15 Binge-Worthy Young Adult Book Series That Ended in 2016

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  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 serpentine-cindy-pon 1. Serpentine by Cindy Pon

    If you missed out on Pon’s duology, you’re in for a treat. Full of Chinese mythology, lush world building, and lots of romance, Serpentine introduces readers to Skybright, a 16-year-old handmaiden working for a wealthy family. Her past is a bit of a mystery, which makes things all the more complicated when she starts to undergo some…changes.

    Skybright starts to become a little serpent-ish. And as monsters invade her world, she finds herself thrust into a war between demons and monks. Action and magic abounds in this diverse duology that you’ll devour ever so quickly.

    And keep an eye out for Pon’s next novel, Want, coming in June from Simon Pulse. A YA cyberpunk thriller set in Taipei? Yes,please.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 six-of-crows-bardugo 2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

    The series that launched so many ships (not actual ships, come on), Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology is set in the same world she so beautifully constructed in her Grisha Trilogy. If you’re panicking because it sounds like you need have to read three books in order to dive into this duology, take a deep breath. Bardugo’s got you, friends.

    The magical thing about her duology, aside from the stunning prose and thrilling story, is that you can read it apart from that trilogy. The duology whisks readers to Ketterdam, where Kaz Brekker is plotting an epic heist with a crew of misfits, each with their own gifts and demons. The book crackles with humor, excitement, and a bit of swooning, in what a people refer to as an Ocean’s Eleven style story set in a fantasy world. And while the first book is about the heist… the second book, Crooked Kingdom, is about the getaway.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 dorothy-must-die-paige 3. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

    Paige’s debut series quickly became a bestselling phenomenon, spanning several books, short stories, and novellas. In the first book, readers meet Amy Gumm, a teen girl who grew up rough and now has to deal with being transported to Oz. But this isn’t the Oz from movies and storybooks. Because Dorothy has returned to Oz, taken control of the land, and started mining the landscape for magic, draining the countryside of its power and leaving the citizens suffering in her wake. And Amy? She might be the only one who can stop her.

    But what about Dorothy’s friends? The Scarecrow? The Tin Man? The Lion? Surprise. They’re all just as bad—and Amy has to defeat them.

    Paige’s series spins a classic tale on its head for something altogether new and exciting.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 1witchhuntercover 4. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

    There are plenty of stories about witches and the people who hunt them—tales that make you question who are the “good guys.” But Boecker’s fantasy debut takes that concept and gives it a fresh spin. What happens if you’re the witch hunter… and suddenly find yourself accused of being the witch?

    The first book follows Elizabeth Grey, the once great witch hunter turned hunted, who finds herself hiding her past and aligning with a wizard. It’s an adventure story with a bit of romance, full of magic and mayhem, lies and action.

    The final book in the duology, The King Slayer, came out in 2016, but it doesn’t end there. You can also pick up some novellas set in the world, including The Healer and The Chase. Boecker is fantastic at world building, and you’ll want any excuse to spend more time with her characters.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 tiny-pretty-things-sona-clayton 5. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

    This duology set in a high-pressure ballet school is packed with toxic friendships and diverse characters. Ballerinas Gigi, Bette, and June have their fair share of complicated issues. One has a heart problem, another feels immense pressure due to her celebrity-dancer-of-a-sister, another has a controlling mother… and it’s through these problems that they betray one another. It’s a bit like Mean Girls at a dance academy, with consequences that go beyond seating arrangements at lunch and clothing choices.

    The second book, Shiny Broken Pieces, shows the three dancers battling it out for a spot in the American Ballet Company. If you enjoyed books like Bunheads by Sophie Flack, Those Girls by Lauren Saft, or The Hit List by Nikki Urang, this duology is a must-read series.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 the-winners-curse-marie-r 6. The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

    Rutkoski’s Young Adult fantasy/romance kicks off with The Winner’s Curse and introduces readers to Kestrel, a teen girl living in an empire that’s swept up in war and slavery. And to make all those horrors worse, her father is a general in the kingdom’s military. Intrigue, politics, and forbidden love are woven throughout the trilogy, as Kestrel must choose between her kingdom, those she loves, and rebellion.

    If you’re a fan of fantasy with politics, like Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes or Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassin trilogy, you’ll adore these books. As a bonus, you can read a short story set in Kestrel’s world for free on Tor.com.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 the-wrath-and-the-dawn-ahdieh 7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

    This stunning duology has garnered a spot on Paste lists numerous times, both in our best of the month roundups and our best Young Adult books of 2016 list—with good cause! Ahdieh’s beautifully written, diverse books inspired by A Thousand and One Nights are full of magic, action, and powerful storytelling.

    In the duology, a teen king marries a new girl every day, and each day, a new girl dies. Readers quickly meet Shahrzad, who purposely becomes his next queen to avenge her friend who died by his hand. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with the monster.

    And luckily for you, there’s more to this series than just the two books. Ahdieh wrote some novellas set in her world, titled The Moth and the Flame, The Crown and the Arrow, and The Mirror in the Maze.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 tracked-jenny-martin 8. Tracked by Jenny Martin

    Martin’s Tracked duology is an easy one for me to gush about. Take everything you love about franchises like The Fast and the Furious, Star Wars, and Mad Max, mash them with a bold teen street racer, and you get a thrilling series.

