Top 5 Tuesday #62: More of These, Please

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 sequels you would sell your soul for

(What are some books that don’t have a sequel (either not announced or was never published) that you would really like to read?)

I do prefer series than standalones, although I hardly ever move past the first books in series, lol. I just prefer when a story I love keeps going for a bit. The following are mostly standalone comics (so far) that I’d like to read a sequel of.

Conspiracy of Ravens by Leah Moore & John Reppion, illus. by Sally Jane Thompson

YA fantasy graphic novel about a girl attending a girls’ boarding school who inherits a mysterious locket and a crumbling estate from her long-lost aunt. She learns that the locket grants her special abilities and that her aunt was part of a secret society of women.

I enjoyed the story and liked the illustrations, but I think the ending was a bit rushed. I’d love to read a sequel to see what else the girls get up to next or a prequel of the aunt’s adventures. I lean more toward the prequel because I’d love to see character and costume designs for the past.

Manor Black by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt, illus. by Tyler Crook

Comic book about a family of sorcerers whose moribund patriarch seems indecisive about which of his children to hand over the helm to. When a young Black woman stumbles upon his estate, he offers her blood protection and to help her control her powers.

This one left me curious and interested about what could occur next in the story, so I hope another volume is forthcoming.

An Embarrassment of Witches by Sophie Goldstein (illus.) & Jenn Jordan

A YA graphic novel set in a modern fantastical world about best friends Rory and Angela trying to figure out life after college.

The story was unexpected, but I enjoyed it. We basically follow along as the girls figure what it is they want to do with their lives, and I’d love for a sequel to see how they are getting on, or even to focus on a different character. The world is so zany that I want more stories set in it.

Sylvania by Kristin Kemper (illus.)

YA fantasy webcomic that was published as a single-issue comic book. It’s about three sisters who are tree witches who are contemplating living in space to help the star witches terraform Mars.

I loved the illustrations and thought the story was sweet. It had me intrigued to see what it’s building up to because we don’t get much in these early parts.

Waverley Family books (Garden Spells and First Frost) by Sarah Addison Allen

These are the only novels on this list. The first one struck me as magical realism but by the second novel, I started considering them VERY light fantasy. (If there’s a genre to describe stories that are in between magical realism and fantasy, please let me know because these aren’t fantasy but they aren’t magical realism either, but there is an element of the fantastic in them that’s treated as an everyday occurrence rather than wonder.)

The books are set in a quirky Southern town and center on the Waverley family that’s known for the odd apple tree in their garden that bears fruit that foretells the future once eaten. I enjoyed both stories and consider them favorites. They’re sweet and warm and will become comfort reads for me. So far, there are only two books, but I hope the author will write at least one more.



16 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #62: More of These, Please

  1. I keep seeing about Sarah Addison Allen’s books every few years and I can’t work out if I’d like them or not (I’m not typically keen on magical realism or fantasy, however I love Paul Magrs’ novels set in the real world but with magic, so …). I was waiting and waiting for a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” so I got lucky there in the end finally when “Testaments” came out!


    1. It’s the first I’ve heard of Paul Magrs and I haven’t yet tried Atwood’s work so I’m not sure how similar Allen’s work is to them, but the fantasy in them is very light and leans toward magical realism because it seems more commonplace, I guess, than something wondrous.

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  2. Oh, graphic novels!! I would LOVE another Mooncakes. And a Bloodlust and Bonnets. And when are we getting the final Amulet?!! So many more to read… *cries* Hope you had fun this week 💕


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