Don’t Miss This Month’s Blockbuster YA Sequels

Posted by Sharon on September 1, 2020
Don’t you just hate that feeling of falling head over heels for a new series...and then having to wait anxiously (sometimes for years!) for the sequel to find out what happens next in the story?

Luckily for readers, quite a few of this month’s biggest, most buzzy books are follow-up installments to recent popular series. 

Take a look below at the September sequels Goodreads members are most excited about (indicated by their Want to Read shelvings and early reviews), and see if a book you’ve been waiting for is on the list!

Read it after: Serpent & Dove

About the series: A witch and a witch hunter find themselves in a marriage of convenience. No, that’s not the beginning of a joke, but rather the premise of Shelby Mahurin’s debut series. In this fantasy world, witches are feared and burned at the stake by the Church. If that sounds a bit grim, don’t worry. There’s also plenty of sass in this enemies-to-lovers tale.

Read it after: The Red Scrolls of Magic

About the series: Perennial fan favorites Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu team up to bring readers a spin-off series featuring characters from Clare’s Shadowhunters books. Follow Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood across the globe as they work on their relationship and get tangled up in paranormal adventures, often all at the same time. 

Read it after: The Gilded Wolves

About the series: If you love stories about heists pulled off by an eclectic ensemble of characters (and you’ve worn out the spine on your copy of Six of Crows), enter Roshani Chokshi’s alternate-universe rendering of 1889 Paris. This series has secret societies, Easter eggs of real historical happenings, and plot twists galore.

Read it after: American Royals

About the series: What if America had a monarchy? In Katharine McGee’s version of American history, George Washington accepted a crown after the Revolutionary War and, 200 years later, his descendants still sit on the throne. Meet the heir and the spares (both of them) in this highly dishy take on royal life.

Read it after: Dear Martin

About the series: In her 2017 debut, Nic Stone fearlessly tackled race relations, policing, and anti-Blackness in the U.S. through a series of letters a high school student writes to Martin Luther King Jr. Her follow-up, Dear Justyce, takes on the American prison system from the inside when an incarcerated friend sends letters to the main character from Dear Martin.

Read it after: Labyrinth Lost and Bruja Born

About the series: YA witches are having a big moment this year, but Zoraida Córdova was ahead of the curve with her Brooklyn Brujas series. (Think Charmed, but Latinx). This month’s release finishes up the trilogy with youngest sister Rose’s story, and features the kind of thrilling coming-of-age narrative that has characterized the whole series.

Read it after: Ace of Shades and King of Fools

About the series: Set in the City of Sin (which shares glitzy casinos in common with our real-life Sin City), Amanda Foody’s The Shadow Game series features sinister villains, deadly card games, and a very proper young lady casting in her lot with a smooth-talking con artist.

Read it after: Crier’s War

About the series: Humans rising up against their automaton overlords? Check. Protagonists bent on murder who accidentally fall in love with their targets? Check check. Star-crossed Sapphic lovers? Check check check. If any of that sounds up your alley, pick up this duology by bold new voice Nina Varela.

Are you a fan of any of these series? Which of these new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let’s talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Aahana (new)

Aahana  ♥ I havent read any of the prequels :D ik I need to read more popular books. I'm trying ok there's just not enough time to read as many books as I want to read :)

message 2: by Rosie (new)

Rosie Parchridge same here wanting to read these new ones but having like 20 old ones

message 3: by Sofia (new)

Sofia Lol, where's the new Market of Monsters book?

message 4: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas Perez My copy of Wayward Witch is on its way. So sad to see this series end. Hopefully, the publishers will let Zoraida write Nova's story someday.

message 5: by Annie (new)

Annie Umm. You have the character name wrong on The Lost Book of the White. It's Lightwood not Lightfoot.

message 6: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle I’m excited about blood and honey, the silvered serpent, majesty, and iron heart

message 7: by Shelby (new)

Shelby Lewis lmao lightfoot

message 8: by Sharon, Goodreads employee (new)

Sharon Annie wrote: "Umm. You have the character name wrong on The Lost Book of the White. It's Lightwood not Lightfoot."

Whoops, thank you for the catch! Fixed it!

message 9: by Tara (new)

Tara What a nice book

message 10: by Tara (new)

Tara 😁😁😁😁

message 11: by Sally (new)

Sally Allie Brosh's Solutions and Other Problems. IT'SBEEN84YEARS.GIF

message 12: by Florencia (new)

Florencia So many books so little time. Hope heaven has a library with all the books one wants to read.

message 13: by Francesca (new)

Francesca Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow

Brilliant series, eagerly awaiting the 3rd book. below is a blurb about the 3rd book, more people should check out the series.

Strange things are happening in Nevermoor...

Morrigan Crow faces her most dangerous challenge yet in her latest Wundrous adventure.

Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts of the Accomplished Wundersmith, and control the power that threatens to consume her.

But a strange and frightening illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning infected Wunimals into mindless, vicious unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. And with the city she loves in a state of fear, Morrigan quickly realises it's up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her - and everyone in Nevermoor - in more danger than she ever imagined.

message 14: by Christiane (new)

Christiane Florencia wrote: "So many books so little time. Hope heaven has a library with all the books one wants to read."

Audiobooks are my solution to that problem. There are so many things I can do while listening. Sometimes the task or the book loses some attention, but mostly it's a win-win. Terry Pratchett's books narrated by Seth Briggs are particularly delightful; I even re-listen to those! particularly when grumpy, or low on other options

message 15: by 君翊 (new)

君翊 So excited to read Iron Heart!! It feels like it's been foreverrr <3 Y'all go read Crier's War okay?? It's an absolute masterpiece!

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