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Joanne (needsun) | 60 comments Help!! Please list series where the books start at the place where the last book stopped.

Wouldn't it be better to know so you can read all the books close together?

Patricia Briggs's Mercedes Thompson series may be one. I just can't remember the details of the books before Bone Crossed to say for sure.


message 2: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments Joanne, I'm not sure I understand your question? Pretty much all series start at the place where the last book stopped, especially UF series like Mercy Thompson. Usually though, there is a little bit of time between them--the Sookie Stackhouses are usually a couple weeks apart, the Harry Dresdens are a month or two apart between books. Are you talking about books with a cliffhanger? Where the next book picks up exactly where the last one left off?

Now that I'm typing this, I think that's what you meant, books with a cliffhanger. If I remember correctly (which I usually don't...) there is only the 1 Mercy book with a cliffhanger, but it wasn't an action cliffhanger, it was a romantic one--I don't want to give away any spoilers. :) But I don't remember which 2 books that was, I just remember the scene did start back up in the 1st chapter of the next book.

Another series known for the cliffhangers is Karen Marie Moning's Fever series--those are doozies. And the most recent Harry Dresden, Changes supposedly ends with a cliffhanger, but I haven't made it that far. I'm on book 10 and Changes is book 12--but that's the only cliffhanger so far in a 12 book series--they're pretty rare.

Can anyone else think of any series with cliffhangers? And Joanne, if that is what you meant, you might want to change the title of the thread to use the word "cliffhangers" and you should get some more responses. :)


message 3: by Joanne (new)

Joanne (needsun) | 60 comments Thanks! I did change the title. But even more than cliffhanger endings, I am talking about books where the next book feels like the next chapter.

Morganville Vampires was the same, even though a book ends, the next book is like the next chapter. You have to remember everything that came before for it to make sense.

Other books tend to review a bit. Ijust started reading the 4th Harry Dresden book after not reading that series for a year and it was easy to pick up since there was some review.

Maybe my problem is with the books I can't put down and read in one sitting so I don't have any time for the story to sit in my brain. Iron Kissed was like that and the story just didn't stick for me. A reread is in my future before I read Bone Crossed.


message 4: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments I haven't read Morganville Vamps yet, but you're right, I only like that when I'm reading a series straight through. KMM's Fever books are like that--I read the first 4 back to back, so the cliffhanger, the next book is the next chapter thing obviously was fine with me, but when I got to the end of the 4th book, I wanted to throw it across the room--it killed me to have to wait for months to find out what happens. :)

And reviews/recaps in the next book in a series--I'm fickle about those. I appreciate them when it's been months since I've read the last book, but when I'm reading back to back, I'm all like "come on, come on, get on with it, I already know all this!" Lol.


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new_user There aren't that many I know of because I avoid them, LOL.

The Fever Series!

Hmmm... The Phoenix Chronicles by Lori Handeland.

I think those are all the cliffhanger series I know.


message 6: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28264 comments I can't think of any others at the moment, Joanne, other than those already named. But, if I remember one, I'll pop it on here for ya. :)

LLL, I'm the same! <And reviews/recaps in the next book in a series--I'm fickle about those. I appreciate them when it's been months since I've read the last book, but when I'm reading back to back, I'm all like "come on, come on, get on with it, I already know all this!" Lol.>


A book away from an episode of hoarders (fidgit77) | 740 comments The House of Night Series is like this too. Every single book has a cliffhanger. I got to the end of book 6, and I was desperate for 7. After the months of waiting, I bought it when it came out and I haven't read more than a chapter.

I hate the constant cliffhangers. Better to read them back to back, I think, if you're interested.


message 8: by Joanne (new)

Joanne (needsun) | 60 comments Here are some that have been mentioned.
Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called)
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs (On The Prowl)
House of Night by Kristin Cast and P C Cast (Marked)
MacKayla Lane by Karen Marie Moning (Darkfever)
Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine (Glass Houses)
The Phoenix Chronicles by Lori Handeland (Any Given Doomsday)
Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh (Angels' Blood)


message 9: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28264 comments Vampire Academy has had some too.


message 11: by Joanne (new)

Joanne (needsun) | 60 comments Thank you for mentioning The Blood Lily Chronicles, I was going to look into that series soon since I love Julie Kenner. Another series to wait until it is complete.


message 12: by Lis (last edited May 19, 2012 04:01AM) (new)

Lis | 3552 comments Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires has had a couple of doozies.

