13 Obsession-Worthy Young Adult Fantasy Books Hitting Shelves in 2017

Share
Ad failed to load

We all have our favorite YA fantasy series and authors, those writers who have become auto-buys and instant reads the minute they release anything new. Lucky for us, 2017 is seeing new releases from many of them, some series continuations, others entirely new stories. We've got new books coming from Sarah J. Maas, Renee Ahdieh, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu and even more fan favorites. And while the hype surrounding them is real, and we're beyond excited to read them, we're also looking forward to dipping into new fantasy worlds from less established fantasy authors. These writers are bringing their A-Game with new plots, new worlds, incredible new magic systems and even more diversity than ever before.

These 13 upcoming releases include everything from sci-fi fantasy to those inspired by legendary myths, and many represent diverse casts of characters that include people of color, gender fluid people, and LGBT people. Though fantasy novels are the ultimate way to spend some time outside of our own world, we also know that it’s beyond important to see real world representation in everything that we read. If you’re looking to fall in love with some new obsession-worthy reads, we’ve got you more than covered.

Ad failed to load

1'Empress of a Thousand Skies' by Rhoda Belleza (February 7, 2017)

This recent sci-fi fantasy release from Rhoda Belleza has been billed as Game of Thrones in space and we are so on board. This diverse read tells the story of Empress Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty and a fugitive named Aly who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he's forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life. With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy. This diverse tale is a saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

Click Here To Buy

2'The Traitor's Kiss' by Erin Beaty (May 9, 2017)

The first in a new fantasy trilogy, The Traitor's Kiss follows Sage Fowler, a sharp tongued girl with and an unruly temper, who is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them. As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom. An obsession-worthy tempestuous romance and secret identities make this Jane Austen with an espionage twist.

Click Here To Buy

3'Daughter of the Pirate King' by Tricia Levenseller (February 28, 2017)

Another first book in a series, Daughter of the Pirate King  introduces us to a YA female Captain Jack Sparrow, and if that's not enough to hook you, we don't know what will. Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King. This blend of action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic makes for one thrilling YA pirate tale.

Click Here To Buy

Ad failed to load

4'Poison's Kiss' by Breeana Shields (January 10, 2017)

This recently released tale of a teenage assassin will definitely appeal to fans of Sarah J. Maas who are looking for a little something new in their reading life. Poison's Kiss is about a girl named Marinda who has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It's a miserable life, but being a visha kanya, a poison maiden, is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon. Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose. This rich debut is based in Indian folklore and will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Click Here To Buy

5'Long May She Reign' by Rhiannon Thomas (February 21, 2017)

Being billed as The Girls of Fire and Thorns meets Queen of the Tearling this new fantasy from Rhiannon Thomas is sure to become many a fantasy reader's new obsession. This standalone novel follows Freya, a girl who was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. When an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life. Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father. As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Click Here To Buy

6'Toward A Secret Sky' by Heather Maclean (April 4, 2017)

Heather Maclean's fantasy follows 17-year-old orphan Maren Hamilton, sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland. There she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends. With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

Click Here To Buy

Ad failed to load

7'Royal Bastards' by Andrew Shvarts (June 6, 2017)

Being a bastard blows. Tilla, the protagonist of Andrew Shvarts's Royal Bastards, would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had true born children. Now sixteen, Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children. Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade where they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness. Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle dead and Lyriana is next on the list. The group of bastards flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery. The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart — if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey. We cannot wait for this high-stakes, edge of your seat fantasy.

Click Here To Buy

8'Shimmer and Burn' by Mary Taranta (August 8, 2017)

This exciting and dangerous duology takes fairytale elements into a new world that follows Faris, who grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne. Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers. But he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything — or kill anyone — she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own. With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed — or saved — with only a touch.

Click Here To Buy

9'The Library of Fates' by Aditi Khorana (July 18, 2017)

This romantic coming-of-age fantasy is steeped in Indian folklore, and if its insanely gorgeous cover is anything to go by, this book is going to be incredible. As the story opens, no one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything — family, her childhood love, and her freedom — to save her people. But her offer isn't enough. The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them. Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life — and another love — await?

Click Here To Buy

Ad failed to load

10'Mask of Shadows' by Linsey Miller (September 5, 2017)

This duology featuring a gender fluid main character Sallot Leon. Sallot is a thief, and a good one at that but Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class ― and the nobles who destroyed their home. When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand ― the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears ― Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive. These compelling new characters and fantasy world is sure to make a splash come September.

Click Here To Buy

11'27 Hours' by Tristina Wright (October 3, 2017)

27 Hours features an all LGBTQIAP+ cast-including trans, bisexual, and asexual representation, a deaf main character, and POC representation. Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish. But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them. Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother's shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon's darkest secret. They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth. During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left. This group of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara, will definitely become some of your new favorite fantasy characters.

Click Here To Buy

12'Forest of a Thousand Lanterns' by Julie C. Dao (October 10, 2017)

Julie C. Dao/Jonathan Dao

The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman with a dark and mystical East Asian fantasy re-imagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress — and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns follows eighteen-year-old Xifeng. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.  Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins — sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute. Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns contains dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance.

Click Here To Buy

Ad failed to load

13'Mirage' by Somaiya Daud (November 6, 2017)

Somaiya Daud

We can't even describe how excited we are for Somaiya Daud's Mirage. This first in a trilogy is inspired by the author's Moroccan background, this book features a poor girl from an isolated moon who must become the body double to the cruel imperial princess. We might not have many details about this one, but it already sounds beyond incredible and we cannot to dig into this when it finally hits shelves in November.