    In Tracked, we meet Phoebe Van Zant, a brilliant street racer and the daughter of a racing legend, who gets swept up in the corporate world of Castra. The book takes place in future where mankind has colonized other planets—but corporations run them. And in the case of Castra, the company is just horrendous.

    Forced to race for the cruel ruling corporation, Phee finds herself transformed into the figurehead of a rebellion. Between epic space battles and intense races, she’s also caught in a love triangle with her best friend and a new teammate with a serious secret.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 the-young-elites-lu 9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

    Set in a world where people develop magical gifts after a blood fever sweeps the population, Lu’s trilogy explores the conflict between the gifted individuals and the fearful society that hunts them. And it stars a tough antihero named Adelina, who chooses to embrace her gifts and rebel.

    The resulting saga boasts thrills, magic, and betrayal, spanning The Young Elites, The Rose Society, and The Midnight Star—a best Young Adult book of 2016. And after devouring these three books, you can read more of Lu’s action-packed prose in her Legend trilogy.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 the-raven-boys-maggie-s 10. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

    Stiefvater’s bestselling quartet is an urban fantasy that boasts enthralling characters—and beautiful book covers. The series follows the daughter of a psychic and a group of boys attending a prestigious academy as they seek magical secrets in the mountains of Virginia. So if you want to immerse yourself in a captivating world on the fringes of our own, dive into The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and The Raven King.

    Fun fact: Stiefvater often writes music to go along with her books, and you can download the songs (for free!) on her website.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 the-sound-of-us-poston 11. Radio Hearts by Ashley Poston

    The books in Poston’s duology follow different stories, but they possess similar themes, music, and lots of swooning. In The Sound of Us, a teen girl is stuck running her father’s music bar—a place that’s failing to do any business and is dragging her down with it. But when a disgraced pop star shows up and the two of them start falling for one another, she’s suddenly thrust into a very unwanted spotlight.

    The companion novel, We Own the Night, follows a timid teen who transforms into a radio DJ called Niteowl when she’s on the airwaves. It’s a book about wrestling with identity, and it’s splashed with music and romance. Believe me, you’ll want to devour these books in a weekend.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 the-5th-wave-rick-yancey 12. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

    In Yancey’s series, mankind is on the brink of extinction. Aliens have long since invaded, hitting the planet with four waves of catastrophes. And the remaining humans must await the fifth wave in fear.

    The series’ protagonist is Cassie, a teen girl living in a refuge camp, comforted by the fact that her father and younger brother are thankfully still alive. But, as you can imagine with a sci-fi thriller like this one, things don’t stay that way for long. And with mysterious human-looking aliens wandering the countryside, it’s difficult to trust anyone. That’s what makes this series so exciting; it has sci-fi elements and the thrills, sure, but wondering who to trust delivers the real chills.

    The series has three books: The Fifth Wave, The Infinite Sea, and The Last Star. And after you’ve finished reading the first book, you could watch the movie.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 1magoniacover 13. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

    Magonia, the first book in the duology, introduces a teen named Aza Ray who has a serious lung disease. Her medical condition has caused her to live an incredibly difficult life… until she’s whisked to the world of Magonia in the clouds.

    It’s a realm of airships and sky pirates, where Aza can finally breathe easily and is gifted with incredible powers. But not everything is as it seems, and she discovers that the world in the sky and the world on the ground are on the brink of war.

    The sequel, Aerie, came out last year, and you’ll enjoy having your head in the clouds as you read these books.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 the-selection-cass 14. The Selection by Kiera Cass

    The best way to describe The Selection series is that it’s reminiscent of The Bachelor… only it’s in a fantasy world of castles, castes, and princesses. The actual ceremony that the series is named for, The Selection, is a contest where numerous girls compete to win the hand of the prince. And as the contest progresses, things get more complicated. The kingdom is at war, and the story gradually becomes less about the glamor and more about surviving an uprising.

    Cass debuted the series in 2012 with The Selection, followed by The Elite (2013) and The One (2014). Then readers thought the series was over, but they were given quite the surprise when Cass released two more books, The Heir and last year’s The Crown, which introduced fans to a new generation of characters. This is an incredibly fun bundle of books that delivers great banter and, of course, romance.
  • ya-series-ended-in-2016 1playoncover 15. Lewis Creek by Michelle Smith

    There’s something magical about a good YA sports novel, and Smith’s charming Lewis Creek series is one you shouldn’t miss. In the first book, Play On, teen Austin Braxton has a bright future in baseball ahead of him—if he can pass his classes. When a new girl who loves sports and is something of a genius moves to town, the two of them help each other wrestle their demons.

    The second novel, Game On, introduces a new cast of characters and also revolves around sports, romance, and the complicated choices that are a part of growing up. This duology is perfect if you love reading Miranda Kenneally (Catching Jordan) and Lauren Morrill (Being Sloane Jacobs).
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