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) by Chloe Neill Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2) by Chloe Neill Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3) by Chloe Neill Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) by Chloe Neill Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6) by Chloe Neill


message 13: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28264 comments I keep forgetting we have this thread. Good add, Lis.


message 14: by Lisa Kay (new)

Lisa Kay (lisakayalicemaria) | 1586 comments As much as I love the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (and simply adored Heartless). . . I would warn people that there is a cliffhanger between books #2 and #3.
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2) by Gail Carriger Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate, #3) by Gail Carriger Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate, #4) by Gail Carriger Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate, #5) by Gail Carriger


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Nairabell | 634 comments Rachel Caine's Outcast Season. The cliffhanger at the end of the first book is why I'm waiting until the last book comes out next February to read any further. The first one was an awesome read but it literally stops in the middle of the action!

The whole series is: Undone (Outcast Season, #1) by Rachel Caine Unknown (Outcast Season, #2) by Rachel Caine Unseen (Outcast Season, #3) by Rachel Caine Unbroken (Outcast Season, #4) by Rachel Caine


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Hussain Ujjaini (hujjaini) | 1 comments The Iron Druid Chronicles.. Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles, #1) by Kevin Hearne Hexed (Iron Druid Chronicles, #2) by Kevin Hearne Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles, #3) by Kevin Hearne


message 17: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28264 comments Welcome to the group, Hussain!


message 18: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6371 comments Nairabell wrote: "Rachel Caine's Outcast Season. The cliffhanger at the end of the first book is why I'm waiting until the last book comes out next February to read any further. The first one was an awesome read but..."

She seems to do that alot! Happened some in Weather Warden, killer cliffhanger at the end of book 1 of Morganville Vampires...and now, Outcast Season. At least, I've got a lot of Morganville to read and not have to wait a year to find out what happens next!


message 19: by Vi (new)

Vi | 886 comments Rachel Caine is the Cliffhanger Mistress - the Weather Warden series had cliffhangers in all the books. I started Morganville and when book #1 had cliffhanger, I dropped the series. I have enough series on my table without adding another cliffhanger one.


message 20: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6371 comments I've started it...barely. The library has almost all of them, except #2! Eek. I'm buying it...just have to click over to the bookstore...unless the library responds to my request first...fingers crossed!


message 21: by Vi (new)

Vi | 886 comments Let me know how it is, Judithe! I might read the series then cos I remember it had a diff portrayal of vampires (will they NEVER die?).


message 22: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6371 comments I liked the first one, and they seem to be fairly "typical" old-fashioned vamps...just more openly in charge than in most modern vamp stories. I do like Caine's stories...just have to be sure to have the next one at hand before getting started!


message 23: by Literary Ames (new)

Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments Regarding Morganville, #2 and #6-11 don't have cliffhangers. I bought the first 6 together so they didn't bother me at all. It's one of the few YA series I love.


message 24: by Josie (new)

Josie | 1967 comments Did you like them straight away or did it take a few books? I'm up to #3 and I like them but I think I prefer her WW series at the moment (even though I'm not that far through either of them) :)


message 25: by Literary Ames (new)

Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments I read books 1-6 one after another in 2 days. I'm not sure when I "loved" them, I just couldn't stop reading. I've only read 1 WW book though I have a couple more from that series here.


message 26: by Josie (new)

Josie | 1967 comments Ah right. I think I've got the books up to #7 or maybe more so I might try reading them altogether like you did. Tbh, it would probs be good anyway since all my fave series are ones that I've read one after the other.


message 27: by Nairabell (new)

Nairabell | 634 comments Amy or "Ames" wrote: "I read books 1-6 one after another in 2 days. I'm not sure when I "loved" them, I just couldn't stop reading. I've only read 1 WW book though I have a couple more from that series here."

Good to hear - I've got up to 11 waiting to be read starting today. I'm hoping to get through them quite quickly so I get my 2012 challenge off to a good start.


message 28: by Literary Ames (new)

Literary Ames (amyorames) | 1854 comments Good luck, ladies. I hope you enjoy them. :)


message 29: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6371 comments Amy or "Ames" wrote: "Regarding Morganville, #2 and #6-11 don't have cliffhangers. I bought the first 6 together so they didn't bother me at all. It's one of the few YA series I love."

