You have been so good and patient all year waiting for the next installments of your favorite series to release, and it’s finally here! Or it’s close, at least—close enough we can tell you what’s coming up for some of your faves and how soon you’ll be able to finally have them back in your lives. Reader beware, of course, as spoilers of the earlier books in these series do abound, so if you haven’t been able to commit to a series just yet, now’s the time to begin from the beginning! (And make sure you’re checking out our other previews for even more sequels, like King’s Cage, by Victoria Aveyard, and Our Dark Duet, by Victoria Schwab!)
See all 2017 previews here.
Wayfarer, by Alexandra Bracken (January 3)
Etta Spencer has only just learned she’s a traveler in Passenger when her life spins out of control. She’s been cut off from her love, Nicholas, and all hope of saving her mother has been lost. When she stumbles into enemy territory, she vows to take revenge by destroying that which has nearly destroyed her. But when their leader reveals they are more closely tied than Etta could ever have dreamed, she’ll have to make a choice about how exactly to proceed on this terrifying journey. And somewhere off in the distance, Nicholas is still hellbent on bringing her back to him, by any means necessary…
The Cursed Queen, by Sarah Fine (January 3)
The Valtia is the Kupari queen who possesses powers of both fire and ice, and she has just used those powers to sink most of the Krigere army, leaving Ansa one of the few remaining Krigere warriors and devotees to their new chieftain, Thyra. Unable to stand on their own, the Krigere are forced to join with their betrayers, and though Ansa stays with her people, she has her own secret to contend with: deadly powers of fire and ice she can’t control but suspects were transferred from the Valtia during the storm that killed her fellow warriors. But if Ansa has the powers of the Valtia, where will that leave The Impostor Queen?
Assassins: Nemesis, by Erica Cameron (January 9)
Blake Marks may be an orphan after the events of Assassins: Discord, but that doesn’t have to come with powerlessness—not when the Calvers, a family of vigilante bodyguards, are on the case to find out who put a hit out on Isaac Marks. But then the Calvers’ safe house is attacked, and Blake is barely spared. What to do with a safe house gone, no way to hide, no father, and no clue what you’re doing? You listen to the experts. If the Calvers can’t put Blake’s life back together soon, there may be nothing to save.
Windwitch, by Susan Dennard (January 10)
Windwitch Prince Merik is believed to be dead, but conveniently, he didn’t perish in the explosion that rocked his ship; he’s alive, scarred, and now he’s The Fury, haunting the streets of the capital and fighting for the weak among the refugees. Meanwhile, he believes Safi to be dead, but she’s escaped death as well, although she’s now living in captivity. As for Iseult, she’s determined to find Safi, even if it means paying a frustratingly high price. All your favorites from Truthwitch are back, but just how safe are they? That’s another story.
The Dark Days Pact, by Alison Goodman (January 31)
Lady Helen’s Presentation Ball doesn’t really go as planned; life with scandal and demons rarely ever does. In book two in the Lady Helen trilogy, she’s exiled from her family and recuperating in Brighton, where she’s receiving training from her controversial mentor to polish her powers as a Reclaimer. But those powers come with a price, and Lord Carlson is already in the process of paying his. With his sanity slipping, a nemesis looming, and a potential marriage prospect calling, everyone wants something from Helen she may not be ready to give.
Denton Little’s Still Not Dead, by Lance Rubin (February 7)
Denton Little did the impossible and lived past his death date, but not without upending his life, leaving his family behind, and drawing the ire of the Death Investigation Agency, who can’t have anyone know their determinations can be thwarted. Now that the certainties of his life have been rendered anything but, he’ll have all new questions to wrestle with. If you’re looking for literal LOLs, this speculative duology is a safely hilarious bet. (If you’re just checking Denton out for the first time, consider the audio version, which is narrated by the author and somehow manages to up the funny by at least fifty percent with his delivery.)
Nowhere Near You, by Leah Thomas (February 7)
In the followup to the Morris Award–nominated Because You’ll Never Meet Me, pen pals Ollie and Moritz are keeping up their epistolary friendship, despite the fact that their respective medical conditions make it life-threatening for them to hang out in person. Big changes are happening for both of them now, with Moritz adjusting to life at a new school and Ollie road-tripping with his doctor to find other kids who spent time in the same lab he did as a kid.
The Wish Granter, by CJ Redwine (February 14)
Thad and Ari might be royals, but there’s nothing happy about their situation. They’re bastard twins whose mother was murdered, and the only reason Thad’s on the throne of a land in upheaval is because the rest of the royal family is mysteriously dead. Well, not the only reason, as princess-to-be Ari comes to realize: a Wish Granter named Alistair helped put him there. Now Thad’s grooming the reluctant Ari to take his place, even though it means ruling a miserable people because surprise! Thad was tricked into trading away their peace and safety for power. The Ravenspire series continues with another fairytale-inspired fantasy, this one taking on Rumplestiltskin.
