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YA Characters WE Want Spin-offs For

It’s basically inevitable: The main character’s best friend, or love interest, or rival, will always steal a little bit of the attention. It might not be their story, but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve some of the spotlight. And we here at Epic Reads know that every character should have a chance to shine. So, we put together a list of the ten characters we most want spin-offs for. You’re welcome. Now seriously, please someone write these books!!

~ Mild spoilers below ~


YA Characters We Want Spin-offs For:


1. Nina Zenik: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Heartrending, food loving, Grisha queen of our hearts, we would follow Nina Zenik into war. She proved that she could hold her own time and time again, and her epic personal journey in CROOKED KINGDOM proved that she’s a force to be reckoned with off the battlefield as much as she is on. Her storyline with the gang (and Matthias!) was such a joy to witness, and we would basically lose our minds if Leigh continued her story. The way things ended, she totally could. PLUS, we’re always here for some A+ body positivity. You go, Zenik.

It's Saturday, I know, but #sixofcrowssaturday will be a thing too one day. Better yet let's just do an entire Six of Crows weekend. • • Yesterday I received this amazing tea blend created by @paperbackbones thru @adagioteas and it is mouthwatering, my goodness. • • QOTD: What three characters from ANY books you would want to help you in a heist ❓ • • [#grimdragon] diverse reads [#quoththeaugustbookchallenge] auto-buy author [#justmybookbloggerlifeaug ] want an adaptation – more like NEED one with Cillian Murphy as Kaz, please and thank you [#fanaticalbirdaugust] book and drink [#circleofbookishfriends] follow this author on ig [#bookreadhappyhour] author you want to kill you off in their next book • • #bibliophile #serialbibliophile #bookbabes #ireadya #booknerd #bookishmerch #sixofcrows #sixofcrowsduology #crookedkindom #leighbardugo #grisha #grishaverse #thegrishatrilogy #wylanvaneck #jesperfahey #ninazenik #inejghafa #kazbrekker #nomournersnofunerals #lgbtq #ketterdam #dirtyhands #fanart

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Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist. Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached). Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world). Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it).

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.


2. DeVante: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

If there’s one character we never expected to love as much as we did, it’s DeVante. His storyline in THE HATE U GIVE was *so* unexpected, and everything that he went through, from the turn on King to his bromance with Chris, we were 100% here for. We never thought we’d be happy for a character to get grounded, tbh. But he somehow snuck into our list of favorites and a book that continued his journey would be a guaranteed must-read.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person who can answer that is Starr.


3. Bram Greenfeld: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Braaaaam. Sweet, innocent, angel Bram. This could take place after the SIMON VS. story, this could take place during the story, this could take place before the story, we don’t care. Bram is amazing and we would like to read more of him at any time necessary. While we did get to see more of him in the story than we initially realized, getting a real, Bram focused storyline would be incredible. Like, imagine his perspective as Simon does literally anything? We would read that book with hearts in our eyes and our souls would be SO HAPPY.

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


4. Helene Aquilla: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

When we first meet Helene in AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, she’s a Mask in training, a close friend of Elias’s, and fellow student at Blackcliff Academy. She’s very by-the-books and was cause for immediate concern knowing how she’s react to what Elias is planning. But her attitude, her skill, and her sheer determination warmed our hearts to her—even when our brains tried to warn us to the contrary. We can’t wait to see where her storyline takes her, but would love it even more to get a whole other series just for our favorite Blood Shrike.

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Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


5. Evangeline Samos: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

So KING’S CAGE was a giant tease and now we need an entire series devoted to our favorite magnetron (should-be) queen. We’re suckers for any villain-to-maybe-not-a-villain story, and Evangeline has proved herself to be one of the most compelling characters we’ve read in any YA fantasy. Sure, she’s a lot to handle at first, and we can’t help but root against her when she’s pit against Mare, but imagine a book where she doesn’t have to concern herself with the iconic RED QUEEN? Pls just let Evangeline be happy.