Click Here To Buy

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

7 Signs Your Energy Is Closed Off To Love, According To A Psychic

Finding love requires more than just the actions of going on dates or setting up an online dating profile. It also requires opening yourself up to love and giving off the vibe that you're open. You may not even realize it if you're energetically bloc…
By Suzannah Weiss

It Took Heather Graham YEARS To Make A Movie About Women Ditching Toxic Men. The Reason? Men.

They say you should write what you know. But in Hollywood, that age-old advice apparently needs an addendum: Write what you know — as long as men are into it. And for actor and newly minted director/screenwriter Heather Graham — a woman who swam thro…
By Kelsea Stahler

Target Just Launched A Gorgeous New Home Brand — And Most Pieces Are Under $30

Design lovers rejoice! Everyone's favorite store for pretty much everything is about to make all your daring decorating dreams come true. Today, Target's corporate blog issued a press release that provides a peek into Target's new homeware line, Opal…
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

17 Brilliant Ways To Support Parkland Survivors Wherever You Are

Following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors are demanding Congress take action. A large group of students who survived the shooting are opposing politicians' "thoughts and prayers," arguing that inst…
By Sarah Beauchamp

Bustle's Editors On K-Beauty + McDonald's

If you're a glass-half-full kind of person, you're probably rejoicing over the fact that the week's more than halfway over. And if not, keep your chin up. I've got some insane Fashion Week and McDonald's news to hold you over. So, without further ado…
By Melissa Mills

Here's Where Your Next Trip Should Be, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If you've been craving a vacation, now is a good time to take the plunge. According to data collected by travel site Expedia, late winters and early spring are pretty much the best times of the year to go on vacation. Based on average airfare ticket …
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

How This Quadriplegic Beauty Lover Beat Cancer & Became A Professional Makeup Artist

In 2010, one day before she was supposed to start cosmetology school, Steph Aiello was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down with limited ability to move her hands and one of her closest friends dead. She would spend the…
By Sara Tan

7 Common Marriage Rules That Aren't Good For Relationships

When it comes to marriage, everyone loves to give their two cents, and with all the warnings and advice floating around out there, no wonder people find marriage intimidating. Luckily, you don't always have to play by the rules, and there's some bad …
By Carina Wolff

The Infuriating Way Hollywood Movie Sets Are Designed To Make Life Harder For Women

Whitney Cummings is fed up — with the way Hollywood treats women, and in particular, the way the it treats female directors who have children. While the entertainment industry may be working hard to get more women behind the camera, Cummings wants to…
By Casey Cipriani

Why Uggs Are Never Going Away, Whether You Like Them Or Not

Uggs. The word alone can conjure up memories of teenage years, regrettable outfits, and undeniable comfort. But if, like me, you thought that you've already said goodbye to those fleece-lined tan boots, you can think again. It seems fashion has adopt…
By Lauren Sharkey

Netflix's New Romantic Movie Will Have You Crying Like It's 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Cancer movies are a heartbreaking staple of Hollywood and have been for decades. It's almost a law of nature: new year, new cancer movie. This year, it's Netflix's Irreplaceable You, a heartbreaking original about a longtime couple who get thrown for…
By Olivia Truffaut-Wong

Here Are All The Terms You Need To Know If You’re Watching Olympic Ski Events Right Now

Every four years the Winter Olympics rolls around to remind me that A) there are so many important Winter Olympic sports, and B) I know virtually nothing any of them. And I know for a fact, I'm not alone, I bet most people don't know what the differe…
By Danielle Colin-Thome

Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu Have Matching Tattoos & The Story Is So Cute

Olympic season gives people the feels. From those shipping Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Shaun White's gold medal win on Tuesday, the feels are real. Now, there's another reason to get all up in your emotions. Adam Rippon a…
By Shea Simmons

A New Study Says Being In A Relationship Could Change Your Taste In Wine — Here's How

I’d be willing to bet that for many of you, a nice bottle of wine is awaiting you in your near future — and if you’re planning on sharing that bottle with a partner, there might be more to your choice than meets the eye: According to recent research,…
By Lucia Peters

Carrie Brownstein On Why Even The Obama Era Should Have Enraged You

An icy January morning soon after Hollywood's show of solidarity for the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes and almost exactly one year into the Trump Administration feels like a momentous time to be sitting across from Carrie Brownstein. The Sleat…
By Samantha Rollins

Here’s What The Upcoming Year Of The Dog Means For Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

On Feb. 16 the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year, welcoming the Year of the Dog in like the good doggo it is — we hope. A new year means new zodiac predictions for the 365 days ahead. So, what does the Year of the Dog mean for your Chinese zo…
By Brittany Bennett

7 Signs You're Ready To Get Into A Relationship, According To Experts

It can be difficult to tell when you're ready to start dating again. Maybe you're coming off of a bad breakup, maybe you've just been focused on other things. And, ironically, one of the signs that you're ready to be in a relationship is that you're …
By Lea Rose Emery

I Got A Breast Reduction & It Was About So Much More Than The Size Of My Boobs

As a young teenager, I pretty much reached peak physical maturity overnight. One day I was wearing my first training bra a la Lizzie McGuire, and the next I was sweatily fumbling around a Victoria’s Secret with 32DD boobs, trying to summon up the cou…
By Sierra Taylor Horton

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
via Romper

The 15 Best Fiction Books Of February Feature Tons Of Extraordinary Women

When the cold winds of February blow in, there's nothing I want more than to hide under my covers with a good book. Luckily, there's more than a few fantastic new fiction books coming out this month, so the only tough decision you'll have to make is …
By Melissa Ragsdale

17 Moms Reveal The Most Disgusting Part Of Their Pregnancy

Pregnant bodies do weird-ass things. Weird-ass, gross things. I mean, my pregnant body did (twice), and I have long-suspected I'm not alone. So I asked other moms to share the most disgusting part of their pregnancy and I learned that, not only am I …
via Romper