The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Why I Stuck With It: The series offers top quality psychological thrills and suspense. As the books progress, more and more of Mara’s life unravels, revealing dark, mysterious depths. I was left guessing and surprised time and again. An overall fantastic series.
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Why I Stuck With It: The Shatter Me series has a writing style unlike any other I’ve ever seen. Words are crossed out, and the story is often conveyed in a stream of consciousness form. Even though the writing changes as the storyline is developed, the beautiful lyrical language was present in each book and adds so much the novels.
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Why I Stuck With It: With a solid blend of fantasy and science fiction, these books hooked me immediately. I loved how magic and science were mixed to create an unusual combination of futuristic and primal elements. Plus, the romance is to die for. The Under the Never Sky series is perfect for those looking for a unique take on YA fantasy.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Why I Stuck With It: I cannot say enough about the Grisha series. It is high fantasy at its best. Sometimes sequels can fall into a “sophomore slump,” but if anything, these books have gotten more intense and more exciting. Ruin and Rising is definitely my most-anticipated read of the year. Bring it on!
Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau
Why I Stuck With It: Dystopias are still a popular staple in the YA fantasy world. While some fall into the “been there, done that” category, The Testing books have that little something extra that sets them apart from the rest. The books have a highly political and strategic feel and are spiced with betrayals and sabotage surprises.
Raging Star by Moira Young
Why I Stuck With It: This series, oh this series. What to do with you? The Dust Land books are full of characters that readers will both love and hate. Because they make crazy decisions and rip your heart out and… I digress. Just know feels will happen while reading these books.
The One by Kiera Cass
Why I Stuck With It: If you like a good love triangle and are a fan of The Bachelor, then The Selection series was written for you. Team Maxon or Team Aspen? I’m not sure anymore, but I am more than ready to find out. You absolutely will not be able to put down these books once you’ve started.
Infinite by Jodi Meadows
Why I Stuck With It: These books are beautiful. They tackle interesting concepts (reincarnation) in new ways that kept me thinking and puzzling. Every book added to the mystery of the story. There’s certainly nothing else like it.
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Why I Stuck With It: Each of the His Fair Assassin novels lets a new heroine tell the story in the dark, medieval world of St. Mortain. I loved this idea because every book built on the last while adding new adventures and romances. And as a bonus, every heroine is more kick-ass then the last.
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Why I Stuck With It: What do you get when you combine a sassy high school journalist with a quiet English town and a magical unrest? This amazing series full of laughs and fun. It’s highly addicting. You’ve been warned.
Sister’s Fate by Jessica Spotswood
Why I Stuck With It: If you’re anything like me, these books will have you literally gasping for air. Between startling revelations and witchy mischief, the Cahill Witch Chronicles will satisfy your historical fantasy fix.
Split Second by Kasie West
Why I Stuck With It: These books were told in the most interesting and unique way — like a new take on a choose your own adventure story. Plus, there’s only two books in this series! You’ll wish there were more though. Both novels were amazing.
What YA fantasy sequels are you dying to read this year?