A friend of mine recently started reading this series and it made me want to pick King's Cage back up and finally finish it. When I found out there was to be another book in this series, I lost my fire in reading it because I didn't want to wallow while waiting for it like I did after Glass Sword. BUT I miss my evil King Maven and now that I'm off my Rainbow Rowell kick, I just might go back to it, and screw the consequences. • • One nice thing about meeting my reading challenge goal early is not feeling like I have to start new books, but can instead revisit some of my favorites. • • QOTD: If there weren't any books on your plate right now, which book would you REREAD❓ • • [#stuffandnonsenseaugust] three things that bug you – repetitive storylines in dystopian ya, female characters with ridiculously low self-esteem, love triangles where the villain always ends up alone • • [#justmybookbloggerlifeaugust] bad synopsis, good book • • • #bibliophile #serialbibliophile #bookbabes #bookstagram #bookish #ireadya #booknerd #maven #mavencalore #teammaven #redqueen #glasssword #kingscage #harperteen #victoriaaveyard #marebarrow #kilornwarren #calcalone #evangelinesamos #redblood #silverblood #redqueenseries #redqueenfandom #norta #riseredasthedawn #scarletguard #gisabarrow #shadebarrow

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Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.


6. Peekay: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

This powerhouse book left us feeling stronger than ever, ready to raise our voices, and needing to hear more from our resident preacher’s kid, Peekay. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES is a rush, taking a harsh look at rape culture in the world around us, and we would love for Mindy to confront another hard-hitting topic through the lens of Peekay. She was equal parts insecure and fierce, and we think there is plenty of room for her to grow as she learns more truths about—and helps—the world around her.

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people.

Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was found. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.


7. Asterin Blackbeak: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Manon’s crew is RIDE OR DIE. And we can never forget that if it wasn’t for Asterin, Manon wouldn’t even be around to live another day. It’s Asterin’s humanity that breaks through the Thirteen, and it’s her humanity that convinces Aelin that Manon is worth saving. We find out that Asterin has a heartbreaking backstory rooted in all of this humanity, and we really hope she gets her happy ending at the end of the THRONE OF GLASS series. And then we hope we get to see more of her and the Thirteen and witness more epic witchy adventures.

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.


8. Soro: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

We didn’t expect to meet another Corsai in OUR DARK DUET, but Soro won us over from their very first page. Later, when August reveals he asked Soro if they identified as male or female, Soro’s response was merely “I’m a Sunai.” But then—none of this defines Soro. They’re an amazing character who adds a very different dynamic to the Flynn Compound (the way they butt heads with August is so natural and good natured, unlike the antagonistic energy underlining his relationship with Leo), and we would love to see what comes next for Soro after the events of the book. Is it bad we want to listen to their music?

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be. August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided. Their city is crumbling. Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something. But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?


9. Number Five: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Okay, we’re gonna be honest, we could not STAND Number Five after the heartbreaking reveal at the end of THE FALL OF FIVE. Who would’ve thought one of the Garde would stand against their own?! But in the next books and novellas, his arc is so interesting and dynamic, and the way he goes from a true villain to one merely twisted and wanting to be redeemed, we were hoping his ending would be at least a little more hopeful. He deserved it, after all, and we hope he was strong enough to get through his problems at the end of the war. Fingers crossed for the GENERATION ONE sequels? And then his own series after?

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John Smith seems like an ordinary teenager, living a normal life with his guardian Henri in Paradise, Ohio. But for John, keeping a low profile is essential, because he is not an ordinary teenager. He’s an alien from the planet Lorien, and he’s on the run. A group of evil aliens from the planet Mogadore, who destroyed his world, are hunting anyone who escaped.

Nine Loric children were sent to Earth to live in hiding until they grew up and developed their Legacies, powers that would help them fight back—and help them save us. Three of them are now dead. John is Number Four, and he knows he’s next…


10. Marlee Woodwork: The Selection by Kiera Cass

We would be so here for a book detailing Marlee’s life for the year after THE ONE. She and Carter had Kile (ugh, we love Eadlyn and Eikko but lowkey wish things could’ve worked out with the son of her mom’s best friend), just one year after they were married, but everything between the two lovebirds must’ve been so romantic once they got their happy ending. Finding out that everything was going to work out for them was such a relief during THE SELECTION, and Marlee is so nice and optimistic that we can’t help but wish for more!

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Which YA characters would you totally read a spin-off for? Let us know in the comments below!

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