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Double the Adventure: My Top Picks for Must-Read Book Duologies

Looking for an exciting read? Check out our top picks for must-read duology books that are sure to double the adventure.

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           I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting reads. Books that will transport me to different worlds, challenge my perspectives, and leave me wanting more. And there’s nothing quite like a good duology to do just that. 

          A book duology is a two-book series that tells a complete story arc giving readers the chance to delve deeper into the characters and their world. 

         Here are my favorite must-read book duologies that are sure to double the adventure.

My Top Three Picks for Must-Read Book Duologies

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  The Six of Crows Duology is set in the fictional world of the Grishaverse, which is also the setting for Leigh Bardugo’s other novels. The story takes place in a city called Ketterdam, which is reminiscent of Amsterdam in the 17th century. Ketterdam is a bustling hub of trade and commerce, but it’s also a den of thieves and criminals. The story revolves around a group of six outcasts hired to pull off an impossible heist – to break into the most secure prison in the world and retrieve a valuable prisoner.

 The plot of the Six of Crows duology is

fast-paced, action-packed, and full of twists and turns. The story follows the six main characters – Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias, and Wylan – as they embark on their dangerous mission. Each character has a backstory, motivations, and secrets, which are gradually revealed throughout the two books.

One of the things I love about this series is that the stakes are always high. And the tension never lets up. The heist is just the starting point of the story. While dealing with obstacles and betrayals, the plot becomes intricate and multi-layered.

          The characters are the heart and soul of the Six of Crows duology. Each one is complex, flawed, and fully realized, with their distinct voice and personality. Kaz Brekker is the leader of the group, a mastermind who is always two steps ahead of everyone else. Inej Ghafa is a skilled spy and assassin, haunted by her past. Jesper Fahey is a sharpshooter and gambler, struggling with a gambling addiction. Nina Zenik is a Grisha, a person with magical abilities, who is fiercely loyal to her friends. Matthias Helvar is a former soldier and convict, torn between his loyalty to his country and his love for Nina. And Wylan Van Eck is a wealthy runaway who joins the group as an explosives expert.

Why you should read Six of Crows

   In my opinion, the Six of Crows Duology is a must-read for any fantasy lover. It’s a thrilling and immersive story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The characters are compelling and fully realized, and their relationships with each other are both heartwarming and heart-wrenching.

          The story also explores a wide range of complex themes, which will leave you thinking long after you’ve finished reading. The world of the Grishaverse is rich and immersive, and the setting of Ketterdam is a vividly described and fully realized city that feels like it could exist in our world.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

I was immediately drawn to the These Violent Delights Duology by Chloe Gong. The series offers a unique take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Set in 1920s Shanghai exploring themes of power, loyalty, and love in a world of rival gangs and political unrest.

         The series is comprised of two books, These Violent Delights, and Our Violent Ends. The first book introduces us to the two main characters, Roma Montagov and Juliette Cai. Heirs to rival gangs in Shanghai. Despite their history of violence and hatred towards each other, they find themselves drawn to

each other once again especially as a mysterious illness spreads throughout the city.

          Our Violent Ends picks up where These Violent Delights left off, with Roma and Juliette struggling to maintain the fragile peace they have established between their gangs. As they navigate political intrigue and personal betrayals, they also must confront the dark secrets of their pasts.

           While These Violent Delights has many of the hallmarks of a YA dystopian novel, such as a corrupt government and a love story, it also stands out for its unique setting and exploration of Chinese culture. Moreover, the novel has been compared to other popular YA dystopian novels, but it stands on its own as a refreshing and original take on the genre.

Why you should read These Violent Delights

  The These Violent Delights duology is a thought-provoking and engaging work that explores complex themes such as love, sacrifice, power dynamics, and tradition. The well-developed characters, richly detailed world-building, and use of language and symbolism make it a standout work of literature. 

          Overall, I highly recommend the These Violent Delights duology to anyone who enjoys dystopian and historical fantasy novels. Check out this book and experience the world of 1920s Shanghai for yourself.

All of Us Villains Duology by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

This gripping duology by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman takes readers on a twisted journey through a world where villains reign supreme. 

          The All of Us Villains Duology is a two-book series consisting of “All of Us Villains” and “All of Our Demise”. The books are set in a world where villains rule, and the most powerful villains are selected to compete in a deadly secret tournament.

The second book, “All of Our Demise”, picks up where the first book left off and delves deeper into the world of Ilvernath.

With a twist from the first book, each villain gathered into two opposing groups. Both fight to stay alive until the tournament ends.

          One of the strengths of the All of Us Villains Duology is its complex and well-developed characters. Each competitor of the tournament has their motivations and backstory, and the relationships between them are complex and often fraught. The villains are particularly well-done, with their distinct personalities.

          What sets the All of Us Villains Duology apart from other young adult books is its unique premise and world-building. The idea of a world where villains are in charge is both intriguing and thought-provoking. The authors have created a vivid and detailed world, complete with its history, mythology, and culture. The fight to the death tournament itself explores the darker side of human nature and the lengths people will go to for power and control.

        While the All of Us Villains Duology shares some similarities with other popular young adult duologies, such as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, it also has its distinct voice and style. Furthermore, the duology emphasizes character development, which is not always present in other young adult books. In contrast to the traditional hero-centered narratives, this duology explores the complexities of evil and how it affects individuals and society. Similarly, the characters’ motivations and actions are not always black and white, but rather shades of gray.

Why you should read All of Us Villains 

 All of Us Villains Duology is a gripping tale of power, betrayal, and survival. The duology’s unique premise and well-developed characters make it stand out in the crowded young adult genre. If you are a fan of The Hunger Games series, the All of Us Villains Duology is a must-read.

To wrap this up, book duologies offer a unique opportunity to double the adventure and delve deeper into a story and its characters. Moreover, there’s a wide range of options available, from thrilling heists to dark fantasies to romantic retellings. With so many genres to choose from, there’s something for everyone in the world of book duologies. So why not take the plunge and check out my favorite book duologies? By doing so, you might just discover a new world of literary enjoyment.

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