In recent years, there has been no shortage of young/new adult fantasy series coming out. Over the past year, I’ve read my fair share of these new and on-going series and caught up as much as I can in the ones by which I’ve been most captivated. The books on this list represent an assortment of sequels that are either simply the next installment in an on-going series or the final books which will wrap it up.
The Winner’s Kiss | March 29, 2016
This is the final book in The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. I had not read the first two books expecting to be blown away. I still remember how horrible most of the first book, The Winner’s Curse, was in terms of the romantic tension (clichéd and overwrought). But it ended so strongly that I decided to read the second book, The Winner’s Crime, which had just debuted at the time. I am so happy I stuck with the series because the second book was that good. It also ended in a horrible cliff-hanger! Recently there was some controversy over a cover change announcement for this series which (not gonna lie) was a big part of my decision to buy the first two books last month and pre-order The Winner’s Kiss (all in the gorgeous original hardcovers). I will probably read this final book the day it arrives at the end of this month!
A Court of Mist and Fury | May 3, 2016
I read the first book in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, last fall. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the Throne of Glass (ToG) series, and when I saw it at the library I decided to give it shot. It was no surprise that I had the same exact issues with it that I do the ToG series (regarding the protagonist and the romance), but at the same time I was really impressed by the inventiveness of the story. Sarah J. Maas has the ability to get so dark and craft such unique worlds and creatures. It makes up for the shortcomings.
Empire of Storms | September 6, 2016
This is the fifth book in the ToG series. Since the third book, Heir of Fire, I have been truly hooked on this series past the point of no return! Queen of Shadows was the first book that did not end on a major cliffhanger, so I’m really excited to see what happens in Empire of Storms because I have no idea how everything that needs to happen is going to happen!
Crooked Kingdom | September 22, 2016
Six of Crows has easily been my favorite read of 2016 so far. I have no idea how I had been able to put off reading it for so long. I had enjoyed The Grisha trilogy when I read it last semester, but I had not really been enticed by the summary for Six of Crows. Luckily, I read it because it was so good. Like, so good. It is definitely in top favorite books of all time. I loved every single character, and there was literally nothing I would have changed about that book. So Crooked Kingdom is probably the book I’m most excited to get my hands on at the moment! September cannot come any sooner.
The Fate of the Tearling | November 29, 2016
The Queen of the Tearling series was my favorite series that I discovered in 2015, both in terms of quality and enjoyment. There are just so many unique qualities to the book, from the protagonist to the world and setting. I particularly love the mystery elements to the story and hope all my questions are satisfactorily answered in this final series installment! The Fate of the Tearling was originally supposed to debut to summer but was moved to November for some reason. Also there was a cover change (the “original” was purple and of a similar landscape aesthetic as the first two books). So I am hoping nothing else happens to delay this book and that it is worth the wait!