Discover These Hot New YA Series

Posted by Marie on October 8, 2018


This post is sponsored by The Rule of One by Amazon Publishing.

When it comes to irresistible series, the YA world has you covered. There’s no shortage of heroic teens ready to rebel against monstrous faeries, dystopian governments, and everything in between. So if you’re looking to start a new adventure (or are recovering from a book hangover), this list is just for you.

For this roundup, we focused on the biggest YA series that kicked off this year, narrowing down our list to the ones that have been added the most to Goodreads members' shelves. From there, we only included books that have a minimum 3.8 star rating. Which ones will you be diving into? Don’t forget to add your favorites to your Want to Read shelf!



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Winning a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie seems impossible for a human like Jude. But to save herself and her sisters, she’ll take any risk—including defying Prince Cardan, her most hated enemy.

Series: The Folk of the Air

Check out our interview with Holly Black here.


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Something sinister lurks in the halls of Ellingham Academy, a private school for the world’s best and brightest. When a classmate goes missing, first-year student and true-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is determined to solve the case.

Series: Truly Devious



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Conscripted to fight the living dead, all Jane McKeene wants is a better life. But choices are scarce for a young biracial woman in the post-Civil War era. Everything soon changes when she stumbles upon a conspiracy more terrifying than zombies.

Series: Dread Nation

Check out our interview with Justina Ireland here.


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The very existence of Ava and her identical twin sister, Mira, is a violation of the Rule of One: a one-child policy that’s brutally enforced by a dystopian U.S. government. Hunted as fugitives, they’ll discover just how far they’re willing to go to survive.

Series: The Rule of One



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In this reimagining of Peter Pan, Wendy Darling is an orphan who wants nothing more than to be the captain of her own ship. Her wish is granted when England’s secret service faces its most formidable threat yet: magic.

Series: Tales of the Wendy



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Among the privileged circles of Orléans, “Belles” like Camille Beauregard are a highly sought-after commodity. Their magical talents may transform ugliness into beauty, but at a price that’s far more than skin deep.

Series: The Belles

Check out our interview with Dhonielle Clayton here.


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The beloved author of the Song of the Lioness series returns to the fantastical world of Tortall. Here three student mages forge a bond of friendship that will one day change the fate of the kingdoms forever.

Series: The Numair Chronicles

Check out Tamora Pierce's on-the-road reading list.


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Zélie remembers when magic once thrived in the world of Orïsha. Now she has a chance to bring it back. In her quest to regain what she lost, she realizes the greatest danger isn’t the ruthless monarchy, but the powers she struggles to control.

Series: Legacy of Orïsha

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Gods and monsters walk the earth once again in the wake of a climate apocalypse. Enter Maggie Hoskie, a hunter who must rely on her supernatural abilities to track down an ancient and terrifying power.

Series: The Sixth World



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Zera is an immortal soldier who is forever bound to the witch who holds her heart—literally. Against all odds, she is presented with one chance at freedom. All she has to do is retrieve the heart of a beloved prince and exchange it for her own.

Series: Bring Me Their Hearts



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On the space prison Sanctuary, superpowered criminal teens go in…and hostile aliens attack. Now the guards and prisoners must form an uneasy alliance. But the surprise invasion raises unsettling questions when they discover who was behind it.

Series: Sanctuary



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Of all the things Eve thought she would find in the floating junkyard she calls home, an android boy isn’t one of them. Their fateful encounter leads them across irradiated deserts and towering megacities to unlock the dark secrets of their pasts.

Series: Lifelike



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Reformed street thief Kazi uses her legendary reputation to play a game of cat and mouse with Jase, the heir to an outlaw dynasty. Sent to spy on him on the orders of the queen, she comes to find out that the young man is not at all what he seems.

Series: Dance of Thieves



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After her family was killed by the corrupt warlord Aric Athair, Caledonia Styx was left to chart her own course. She assembles an all-female crew aboard her own ship, the Mors Navis, to fulfill one mission: Take down Aric’s armored fleet once and for all.

Series: Seafire



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On a freezing world where everyone knows the date they’ll die, three teens will try to escape their deathdays by leaving the planet for good. The only way to do so is to hide their shared bond as they compete for a coveted spot on a mission to space.

Series: The Raging Ones



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There’s a black market demand for the bodies of supernatural beings—and Nita’s mother delivers. Then a deal goes wrong and it’s Nita who has to pay the price. It’s just too bad that she also happens to be a supernatural being herself.

Series: Market of Monsters



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Jetta has a dangerous secret: She can bind departed souls to her shadow puppets. The young shadow player sees this forbidden power as a curse, but others see it as their war-torn country’s only salvation from a mad king.

Series: For a Muse of Fire



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Whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers will be granted any wish—and it will be up to Yumeko, a half human and half fox, to protect it with her life. With an army of demons at her heels, she must put her trust in Kage, a mysterious samurai.

