I love a good long book series. If you've ever read one of my reviews, you've probably seen me say that I want another book about another character, or an expansion of something that was briefly mentioned, or just...MORE. If I love a book, I will never complain about there being another story added to it.
That being said, there can be some cons to reading a super long series. Sometimes the storyline is drug out to fit a certain number of books when it could have fit into less. Sometimes the publisher doesn't give the entire series the green light if sales haven't been very good (there are a lot of readers who won't read until a series is finished, which obviously takes longer for a longer series). Sometimes an author passes away before they can finish writing all of the books they had planned, or just loses inspiration a few books in.
If you're like me and LOVE reading long series, I have some great series starters listed here. Get your TBR ready for the next summer challenge, or just continue building your stack so high that you'll never get through them all (not speaking from personal experience or anything).
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
9 book series and a sequel series
Maximum Ride and her "flock" -- Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel -- are just like ordinary kids, only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time.
Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of whack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare: fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives.
Along the way, Max discovers that her purpose is save the world. But can she?
Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer
12 book series
Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.
There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life--if only she doesn't get caught. . . .
Dragon Prince by Kelly N. Jane and Ashley McLeo
6 book series
The moment I met Prince Rone was . . . tense to say the least, but after a shocking street-side brawl we had a second chance to get to know one another.
And learn we both possessed what the other needs.
Now I’m on a wild hunt, trying to find a safe home for dragon eggs while being chased by murderous crazies who want all the dragons dead.
The weird thing is that despite the danger, for the first time in my life I finally feel like I might fit in someplace—and maybe with someone.
I just need to live long enough to find out if my intuition regarding Rone and this strange new world are right.
Beauty and the Beast by K. M. Shea
11 book series with a prequel trilogy and a sequel series
Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is unwillingly forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin.
Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. He has given up all hope of shattering the curse, and has only disdain for Elle.
Unfortunately, the pair can’t seem to avoid each other thanks to the meddling of the chateau’s cursed servants. Eventually Elle’s playful manners and Severin’s hidden gentleness draw the pair together.
But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country. When Elle risks everything to save Severin, will he be able to forgive her for her lies?
Throne of Silver by K. B. Anne
5 book series and a sequel series
A secret organization wants me as an assassin. Me, kill someone? No way. The General also hints I’m a superior being. Whatever that is. But it might explain the strange flickering thing that’s been happening to me lately.
Then there's Christian, the goth-loner who casts disdainful glares in my direction like it’s his day job. When I go missing, he goes all superhero and finds me. His eyes changes shape when he doesn’t think I’m looking at him. He’s hiding something, and I plan to find out what.
There’s this crazy-a** chemistry between us, but I deny my feelings. Christian is a complication, and my life is complicated enough. But when he goes missing, I follow him into a world of deception, lies, and secret realms.
No worries. I’ve got this. After all, the General wanted me as an assassin.
Trouble is, the Organization will stop at nothing to pick up their top recruit. Will I figure out what superior being I am before it’s too late?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
7 book series and a prequel novella collection
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined
Crystal Dragon by Katie Cherry
7 book series
I may not have been satisfied with farm life on Earth, but I certainly didn’t want all this.
Kidnapped and taken to a magical realm called Zilferia. Assigned a partner and a coach and thrown to the mercies of the realm’s creatures in a desperate bid to grow into magical powers gifted to us from the realm itself. Avoid getting caught by the realm’s violent, self-proclaimed ‘Dragon Hunters.’
Sure, my partner Nathan quickly becomes a good friend to me, and sure, I love the magic and the dragons here, but make no mistake- I’d rather go home.
I’m not their lost princess. I’m not some half-dragon shifter freak.
I’m certainly not destined to save the seven realms from destruction.
Witch of Shadows by A. N. Sage
7 book series (currently) and prequel novella
I’m Billie Stonewall, and people want me dead.
How I ended up as the only witch in a high school full of witch hunters is my fault.
The High Coven wanted to send me a message after I found myself on the wrong side of a shadower vanquishing. In front of a human.
The message is loud and clear: Survive or die trying.
But Shadowhurst Academy isn’t so bad… if I ignore the rising number of students who’ve turned up dead.
The problem is, I can’t ignore it, and that’s where my life gets even more complicated.
All signs point to magic, and we all know what that means—yours truly is in deep.
Between blending in, searching for an elusive murderer, and keeping my magic under control, I’m in a world of hurt.
Who knew being a witch could be so dangerous?
Shadowland by Meg Cabot
7 book series (books 1-4 originally published under the pen name Jenny Carroll)
Suze is a mediator—a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won't leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living.
But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn't seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations. But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it's not that easy.
There's a ghost with revenge on her mind...and Suze happens to be in the way.
Ezaara by Eileen Mueller
6 book series with three prequel novellas and a prequel series
In Lush Valley, it’s a crime to even talk about dragons…
When Ezaara meets Zaarusha the Dragon Queen, she’s swept up in a blaze of color and they imprint, forming a deep bond. She must give up her home and family to become the new Queen’s Rider. Ignorant and unprepared, how can she possibly succeed?
Luckily, she has a dragon master — although rumors say she might be better off with the enemy.
Plunged into a world of cutthroat politics and traitors in every shadow, who can Ezaara trust as Commander Zens and his army of bestial tharuks march closer, razing villages and enslaving the people of Dragons’ Realm?
What personal price must Ezaara and her Dragon Master pay to save their people?
Riwenne & the Mechanical Beasts by Kristen S. Walker
6 book series
Fifteen-year-old Riwenne is bad at school, chronically late, and lost in a daydream, but she has help from her best friend, Nexita—until the two of them get separated. During the mysterious test on Choosing Day, they both wanted to become priestesses, an important job in the sky city. But only Riwenne became a novice, and Nexita was chosen by the engineers. Now she’s on her own for the first time in her life.
When a talking bird tells her that her best friend is under attack, Riwenne faces her worst fear. She must become a divine warrior and save her best friend from mechanical beasts!
As she juggles warrior training and priestess duties, Riwenne can’t let herself get distracted. She must recruit other warriors and lead the quest to find out the mystery behind the mechanical beasts, but most of all, she must follow her heart.
If she trusts the wrong person, she’ll face the gods’ judgment.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
6 book series and a sequel series
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
Marie Reed is currently a stay-at-home mom of two who is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. She fell in love with books of all kinds at a young age and devoured entire libraries while still in school. A dozen or so years later, she finally finished writing her first short story and is currently working on a full length novel.