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Duology Do-Overs!

It might be a new year but you’ll never break me of my love of setting myself challenges with weird alliterative titles… My plan for January is to set myself a little TBR of duologies – specifically, ones where I’ve read the first book but don’t remember enough to start the second book without rereading. For each of these pairs, I hope to reread the first book and then read the second!

(My apologies for any blurry images, WordPress is being a pain about resizing!)

Shadowscent and Crown of Smoke by PM Freestone

I loved this YA fantasy when I read the first book a couple of years ago! The magic is perfume-based, and I was actually lucky enough to win a sample of one of the scents from the book in real life, which is pretty cool.

Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

This is another YA fantasy, and I remember having a lot of fun with the first book. I recently read and loved Tricia Levenseller’s standalone The Shadows Between Us so I’m hoping this will hold up to a similar standard on a reread!

Lord of Secrets and Lady of Shadows by Breanna Teintze

I’m not sure if this adult fantasy series was intended to be a duology, or if we just don’t have any info about further books yet, but I’m counting it here. Lord of Secrets was one of my favourite books of 2019 and I’ve only been putting off reading the sequel because I wanted to find the perfect moment to enjoy it.

Reign of the Fallen and Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

More YA fantasy – this time with bisexual necromancers! This is darker than your typical YA, but I still remember having a good time with it.

Enchantée and Liberté by Gita Trelease

I loved the heroine of this French Revolution inspired YA fantasy, but other than that and something about a hot air balloon I’ve forgotten almost everything that happened!

Gumiho: Wicked Fox and Dokkaebi: Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho

This series is fast-paced urban fantasy YA inspired by Korean mythology, and I know I really enjoyed the characters of book one.

Wicked Like a Wildfire and Fierce Like a Firestorm by Lana Popovic

I was gifted the second book a while ago by a friend after I really enjoyed the first, but I just haven’t managed to get to it yet – this is lusciously descriptive YA contemporary fantasy.

State of Sorrow and Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

Don’t these just have the most amazing covers? There isn’t enough YA with really decent court intrigue, but the first book of this series blew me away with its clever politics and actual grasp of statecraft.

I think eight duologies – sixteen books – is (more than) enough to be going on with! Have you read any of these? I’d love to know your thoughts, especially if you liked one of the books better than its partner!

6 thoughts on “Duology Do-Overs!

  1. Ooooh I’ve had Reign of the Fallen on my shelf for at least a year. I’m always so excited about it that I don’t want to read it because then it will be over. 🤣 The perfume based series sounds interesting! Good luck wrapping these up!! I hope they still meet expectations on return.

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