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YA Fantasy: what’s next? February 14, 2014

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Hi everyone!

It can be useful for Fantasy writers looking to get traditionally published to know what’s being aquired by editors right now. Indeed it gives us an idea of the so-called trends we are supposed to be aware of.

Today I’d like to share a few YA Fantasy titles that will come out in 2015 and see what editors are excited about these days…

Mortal (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A retelling of ”Beauty and the Beast,” “Tam-Lin,” and ”East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” A Court of Thorns and Roses tells the story of a young woman growing into herself, learning to love, and understanding the true nature of sacrifice.

Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1) by Lori Goldstein

Wishing doesn’t make it so, Azra does. Turning sixteen opens the door to Azra’s Jinn ancestry and her new life as a genie. But receiving her powers isn’t exactly what Azra would call a gift. Her destiny is controlled by the powerful Afrit who rule over the Jinn world, and she must keep her true identity a secret.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The first in a new two-book series about an orphaned princess fighting to reclaim her kingdom while hiding her power from the masked vigilante hunting her, set in a world where magic is not just forbidden, but will soon destroy everything…

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Red Queen is set in a fantasy world where society is divided by the color of blood. It features a 17-year-old who, to save her family, must assume the role of a long-lost princess while secretly aiding a revolution. The novel was pitched as Graceling meets The Selection.

So what’s next in YA Fantasy? Fairytale retellings, magic, secret identities and powerful female main characters… Familiar topics with a twist, it seems.

What do you think? Have you heard of other YA Fantasy books coming out in 2015 or 2016? Which trends do you see emerging? Make sure to leave us a comment below!

EM Castellan

 

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2 Responses to “YA Fantasy: what’s next?”

  1. Thanks for posting this — I agree that strong female protagonists are a hot trend. It might have something to do with the dominant female readership in YA!

  2. They sound something I’d love to read and some of them or part of them similar to what I want to write. I’m afraid that the more I wait the less oportunity I have to publish something!


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