Yesterday, FYA HQ shared the standalones and series starters that we’re most looking forward to in the new year. And now, here are our most anticipated sequels and follow-ups of 2018! (Minor spoilers possibly ahead.)

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Title: Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars #0.5)
Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Publication Date: 2018 March 06
Series: Of Fire and Stars

Why I’m Excited: 

This prequel to Of Fire and Stars (in which a woman betrothed to a prince falls for the prince’s sister instead) has hooked me with its promises of Animagi, misguided revenge, and more lady love. -Britt

Cover of More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date: 2018 March 06
Series: Letters to the Lost

Why I’m Excited: 

“Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling” is right. More companion book than sequel (since it features a side character from the first book), we’re finally going to get Rev’s story (including why he always wears long sleeves–I’m sure the answer will not be a happy one, but we were teased with it the whole first book). I’m so here for this. -Stephanie

Title: Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: 2018 March 06
Series: Shatter Me

Why I’m Excited: 

Does this series NEED a continuation? No. Am I gonna read it anyway? HECK YES. Now excuse me while I go pray that Warner is alive and healthy all these many years later. -Rosemary

White and gold powdery substance explodes on a black background

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: 2018 March 13
Series: The Illuminae Files

Why I’m Excited: 

I’m not sure I really need to go into depth why I’m SO DANG EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. If you aren’t squeeing along with us, please go read the first two NOW while you still have time to catch up (and I will be jealous you get to read them for the first time). -Stephanie

(Seconded by Britt, Mandy C., Rosemary, and Sarah)

Title: Defy the Worlds (Constellation #2)
Author: Claudia Gray 
Publication Date: 2018 April 03
Series: Constellation

Why I’m Excited: 

Gray has quickly become a must-buy author for me, and I adored Defy the Stars. Can’t wait to see where this story takes me. -Mandy C.

(Seconded by Stephanie)

Illustration of girl in black and white, wearing a yellow floral dress, magenta rimmed sunglasses, and drinking with a straw from pink cup, against a turquoise background

Title: Leah on the Offbeat (Simonverse #3)
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication Date: 2018 April 24
Series: Simonverse

Why I’m Excited: 

It’s a sequel to Simon. With a bi protag. SIGN ME UP YESTERDAY. -Britt

(Seconded by Mandy W., Rosemary, and Stephanie)

Cover of A Court of Frost and Starlight, featuring a woman in a silver dress touching the icy filagree at the edge of the cover

Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: 2018 May 01
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Why I’m Excited: 

Feyre + Rhysand 4 EVA. <3 <3 <3 -Mandy C.

(Seconded by Rosemary and Stephanie)

Cover of Puddin: Two girls point their toes at one another on a plain red background.

Title: Puddin’ (Dumplin’ #2)
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication Date: 2018 May 08
Series: Dumplin’

Why I’m Excited: 

This is a companion novel to Dumplin’. So obviously, it’s going to be fabulous. -Sarah

(Seconded by Stephanie)

Cover A Reaper at the Gates: The 3 main characters holding weapons

Title: A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publication Date: 2018 May 22
Series: An Ember in the Ashes

Why I’m Excited: 

It’s hard to keep from flailing about returning to the world of assassin boarding school, traitorous besties, and seriously evil mommas. Also, can we put our collective frustration over mid-series cover redesigns on hold when the reason for it is this legit? -Britt

(Seconded by Jennie and Sarah)

The title over a red spade on a black background with gold filigree.

Title: Legendary (Caraval #2)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: 2018 May 29
Series: Caraval

Why I’m Excited: 

In Caraval, protag Scarlett goes on a mysterious and magical quest to rescue her little sis, Tessa, who’s been kidnapped by a twisted circus MC as part of the creepiest audience participation game ever. Legendary looks to be just as un-put-down-able, with the added intrigue of continuing the adventure from Tessa’s POV. -Britt

(Seconded by Jennie)

Cover Whisper of the Tide: Coins sink below the water as a storm rages above

Title: Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current #2)
Author: Sarah Tolcser
Publication Date: 2018 June 05
Series: Song of the Current

Why I’m Excited: 

The first of this series was one I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. Here’s hoping Caro and Markos’ adventures will be even more exciting than the last go-round! -Stephanie

A girl's face with the title in big yellow letters over it and annotations all over

Title: My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2)
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Publication Date: 2018 June 26
Series: The Lady Janies

Why I’m Excited: 

My Lady Jane remains high on the list of funniest and silliest books I’ve ever read. I am so looking forward to seeing what the authors do with Jane Eyre’s (pretty dreary) life. -Mandy C.

(Seconded by Britt and Stephanie)

Cover of Kingdom of Ash, featuring a woman with white hair holding a sword standing in front of a yellow background

Title: Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: 2018 September 04
Series: Throne of Glass

Why I’m Excited: 

Y’all, I’m six books (+ a novella collection) deep into this series. You really think I’m going to stop now? -Mandy C.

Cover of Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. Young woman in 18th century clothes

Title: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2)
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publication Date: 2018 October 02
Series: Montague Siblings

Why I’m Excited: 

The sequel to the much enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, this time from the sister’s point of view. -Brian

Title: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: 2018
Series: Strange the Dreamer

Why I’m Excited: 

The ending of Strange the Dreamer killed me and the only thing that will bring me back to life is this book. NO, I’M NOT BEING DRAMATIC. WHY DO YOU ASK? -Britt

(Seconded by Jennie)

Cover Dark Days Deceit: Girl in a purple coat holding a glowing blue orb in front of winter trees.

Title: The Dark Days Deceit (Lady Helen #3)
Author: Alison Goodman
Publication Date: 2018
Series: Lady Helen

Why I’m Excited: 

Not knowing when this one will be in my grabby hands is slowly killing me inside. I have high hopes that the finale to this story is a magical one. -Stephanie

Title: Wildcard (Warcross #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: 2018
Series: Warcross

Why I’m Excited: 

The first book was jaw-droppingly great, so I ABSOLUTELY MUST KNOW how the duology’s going to wrap up. Let’s get Warcrosser*! -Mandy W.

*That’s obviously not anything, but Marie Lu’s books make me incoherent from A GREAT AND MIGHTY NEED.

So which sequels and follow-ups are you looking forward to in 2018? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to check out our most anticipated standalones and series starters!


Mandy (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she oversaw all things FYA Book Club from 2013 to 2023.