What’s that previous saying—two’s firm, three’s a crowd? Although trilogies, epic sequence, and the standalones that hit us like an emotional suckerpunch all have particular locations in our hearts, generally we simply want a duology to dive into.
Now, no two duologies are the identical. However what we love about them is that their tales are so intricately crafted that they’ll’t match inside one guide. They often depart us with the most jaw-dropping cliffhangers, and we get to see the characters evolve and develop clearly round them. And once we really feel a studying stoop approaching, duologies are much less of a dedication than the 4, 5, or seven guide sequence we would pressure ourselves into in any other case.
So, as an ode to our favourite duologies, we bringing you some that you just want in your cabinets.
45 Epic Younger Grownup Duologies
YOU’LL WANT TO READ AGAIN AND AGAIN
1. What If It’s Us & Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
ARTHUR is just in New York for the summer time, but when Broadway has taught him something, it’s that the universe can ship a showstopping romance once you least count on it.
BEN thinks the universe must thoughts its enterprise. If the universe had his again, he wouldn’t be on his strategy to the publish workplace carrying a field of his ex-boyfriend’s issues.
However when Arthur and Ben meet-cute on the publish workplace, what precisely does the universe have in retailer for them . . . ?
Perhaps nothing. In any case, they get separated.
Perhaps all the things. In any case, they get reunited.
However what if they’ll’t nail a primary date even after three do-overs?
What if Arthur tries too exhausting to make it work and Ben doesn’t strive exhausting sufficient?
What if life actually isn’t like a Broadway play?
However what whether it is?
What if it’s us?
2. Loveboat, Taipei & Loveboat Reunion by Abigail Hing Wen
-An immediate New York Occasions Bestseller and Indie Bestseller!
-Optioned for movie by the producers of Jenny Han’s Netflix sequence, TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE
“Our cousins have finished this program,” Sophie whispers. “Finest saved secret. Zero supervision.”
And identical to that, Ever Wong’s summer time takes an sudden flip. Gone is Chien Tan, the strict academic program in Taiwan that Ever was anticipating. As an alternative, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all the place hookups abound, adults flip a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop.
However not each pupil is kind of what they appear:
Ever is working towards changing into a health care provider however nurses a secret ardour for dance.
Rick Woo is the Yale-bound youngster prodigy bane of Ever’s existence whose perfection hides a secret.
Boy-crazy, fashion-obsessed Sophie Ha seems to have extra to her than meets the attention.
And underneath horny Xavier Yeh’s shell is buried a shameful reality he’ll by no means admit.
When these college students’ lives collide, it’s assured to be a summer time Ever will always remember.
3. The Violent Delights & Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
The yr is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.
A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets purple, leaving town helpless within the grip of chaos. On the coronary heart of all of it is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to imagine her function because the proud inheritor of the Scarlet Gang—a community of criminals far above the legislation. Their solely rivals in energy are the White Flowers, who’ve fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind each transfer is their inheritor, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s past love…and first betrayal.
However when gangsters on either side present indicators of instability culminating in clawing their very own throats out, the folks begin to whisper. Of a contagion, a insanity. Of a monster within the shadows. Because the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma should set their weapons—and grudges—apart and work collectively, for if they’ll’t cease this mayhem, then there can be no metropolis left for both to rule.
4. The Initial Insult & The Last Laugh by Mindy McGinnis
Within the first guide of a suspenseful YA duology, award-winning creator Mindy McGinnis attracts inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe and masterfully delivers a darkish, propulsive thriller in alternating factors of view that unravels a friendship . . . forevermore. Excellent for followers of One in every of Us Is Mendacity and Really Devious!
Tress Montor’s household used to imply one thing—till she didn’t have a household anymore. When her mother and father disappeared seven years in the past whereas driving her finest buddy residence, Tress misplaced all the things. Your complete city shuns her now that she lives together with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals discuss with because the “White Trash Zoo.”
Felicity Turnado has all of it: appears to be like, cash, and a secret. One misstep might ship her tumbling from the highest of the social ladder, and she or he’s labored exhausting to make everybody neglect that she was with the Montors the night time they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she is aware of so deeply that she can’t even keep in mind what it’s . . . solely that she will’t take a look at Tress with out feeling disgrace and guilt.
However Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume celebration at an deserted home gives the best state of affairs for Tress to pry the reality from Felicity—brick by brick—as she slowly seals her former finest buddy right into a coal chute. Tress may have her solutions—or accept revenge.
5. The Bright & The Pale & Wrath & Mercy by Jessica Rubinkowksi
Debut creator Jessica Rubinkowski delivers the thrilling first guide in an epic Russian folklore–impressed fantasy duology full of page-turning romance, tragedy, magic, and monsters. Excellent for followers of Leigh Bardugo and Sara Raasch!
Seventeen-year-old Valeria is among the solely survivors of the freeze, a darkish magical maintain Knnot Mountain unleashed on her village. Everybody, together with her household, is trapped in an unbreakable sheet of ice. Ever since, she’s been on the run from the czar, who has got down to imprison anybody who managed to flee. Valeria finds refuge with the Thieves Guild, doing odd jobs together with her finest buddy, Alik, the one piece of residence she has left. That’s, till he’s brutally murdered.
A yr later, she discovers Alik is alive and being held captive. To purchase his freedom, she should lead a bunch of cutthroats and thieves on a dangerous expedition to the very mountain that claimed her household. Solely one thing sinister slumbers within the coronary heart of Knnot. And it has waited years for launch.
6. The Other Side of the Sky & Beyond the End of the World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
New York Occasions bestselling creator duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have crafted a gripping story of magic and logic, destiny and selection, and a lethal love. Excellent for followers of Laini Taylor and Brandon Sanderson.
Prince North’s house is within the sky, in a gleaming metropolis held aloft by intricate engines, powered by expertise. Nimh is the dwelling goddess of her folks on the Floor, answerable for offering solutions, course—hope.
North’s and Nimh’s lives are entwined—although their hearts can by no means be. Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between responsibility and destiny, they have to select between saving their folks or succumbing to the bond that’s forbidden between them.
7. The Ravens & The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige
From New York Occasions best-selling authors Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige comes an exhilarating, darkish modern fantasy a few prestigious sorority of witches and two ladies caught up in its world of sinister magic and betrayals.
At first look, the sisters of ultra-exclusive Kappa Rho Nu—the Ravens—appear to be typical sorority ladies. Bold, lovely, and sensible, they’re probably the most highly effective ladies on Westerly Faculty’s Savannah, Georgia, campus.
However the Ravens aren’t simply common sorority ladies. They’re witches.
Scarlett Winter has all the time identified she’s a witch—and she or he’s decided to be the sorority’s president, identical to her mom and sister earlier than her. But when a painful secret from her previous ever involves mild, she might lose completely all the things . . .
Vivi Devereaux has no concept she’s a witch and she or he’s by no means lived in a single place lengthy sufficient to make a buddy. So when she will get a coveted bid to pledge the Ravens, she vows to do no matter it takes to be a part of the magical sisterhood. The one factor standing in her means is Scarlett, who doesn’t assume Vivi is Ravens materials.
However when a darkish energy rises on campus, the women should put their rivalry apart to save lots of their fellow sisters. Somebody has found the Ravens’ secret. And that somebody will do something to see these witches burn . . .
8. Crownchasers & Thronebreakers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
A lethal race throughout 1,001 planets will decide extra than simply the destiny of the empire.
Alyssa Farshot has spent her complete life attempting to outrun her household legacy, even abandoning the Kingship and her uncle, the emperor, for a lifetime of exploring.
However when her dying uncle broadcasts a crownchase—a seek for the royal seal hidden within the empire that can decide the following ruler—Alyssa is thrust into her best, most harmful journey but.
9. A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin & A Psalm Of Storms And Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
For Malik, the Solstasia pageant is an opportunity to flee his war-stricken residence and begin a brand new life together with his sisters within the affluent desert metropolis of Ziran. However when a vengeful spirit abducts his youthful sister, Nadia, as cost to enter town, Malik strikes a deadly deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
However Karina has lethal aspirations of her personal. Her mom, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court docket threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mom via historic magic . . . requiring the beating coronary heart of a king. And he or she is aware of simply learn how to get hold of one: by providing her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competitors.
When Malik rigs his means into the competition, they’re set on a heart-pounding course to destroy one another. However as attraction flares between them and historic evils stir, will they be capable of see their duties to the loss of life?
