Read it Before the Sequel Comes Out!
Catch up on the first entries of these series before their follow-ups make their debut this fall.
The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Reese Brennan
Most children grow out of their imaginary friends. Kami didn't. She's heard the voice of Jared in her head her whole life, though now, as a high school junior, she's learned that it unsettles other people when she pauses to have a conversation with someone who isn't there. But when she finds herself in an elevator one day with the new kid at school - the sulky, brooding new kid who spent his first day getting into a fight with the entire lacrosse team - she hears Jared in her head, complaining about the weird looking girl staring at him in the elevator. Kami is shocked to discover her imaginary friend isn't so imaginary, but a real boy standing in front of her! Kami and Jared learn that their connection isn't just coincidence - their tiny Cottswolds town is steeped in magic, mystery, and a dangerous fight for power that starts in Unspoken, and continues into September's Untold. For a series that is equal part heart-breaking and hilarious, look no further.
The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
With filming completed on the first movie of this rip roaring dystopian series, Divergent is often compared to the Hunger Games series for its adventure and edge-of-your-seat story about a small group of teens going up against a big, oppressive government. Tris lives in a society where everyone swears their allegiance to one of five factions, each named for the trait they value the most: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (friendliness), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), and Dauntless (bravery). Tris is labeled Divergent, meaning her personality doesn't quite align with any one faction, and so she chooses for herself, running with the reckless and brave Dauntless and leaving her family in Abnegation behind. But Tris discovers these five factions are not living in peace as they might seem - one faction is making a power grab to control and even exterminate the others. The final entry in the series, Allegiant, picks ups where last year's Insurgent left off, coming out in late October.
The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
The final entry in Ally Carter's wonderful Gallagher Girls series completes the adventure of Cammie Morgan at a premiere boarding school for future spies. The first five books of the series, starting with I'd Tell You I'd Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You, chronicle Cammie's time at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Cammie starts out having your usual teenager troubles - tough classes, boyfriends who don't call when they say they will, and the occasional kidnapped teacher in need of rescue. But as the series unfolds, Cammie's world begins to spin out of control. She might be the target of a covert organization, and where does her missing-presumed-dead dad fit into it all? The last book in the series, United We Spy, comes out in September, and promises to be a heart-pounding race to find out all the answers.
Chelsey is pacing in circles waiting for Untold. She's never had a book make her laugh and cry so much.