For this set of mini reviews, I want to talk about a couple duology sequels that I listened to the audiobooks for, specifically Wildcard, by Marie Lu and Evermore, by Sarah Holland. I had listened to the first books in both of these series and really enjoyed them, and after waiting to get my hands on these sequels was hoping they’d live up to their predecessors. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as we hope…
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Wildcard by Marie Lu
Published by Listening Library on September 18, 2018
Series: Warcross, #2
Genre(s): fiction, dystopia, science fiction, young adult
Format & Length: audiobook, 10:51:30
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Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.
Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.
Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
Unfortunately, I found Wildcard to be extremely disappointing. I had been so excited to read this after loving Warcross, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Much of the story was unnecessarily repetitive and had a lot of filler, and I felt that it could have been edited down significantly to pack a stronger punch. There were some nice moments and interesting ideas that were explored, but it wasn’t quite enough to make up for what I didn’t like.
Evermore by Sara Holland
Published by HarperTeen on December 31, 2018
Series: Everless, #2
Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, young adult
Format & Length: audiobook, 9:01:42
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Jules Ember confronts the girl who is both her oldest friend and greatest enemy in the highly anticipated sequel to Everless, praised by New York Times bestelling author Stephanie Garber as “an intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology.”
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.
Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard, Kiera Cass, and Kendare Blake, Evermore is the high-stakes, star-crossed follow up to the New York Times bestselling Everless that fans have been waiting for.
Evermore had a different tone and quality than Everless and I preferred that of the first installment. Much of this book felt like filler leading up to a big finale, with a lot of waffling and indecision. I didn’t want to put it down only because I wanted to know the final outcome and learn the backstory that the duology was founded on. And the ending did answer these questions, with the final 45 minutes to an hour the best of this nine hour audiobook. This wrapped everything up quite neatly while also leaving an opening for future books in this world; if the author ever chose to expand it, I’d give it a shot with the hopes that it would feel more like Everless.
So, there you have my mini reviews of these duology sequels! Did you read these books, and if so, did you like them? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts!