I’m in the midst of a month-long book binge. Some of you may have heard of Sarah J. Maas, and accordingly, you might be aware of her Court of Thorn and Roses series. With her latest instalment released on May 2nd, I battened down the hatches and settled in for some lengthy new adult reading about faeries and getting my heart ripped out over and over while simultaneously enjoying every moment.
I’d been waiting to start at the beginning once there was significant enough reading material ahead of me that I wouldn’t end up with another unrequited fantasy series that kept me waiting a year for the next piece of the puzzle; left on a cliffhanger and aching for more.
You know what that’s like: These are the collective problems of fanpersons. (I’d like to take this opportunity to point at Kendare Blake with an evil monkey-point finger, because I thought Three Dark Crowns ruined me for all other YA fantasy titles, and the only other author to have accomplished that in recent years was Laini Taylor.)
I’m not sure what to call ACOTAR series. New Adult Dark Fantasy? New Adult Dark Fairy Tale? Guilty pleasures to the extreme.
In the aftermath, when I finish the book in four and a half hours (according to my Kindle), I’m trying to shuffle the stars into alignment in such a way that I have something to look forward to reading-wise so that the book hangover isn’t so bad.
Since I’ve opened this point talking about fantasy, let’s run with that for the moment. I’ve got a few advisories for upcoming YA Horror in 2017 as well that’s worth a post all on its own, so stay tuned for that.
For the moment, however, these are the YA Fantasy titles I have on pre-order:
Upcoming YA Fantasy Books of 2017
My most anticipated young adult fantasy reads veer towards the dark. I don’t mind a happy ending, but I sure like seeing a struggle to get there. A couple of these are series works, and there’s even an exception to the “2017” requirement.
When Holly Black releases a new book, I pay attention.
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
September 19, 2017
The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?
With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
June 27th, 2017
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
October 10, 2017
Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.
The book takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night.
“The Soria family are saints as well, and the miracle they perform for pilgrims to Bicho Raro is as strange as most miracles are: They can make the darkness inside you visible. Once the pilgrims see their inner darkness face to face, it’s up to them to perform another miracle on themselves: banishing the darkness for good. It can be a tricky business to vanquish your inner demons, even once you know what they are, but the Sorias are forbidden to help with this part. They’ve all been told that if a Soria interferes with the second miracle, it will bring out their own darkness, and a saint’s darkness, so the story goes, is a most potent and dangerous thing.” – Maggie Stiefvater, EW interview.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
January 2, 2018
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
Did I miss something?
Please let me know in the comments if you’ve got recommendations. I want to know what you’re most anticipating for the next year in YA fantasy. What’s on your TBR, your pre-orders list, and on your Amazon Wishlist for the upcoming year?