10. Faith & Faith: Greater Heights by Julie Murphy
Religion Herbert is a reasonably common teen. When she’s not hanging out together with her two finest associates, Matt and Ches, she’s volunteering on the native animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove.
To this point, her senior yr has been spent attempting to kind out her emotions for her maybe-crush Johnny and planning to remain near Grandma Lou after commencement. In fact, there’s additionally that small matter of not too long ago discovering she will fly….
When the fictional world of The Grove crashes into Religion’s actuality because the present relocates to her city, she will’t consider it when TV heroine Dakota Ash takes a romantic curiosity in her.
However her fandom-fueled daydreams aren’t sufficient to distract Religion from the truth that first animals, then folks, have begun to fade from the city. Solely Religion appears capable of join the dots to a brand new designer drug infiltrating her highschool.
However when her investigation places the folks she loves at risk, she should confront her hidden previous and use her newfound items—risking all the things to save lots of her associates and beloved city.
11. Courting Darkness & Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
Dying wasn’t the top, it was solely the start…
Sybella has all the time been the darkest of Dying’s daughters, educated on the convent of Saint Mortain to function his justice. However she has a brand new mission now. In a determined bid to maintain her two youngest sisters secure from the household that almost destroyed all of them, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, the place they shortly discover themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep within the French court docket years in the past by the convent—supplied Sybella can discover them.
Genevieve has been undercover for therefore a few years, she struggles to recollect who she is or what she’s presupposed to be preventing for. Her solely solace is a hidden prisoner who seems all however forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no selection however to take issues into her personal arms—even when it means ignoring the lengthy awaited orders from the convent.
As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever nearer, the destiny of all the things they maintain sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they discover one another in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying all the things they care about?
12. Bone Crier’s Moon & Bone Crier’s Dawn by Kathryn Purdie
Bone Criers are the final descendants of an historic famille charged with utilizing the magic they draw from animal bones to shepherd the useless into the afterlife—lest they drain the sunshine from the dwelling.
Ailesse has been ready since start to turn out to be their matriarch, however first she should full her ceremony of passage: to kill the boy she’s destined to like.
Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been looking for revenge ever since. Now his vengeance should wait, as Ailesse’s ritual has begun and their fates are entwined—in life and in loss of life.
13. The Betrothed & The Betrayed by Kiera Cass
Kiera Cass is again with a glittering royal romance positive to captivate her legion of loyal readers and lovers of courtly intrigue alike.
A would-be queen. A good-looking younger king. An ideal match…or is it?
When King Jameson declares his love for Woman Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. In any case, she’s grown up at Keresken Fortress, vying for the king’s consideration alongside different daughters of the the Aristocracy. Capturing his coronary heart is a dream come true.
However Hollis quickly realizes that falling in love with a king and being topped queen might not be the fortunately ever after she thought it could be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious energy to see proper into her coronary heart, she finds that the longer term she actually desires is one which she by no means thought to think about.
14. Heart of Iron & Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Discovered as a toddler drifting via house with a sentient android referred to as D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome house captain and the grizzled crew she now calls household. However D09—one of many final remaining unlawful Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will cease at nothing to discover a strategy to repair him.
Ana’s determined effort to save lots of D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a misplaced ship that would provide all of the solutions. However on the final second, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his personal causes for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to maintain them.
When all the things goes mistaken, she and the Ironblood find yourself as fugitives on the run. Now their whole kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and never everybody desires them captured alive.
What they discover in a misplaced nook of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth harmful secrets and techniques. However when a darkness from Ana’s previous returns, she should face an inconceivable selection: does she defend a kingdom that wishes her useless or save the Metallic boy she loves?
15. Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the opposite means round–and Lazlo Unusual, warfare orphan and junior librarian, has all the time feared that his dream selected poorly. Since he was 5 years previous, he’s been obsessive about the mythic misplaced metropolis of Weep, however it could take somebody bolder than he to cross half the world in quest of it. Then a surprising alternative presents itself, within the type of a hero referred to as the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to grab his probability or lose his dream without end.
What occurred in Weep 2 hundred years in the past to chop it off from the remainder of the world? And who’s the blue-skinned goddess who seems in Lazlo’s desires?
