9 YA Book Sequels You Absolutely Must Read When They Come Out in 2017

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Goodbye, 2016 and HEYYY, 2017. Let’s face it, we’re happily leaving this in the rear-view mirror and are REALLY looking forward to the next 365 days. Along with highly-anticipated new TV shows and movies getting at us in ’17, we’re also due for some major YA book releases. We mean, are we the only ones SUPER EXCITED for Sarah Dessen‘s new book, One and For All in June, or the third book of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard? Doubtful.

While making a list of ALL the young adult novels we can’t wait to read might be impossible (we’re bookworms, okay?), 2017 is a year where we’ll FINALLY be able to get our hands on several long-awaited sequels. There’s nothing like snuggling up in bed with a good book and that’s basically all any of us are going to be able to do next year with this YA list growing.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Expected Publication Date: 01/03/17

This book is legit ABOUT to get released and we are pumped! It's number 2 of the Passenger book series and follows a young girl who finds out that she's a time traveler and must protect her reality at all costs — or does she? A twist in book two makes Etta question everything she thought she knew.

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Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh

Expected Publication Date: 01/03/17

What's cool about this sequel is that the narration is actually gonna change to Mya's perspective, which could add a lot of complexity to the story set up in Ivory and Bone. The girl is left with some tough decisions: should she marry someone when she believes her soulmate is someone else? How far will she go to protect her sister? You've gotta love a girl who isn't afraid to stand up for herself and Mya gives some of the other YA heroines we've come to love a run for their money.

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Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Expected Publication Date: 01/10/17

The first installment in this 4-part Witchlands series was a New York Times best seller and we've got a feeling that this sequel will get similar recognition.

Susan's set up an intricate new world with some lovable (and hate-able) characters — plus a tight-knit female friendship at the forefront (which we love!). In the dedication of the first book, the author wrote, "Friendships can be just as epic as romances..." and we agree! That's just part of what makes us so excited to see what happens in book numero dos!

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Avenged by Amy Tintera

Expected Publication Date: 05/02/17

If you're patiently waiting for the third book of the Red Queen series to come out in February, pass the time by catching up with the first book of this trilogy, Ruined. Lots of YA readers described book #1 as a mashup, taking all the best aspects of your favorite novels and squeezing it into one (awesome) story — and with Avenged promising a bit more originality, we can't wait to see what Amy will do with sisters Em and Olivia now.

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Seeker by Veronica Rossi

Expected Publication Date: 05/16/17

What's refreshing about the fantasy world created in the book before Seeker, Rider, is that the story can be really intense but also really funny at the same time. It's the perfect blend of lighthearted and serious and we've got a feeling this sequel will do the same.

Photo: Tom Doherty Associates

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Expected Publication Date: 05/23/17

This sequel doesn't really feel like a sequel because it's actually the 13th book in the Shadowhunters world created by Cassandra. LoS comes as book number two in The Dark Artifices trilogy after Lady Midnight — meaning we have another one to look forward to even after this one comes out!

Photo: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Expected Publication Date: 06/13/17

In the second and last installment of the Monsters of Verity Series (SAD), Kate, a monster hunter, is up against her biggest threat yet. This monster has the ability to bring out others' inner demons and he just might be the one to take this undefeated protector out.

The idea that a Big-Bad can bring out the darkness inside someone else is a pretty freaky idea, and we can't wait to see the crazy consequences it'll have on Kate (and August)!

Photo: HarperCollins

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Expected Publication Date: 06/27/17

Book two in The Conqueror's Saga is probably going to blow our frickin' minds. It's kind of like the YA-Game of Thrones and the historical-fiction aspect of it makes us think we know what's going to happen... just until everything gets flipped around. Considering the fact that the IRL version of her main character dies way too young, we're hoping some more historical inaccuracies are in store for us. Releasing just in time to be your summer beach read (ugh, can't wait), catch up if you haven't read As I Darken just yet.

Photo: RandomHouse

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Expected Publication Date: TBD

Three Dark Crowns legit JUST came out (in September) but the sequel is already on its way. That's a good thing because the first book left us with one crazy plot twist and literally sooooo many questions. Are you team Mira? or team Jules? Whatever you decide, the sequel might change that.

Photo: HarperCollins Publishers

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