10 YA book releases we’re feeling thankful for this November

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. Image courtesy Macmillan Publishing Group
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. Image courtesy Macmillan Publishing Group /
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The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco

Rin Chupeco’s The Never Tilting World introduced readers to a world of immortal goddesses and elemental magic — a world desperately in need of saving. Of course, that didn’t happen in the series’ first installment, so The Ever Cruel Kingdom will continue the story of Haidee and Odessa, bringing them places they couldn’t have imagined at the beginning of book one. (And no, not really in a good way.)

Although the goddesses’ planet is spinning and was seemingly set right, the creatures of the abyss still aren’t satisfied with all the sisters have done. In fact, they’ll demand another sacrifice before this book is through — and placating them (or defeating them) may depend on the characters journeying to the underworld:

"“To break the cycle, Haidee and Odessa need answers that lie beyond the seven gates of the underworld, within the Cruel Kingdom itself. The shadows of the underworld may hunger to tear them apart, but these two sisters are determined to heal their world — together.”"

The Ever Cruel Kingdom is poised to be darker and more epic than its predecessor, and it sounds like the perfect sequel to cuddle up with on a cold November evening. It’s a cant-miss for anyone looking for a good YA fantasy to distract themselves from the real world.

The Ever Cruel Kingdom arrives in print, ebook, and audiobook format on November 10.