On this sweeping and breathtaking novel by Nationwide E book Award finalist Laini Taylor, creator of the New York Occasions bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the previous is as actual because the ghosts who hang-out the citadel of murdered gods. Fall right into a legendary world of dread and marvel, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
The solutions await in Weep.
16. A Conspiracy of Stars & An Anatomy of Beasts by Olivia Cole
Octavia has all the time dreamed of changing into a whitecoat, one of many prestigious N’Terra scientists who examine the pure wonders of Faloiv. So when the once-secretive labs are immediately opened to college students, she leaps on the probability to see what occurs behind their closed doorways.
Nonetheless, she shortly discovers that every one isn’t what it appears on Faloiv, and the experiments the whitecoats have been doing run the danger of upsetting the people’ fragile peace with the Faloii, Faloiv’s indigenous folks.
As secret after disturbing secret involves mild, Octavia finds herself on a collision course with the charismatic and extremist new chief of N’Terra’s ruling council. However by uncovering the mysteries behind the historical past she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the reality about her household, she threatens to be the catalyst for an all-out warfare.
17. Crier’s War & Iron Heart by Nina Varela
After the Warfare of Sorts ravaged the dominion of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their homeowners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.
Now Ayla, a human servant rising within the ranks on the Home of the Sovereign, desires of avenging her household’s loss of life…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Woman Crier.
Crier was Made to be lovely, flawless, and to hold on her father’s legacy. However that was earlier than her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, earlier than she found her father isn’t the benevolent king she as soon as admired, and most significantly, earlier than she met Ayla.
Now, with rising human unrest throughout the land, pressures from a international queen, and an evil new chief on the rise, Crier and Ayla discover there could also be just one path to like: warfare.
18. Seasons of the Storm & Seasons of Chaos by Elle Cosimano
One chilly, crisp night time, Jack Sommers was confronted with a selection—reside without end in response to the traditional, magical guidelines of Gaia, or die.
Jack selected to reside, and in change, he turned a Winter—an immortal bodily embodiment of the season on Earth. Yearly, he should hunt the Season who comes earlier than him. Summer season kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer season. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.
Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for one another in opposition to all odds. To be collectively, they’ll have to flee the cycle that’s been forcing them aside. However their creator received’t allow them to go with out a combat.
19. Dread Nation & Deathless Divide by Justina Eire
Jane McKeene was born two days earlier than the useless started to stroll the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the Warfare Between the States and altering the nation without end.
On this new America, security for all depends upon the work of some, and legal guidelines just like the Native and Negro Schooling Act require sure kids attend fight colleges to study to place down the useless.
There are additionally alternatives—and Jane is learning to turn out to be an Attendant, educated in each weaponry and etiquette to guard the well-to-do. However that’s not a life Jane desires. Nearly completed together with her schooling at Miss Preston’s College of Fight in Baltimore, Jane is ready on returning to her Kentucky residence and doesn’t pay a lot thoughts to the politics of the japanese cities, with their discuss of returning America to the glory of its days earlier than the useless rose.
However when households round Baltimore County start to go lacking, Jane is caught in the midst of a conspiracy, one which finds her in a determined combat for her life in opposition to some highly effective enemies.
Meri Beckley lives in a world with out lies. When she appears to be like on the peaceable Chicago streets, she feels satisfaction within the period of unprecedented hope and prosperity over which the governor presides.
However when Meri’s mom is killed, Meri immediately has questions that nobody else appears to be asking. And when she tries to uncover her mom’s way of thinking in her final weeks, she finds herself drawn right into a secret world with a historical past she didn’t know existed.
Out of the blue, Meri is confronted with a selection between accepting the “reality” or embracing a world the federal government doesn’t need anybody to see—a world the place phrases have the facility to alter the course of a rustic and the place the mistaken ones can get Meri killed.
21. Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of worldwide commerce the place something will be had for the proper worth―and nobody is aware of that higher than legal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is obtainable an opportunity at a lethal heist that would make him wealthy past his wildest desires. However he can’t pull it off alone…
- A convict with a thirst for revenge.
- A sharpshooter who can’t stroll away from a wager.
- A runaway with a privileged previous.
- A spy often known as the Wraith.
- A Heartrender utilizing her magic to outlive the slums.
- A thief with a present for unlikely escapes.
