Recently I shared with you my most anticipated May/June, July/August, September, and October releases in YA fiction. My updates of those posts are becoming massive, so this follow-up post will focus specifically on the YA series I’m most excited to (re-)read because they have new or upcoming sequels, prequels or spin-offs.
Scarlet Trilogy, by A.C. Gaughen: I haven’t read Scarlet (#1), Lady Thief (#2) and Lion Heart (#3) yet, but this series is at the top of my TBR list. Here’s why: all the books are already out; and in this new version of “Robin Hood,” Will Scarlet is a young woman, masquerading as one of Robin’s Merry Men, and she plays a major role in their fight against the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham.
The Remnant Chronicles, by Mary E. Pearson: I will likely write about this series in detail after I’ve read The Heart of Betrayal (#2). If you haven’t read The Kiss of Deception (#1), DO SO NOW because: a) it just came out in paperback and b) its sequel comes out July 7th! In The Kiss of Deception, a princess, who runs away on her wedding day and becomes a barmaid in a distant village, is unaware that the two mysterious and handsome strangers she meets are the prince she jilted and an assassin sent to kill her. One of the book’s major strengths is that it is narrated from all three points of view and keeps you in the dark about who is the prince and who is the assassin.
Midnight Thief series, by Livia Blackburne: Before I read Daughter of Dusk (#2), which launches August 4th, I’ll read Midnight Thief (#1), releasing in paperback on July 7th, and its prequel Poison Dance (#0.5). Here’s what Goodreads says about Midnight Thief: Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs. But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.
Before I read Bethany Hagen’s Jubilee Manor (out 8/11/15), I want to re-read Landry Park (out in paperback). Here’s what Goodreads says about Landry Park: In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and the estate she loves dearly – and desire.
The Diviners series, by Libba Bray: I will likely recommend this series next month–after I’ve finished re-reading The Diviners (#1) and read Lair of Dreams (#2), which launches on August 25th. It’s been three years since I read The Diviners, and I’m loving it even more the second time around. Here’s what Goodreads says about The Diviners: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
The Mapmakers Trilogy, by S. E. Grove: I’m looking forward to reading The Glass Sentence (#1), which just came out in paperback, and The Golden Specific (#2), which will be released on July 14th. Here’s what Goodreads says about The Glass Sentence: Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned.
I love what I’ve read so far by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton, so I can’t wait to read The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories (2012), which accompanies their website, and The Anatomy of Curiosity (10/15), which includes three new stories. Here’s a Goodreads summary of The Curiosities: A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck. Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing. A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream). These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.
Rin Chupeco’s The Girl from the Well books seem like my kind of ghost story. Here’s a Goodreads summary of The Girl from the Well (#1): A dead girl walks the streets. She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago. And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. Its sequel, The Suffering (#2), is also a ghost story, taking place two years later. [T]here is a strange village inside Aokigahara, a village people claim does not exist. A village where strange things lie waiting. A village with old ghosts and an ancient evil–one that may be stronger than even Okiku…
I have not read Kendall Kulper’s books about the Roe Witches yet, but I have heard lots of wonderful things about Salt & Storm and its prequel, Drift & Dagger. Here’s what Goodreads says about Salt & Storm: Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and to make the charms that have kept the island’s sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held prisoner by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability.
Since I’m a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, I think I’ll like R.C. Lewis’s futuristic, sci-fi retellings of “Snow White” (Stitching Snow) and “The Wild Swans” (Spinning Starlight (10/6/15)). I am intrigued by their plots involving corrupt rulers, star-crossed lovers, space travel, and interplanetary politics, conspiracies and conflicts. Here’s what Goodreads says about Stitching Snow: Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.
I really enjoyed Salvage when I read it a couple of years ago, and I’d like to re-visit it before I read its stand-alone companion novel, Sound. Here’s what Goodreads says about Salvage: Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean.
Snow Like Ashes Trilogy, by Sara Raasch: Here’s a Goodreads summary of Snow Like Ashes (#1) (which I will re-read before Ice Like Fire (#2) comes out in October): Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather—she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
The Lone City series, by Amy Ewing: I have not read The Jewel (#1) and The White Rose (#2) yet, which are pitched as The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale. Here’s what Goodreads says about The Jewel: The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
I want to re-read Marie Lu’s The Young Elites before its sequel, The Rose Society, comes out October 13th. Here’s a Goodreads summary of The Young Elites: Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings….Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
I think it pretty much goes without saying that I’m super excited about Sarah J. Maas’s Queen of Shadows (9/1/15), and I’ve been re-reading Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, The Assassin’s Blade, and Heir of Fire.
I highly recommend you read Morgan Rhodes’s Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring, and Gathering Darkness before reading the first book in the Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, A Book of Spirits and Thieves. And before reading Six of Crows (9/29/15), I suggest you read Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.
Alyssa recommends new and upcoming releases in young adult fiction at Coven Book Club and its sister site Spellbinding Books. She also reviews books for the Boulder Book Store, where she worked for more than ten years as a bookseller. She thanks the Boulder Book Store and the publishers for ARCs of The Diviners, Landry Park, Rebel Spring, Salvage, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Shadow and Bone, and Siege and Storm. She thanks Edelweiss and the publishers for digital review copies of The Heart of Betrayal, The Jewel, The White Rose, Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire, Drift & Dagger, The Golden Specific, The Girl from the Well, The Suffering, Falling Kingdoms, Gathering Darkness, A Book of Spirits and Thieves, The Anatomy of Curiosity, and The Young Elites. She thanks NetGalley and the publishers for digital review copies of Lion Heart, Lair of Dreams, Daughter of Dusk, Spinning Starlight, and Heir of Fire. Please chat with her on Twitter about books!