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Popular writers debut new series this fall

YA fiction is so series-saturated that I need a scorecard to keep up with what’s coming and going! With that in mind, here’s a heads-up on new series by established authors that will begin this fall. Fans of supernatural and paranormal fiction especially will want to mark their calendars.

Carnival of Souls by Melissa MarrCarnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
The author of the Wicked Lovely series offers this tale of daimons battling to the death for a chance to join a ruling elite, a young witch living in exile in the human world, and their inevitable confrontation. (September 4)

 

The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth GeorgeThe Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
The author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels takes a stab at YA fiction with the Saratoga Woods paranormal series: a young woman on the run from her criminal stepfather hides out on an island off the coast of Washington State and discovers her physic powers. (September 4)

 

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater infuses the “normal” world with magic in book one of The Raven Cycle. Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. Ergo, she stays away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble. (September 18)

 

Burn for Burn by Jenny HanBurn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
This kickoff to the eponymous trilogy centers around three very different girls who team up to get revenge against the people who wronged them. The plot thickens when they learn they were brought together by (what else?) a supernatural secret. (September 18)

 

The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners by Libba Bray
This epic (608 pages) tale begins a series of the same name. It’s the 1920s, and 17-year-old Evie O’Neill lives in New York City with her uncle, who owns a museum devoted to the occult. When a rash of occult-based murders occur, Evie’s secret power to divine details about people puts her in a position to help catch the killer — if he doesn’t catch her first. (September 18)

 

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine PaetroConfessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The team behind the Women’s Murder Club series for adults kicks off a detective/thriller series about the wealthy Angel family and the three siblings who are suspected of their parents’ murder. Apparently there is no supernatural or paranormal element in this series! (September 24)

 

The Blessed by Tonya HurleyThe Blessed by Tonya Hurley
Hurley (Ghostgirl) reimagines the legends of three saints who were martyred at a young age in this first book in a supernatural romance trilogy. Three teenaged girls in Brooklyn must determine who is good and who is evil in a battle for love and their own souls. (September 25)

 

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark FrostPaladin Prophecy: Book 1 by Mark Frost
Will West, the hero of this new supernatural suspense series, is a teen who must live under the radar for mysterious reasons, until he accidentally overachieves and ends up in an exclusive prep school where he discovers physical and mental abilities he never imagined he had. Publishers Weekly calls Frost’s first book for teens a “densely plotted thriller.” (September 25)

 

Poison Princess by Kresley ColePoison Princess by Kresley Cole
Another author of adult fiction wades into the YA pool. Book 1 of the Arcana Chronicles introduces 16-year-old Evie Green, whose hallucinations presage an apocalyptic future for her Louisiana hometown. Bad boy Jack serves as protection as Evie fights to find the source of her visions. (October 2)

 

Beta by Rachel CohnBeta by Rachel Cohn
First in what is slated to be a four-book series, Cohn’s foray into sci-fi/dystopia centers around Elysia, a teenage clone whose job is to serve the wealthy inhabitants of an island paradise engineered for perfection. When Elysia begins to have thoughts of her own, she begins to question her place in society and the very foundation of her world. (October 16)

 

The Lost Prince by Julie KagawaThe Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
The first book in the Call of the Forgotten series stars a grown-up (and incredibly buff) Ethan Chase from the Iron Fey books. Ethan thought he had escaped the Iron Realm, but he must confront his past to save his family and “a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for” (quote from book jacket). (October 23)

 

Any new series that you’re champing at the bit to read? Or would you prefer to read a novel that’s complete in and of itself? (Is that becoming an endangered species?) Be sure to check Kelly Jensen’s post next week about debut authors whose first books will be published this month!

— Suzanne Neumann, currently reading Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough

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