Six harmful outcasts. One inconceivable heist. Kaz’s crew is the one factor that may stand between the world and destruction―in the event that they don’t kill one another first.
22. This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
There’s no such factor as secure in a metropolis at warfare, a metropolis overrun with monsters. On this darkish city fantasy from acclaimed creator Victoria Schwab, a younger girl and a younger man should select whether or not to turn out to be heroes or villains—and associates or enemies—with the way forward for their residence at stake.
The primary of two books, This Savage Track is a must have for followers of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided metropolis—a metropolis the place the violence has begun to breed precise monsters. All Kate desires is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the people pay for his safety. All August desires is to be human, as good-hearted as his personal father, to play an even bigger function in defending the harmless—however he’s one of many monsters. One who can steal a soul with a easy pressure of music.
When the possibility arises to regulate Kate, who’s simply been kicked out of her sixth boarding faculty and returned residence, August jumps at it. However Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination try the pair should flee for his or her lives.
23. Carve the Mark & The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth
Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy international locations locked in a long-standing combat for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek household, Akos is compelled to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and worry. Cyra is understood for her lethal energy of transferring extraordinary ache unto others with easy contact, and her tyrant brother makes use of her as a weapon in opposition to those that problem him. However as Akos fights for his personal survival, he acknowledges that Cyra can also be preventing for hers, and that her true reward—resilience—could be what saves them each.
When Akos and Cyra are caught in the midst of a raging revolt, all the things they’ve been led to consider about their world and themselves should be referred to as into query. However preventing for what’s proper would possibly imply betraying their international locations, their households, and one another.
When the time comes, will they select loyalty or love?
24. The Never Tilting World & The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco
Generations of dual goddesses have lengthy dominated Aeon—till one sister’s betrayal cut up their world in two. A Nice Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in everlasting night time, the opposite scorched beneath an ever-burning solar.
Whereas one sister guidelines the frozen fortress of Aranth, her twin guidelines the sand-locked Golden Metropolis—every with a daughter by their aspect. Now these younger goddesses should set out on separate, equally harmful journeys in hopes of therapeutic their damaged world. Regardless of the sacrifice it calls for.
Informed from 4 interweaving views, this sweeping epic fantasy packs elemental magic, star-crossed romance, and unbelievable landscapes right into a spectacular journey with the fierce sisterhood of Frozen and the breakneck motion of Mad Max: Fury Street.
25. Onyx & Ivory & Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett
They name her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the excessive king of Rime.
Solid out of the the Aristocracy, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Solely probably the most expert experience for the Relay and solely the quickest survive, for when night time falls, the drakes—lethal flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Happily, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that permits her to affect the minds of animals.
And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the one survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her past love, the boy she swore to neglect after he condemned her father to loss of life.
With their paths as soon as extra entangled, Kate and Corwin should put the previous behind them to face this new risk and a good darker menace stirring within the kingdom.
26. The Belles & The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. Within the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they management Magnificence, and Magnificence is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the persons are born grey, they’re born damned, and solely with the assistance of a Belle and her skills can they remodel and be made lovely.
Nevertheless it’s not sufficient for Camellia to be only a Belle. She desires to be the favourite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to reside within the royal palace, to are inclined to the royal household and their court docket, to be acknowledged as probably the most gifted Belle within the land. However as soon as Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court docket, it turns into clear that being the favourite isn’t all the things she all the time dreamed it could be. Behind the gilded palace partitions reside darkish secrets and techniques, and Camellia quickly learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far larger, and might be extra harmful, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to danger her personal life and assist the ailing princess by utilizing Belle powers in unintended methods, Camellia now faces an inconceivable choice.
With the way forward for Orléans and its folks at stake, Camellia should resolve—save herself and her sisters and the way in which of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, danger her personal life, and alter the methods of her world without end.
For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of probably the most highly effective dealer within the Narrows, the ocean is the one residence she has ever identified. It’s been 4 years because the night time she watched her mom drown throughout an unforgiving storm. The following day her father deserted her on a legendary island full of thieves and little meals. To outlive she should preserve to herself, study to belief nobody, and depend on the distinctive expertise her mom taught her. The one factor that retains her going is the aim of getting off the island, discovering her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To take action Fable enlists the assistance of a younger dealer named West to get her off the island and throughout the Narrows to her father.
