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16 Summer & Fall First-in-Series YA Books to Watch For

Are you getting overwhelmed with 59045094835 YA books and sequels you’re trying to follow and want something fresh? Me too! I’ve compiled a list of the top debut books being published this summer.

Some of these new series are from writers we know and love and others are from first-time authors. Woo hoo!!

A few of you are probably thinking, “Wait, won’t this just ADD to the 59045094835 sequels I’m trying to follow?!” To that I say…look down there, shiny new books!!!

Top Summer & Fall First-in-Series YA Books to Watch For

YA Books Summer


  • Linked by Imogen Howsen

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: June 11

How do I know this author? Imogen wrote a few self-published fantasy/scifi books. This is her first YA venture!

The “It” Factor: Secret twins running from the government. Plus, this book was love at first sight too (hot cover, right?)


  • Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

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Add it on Goodreads:HERE

Publication date: June 11

How do I know this author? Teri’s got a YA contemporary book out called Read My Lips and she’s written a Downton Abbey-style book as well.

The “It” Factor: Born of Illusion is set in 1920s New York City and involves “mediums, magicians and mentalists.” YES!


  • Rush by Eve Silver

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: June 11

How do I know this author? Eve has written several paranormal romance series.

The “It” Factor: A deadly game with beautiful and terrifying alien creatures. Plus romance, of course.


  • In the After by Demitria Lunetta

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: June 25

How do I know this author? You haven’t! This is Demetria’s first book!

The “It” Factor: Harper Teen’s answer to The 5th Wave. I’ll be interested to see how it stacks up.


  • Hidden by Marianne Curley

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: June 25

How do I know this author? I’ve actually read her Guardians of Time series, which I LOVED, and Old Magic. Highly recommended YA author.

The “It” Factor: A twist on the typical angel and heaven-themed YA fantasy.


  • After Eden by Helen Douglas

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: November 7

How do I know this author? Helen is another debut author! Kudos!

The “It” Factor: There’s not a lot of time-traveling YA reads. I’m definitely intrigued by this one.


  • The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott

the night itself by zoe marriott

Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: July 4

How do I know this author? Zoe has published other YA fantasy series in the same flavor as The Night Itself.

The “It” Factor: A YA urban fantasy with a Japanese folk story twist. Amazing!


  • Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: July 23

How do I know this author? Holla, another debut author on our hands!

The “It” Factor: An alternate reality where Neal gets sucked into a waterfall and wakes up with his world totally changed. Like a spooky It’s a Wonderful Life.


  • Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: July 30

How do I know this author? Dawn wrote Luminous, another YA paranormal novel.

The “It” Factor: YA urban fantasy where romance is high and Otherworldly drama is too.


  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: August 15

How do I know this author? ‘Nother first-time author here!

The “It” Factor: A gothic horror romance where the devil may be a hot teenage boy who lives next door.


  • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: September 3

How do I know this author? This is Cristin’s one and only book!

The “It” Factor: Time machines and impossible relationships set in a YA dystopia? You know I’m there.


  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: Septemeber 17

How do I know this author? Holly Black is a YA legend. She’s written my fave series, Curse Workers, the Tither series and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

The “It” Factor: Humans and monsters mingle in Coldtowns, but once you go in, you can never go out.


  • Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Kami Garcia/Unbreakable

Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: Ocotber 1

How do I know this author? Oh, you know, Kami’s other books were only made into MOVIES this year….yeah.

The “It” Factor: Evil spirits meet Da Vinci Code action for the YA set.


  • Inhuman by Kat Wells

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: September 24

How do I know this author? Kat has another YA series about life in a deep sea settlement.

The “It” Factor: Post-apocalyptic America has gone feral and human and plant mutations are rampant. Lane must travel to the Savage Zone to get key artifacts important to civilization. Phew, epic.


  • Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

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Add it on Goodreads: HERE

Publication date: October 1

How do I know this author? Lauren wrote the popular Chemical Garden series, whose final book was published in 2012. On to new ventures!

The “It” Factor: There’s a floating island, and people are forbidden from touching the ground. *Strokes non-existent mustache* Hmmmmmm.


What first-in-series YA books are you waiting on this year??

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.