Welcome back to Monthly Recommendations, the posts on my blog that I’m meant to do every month and are connected to this particular Goodreads group. I’ve struggled recently with some of the topics so I’m glad to finally be contributing again and sharing some books I really love.
Today’s topic is duologies, but whilst I do have some to share, they’re not exactly going to be new. Apart from these and a couple of duology finales that I know are being written, there aren’t many around and that’s a huge shame. Duologies are great because they pack a lot of punch for just two books, and I usually find them very easy to read.
So without further ado, let’s get started.
A Thousand Nights and Spindle by EK Johnston.
Okay so I’ve actually started with a duology that didn’t really work for me even though I love retellings – these of A Thousand and One Nights and Sleeping Beauty. I just didn’t click with the writing and it meant that I DNFed them. However, I know a lot of people do really love them so I don’t want to completely disregard them. If you like fairytale retellings, desert settings, and whimsy prose then they might be up your street!
Wolf by Wolf and Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
An alternate history universe where Germany and the Axis Powers won the Second World War, and there is a motorcycle race in which the winner gets to meet the Fuhrer. However, the heroine and Holocaust survivor Yael has some other tricks up her sleeve. What I love is that this is a crazy duology full of twists, superb characters, and much food for thought.
The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Another retelling of A Thousand and one Nights which feels like it has a little Beauty and the Beast in there too. This one I liked a lot more than A Thousand Nights due to the pacing of the story, the writing and the general atmosphere that comes with a desert setting. The addition of magic in the Rose and the Dagger also brings further development to the plot and the characters, which I was very much a fan of. I also like the relationship between Shahrzad (Shazi) and Khalid. It’s very reminiscent to that of Belle and Beast and I appreciated Shazi learning more about herself, Khalid and the culture of her land.
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Set in the Grisha world, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom follow Kaz Brekker and his gang as they try to pull off the criminal undertakings of a lifetime. Whilst I don’t love them as much as everyone else does, I really like the world of the Grisha and the expansion they gives to the original Shadow and Bone trilogy. I also love that the characters are imperfect and morally grey. My only complaint would be that Crooked Kingdom has one too many heists to the storyline and became irritating after a while. However, it is still a good read.
Monsters of Verity by VE Schwab
We all know by now the love I have for VE Schwab. She is the queen of writing relatable characters that touch your very core. Both August and Kate are brilliant imperfect characters that really drive the story and to me they are what saved This Savage Song because I did feel that there was something missing in the story. Before anyone says anything, it was not due to the lack of a romance because that was amazing and incredibly refreshing! However, Our Dark Duet took it to the next level and completely stole the show. It was action packed, full of great development and it also left me broken, which was not great considering I was still recovering from the ending of A Conjuring of Light at the time I read it (or it could have been the other way round). Either way, this is fabulous!
Lastly, I’m going to give you a couple of books that are the beginnings of duologies and if you know me by now, they are not exactly going to be books I haven’t talked about before because they are both fabulous.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and Vicious by VE Schwab
I’m psyched for the next books in these two duologies and I can feel that they’re going to be my favourites out of all the duologies on my shelves.
And that is all from me for now.
What are some of your favourite duologies?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!