The Last of August, by Brittany Cavallaro (February 14)
After a brutal fall semester at boarding school that saw them become both murder suspects and nearly murder victims, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are taking it easy over winter break. The best friends (who are sort of more) and descendants of the original Watson and Holmes are chilling at the Holmes estate in Sussex when Charlotte’s uncle disappears, dropping them into yet another dangerous mystery that’ll have them questioning how much they can trust a Moriarty…or anyone else, including each other. Beginning with A Study in Charlotte, this series is my favorite YA Sherlock adaptation to date, and this sequel may have broken my heart but it definitely didn’t disappoint.
The Ship Beyond Time, by Heidi Heilig (February 28)
Nix has spent her whole life traveling with her erratic father on his time-traveling ship, but when he gives up the helm on what may be a fool’s errand with dire consequences, it’s up to her to take the lead. The prospect is exciting, until she learns her future doesn’t include Kash, the shipmate turned paramour Nix can’t bear to lose. But what if she didn’t have to? What if there were a way to manipulate time? In this follow-up to The Girl from Everywhere, Nix is desperate to learn in order to change her—their—fate, but some things aren’t meant to be messed with, and she is about to learn that the hard way. As someone with a lot of Feelings about this fabulous series and the pair at its heart, I’m just praying all of us survive intact!
Future Threat, by Elizabeth Briggs (March 1)
In Future Shock, Elena was saved from homelessness by a job offer from a corporation that sent her on a secret mission into the future, but while she returned from the journey successful and alive, not everyone she went with can say the same. As survivor’s guilt tears her apart, she also learns she’s by no means done with her work. She’s being sent on a rescue mission, and although it’s once again into the future, it isn’t a future Elena recognizes—a sickening realization, considering this is a mission with deadly consequences. As Elana fights to alter the future, save her friends, and keep herself safe, she’s putting everything on the line…love included.
These Ruthless Deeds, by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (March 14)
These Vicious Masks had Evelyn discovering she possesses powers of healing that everyone thought belonged to her sister. Now, still reeling from a tremendous loss, she’s on the lookout to save others with gifts from those who would exploit them, experiment on them, or worse. But when she fails during a rescue, she lands in a secret society devoted to her exact goal, and suddenly, the ills in her life seem to have been magically fixed, including her relationships with both her primary potential suitors. But nothing that seems perfect ever is, and Evelyn must find out exactly what’s going on before it’s too late. The first book in this series was so utterly fun and delightful, I can’t wait to see how this next one picks it up!
A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi (March 28)
If you fell in love with Chokshi’s lush, beautiful writing style in The Star-Touched Queen, you won’t be disappointed in its companion, which centers around Princess Gauri of Bharata and Vikram, the “Fox Prince,” heir of neighboring Ujijain. Gauri is a prisoner of war with no hope of ever claiming her throne…or so she thinks. Then Vikram offers a trade: her kingdom in return for teaming up with him to win the Tournament of Wishes. The tournament’s winner gets the wish of their choice, which is amazing, if you can live to collect it. Unexpected and deadly dangers abound in the mythical city that hosts the competition, and Vikram and Gauri will be tested to their limits. But what happens when it turns out their greatest wish wasn’t quite what they thought, and it’s the scariest threat of all?
Always and Forever, Lara Jean, by Jenny Han (April 4)
Han’s New York Times-bestselling trilogy comes to a close with the final chapter of Lara Jean Covey’s romantic saga. She’s finally blissful and boyfriended for her senior year of high school, not to mention watching her dad get remarried and her sister coming home for the occasion. But senior year is a tricky time, especially for a girl in a relationship, and Lara Jean’s got choices to make—about college, her love life, and her future.
Blacksouls, by Nicole Castroman (April 11)
Anne seemed doomed to life as a maid, saving every penny with the dream of sailing to the West Indies, home of her deceased mother. Then Teach came home, with similar dreams for different reasons. Now, both of them are living out their plans of sailing on the Caribbean, but while Anne’s fearing the danger of Spanish attacks, Teach is leading a mutiny to stop them—and even landing safely at the port of Nassau doesn’t mean the threats are over. In fact, for Teach, they might only be beginning. But for readers, it’s a great next phase in this Blackbeard origin story that began in 2016 with Blackhearts.
The Edge of the Abyss, by Emily Skrutskie (April 18)
One of my absolute favorites of 2016 picks back up three weeks after Cassandra returned to the pirate queen, Santa Elena, and pledged her allegiance, even though it meant letting go of the last thing she held dear and working alongside Swift, the girl who captured her heart and then betrayed her. But as a trainer of the enormous sea monsters called reckoners, Cas has even more work cut out for her than she expected when it’s revealed she’s not the only one who has let one free. While fighting the reckoners means saving the seas, it also means attacking the very creatures she used to train and love. Just how ruthless can she really be?
