Duologies/duets/duos… whatever you want to call them, series that only span two books seem to be a new trend in YA and I am positively loving it! It’s so nice to be able to be invested and still get more to a story but not end in a trilogy (not sure why but I think people are getting tired of the trilogy! Too many of them?) and it’s easy to wrap up the series without going on forever. I like being able to get more of a story from the characters that I love but not worry about jumping into a series, not knowing when it will end and how many books it might add to my reading list!
Lauren from Bookmark Lit recently asked for duology recommendations and naturally, I put my recommendation hat on and I couldn’t stop the ideas from flowing! I’d actually been planning to do a “guide” about series for a long time but never quite got around to starting is so when this topic came up, it happened to be the perfect place to start! Without further ado, here are some of my favorite and also reader-recommended YA duologies!
** Note: Some of the duologies DO have novellas and/or prequels. Some are just short stories to bring more to the series and some actually include full-length releases. For the full-length releases, I did not consider this addition to make the series into a trilogy. They are not a continuation of the series and therefore remain a duology with an additional story, prequel, or novella.
This post is also part of a (hopeful) series (no pun intended)! I’ve got some plans to make a few more “guides” for trilogies and series spanning 4+ books!
All links will lead you to the first book in the series
- If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman | Amazon // Goodreads
- Just One Day/Just One Year by Gayle Forman | Amazon // Goodreads
- Nantucket Blue/Nantucket Red by Leila Howland | Amazon // Goodreads
- Also Known As/Going Rogue by Robin Benway | Amazon // Goodreads
- The Rules for Disappearing/The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston | Amazon // Goodreads
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before/P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | Amazon // Goodreads
- Time Between Us/Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone | Amazon // Goodreads
- Dissonance/Resonance by Erica O’Rourke | Amazon // Goodreads
- Alienated/Invaded by Melissa Landers | Amazon // Goodreads
- Pivot Point/Split Second by Kasie West | Amazon // Goodreads
- Loop/Twist by Karen Akins | Amazon // Goodreads
- Reboot/Rebel by Amy Tintera | Amazon // Goodreads
- In the After/In the End by Demitria Lunetta | Amazon // Goodreads
- The Program/The Treatment by Suzanne Young | Amazon // Goodreads
- Starters/Enders by Lissa Price | Amazon // Goodreads
- Seraphina/Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman | Amazon // Goodreads
- A Need So Beautiful/A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young | Amazon // Goodreads
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer/Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride | Amazon // Goodreads
- Anna Dressed in Blood/Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake | Amazon // Goodreads
- The Dark Unwinding/A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron | Amazon // Goodreads
- Prisoner of Night and Fog/Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blackman | Amazon // Goodreads
- Born of Illusion/Born of Deception by Teri Brown | Amazon // Goodreads
I actually wanted to include quite a few more in this post but some didn’t have covers, some weren’t 100% confirmed, and others won’t be out for um… years. But I did still want to mention them in the post because they’re either great reads or I’m really excited for their upcoming release!
- The Orphan Queen/The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
- The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
- Passenger/Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
- Untitled 2016 Veronica Roth duology
Which two-books series are your favorites? Any more to add to this list? Do you find duologies more appealing than longer series?
Looking for more reading recommendations?
Here are some more posts to check out!
- The Book Addict’s “GUIDE” to “Crossover” Books: Know adult readers who want to get into YA? Or YA readers who want to pick up new adult reads? Check out this guide to “crossover” books!
- The Book Addict’s “GUIDE” to Male POVs: Sometimes I’m just craving a good male POV or want to diversify my reading away from the females. Check out some of my favorite books from a guy’s perspective (mostly YA, some adult, some alternating male/female POV)!
- If You Liked… If I Stay: For fans of IF I STAY, here are a few hand-picked selections of books you should read next!
- If You Liked… Divergent: The “If You Liked” series is back! See which books I recommend for fans of Veronica Roth’s hit series DIVERGENT!
Want to help me with my next post? Share with me your favorite YA trilogies!
My next project will be compiling a collection of YA trilogies. There are SO many out there that it will definitely be a big post but I want YOUR help to gauge which ones should make the cut! If you’d like to help, check out the link below! It’ll lead you to a Google Form where you can share which trilogies you think should be on this next recommendation list! Thanks for your help!!!