Thanks for letting us know. I'll be sure to get the next three at least and get reading!


message 30: by Lis (last edited May 19, 2012 03:58AM) (new)

Lis | 3552 comments Oh let's add another $&@%# ing series with dog gone cliffhangers... > Queen of Shadows (Shadow World, #1) by Dianne Sylvan Shadowflame (Shadow World, #2) by Dianne Sylvan Shadow's Fall (Shadow World, #3) by Dianne Sylvan

Its a great series and one of my favs, but with noooooo date of when the 4th book will be released so I'm left hangin'


message 31: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28264 comments LOL! Yep! I was all ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ?!?! At the end of #3. Good Golly, but she dropped a helluva bomb and I really wish I'd known in advance and had #4 on-hand.


message 32: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23497 comments The Kara Gillian series #4 Sins of the Demon ends in a huge cliffhanger. Next book is due out hopefully in January 2013.


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Christin (namalia) | 5 comments The Kingkiller Chronicles The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) by Patrick Rothfuss ends with a cliffhanger.
And according to the information here on goodreads the third book is due out in may 2025....hopefully that's a typo.


message 34: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6371 comments EEK! That is NOT news you ever want to hear! *Fingers crossed for you that it IS a typo!*


message 35: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23497 comments He doesn't mention anything on his website or blog so no help there :)


message 36: by Christin (new)

Christin (namalia) | 5 comments Yeah, I know. I think that is because he said it would probably take him a year to get book two finished and then it were four. So I guess he doesn't want to make any promises. The thing is that he had all three books finished before he even found a publisher so I wonder how long it can really take him to edit the book. Surely not 15 years^^


Valerie ~ Val Hall ~ | 8449 comments Well it kind of make me glad I still have not read them yet. This kind of waiting would kill me...better not know what I'm missing I guess.


message 38: by Vivian (new)

Vivian (_vivian) | 1934 comments I have the first one, but I guess this gives me an excuse to put it off for awhile. I think initially the release date was 2013, but maybe it's being pushed back?


message 39: by Christin (new)

Christin (namalia) | 5 comments No, don't let that stop you from reading it^^ I really don't think the third book will only be released in 2025. I mean, I am no author so I don't know how it works but I really cannot imagine that it would take someone over 15 years to edit a book:) I think it's a typo and 2015 is more likely


message 40: by Vivian (new)

Vivian (_vivian) | 1934 comments If Martin can do it in less than 15, so can Rothfuss :)

I'll read it eventually, but it always gets pushed down the reading list for some reason.


message 41: by JennyWren (last edited Sep 08, 2012 04:37PM) (new)

JennyWren (guinivere87) | 174 comments Caronlyn Crane's "The Disillusionists Trilogy" nearly gave me an aneurism. Here the first one Mind Games (The Disillusionists Trilogy, #1) by Carolyn Crane

Mean, just plain mean. I'm so glad I only started reading this series with all the books already published.


message 42: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28264 comments LOL Jennifer! Those were hard endings. Thankfully, I had #1-2 on-hand before I started, so I only had the wait between 2-3.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) Sins of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #4) by Diana Rowland

Diana Rowland is terrible with doing this, especially that last book!


Valerie ~ Val Hall ~ | 8449 comments Erin, the first chapter of Touch of the Demon is out...just to tease us some more.
http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_...


message 45: by Lis (new)

Lis | 3552 comments And another... Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (Rhiannon's Law #1) by J.A. Saare doozy! Have The Renfield Syndrome (Rhiannon's Law, #2) by J.A. Saare on hand. The Ripple Effect (Rhiannon's Law, #3) by J.A. Saare


message 46: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28264 comments I've been meaning to start that series, Lis. Thanks for the heads up.


message 47: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Howlin (elainehowlinbooks) Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer books usually end with cliffhangers. The last few were really aggravating!
Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1) by Karen Chance Claimed By Shadow (Cassandra Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3) by Karen Chance Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4) by Karen Chance Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer, #5) by Karen Chance Tempt the Stars (Cassandra Palmer, #6) by Karen Chance Reap the Wind (Cassandra Palmer, #7) by Karen Chance


message 48: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 28264 comments Agreed, Elaine - those do tend to leave us hangin'.


kittykat AKA Jo Tortitude | 324 comments Cliffies or even just unfinished plot is the main reason I tend to avoid most series', of any genre, that I'm interested in until they are finished. There are exceptions, but not many.


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Sandra | 23497 comments Karen wrote: "P. S. I forgot to mention above that I wish I was a member of this group when I read the following because as I said above I hate cliffhangers:
1. Soulless by [author:Gail Carriger|2..."



Yes, the cliffie between books 2 & 3 in Parasol Protectorate!!! I always warn mbrs when I see they are about to read #2. That comes up in Bingo at least once a game.


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