When a YA author writes a book series, the most common length seems to be three books, a trilogy. However, there's plenty of variation out there. A lot of readers have expressed interest in reading series that are a little shorter and quicker to get through--i.e., a duology with just two books--and I've seen quite a few of them being released in recent years. As such, today, I thought I'd list my favorite YA duologies (all over 4 stars) for you to check out!
1) Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta's Once & Future Duology. This wild and vibrant YA sci-fi/fantasy series is all about bringing the LGBT+ (as well as other diversity) into the King Arthur epic. There's a female King Arthur, time travel, an overpowered galactic corporation, magical shenanigans, a sympathetic villain, and plenty of found family. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
2) Jennifer Lynn Barnes's Debutante Duology. Barnes as an author is a quieter favorite of mine, with a lot of skill at plotting out well-woven YA thrillers. This particular YA thriller series follows a down-to-earth young woman who gets pulled into the upper class lifestyle of her extended family as she searches for hidden truths. It has dramatic twists and a lot of personality.
3) Livia Blackburne's Rosemarked Duology. I'm very fond of this romantic YA fantasy series that follows a plague-carrying healer and a mind-wiped soldier who team up to take down the empire that is oppressing their tribes. It has a lot of focus on illness, both short- and long-term, and ableism.
4) A.V. Geiger's Follow Me Back Duology. This multiformatted YA thriller series follows an agoraphobic fangirl and a pop star frightened by his obsessive fans who end up in a catfishing situation that takes a dark turn. It addresses a lot of important issues related to mental health and stalking.
Reading: A Kingdom for a Stage (Shadow Players #2) by Heidi Heilig
To see all the books I read recently, click here.
Writing: #SnowQueenStory, on page 85
Editing: same as last time, plus five different freelance editing projects
Watching: nothing in particular
Playing: Hogwarts Mystery, in year 4
Listening: to various songs on Spotify
Earworming: "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins, thanks to Twitter
Bookmarking: nothing new recently
Posting: a book recommendation, plus various retweets and reblogs
Organizing: my Goodreads lists
Wearing: a knee-length, keyhole-collar navy dress with a print of red flowers and paisleys, a
black shrug, red rose earrings, and my usual black compression stockings
Eating: Dove dark chocolates
Smelling: nothing notable
Hearing: the oscillating fan and keyboard typing
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, all sorts of events have had to go online--which for me is a good thing because it means I can attend them! Despite my disabling chronic illnesses and my isolation out here in New Mexico, I've been able to participate in big events like YALLWEST. But my favorite so far has been the one that I have the most personal connection to: Ch1Con! Or actually, now that I'm 26, I'm too old for Ch1Con, so this year, I attended the partnering conference for twenty-somethings that was added a few years ago, Ch21Con.
I'll admit that having it online wasn't quite as exhilarating as when I got to travel somewhere new and spend all that time in-person with my friends, but it was still delightful! There's nothing like getting to talk to people your age from all over who have a similar passion. Here's what I experienced at Ch21Con 2020:
The first speaker was Tashie Bhuiyan, whose YA romance debut comes out in May 2021. Her session was called From Fanfiction to Original Fiction, and she talked about the differences she found in going from writing fanfiction to writing original fiction. It was fun! I've actually gone the other way, kind of, where I started writing original fiction at a young age and only just wrote my first fanfiction in 2016. She used a lot of MCU examples, which works for me, seeing as all of my fanfiction has been MCU ScarletVision, haha.
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