Duologies are a rare and almost extinct species. They also happen to be my favourite kind of books. In honour of me finishing my favourite duology-turned-trilogy “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (ironic, I know), I decided to share a list of some of my favourite duologies! The order is random, and not ranked to favourite-to-least favourite.
Six of Crows/ Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Synopsis on Goodreads: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
– Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
– Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
– Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
Why I love it: It’s a heist that has to be done by teenage outlaws; and who doesn’t want to read about an almost-impossible heist?! Also, the characters and the world building are incredible, like seriously, incredible. It’s funny, enthralling, captivating, riveting and suits all types of readers whether you are into romance or action! I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it. Go get it and if you are interested, see a more detailed review here. 5/5 stars
The Book of Ivy/ The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
Synopsis on Goodreads: After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.
This year, it is my turn.
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.
Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…
Why I love it: If someone asked me what my favourite book couple of all time was, I’d say Bishop and Ivy. The metaphors and comparisons were sublime and absolutely well-written. Bishop and Ivy’s chemistry got me hooked and I loved this book. (and look at those gorgeous French covers!) 5/5 Stars
Just One Day/ Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Synopsis on Goodreads: Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.
A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
Why I love it: Those are my favourite books of ALL TIME, no joke. They will always have a special place in my heart and I almost wish I’d never read them so I could discover them for the first time again. Gayle Forman can do no wrong, she’s a genius and a goddess to me. If I were to ever meet her, I’d faint. Loulou and Willem are the ultimate One True Ship. The story rang so true to my heart for so many reasons, they’re the reason I have so high relationship expectations. I love this duology. 5/5 stars
The Wrath and The Dawn/ The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
Synopsis on Goodreads: One Life to One Dawn. In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Why I love it: This is a 1001 Night’s retelling!! What else should I tell you?!! My favourite character was Khalid, he was charming and simply too-pure for this world. Shahrzad, the main character was a strong, witty and entertaining. Seeing her evolve was great too read about. it was also inspired with, how can I say this? It was oriental and I believe the characters are middle-eastern and that was really refreshing to read about. I have one word for you: Joonam *swoons*. Also how GORGEOUS are those covers? 3.5/5 stars
If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Synopsis on Goodreads: Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.
Why I love it: Yes, another Gayle Forman duology. Yes, this duology is going to break your heart and you’ll enjoy it. I loved it so much that I made everyone around me read it. Also, the movie is amazing. 5/5 stars
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before/ P.S I Still Love you/ Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han.
Enjoy! Feel free to leave any recommendations and tell me if you read any of these books! Karla xx