12 YA Books I Can't Wait To Read In 2016

By Lilian Calix
October 26, 2015
Morningside Heights Library

I love new books and continuations to my favorite series. Here are some recommendations of books I can’t wait to read next year:

The first book on my list is Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Truthwitch tells the story of Safi. Safi has a magical power called a “witchery.” Safi’s magical skill is rare and dangerous. Safi is a truthwitch with the power to pick out a truth from a lie. Safi hides her power because if the nobility find out about her power they will use her to their advantage. Safi’s friend Iseult is a Threadwitch which means that she can see the invisible ties that bind the lives of the people around her. Together Safi, Iseult, and their friend Prince Merik fight powerful enemies that want to take Safi and use her powers in the Witchlands war…Truthwitch will be released January 5, 2016.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken will also be released January 5, 2016. Passenger tells the story of Etta Spencer a violin prodigy who suddenly loses everything… and finds a new life. Etta finds that she has traveled through time and inherited a family legacy she has never heard of… the legacy will take her on a life changing adventure…

Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow will be released January 26, 2016. Roadside Magic is the second book in the Gallow & Ragged series. Jerimiah Gallow is a half fae construction worker with tattoos that turn into weapons. Robin Ragged is a woman with secrets… she wants to drag Jerimiah back to the fae world he walked away from… The first book is called Trailer Park Fae.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard will be released February 9, 2016. Glass Sword is the much anticipated second book in Red Queen series. Glass Sword begins with the protagonist, Mare, on the run from King Maven. Mare is a red blood with powers like the silver bloods….Mare is trying to find others like her that can help the Red people rise above the oppression of the Silvers. But Mare is also in danger of becoming the kind of monster she is trying to save others from…

The Shadow Queenby C. J. Redwine will be released February 23, 2016. I am very excited about this book. I love a fairy tale retellings! This book tells the tale of Lorelai Diederich the crown princess of Ravenspire, Lorelai wants to kill Queen Irina for stealing her throne and killing her father. Prince Kol of the kingdom of Eldr, makes a deal with Queen Irina to get magic and save his own dying kingdom. Kol has to kill Lorelai and take her heart to the queen. As Kol’s tries to capture Lorelai he realizes that she is more than he expected… and Lorelai is attracted to Kol… However, Lorelai’s fight against the queen may cost her the last thing she has left to lose…

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows will be released April 5, 2016. The Mirror King is the conclusion to The Orphan Queen. The first book in the series was excellent. I am very eager to read the second book. Princess Wilhelmina is now a prisoner after her identity was discovered. Wilhelmina has to learn to control her magic to save her kingdom… Wilhelmina wants to accept her role as queen but accepting that role would also be accepting war… with the wraith are approaching and destroying the kingdom she must find a way to protect both kingdoms or lose everything…

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh will be released May 3, 2016. The Rose and the Dagger is the second book in the Shahrzad and Khalid saga. Shahrzad now knows who her husband really is and she will do anything to get back to him… the first book is The Wrath and the Dawn.

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. Feyre saved Tamlin and his people… and now she is different… she is High Fae… with her new powers new dangers arise. In addition, Feyre has a deal with the high lord of the Night CourtA Court of Mist and Fury will be released May 3, 2016.

The first book in the series The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey tells the story of Cassie is running from Them…the creatures that only look human and are taking over the world...Cassie is trying to find and rescue her brother. Cassie meets Evan Walker and she must determine whether she can truly trust him in a world of danger. The second book in the series is called The Infinite Sea. The last installment in the series is The Last Star: The Third Book of The 5th Wave which will be released May 24, 2016. The 5th Wave film will be released January 2016.

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey is expected to be released July 12, 2016. The Shadow Hour is the second book in The Girl at Midnight series. The series is set in New York City and follows Echo a girl who was raised by magic creatures. Echo finds herself in the middle of ancient war and discovers things she never knew about the world she lives in….

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir is the highly anticipated sequel to An Ember in the Ashes series. A Torch Against the Night follows Laia and Elias as they fight against Empire soldiers and attempt to rescue Laia’s brother from prison before he is executed. A Torch Against the Night will be released August 30, 2016.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (November 8, 2016) is a greatly anticipated story inspired by the Queen of Hearts. Catherine wants to find love on her own terms. She is the favorite to marry the King of Hearts...but her heart belongs to someone else...