Standalones can be fantastic (and sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack of duologies, trilogies, and series). When you reach the last page the conclusions for the characters have been reached – at least as much as they are going to be. If it’s a good book it may stay with you, but you’re not plagued by thoughts of what is going to happen in the next book. But with a standalone, when the last page has been turned, you have to say goodbye to its world, its characters. With a series you love though, characters can feel like friends and you learn the twists of the streets (and are pretty sure you can navigate Hogwarts and its 142 moving staircases). A series ending can break your heart and have you scrambling for any crumbs the author is willing to throw (ahem ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ ahem). For all those looking for a new series to lose themselves in, here are a few to checkout.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage, and War Storm)
Mare Barrow lives in a world where there are two classes of people: those with silver blood and those with red. Silver blooded people possess magic and rule the lands as a cruel dictator, while are barely surviving and regularly being sent off to die in a never ending war. When Mare is facing down her own mortality though, in an arena full of high ranking Silvers, she lets loose a power of her own, tipping her entire world on its ear.
Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue)
Four friends, on four different summer adventures. Sharing their stories and a possibly magical pair of pants.
Diviners by Libba Bray (The Diviners, Lair of Dreams, and Before the Devil Breaks You)
A 1920s supernatural murder mystery, with a good dose of horror, and just a dash of steampunk.
Gone by Michael Grant (Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, Light, Monster, and Villain)
The adults have disappeared – along with the internet, phones, and television. Now the teens who need to take charge, or descend into chaos, being to develop powers…
Finishing School by Gail Carriger (Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies, Waistcoats & Weaponry, and Manners & Mutiny)
A Victorian era, steampunk finishing school for spies. Full of daring escapades and escapes, mystery, adventure, and hilarity.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands, Traitor to the Throne, and Hero at the Fall)
Amani, a gifted gunslinger in a small town in the desert nation of Miraji, is desperate to escape. When she meets Jin, a foreigner running from the Sultan, who happens to have a magical horse, she takes her chance and joins him.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before , P.S. I Still Love You, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean)
When Lara Jean discovers that all her secret letters to her crushes have been mailed out (including the one to her older sister’s very recently ex-boyfriend, Josh) she panics. And the first thing she thinks to do is get herself a fake boyfriend…
When Kerenza, a distant planet, is attacked, refugees of the attack are shuttled onto three ships – Alexander, Hypatia, and Copernicus. Kady and Ezra, recent (very recent) exes, survive the attack and end up on the Hypatia and Alexander respectively. With the the attack ship still on their tails, the three ships limp their way to safety. However, it soon becomes apparent that the crews have more than the Lincoln to worry about. The AI seems to be going rouge and Copernicus is experiencing an outbreak that they don’t understand.
Young Elites by Marie Lu (The Young Elites, The Rose Society, The Midnight Star)
A blood fever that left many dead. Adelina survived, but is not unscathed. Now those who survived the fever are beginning to develop supernatural abilities.
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter)
Sci-Fi fairy tales in a post WWIV world. Cinder is a cyborg, Scarlett (Red Riding Hood) embarks on a journey with a street fighter named Wolf (who also may know where her grandmother is), Cress (Rapunzel) lives in a satellite, and Winter (Snow White) is the step daughter of the Lunar Queen, Levana.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Renegades , Archenemies)
The villains have been over thrown and the super heroes, the Renegades, run the world. Great right? Nova, raised by villains definitely doesn’t think so, and she’s poised to take her revenge.
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men)
In the world Todd lives there is always noise. Every one can hear each others thoughts. When Todd discovers a quiet spot and Viola he stumbles on secrets that many believe should remain buried. Now he must run. Run from people who can hear his thoughts.
Last Survivors by Susan Beth Pfeffer(Life as We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone, This is the World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon)
When a meteor hits the moon and alters its course the Earth begins to go haywire – tides change, volcanoes explode, and seasons are disrupted. These are the stories of those who lived through the chaos.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Across the Universe, A Million Suns, and Shades of Earth)
Amy is supposed to spend 300 years cryogenically frozen traveling across the universe on a space ship. When she is woken up 50 years too soon signs begin to swerve from computer malfunction to attempted murder.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, Library of Souls, A Map of Days)
Orphans with peculiar talents are brought together. The story unfolds alongside haunting (some may even say creepy) black and white photographs.
The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart, Firefight, Calamity)
Powers have been granted to certain people, now called the Epics. But the Epics are no super heroes. David’s father was killed by an Epic and now he has joined the Reckoners, the only people attempting to fight the Epics and the world they have created.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, UnDivided, UnBound)
A world where kids can be “unwound” (essentially taken apart for their organs and parts) up until they turn 18. Three kids, scheduled for unwinding have escaped.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, The Raven King)
Blue’s mother can see the dead and brings Blue to the cemetery with her every year on St. Mark’s Eve. Blue has never been able to see anything. This year though she meets Gansey on St. Mark’s Eve. Gansey is a Raven Boy (what the boys who go to the expensive prep school nearby are called) and he may have some otherworldly talents of his own.
Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima (The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, The Crimson Crown)
Han, a thief trying to make good, finds himself in possession of an amulet that was once owned by the Demon King and his fate is about to collide with Raisa’s. Raisa is the princess heir, destined to rule the Fells with dreams of becoming a warrior queen.