Avenged, by Amy Tintera (May 2)
Emelina Flores’s mission to rescue her sister, Olivia, was successful in trilogy starter Ruined, and now the two of them have returned to Ruina together to restore their home to its former glory. But rebuilding isn’t Olivia’s only mission; her capture by Lera has left her wanting total destruction against anyone who makes a move against them. Em isn’t feeling quite as bloodlusty—not since she spent actual time in Lera, posing as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in an effort to free her sister. She doesn’t want to destroy Cas or his people, but is that because she truly believes peace is attainable? Or because she left her heart behind in Lera’s throne room? And if she can’t make Olivia see reason, will betraying the sister she risked her life to save be her only option?
The Crown’s Fate, by Evelyn Skye (May 16)
The Crown’s Game saw Vika and Nikolai competing for the honor of being the tsar’s enchanter, and now that Vika has walked away with the prize, she sees just how dangerous her new role really is. Meanwhile, Nikolai has escaped the death to which the competition’s loser is sentenced, but the shadow world he’s stuck in is no substitute for the beautiful and magical world outside. And all the while, Pasha—heir to the throne and Nikolai’s best friend—is fighting his own battles to keep his title, defeat a new challenger that would take his seat, and protect his kingdom from the growing threat of dark magic.
Dove Alight, by Karen Bao (May 23)
Sci-fi lovers, the wait is nearly over for the conclusion to the Dove Chronicles, which sees good girl turned rebellious fugitive Phaet now leading a revolution. She and the Earthbound are set on recapturing the moon from those who’ve held it prisoner for decades, but the casualties of war are rising—possibly too high for someone with siblings and a boyfriend she loves in the mix to withstand. She has already lost her mother; will she have to lose someone else near and dear to win?
Masquerade, by Laura Lam (June 1)
The long-awaited finale to the Micah Grey trilogy has Micah and friends still in danger, despite their most recent victory. Micah’s dark powers are taking hold over him, but can they trust the only doctor that can treat him, or is he hiding an identity as a spy? Is it the rebel forces they know placing their home under attack, or is there an even more sinister group at large? Can they survive a life on the run, performing magic on the street instead of the circus? And, most importantly, if saving the world falls into Micah’s hands, can he rise to the challenge?
Dramatically Ever After, by Isabel Bandeira (June 6)
After watching her best friend land a guy in Bookishly Ever After, Em Katsaros is flailing. It’s senior year, her exchange-student boyfriend is gone, and her dad just got laid off, which means if she doesn’t get a scholarship, she can say goodbye to her first-choice school. Her best shot is winning a speech competition that’ll land her the money she needs, but when she learns her despicable, irritating classmate Kris will be attending the finals in Boston as well, it takes a whole bunch of the wind out of her sails. But on the trip, Kris is…not a complete jerk. Not that Em’s fooled; she knows this is exactly how he operates, and she’s not going to let his charm get in the way of her victory. Instead, she’ll use his weapon right back on him, and see how he functions with a massive flirt getting up in his brain. After all, Em’s an acting pro; she’d never get confused between drama and reality, especially with her eyes on the prize…right?
Obsidian and Stars, by Julie Eshbaugh (June 13)
Mya knew Lo was not to be trusted, and now she’s living in the aftermath of being proved right. But the battle is over, she has Kol, and they’re about to be betrothed…when Mya’s brother announces he’s betrothing their little sister, Lees, to his friend, Morsk. Mya is desperate to rescue Lees from the marriage, but it’ll mean sacrificing her own love and happiness when she learns the only solution is to marry Morsk herself. Mya’s not planning to give up Kol for anything, which means it’s time to grab Lees and escape to an island where no one will be able to find them. But when they’re followed, a whole lot more than Mya’s betrothal is on the line. If you’ve been looking for something seriously different in your fantasy settings—this one is set in prehistoric times—I highly recommend starting with this one’s predecessor, Ivory and Bone!
The Fallen Kingdom, by Elizabeth May (June 13)
The Falconer trilogy comes to a close with Lady Aileana Kameron, killer of the murderous fae, having just been brought back to life by fae magic. Now she can’t remember her past or control her powers, but she must somehow bring peace to the two factions of fae whose feud might destroy life as both they and the humans know it. If she can get her hands on the right ancient book, she just might be able to succeed, even in her current state. But the book is protected by Morrigan, a cruel fae she can’t possibly defeat unless she learns the ways of her new dark magic. As this fierce and magical thrill ride hits its final climax, it’s on Aileana to save everyone she loves.
Now I Rise, by Kiersten White (June 27)
Lada’s back in Wallachia as she wished, but she still doesn’t have the throne. She doesn’t have anything at all except bloodlust, really, having left her beloved, Mehmed, behind, and with her brother, Radu, off in Constantinople. But Lada’s not the only one missing a sibling: Radu would love for his strong sister to be at his side. But his love for Mehmed, for Islam, and for the Ottoman Empire that has adopted him keeps him firmly rooted in his mission, even when Lada comes calling. The Dragula siblings are determined to achieve their dangerous goals, but what will they have to sacrifice to do it, and who will they lose in the process? And I Darken was in my top three favorites of 2016, so while I’m sure you’re lovely, dear reader, this is the one I’d most likely sell your organs for.