Series: Shadow of the Fox







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message 1: by Limes (last edited Oct 09, 2018 01:34AM) (new)

Limes Oooh! New books to add to my ever growing TBR! Bring Me Their Hearts leads to a completely different book called The Terror though. You might want to check the link.
*Edit* Now the link is working properly!


message 2: by Samriddhi (new)

Samriddhi Oh wow. They all sound interesting
*adds books in my to-read shelf*


message 3: by Aenea (last edited Oct 08, 2018 11:53AM) (new)

Aenea Jones I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D


message 4: by K (new)

K Aenea wrote: "I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "


Ha ha ha so true! The majority of times I pick a YA book up the protagonist is going to be female, with a crush on a so-called male love interest (one third of the book is about pointless love triangles and girly fighting for the boy), and with abusive parents. So now if I bumped into any book like this I immediately put it down.
I would LOVE a story with male protagonists with male love interests. It would be amazing if the story is well-written, and characters well-developed.


message 5: by Zohal (new)

Zohal Antoine wrote: "Aenea wrote: "I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "

Ha ha ha so true! The majority of..."


I would recommend Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, as it features a m/m relationship as a side sub-plot and the main character is bisexual and biracial. The book is refreshing and different to most YA contemporary novels because it doesn't not follow many of the cliches in the genre.


message 6: by Janine (new)

Janine Antoine wrote: "Aenea wrote: "I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "

Ha ha ha so true! The majority of..."


Would love to see more YA novels with no love interests and loving and caring parents. Those seem to be almost impossible to find.


message 7: by E (new)

E Aenea wrote: "I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "


I haven't read this, but you might like to check out The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue


message 9: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Croft Aenea wrote: "I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "


Read: Witchmark - CL Polk, and The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue, -- You will not be disappointed
Jack of Hearts is coming out soon


message 10: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Croft You should add Witchmark to your list (By C.L. Polk). I just finished it. Its a favourite of 2018.

I loved Lifelik3, The Cruel Prince was good too.

Ive added Dance of Thieves to my TBR list :-)


message 11: by sunshine (new)

sunshine i'm not really into YA but i've been following KB Ritchie for years. For me TRO is a promising book.


message 12: by Cecilia (new)

Cecilia These all sound really good, except a couple sound super stupid.


message 13: by Diana (new)

Diana The best book i've read this year is one that was published in 2014... That's pure gold.
https://www.ourblindlife.com/book-rev... I don't know if I will be so lucky to find another treasure for 2018. But i'll give some books a try!


message 14: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Michelle wrote: "Male protags with male love interests is actually a big thing in YA.

For starters:
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Carry On

More Happy Than Not..."


There's no M/M romance in Darius the Great is Not Okay. Not really. I wouldn't even classify it as having a male love interest. Very good YA book regardless!


message 15: by Nitya (new)

Nitya Didn’t know Trail of Lightning was YA.... huh. Anyway, definitely want to read that, Seafire, Shadow of the Fox and For a Muse of Fire :)


message 16: by paula (new)

paula Janine wrote: "Antoine wrote: "Aenea wrote: "I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "

Ha ha ha so true!..."


Janine wrote: "Antoine wrote: "Aenea wrote: "I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "

Ha ha ha so true!..."


I agree with Janine. I do enjoy well written YA books but not ones in which the plot is all about the girl who needs a guy to complete her, and too often with really casual sex, etc. It would be nice to read something in which girls figure out who they are on their own terms, without being the sex object for a guy. Caring parents would be nice too.


message 17: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Elyse wrote: There's no M/M romance in Darius the Great is Not Okay. Not really. I wouldn't even classify it as having a male love interest. Very good YA book regardless!

Fair enough. I think of it as being there as subtext, but it's equally valid to say their relationship was friendship with no romantic interest.


message 18: by Tony (new)

Tony Thorne Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "

Okay then... the next book for you to try for free is here.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

It's Book One in the series, but the romance parts gets going more in Book 2.


message 19: by paula (new)

paula Tony wrote: "Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "

Okay then... the next book for you to try for free is here.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

It's Book One..."


I would think that someone looking for gay protagonists would have more luck in LGBT sections than just expecting that more YA books should have those characters, and complaining that they don't.


message 20: by Katie (new)

Katie Cashman My favorite series of all time would have to be the Hunger games series. They were such good books! I literally cried while I read the epilogue I was in tears of joy!


message 21: by Katie (new)

Katie Cashman If someone asked me what one was my favorite I’d have to say MockingJay that book was so emotional. As I already said it brought me to tears!


message 22: by Rachiri (new)

Rachiri Aguiar Aenea wrote: "I don't know, but somehow I could never warm up to the YA genre...



Maybe if there were more male protagonists... with male love interests... :D "


You have to read Carry on by Rainbow Rowell if you haven't yet. Or Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. And the Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan (Magnus' love interests is a gender fluid character!). This is just what came to mind now, YA can be pretty interesting if you give it the chance.


message 23: by Natty❤Malec (new)

Natty❤Malec I've added all of them to my to-read list 😁 I'm gonna have lots of fun with this...


message 24: by Janine (new)

Janine There's a few indie/small published series that started this year.

There's Keeper by Kim Chance with Seeker out next September, the last book in the series.

There's Breaking Order with the second book Splintering Reality out next spring.

Claire Luana has The Confectioner's Chronicles, The Confectioner's Guild is out now, next two books will be out in the coming weeks, so it's a series that starts and ends in 2018.

Be on the lookout for the sequels for Colliding Skies, Saving Death and Empress Unveiled, none has a release date yet, but stay tuned.


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