Second Book Syndrome

So I’ve been trying to catch up on some reading lately. My TBR pile is seriously taken over my life, so it’s a work in progress. But there is something that I’ve noticed in recent books that I kind of wanted to discuss here. 

Relationships in sequels. 

Here’s a thing I’ve noticed. I like first books. The fresh perspective. That first discovery of the characters and the world they live in. I especially love the struggle that the two main characters go through when it comes to discovering who they are together. You know what I’m talking about. That chemistry, that spark that ignites, the woes of the “can we be together?” When it’s done right that is. I’m not big on the whole insta-love aspect, I really don’t think that’s plausible, so forgive me for the skepticism. I love it when the characters develop as individuals before they become anything close to being a couple. 
There are a few examples of this that I really love. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve seen me freak out over these books before. 

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett. You remember my love for this book right? One of the huge aspects of that was the fun and realistic development of the characters. It was about discovering who they are, and becoming better versions of themselves. There’s just so much here, I don’t even know what to say. Just read it people, if you haven’t already. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two. 

Another good example of this type of relationship is Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. I loved this book to pieces and I loved Anna and Kaidan’s relationship. I enjoyed how honest they were with each other, the obstacles they have to go through every step of the way. And when the book ended, you still have no idea what is going on between those two. 

The Assassin’s Curse duology is a great example of focusing on the story versus the romance aspect of it. I’ve actually read book two already and there’s just so much I want to say about it! Must restrain myself! The relationship between Ananna and Naji was fun and real. Never could they ever imagine the journey that they must take and it’s one great adventure. 

Now, minus the Assassin’s Curse, I haven’t read the second books in the other series. And here’s where the fear comes in. Sometimes when characters get together, the tension and excitement falls off. I’ve noticed this in a lot of the second books I’ve been reading. Honestly, I don’t see this happening with these books and I think mainly it is because the relationships are not the typical ones we’ve grown so used to. Serious kuddos to Mindee, Wendy, and Cassandra that’s for sure! 

So what do you think? Do you have the same “second book” fear when it comes to books? 

Happy reading, 


2 thoughts on “Second Book Syndrome

  1. No Way! If I love the characters and story of the first book, I can't wait to start reading the second book in the series.

    The trouble comes when the next book isn't due out for a while. Or, I like the first book but the second book is just…meh. Then I have to decide, do I read chance reading the third book or stop reading the series?

    Trilogies are a no brainer- I have to know how the trilogy ends!


  2. I know what you mean. I am sometimes afraid to read the sequel because I enjoyed the first one so much. It's difficult to keep up the awesomeness of the first novel and regardless of the difficulty, it is also hard for authors to write something that will please everybody. But I can't NOT read the sequel, either. I just HAVE to know how things will play out. In the case of The Pirate's Wish, I think that things played out so well because it was a sequel but also the last novel (that's a huge bonus in duologies). But trilogies are easier in a certain way because if you don't like the second novel, things can still get better in the last.


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