So, you just finished reading Lord of Shadows, the second book in The Dark Artifices series, and you immediately scour the internet to find out when the next book comes out because you need it ASAP, and you find that you’re going to have to wait… till 2019! NOOOOOOO!!! That was pretty much my response, anyway. You could always re-read The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments a few times while you wait, OR you could find a few new series to binge that satisfy your needs for magic, adventure, and steamy teen romance. But where to start!? Well, here is my list of binge-able book series that will satisfy most, if not all, of those needs for you. Here we go:
Vampire Academy and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir. That’s half-human, half-vampire, whole-badass-female character. The series opens with Rose and her best friend, Princess Lissa Dragomir, being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy after having ran away to live on their own amongst humans for two years. Lissa is a Moroi, a mortal vampire, who has magical abilities, like all other Moroi. But now that they’re back, weird things are happening at the school… someone is targeting Lissa and trying to hurt her, and as her best friend, it’s Rose’s job to protect her at all costs. But Rose has been away from the school, and even though she was one of the strongest Dhampir’s two years ago, she’s fallen a little behind in her training, and has to take private lessons with the sexy, brooding, older-than-her-and-totally-off-limits teacher, Dmitri. And while all this is happening, there is still the ever-constant threat of the Strigoi (evil, immortal vampires) lurking just outside the boundaries of the school.
Rose Hathaway is my all-time favourite female character in any book series, ever. Yes, she’s even above Hermione Granger on my list of bassass fictional women. Even if you’re one of those people who are like “ehh, I’m not really into Vampires” because of the whole Twilight thing, you’re going to want to read this series. And you’re going to love it.
It only took me 5 days to read all 6 books, because I just could not put them down! I’m honestly jealous of people who get to read these books for the first time because they are so special and amazing and I wish I could experience them all over again without knowing what I’m getting myself into!
Once you binge your heart out on Vampire Academy, you’re going to want to read the spinoff series, Bloodlines. Bloodlines follows Sydney Sage, an alchemist that is introduced in the Vampire Academy series. The synopsis of this series has some pretty major Vampire Academy spoilers, so I’m not going to write it, but I will tell you this: If you have already read the Vampire Academy series and want more of this incredible world and amazing characters, then you should definitely pick up Bloodlines.
Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Katy Swartz moves to a very small town in West Virginia just before her senior year of high school, and everything pretty much sucks until she sees her super hot neighbour, Daemon. But then he turns out to be a huge asshole, and completely infuriating, but in that “he’s so hot but so annoying and I kind of want him to just disappear” kind of way.
Then Katy is attacked one night and Daemon seems to just freeze time. And it does something to Katy that marks her and it basically turns her into a homing beacon for the aliens that are after Daemon and her sister. Oh yeah, did I mention they were aliens? So in order to keep Katy safe, she needs to stay close to Daemon… and try not to kill him. Or you know, fall in love with him.
Lux is a 5 book series (but you can get the first 4 books in two convenient bind-ups, as pictured), with a couple extra novellas to read afterwards when you just NEED more, AND a novel that’s the first book but from Daemon’s POV! This is another binge-worthy series that you won’t be able to put down.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Gwen is a totally normal 16-year old girl who lives with her eccentric family in London. She thought she was lucky that the time-travel gene that runs in her family had skipped her, so she didn’t have to spend her days training and learning and preparing for the day that she would just randomly jump into the past. No, her cousin Charlotte is the one who got the gene, and has been preparing for it her entire life. Until one day, it happens. Gwen leaves her house and finds herself in a different time period.
She’s totally and completely unprepared for time-travel and everything that comes with it… a mysterious secret society, fancy clothes, outdated language, and not to mention her super-hot, but obnoxious travelling partner, Gideon.
This trilogy was originally written in German, but you couldn’t tell it from the incredible translation by Anthea Bell. The writing is excellent, and this will be another series that you can’t help but binge read!
Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe
Since she can remember, Skylar has always had these strange feelings that sometimes things around her just feel wrong. It almost seems like she has some really bad anxiety, but then she meets a boy named Win, and he helps her realize that her intuitions are actually a gift. But when she meets him she also learns that the world is in danger. Aliens have been manipulating the Earth for centuries, the planet is falling apart, and Skylar might be the only person who can help Win save the world. So Skylar helps Win. They travel through time, trying to find pieces of a weapon that will save their world, and end the hold the Aliens have on the planet.
This trilogy is awesome, and unlike me, you won’t have to wait impatiently for the second and third books to come out, because the trilogy is complete and all of the books are available now! Yay!
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Jacob’s grandfather used to tell him stories of his time at a children’s home when he was younger. He showed Jacob extraordinary photos and told him extraordinary stories of the children he lived with that just couldn’t be real… or could they? When Jacob’s grandfather dies in mysterious circumstances, Jacob sets off on a journey to the small island in Wales in search of the children’s home, looking for some answers. What he finds when he gets there is rather… peculiar, to say the least. The home is gone, bombed out, and the children are long dead… or are they?
This trilogy is super fast paced, and the second book takes off precisely where the first one ends, so it’s a perfect series to binge read. And while this series lacks the *steamy romance* that I promised, there still is some romance and the story and universe that Riggs built is more than enough to make up for that, I promise you. It’s entirely enthralling and you won’t wanna put this one down.
If you haven’t already read this series, I suspect you’ve been living under a rock, or the photos on the front covers just creep you out too much. Either way, you’re missing out and you should absolutely go and pick the first book up right now.
Now I’ve read all of these and loved them, so if you have any recommendations for me on what *I* can read to fill the hole in my heart while I patiently await The Queen of Air and Darkness, please, let me know! Though the good news is, while we do have to wait until 2019 for the next Dark Artifices book, we don’t have to wait quite that long for another Shadowhunter book! The first book in The Last Hours series, Chain of Gold, comes out in 2018, and the main character is going to be Lucie Herondale, Will and Tessa’s daughter! In addition to that, the first book in The Eldest Curses trilogy, The Lost Book of the White, also comes out next year! It’s an adult trilogy about Magnus Bane! Unlike The Bane Chronicles, it will be full novels and not a series of short stories! And even sooner than that, Shadowhunters season 2B is out on Netflix NEXT WEEK! I can’t wait!