However her father’s rivalries and the risks of his buying and selling enterprise have solely multiplied since she final noticed him, and Fable quickly finds that West isn’t who he appears. Collectively, they should survive greater than the treacherous storms that hang-out the Narrows in the event that they’re going to remain alive.
28. The Athena Protocol & The Shadow Mission by Shamim Sarif
Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite group of feminine spies who enact vigilante justice around the globe.
Athena operatives are by no means presupposed to shoot to kill—so when Jessie can’t cease herself from pulling the set off, she will get kicked out of the group, proper earlier than an enormous mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade.
Jessie must proper her mistaken and show herself, so she begins her personal investigation into the trafficking. However going rogue means she has nobody to look at her again as she delves into the horrors she uncovers. In the meantime, her former teammates have been ordered to deliver her down. Jessie should face hazard from all sides if she’s to finish her mission—and survive.
29. Mirage & Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud
In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She desires of what life was like earlier than the occupation; she desires of writing poetry just like the old-world poems she adores; she desires of receiving an indication from Dihya that at some point, she, too, may have journey, and journey past her remoted residence.
However when journey comes for Amani, it’s not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and brought in secret to the royal palace, the place she discovers that she is almost equivalent to the merciless half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people who she requires a physique double, somebody to look in public as Maram, able to die in her place.
As Amani is compelled into her new function, she will’t assist however benefit from the palace’s magnificence—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. However the glitter of the royal court docket belies a world of violence and worry. If Amani ever needs to see her household once more, she should play the princess to perfection… as a result of one mistaken transfer might result in her loss of life.
30. We Hunt the Flame & We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a person when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her folks. Nasir is the Prince of Dying, assassinating these silly sufficient to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was uncovered as a woman, all of her achievements can be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in probably the most brutal of how.
Each are legends within the kingdom of Arawiya—however neither desires to be.
Warfare is brewing, and the Arz sweeps nearer with every passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a misplaced artifact that may restore magic to her struggling world and cease the Arz, Nasir is shipped by the king on the same mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. However an historic evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they search might pose a risk larger than both can think about.
31. Even the Darkest Stars & All The Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett
Kamzin has all the time dreamed of changing into one of many Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She is aware of she might be one of the best on this planet, if solely somebody would give her an opportunity.
However all the things adjustments when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the best explorer ever identified, arrives in her village and calls for to rent Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everybody had anticipated—for his subsequent expedition. That is Kamzin’s probability to show herself—though River’s mission to retrieve a uncommon talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain within the Aryas. Then Lusha units off on her personal mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is decided to finest River, and Kamzin should resolve what’s most vital to her: defending her sister from the numerous perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are not like something Kamzin anticipated—or ready for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at each flip. And as darkish secrets and techniques are revealed, Kamzin should unravel the reality of their mission and of her companions—whereas surviving the deadliest climb she has ever confronted.
32. The Glass Spare & The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano
Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth youngster and solely daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up within the shadows. Saved hidden from the world to be able to function a spy for her father—whose obsession with constructing his empire is inflicting a warfare—Wil desires nothing greater than to discover the world past her kingdom, if solely her father would give her the possibility.
Till one night time Wil is attacked, and she or he discovers a harmful secret. Her contact turns folks into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—however as she assessments its limits, she’s drawn increasingly to the unusual and risky means. When it results in tragedy, although, Wil is compelled to face the damaging energy inside her and eventually depart her residence to hunt the reality and a remedy.
However discovering the important thing to her redemption places her within the path of a cursed prince who has his personal concepts for what to do with Wil’s energy.
With a world getting ready to warfare and an influence of final destruction, can Wil discover a means to assist the dominion that’s turned its again on her, or will she betray her previous and her household without end?
33. Tiny Pretty Things & Shiny Broken Pieces by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra
Black Swan meets Fairly Little Liars on this soapy, drama-packed novel that includes numerous characters who will do something to be the prima at their elite ballet faculty.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three high college students at an unique Manhattan ballet faculty, have seen their fair proportion of drama. Free-spirited new woman Gigi simply desires to bop—however the very act would possibly kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s want to flee the shadow of her ballet-star sister brings out a harmful edge in her. And perfectionist June must land a lead function this yr or her controlling mom will put an finish to her dancing desires without end.
When each dancer is each buddy and foe, the women will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be one of the best of one of the best.
