Catch Up with These Series Before the Next Book Comes Out

Posted by Hayley on April 18, 2018
There's nothing like the pain of finishing a book with a cliffhanger…and needing to wait months (if not years) for the next book. Save yourself some misery and jump into a beloved series that has a new installment coming out next month!

To find these series, we rounded up the top May sequels your fellow Goodreads can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. Below, we've featured the first book in each of these series—as well as the first line to give you a taste. Which ones pique your curiosity?


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Genre: YA fantasy
First book: A Court of Thorns and Roses
First line: "The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice."

A Court of Frost and Starlight, the next book in the series, hits bookshelves on May 1.


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Genre: Mystery
First book: The Silent Corner
First line: "Jane Hawk woke in the cold dark and for a moment could not remember when she had gone to sleep, only that as always she was in a queen- or king-sized bed and that her pistol lay under the pillow on which the head of a companion would have rested had she not been traveling alone."

The Crooked Staircase, book #3 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 8.


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Genre: Science fiction
First book: Sleeping Giants
First line: "It was my eleventh birthday."

Only Human, book #3 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 1.


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Genre: Contemporary romance
First book: The Beach House
First line: "It was twilight and a brilliant red sun lazy made its hazy descent off the South Carolina coast."

Beach House Reunion, book #5 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 22.


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Genre: YA fantasy
First book: Red Queen
First line: "I hate First Friday."

War Storm, book #4 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 15.


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Genre: Horror
First book: The Butterfly Garden
First line: "The techs tell him the girl on the other side of the glass hasn't said a word since they brought her in."

The Summer Children, book #3 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 22.


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Genre: Fantasy
First book: Sins of Empire
First line: "Privileged Robison paused with one foot on the muddy highway and the other on the step of his carriage, his hawkish nose pointed into the hot wind of the Fatrastan countryside."

Wrath of Empire, book #2 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 15.


What big sequels are you looking forward to? Talk books with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Gene (last edited Apr 18, 2018 08:07AM) (new)

Gene Borowski "London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood."

As the above tagline suggests, William Arrowood and Norman Barnett are the poor mans Holmes and Watson in Mick Finlay's "Arrowood".

The 2nd in the series.......The Murder Pit.......is scheduled to be released in early July.


message 2: by Jenny Baker (new)

Jenny Baker I'm most excited about A Court of Frost and Starlight! I'm really interested in trying Sleeping Giants and Sins of Empire.

These also release in May:

Legendary (Caraval, #2) by Stephanie Garber Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3) by Rick Riordan The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan


message 3: by Bibliyohan (new)

Bibliyohan Blackthorn ➰ Patiently waiting for Only Human & The Summer Children. Oh! The Burning Maze is also set to be released this May 1st!


Red_Queen_Lover Can't wait for War Storm! I should probably read A Court Of Thorns And Roses, but I haven't found it at my library ;(


message 5: by Anna (new)

Anna I'm excited for book sequels that are arriving this September! Not Your Backup is the final book in the Not Your Sidekick series which I fell in love with really quickly. Also, ten years after saying he wouldn't do anymore Uglies books, Scott Westerfeld is releasing a new Uglies book! Impostors!!!!


message 6: by CARISSA (new)

CARISSA E It would be real nice to get the new book in the Game Of Thrones series, also i can't wait for the newest in the Lords Of The Underworld series.. The Winds of Winter
The Darkest Warrior


All Cops Are Bastards I'm super amped about Artificial Condition, book #2 in the Murderbot Diaries series which started with All Systems Red. Expected May 8th.


Fran Alibrio_Curran Only the Innocent book--I want to read this book!!


message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Nota bene...A Court of Thorns and Roses is technically NA, not YA. I haven't read the series, but I've read passages. The books contain graphic sex scenes that leave nothing to the imagination. It's probably an entertaining story, but it is not appropriate for teens.


(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Kasey ♥ Red_Queen_Lover wrote: "Can't wait for War Storm! I should probably read A Court Of Thorns And Roses, but I haven't found it at my library ;("

You won't regret it! I know it's online cheap now..


message 11: by Susan (new)

Susan Just reread Beartown by Frederik Backman and eagerly anticipate the 2nd book in June (UK) release date This is a planned trilogy from what I read.


message 12: by Leila (new)

Leila These books are so helpful. Glad I found this Hayley. Thank you so much for sharing.


message 13: by Reader453 (new)

Reader453 Force of Nature & The Lost Man - Jane Harper

Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit - Amy Stewart

Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch


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