Crisp candle scents, over-sized sweaters, and pumpkin spice flavor everything. Yes, I know some of you are getting just as excited as you see those words because they all mean one thing: a seasonal excuse to stay indoors to snuggle in your blankets and put your nose into a good book! Yes, bookworms it’s AUTUMN! The wonderful time of the year where your quite not sure what to read because your favorite contemporary summer re-reads are so last season and your TBR List is way too long to remember. Well, this post here is to remind you in a short list of some of your favorite YA novels that you read last year that are coming back with more that should be considered your next read!
So get in the fall spirit with this coffeehouse-inspired playlist to get you in the mood for your new reads!
Young Adult Fantasy Fall Releases in 2018
1. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake / Release Date: September 4th
As #1 New York Times bestselling author, Blake is back once again this fall with her third book of the Three Dark Crown series for the whole world to take for grabs. The intensity of this novel is perfect for that thrilling “running through the crisp, autumn forest” fall vibes. Haven’t read this series yet? It’s not too late too; check out Three Dark Crowns which released Fall 2016!
Synopsis: Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne. Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.
2. As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows / Release Date: September 11th
Meadows treats us with a sequel this fall to follow up the greatness from the first of its trilogy Before She Ignites. With the date being so near, make sure to keep an eye out at your local bookstore in the YA Fantasy/Adventure section for this anticipated release! And no, ordering a pumpkin spice latte on the side won’t make this release too sweet (I would even ask for a double pump of whip cream).
Synopsis: Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies? As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.
3. Wild Card by Marie Lu / Release Date: September 18th
No need to impatiently tweedle your thumbs all year any longer. Yes, you heard me, Lu finally back with us this fall season with her exciting sequel, WildCard! So, put on that overly-sized sweater, and prepare for a long night in because it has been confirmed that this novel will indeed get, wild. And Remember to join the excitement if you haven’t already with the first book, WarCross released in Fall 2017!
Synopsis: Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side. Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika, and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo.
4. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco / Release Date: September 18th
What would be the fall season without a suspenseful story or a magic trick to boggle the mind here or there? Well, luckily Maniscalco’s third book of her series, Escaping From Houdini is here to lure us (with frighteningly excellent writing and story development) and hopefully leave us with another mystery solved. Rereading this series from the first book, Stalking Jack the Ripper would definitely put you back in the Halloween mood and prepare for this anticipated release!
Synopsis: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly. But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship.
5. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor / Release Date: October 2nd
Did someone request more magical, otherworldly stories? Now we can experience a world with gods and ghost as Taylor comes at the perfect time with her upcoming sequel! The magical storytelling of Strange the Dreamer made it one of the New York Times Bestselling novels, so this second book is sure to hit the charts again this year!
Synopsis: In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
6. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee / Release Date: October 2nd
A pirate costume is what we as a community should cosplay this Halloween season to embark on this fantastic sequel of The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee! Even though we may not realistically steal treasure ship by ship in our petticoats, we could steal a moment to experience those fantasies with this novel to only probably make us beg for mercy (and more novels) from Lee for next fall.
Synopsis: Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor. A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
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