34. Of Fire and Stars & Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has all the time identified what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, defending her folks from different hostile kingdoms.
However Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for hearth—a harmful reward for the longer term queen of a land the place magic is forbidden.
Now Denna has to study the methods of her new kingdom whereas attempting to cover her rising magic. To make issues worse, she should study to experience Mynaria’s formidable warhorses earlier than her coronation—and her instructor is the one who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.
When a stunning assassination leaves the dominion reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly be a part of forces to seek for the perpetrator. As the 2 work collectively, they uncover there’s extra to 1 one other than they thought—and shortly their friendship is threatening to blossom into one thing extra. However with harmful battle brewing that makes the alliance extra vital than ever, performing on their emotions might be lethal.
35. The Queen’s Rising & The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross
Brienna needs solely two issues: to grasp her ardour and to be chosen by a patron. Rising up in Valenia on the famend Magnalia Home ought to have ready her. Whereas some are born with a expertise for one of many 5 passions—artwork, music, dramatics, wit, and information—Brienna struggled to seek out hers till she selected information. Nonetheless, Brienna’s best worry comes true: she is left with out a patron.
Months later, her life takes an sudden flip when a disgraced lord gives her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. However there’s far more to his story, for there’s a harmful plot to overthrow the king of Maevana—the rival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the throne.
With warfare brewing, Brienna should select which aspect she is going to stay loyal to: ardour or blood.
Within the kingdom of Sempera, time is forex—extracted from blood, certain to iron, and consumed so as to add time to 1’s personal lifespan. The wealthy aristocracy, just like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their very own lives by centuries.
Nobody resents the Gerlings greater than Jules Ember. A decade in the past, she and her father have been servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial property, till a fateful accident compelled them to flee at nighttime. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she is aware of that she should return to Everless to earn extra time for him earlier than she loses him without end.
However going again to Everless brings extra hazard—and temptation—than Jules might have ever imagined. Quickly she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and techniques and finds her coronary heart torn between two folks she thought she’d by no means see once more. Her choices have the facility to alter her destiny—and the destiny of time itself.
37. The Cerulean & The Alcazar by Amy Ewing
Sera Lighthaven has all the time felt as if she didn’t fairly belong amongst her folks, the Cerulean, who reside within the Metropolis Above the Sky. She is interested by all the things—particularly the planet that her Metropolis is magically tethered to—and may’t cease questioning issues. Sera has all the time longed for the day when the tether will lastly break and the Cerulean can transfer to a brand new planet.
However when Sera is chosen because the sacrifice to interrupt the tether, she feels betrayed by all the things during which she’d been taught to belief. To be able to save her Metropolis, Sera should finish her personal life.
However one thing goes mistaken, and Sera survives, ending up on the planet under in a rustic referred to as Kaolin. Sera has heard tales concerning the harmful people who reside right here, and she or he shortly learns that these risks weren’t simply tales.
In the meantime, again within the Metropolis, all isn’t what it appears, and the life of each Cerulean could also be at risk if Sera isn’t capable of finding a means residence.
38. We Set the Dark on Fire & We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
On the Medio College for Women, distinguished younger ladies are educated for one in all two roles of their polarized society. Relying on her specialization, a graduate will at some point run a husband’s family or increase his kids. Each paths promise a lifetime of consolation and luxurious, removed from the frequent political uprisings of the decrease class.
Daniela Vargas is the college’s high pupil, however her pedigree is a lie. She should preserve the reality hidden or be despatched again to the fringes of society. And college couldn’t put together her for the troublesome selections she should make after commencement, particularly when she is requested to spy for a resistance group desperately preventing to deliver equality to Medio.
Will Dani cling to the privilege her mother and father fought to win for her, or will she hand over all the things she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and an opportunity at a forbidden love?
39. Circle of Shadows & Cloak of Night by Evelyn Skye
Sora can transfer as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with deadly accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any bodily combat blindfolded and with an arm tied round his again. They’re apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be educated in magic and the preventing arts to guard the dominion of Kichona.
As their commencement approaches, Sora and Daemon stay up for proving themselves worthy of belonging within the elite group—however in a kingdom freed from violence because the Blood Rift Rebel a few years in the past, it’s been troublesome to make their mark.
