It was hard to see the end of so many great series in 2014—but for every series that closes, another one opens. This year brings the beginning of a whole bunch of new ones that look and sound utterly amazing, so whether you’re looking for epic fantasy to love or an international thriller trilogy to get lost in, 2015 YA has got you covered.
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A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
“Highly anticipated” doesn’t begin to cover the excitement for this new YA/NA crossover series by the author of the Throne of Glass series. Maas’s newest brings 19-year-old huntress Feyre to the dangerous world of the fae, and the powerful captor who turns from an object of loathing to one of affection. But enemies still loom large in the shadows, leaving an uncertain future for them all.
The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh
In one of the most original retellings I’ve heard of, Ahdieh is launching an epic new series based on A Thousand and One Nights. Khalid is an 18-year-old Caliph who marries a new girl each night, and executes her by sunrise. Sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers herself to marry him anyway. What no one knows is Shahrzad has a plan to avenge the death of her best friend at Khalid’s hands, but it’s Shahrzad herself who faces the biggest surprise—that nothing is as it seems, including the deaths, and especially Khalid.
The Girl at Midnight, by Melissa Grey
Grey’s debut fantasy was an early favorite for me, and months after reading it, I’m still dying to see what comes next, as well as to spend more time with the excellently drawn characters. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who’s been raised among the Avicen, a magical race marked by their feathers. The Avicen have long been at war with the Drakharin, a dragon-like people, but there is a legend of a magical item that can finally bring peace…and Echo’s determined to make it her greatest score of all. This is a major must-read for anyone mourning the end of the Grisha Trilogy or the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but don’t let comparisons fool you: it’s utterly fantastic in its own right.
The Orphan Queen, by Jodi Meadows
Though most of these new series are a trilogy at least, Incarnate author Meadows’ newest epic fantasy series is actually a duology—a growing favorite for impatient readers like yours truly. In this one, Princess Wilhelmina and her friends return to the castle that was invaded by enemies who deposed her ten years earlier, but Wil’s most powerful weapon against the invaders is also the most dangerous: illegal magic, which brings a deadly threat to the land.
The Conspiracy of Us, by Maggie Hall
This debut trilogy trades in magic and fantasy for international conspiracy, jaw-dropping fight scenes, and heart-melting romance as Avery learns the secrets behind both the most powerful families in the world and her own bloodline. Plunging readers deep into settings around the globe, this is the perfect new pick for fans of Ally Carter’s Heist Society series.
Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt
Best known for her romantic contemporary stylings, Schmidt’s third YA novel takes a sharp departure into dark, criminal territory. Penelope is the daughter of one of three families that control the black market for organs, and she herself possesses an autoimmune disease that leads her to bruise far too easily. Despite the protection provided for her by her prominent family, running with the mob means no one’s safety is guaranteed for long, and Penelope will have to learn just how capable she is of taking charge of herself.
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The Storyspinner, by Becky Wallace
Wallace’s YA fantasy debut opens the Keeper Chronicles trilogy, about a race of people with magical abilities on a quest to find the princess…who’s supposed to be dead. The search keeps turning up dead girls, ones who look like the princess and like recently expelled Performer Johanna, who’s been tasked to work with an enemy. Full of magic, romance, and multiple perspectives, this has the makings of a uniquely set new series in a complex world.
Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
Mare has red blood, the sign of a commoner relegated to a life of servitude or conscription under the silver-blooded and ability-imbued upper class. But when she defies everything her people know themselves by revealing herself to possess an ability as well—an even more powerful one than the silverbloods in the court around her—both she and the court use it to their advantage, making her a princess and a pawn in a world teetering on the brink of revolution. Rife with action, intrigue, drama, and power, Aveyard’s genre mashup class-war trilogy is definitely one to watch, especially for fans of the recently ended Selection series.
The Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker
When royal witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is accused of being a witch herself and sentenced to death, she’ll have to join forces with a powerful wizard in order to save them both. Set in an alternate 16th-century England, this debut is already receiving tons of praise for fantastic and well-researched world building, and Elizabeth and the cast of secondary characters sound like forces to be reckoned with. If the magic-loving anglophile in you is missing Harry Potter, make sure this trilogy-opener is on your shelf come June.