Ten New Young Adult Books To Look Forward To

10 YA Books To Look Forward To In The Upcoming Year

Get your calendars out or pre-order now, here's some new books that are going to be released within the next year.

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Sometimes we need things to look forward to. Sometimes those things are books, especially when the previous book in a particular series ended on a very dramatic note. Here are some books that will be releasing in the upcoming year, if you (like me) need a refresher on what to look forward to being released within the upcoming year because you read books so often you sometimes can't keep up with what exactly you're waiting impatiently for.

For example, I forget about almost all of these books until I'm reminded of their existence. Then my heart leaps before I realize just how many more days I have to wait.

1. 'The Darkest Legacy,' Alexandria Bracken, July 31, 2018

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I read the first book in this series, 'The Darkest Minds' around when it first came out a few years ago. I have yet to read the last book, and now it looks like I'll be two behind instead of one. The series is about kids who develop superpowers, and it's pretty cool (and well written).

2. Muse of Nightmares, Laini Taylor, October 2, 2018

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This is the sequel to 'Strange the Dreamer,' and if you haven't read that yet, it's seriously time to. The world that Taylor creates in 'Strange the Dreamer' is incredible and beautiful, and the writing reflects that.

3. 'The Tyrant's Tomb,' Rick Riordan (Release date TBA, but I think it'll be October 2018)


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Rick Riordan has proved to be a bit ruthless about this series. The stakes are raised, the enemy is intense and quite different from the Titans and giants of his past books within his world of Greek gods. Apollo/Lester has made an interesting protagonist, but I think the old characters such as Grover, Leo, Calypso, Piper, and Jason are a great addition. Along with that, Meg has been a great new character, and despite her young age (12!) she has a lot of depth and I find that her own conflict is very compelling.

4. 'Kingdom of Ash,' Sarah J. Maas October 23, 2018

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If you haven't read Sarah J. Maas's "Throne of Glass" series yet, it's beyond time to. This is another series that I've been reading since the first book came out, and this is the seventh one. The nostalgia is high for this, along with some panic because the last book ended on quite an interesting and panic filled note. The series is filled with action and ruthless characters and set in a very cool world. I'm sad about the conclusion of this series, and I hope Maas does a good job finishing the series so the characters can get some well deserved peace and rest.

5. 'Queen of Air and Darkness,' Cassandra Clare, December 4, 2018

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In my opinion, this series ("The Dark Artifacts") is Cassandra Clare's best, which is unsurprising as I find her writing gets better with every book she writes, In addition to that, though, the characters are amazing and heart-wrenching. This will be another incredible series finale.

6. 'The Wicked King,' Holly Black, January 8, 2019

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This is the second book in the new series by Holly Black. The main character is a strong female character, a human in the ruthless faerie world. There's a lot of scheming in the first one, and it's only going to become greater with this second installment.

7. 'King of Scars,' Leigh Bardugo, January 29, 2019

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This is the first book in Leigh Bardugo's duology about King Nikolai of Ravka. You don't have to have read her previous series, the "Grisha Verse" novels or the 'Six of Crows' duology, but I think you should for a few reasons, the main of which being that one of the narrators will be the Heartrender Nina, from the 'Six of Crows' duology.

8. 'Courting Darkness,' Robin LaFevers, February 5, 2019

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If you enjoy fiction with historical background, this is the author for you. It's a companion of sorts to the "His Fair Assassin" trilogy, which is set in fifteenth century Brittany. It's the first of a duology, so you don't need to read the "His Fair Assassin" series beforehand, but one of the characters from that trilogy is a main character in the book and probably a narrator. As the trilogy name indicates, the books are about assassins, the daughters of the god of death. I'm very excited about this book because the trilogy was very enjoyable, and I have high expectations for this.

9. 'The Red Scrolls of Magic,' Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu, March 5, 2019

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If you've read "The Mortal Instruments" and "The Dark Artifacts" you know about Alec and Magus and how they decide to tour the world after the Mortal War to chill out. However, we find out in the second book of "The Dark Artifacts," 'Lord of Shadows' something is up with Magus (and Tessa). 'The Red Scrolls of Magic' is going to start to tell us about this threat that was introduced.

10. 'Ninth House,' Leigh Bardugo, June 4, 2019

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A book about occult happenings set at an Ivy League? Who doesn't want to read that? Leigh Bardugo just keeps giving us wonderful books with plots for everyone to enjoy, and I am here for it.




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Unveiled: Book Two of The Dark Secrets Trilogy

An excerpt from Unveiled by Katherine F. Messina

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I was brought out of my fitful sleep by Talya thrashing beside me. She nearly knocked me from the bed when she sat straight up, her beautiful sea-foam green eyes wide with fear. Her head jerked back and forth, and she took in her surroundings, relaxing once she recognized where she was. Her eyes landed on me as she launched herself into my arms, her shoulders racked with sobs. Her nightmares had gotten worse over the past few months, her minds way of trying to combine the memories of her former life with those of the eighteen-year-old girl she'd believed she was. I pulled her close to me, gently running my fingers through her hair. The fiery locks were like silk against my skin. We were past words. She simply needed my presence to ground her.

We had set up our headquarters in the kingdom of one of our ally's. Our kingdom was overrun by enemies. We'd been working for two months trying to rally our supporters. Talya was doing wonderfully. She was as strong and as fearless as I remembered.

"Archer?" she asked, her voice cracked, caused by her tears.

"Yes, my love?"

"Just making sure you're still there. Sometimes it's hard to tell."

"I'm here. I'll always be here. Every time you wake up."

Our eyes met, I pressed my lips gently against her forehead. Her skin was slightly damp from sweat. Talya pulled away slightly; then her lips were on mine with a sudden urgency. A loud knock startled us apart.

"Talya?" her human friend's voice filtered through the door.

I sighed as she untangled herself from me.

"I should go see what he wants," she looked at me wistfully. I eyed her shapely form as she sashayed to the door. When she opened it, the human came barreling through. He was like a miniature whirlwind spouting incoherent words every which way. Talya put both hands on his shoulders to calm him. I sat up; something was clearly wrong.

"I think we're being invaded!" Steven squeaked.

Talya's shoulders dropped as she looked at me, "Here we go again."

Steven huddled himself in a corner as Talya, and I dressed quickly. We gathered as many supplies as possible within the short amount of time we had. I motioned for Talya and Steven to gather around me, and they rushed forward. Heavy footsteps sounded outside of our door. Tension filled the air; I held my breath. I pressed my fingers to my lips, signaling for them to remain silent. Several faerie knights burst into our room. Talya jumped into action, drawing her sword and going for the closest enemy. Watching her fight was like poetry in motion. I drew my own blade, the weight familiar in my hand. A knight rushed towards me, sword drawn. I parried his blade effortlessly. We met each other blow for blow, a deadly dance of steel. He was skilled, but just like any other foe I'd faced, he soon showed his weakness. A moment of distraction gave me the opening I needed. I thrusted my blade into his gut. I moved on to the next knight. Talya and I made quick work of the enemy, keeping the mortal behind us. When the last faerie laid dead upon the ground, we gathered together once more. I clasped each of their wrists. A familiar swirling sensation surrounded us as my magic moved us to another realm.

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