So when Sora and Daemon encounter a wierd camp of mysterious troopers whereas on an ordinary scouting mission, they resolve the one factor to do to assist their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this danger will change Sora’s life without end—and lead her on a mission of deception which will idiot everybody she’s ever liked.
Love, spies, and journey abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a posh internet of magic and secrets and techniques that may tear them—and your entire kingdom—aside without end.
40. The Perfectionists & The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker are all pushed to be good—regardless of the fee.
At first the women assume they don’t have anything in frequent, till they uncover that all of them hate the identical individual: good-looking womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s finished issues to harm every of them.
They give you the proper plan to homicide Nolan—jokingly, in fact. They’d by no means really undergo with it. However when Nolan turns up useless within the precise means they’d mentioned, the women immediately turn out to be prime suspects in his homicide.
Solely, they didn’t do it.
So who did? Until they discover the true killer, and shortly, any one in all them stands out as the subsequent to die…
For the thousands and thousands who log in day-after-day, Warcross isn’t only a sport—it’s a lifestyle. The obsession began ten years in the past and its fan base now spans the globe, some keen to flee from actuality and others hoping to make a revenue. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, monitoring down Warcross gamers who guess on the sport illegally. However the bounty-hunting world is a aggressive one, and survival has not been straightforward. To make some fast money, Emika takes a danger and hacks into the opening sport of the worldwide Warcross Championships—solely to by chance glitch herself into the motion and turn out to be an in a single day sensation.
Satisfied she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when as a substitute she will get a name from the sport’s creator, the elusive younger billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible provide. He wants a spy on the within of this yr’s event to be able to uncover a safety downside . . . and he desires Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust right into a world of fame and fortune that she’s solely dreamed of. However quickly her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with main penalties for your entire Warcross empire.
42. The Wrath and the Dawn & The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
Each daybreak brings horror to a unique household in a land dominated by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a brand new bride every night time solely to have her executed at dawn. So it’s a suspicious shock when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. However she does so with a intelligent plan to remain alive and precise revenge on the Caliph for the homicide of her finest buddy and numerous different ladies. Shazi’s wit and can, certainly, get her via to the daybreak that no others have seen, however with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest buddy.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king isn’t all that he appears and neither are the deaths of so many ladies. Shazi is decided to uncover the rationale for the murders and to interrupt the cycle as soon as and for all.
Edgar Award Nominee for Finest Younger Grownup Thriller
Excellent for followers of Madeleine Roux, Jonathan Maberry, and horror movies like 28 Days Later and Resident Evil, this pulse-pounding, hair-raising, totally terrifying novel is the primary in a duology from the critically acclaimed creator of the Taken trilogy.
After receiving a misery name from a drill staff on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is shipped into deep house to carry out an ordinary search-and-rescue mission.
Once they arrive, they discover the planet affected by the stays of the venture—together with its members’ useless our bodies. As they attempt to piece collectively what might have presumably decimated a complete venture, they uncover that some issues are finest left buried—and a few monsters are solely too able to awaken.
44. Sea Witch & Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
Depraved meets “The Little Mermaid” within the fascinating origin story of the ocean’s most iconic villainess, good for followers of Heartless and Dorothy Should Die.
Ever since her finest buddy Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing city. Hiding her skills, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.
Then a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Anna seems on the shore, and the 2 ladies catch the eyes of two charming princes. Out of the blue Evie seems like she would possibly lastly have an opportunity at her personal fortunately ever after.
However magic isn’t type, and her new buddy harbors secrets and techniques of her personal. She will’t keep in Havnestad—or on two legs—with out Evie’s assist. And when Evie reaches deep into the facility of her magic to save lots of her buddy’s humanity—and her prince’s coronary heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.
45. The Beholder & The Boundless by Anna Shiny
Selah has waited her complete life for a fortunately ever after. As the one daughter of the chief of Potomac, she is aware of her responsibility is to seek out the proper match.
However after an excruciatingly public rejection, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable answer: Selah should set sail throughout the Atlantic to go to a sequence of potential suitors—and if she doesn’t come residence engaged, she shouldn’t come residence in any respect.
From the gardens of England to the fjords of Norge, Selah’s quest would be the journey of a lifetime. However her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the one secrets and techniques hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage could also be greater than any blissful ending.
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