YA Duologies to Binge-Read

Committing to reading a long series can be daunting—especially if you have to wait for ages for the next book to come out. Let us introduce you to the beauty of the duology. It gives you the satisfaction of reading a series, but in only two books! YA duologies are perfect for when you are in between series and are not sure what to read next. Here are some of our favorites across several genres!

Six Crimson Cranes and The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim

Drawing from fairy tales and East Asian folklore, this original fantasy duology from the author of Spin the Dawn features a princess in exile, a shapeshifting dragon, six enchanted cranes, and an unspeakable curse.

Dear Martin and Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

The powerful stories of two boys from the same town that provide an unflinching look into the flawed practices and silenced voices in the American juvenile justice system.

Silver in the Bone and The Mirror of Beasts by Alexandra Bracken

From the critically acclaimed author of Lore comes a stunning contemporary fantasy duology inspired by Celtic lore—the tale of a teenage girl who seeks her destiny in the cursed ruins of Avalon, driven by love, revenge, and pure adrenaline!

Song of Silver, Flame Like Night and Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White by Amélie Wen Zhao

In a fallen kingdom, one girl carries the key to discovering the secrets of her nation’s past—and unleashing the demons that sleep at its heart. An epic fantasy duology inspired by the mythology and folklore of ancient China.

The Isles of the Gods and The Heart of the World by Amie Kaufman

Magic, romance, and slumbering gods clash in this riveting fantasy duology that spans gangsters’ dens, forgotten temples, and the high seas from the New York Times bestselling author of the Aurora Cycle and the Illuminae Files.

Skin of the Sea and Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen

The must-read Black mermaid fantasy duology that #1 NYT bestselling author Nicola Yoon calls “epic and original,” in which one mermaid takes on the gods themselves. Perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and anyone who loves the live-action The Little Mermaid.

We Were Liars and Family of Liars by E. Lockhart

Don’t miss the modern, sophisticated suspense thriller duology from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just lie.

We are Sinclairs.
We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.
Perhaps that is all you need to know.
Except that some of us are liars.

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