever read! Not to mention that the one chance E.L. James had to redeem her character, she used it to paint him as the sick, controlling, arrogant sadist the world knew him all along to be. Such a waste… of my time!!! This book was bland, and added nothing new to the story since it was just a retelling of book one. But there were a lot of things that I wondered about Christian Grey, especially in book one where we saw him completely out of his element with Anna. Unfortunately this book didn’t answer any of those questions for me and I feel like it was just a ploy to pull in some more money. I was not impressed at all!
Are there any sequels that you feel should not have been written? Or is there a book on this list that you really enjoyed and completely disagree with me about?