The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell (The Legacy of Mercenary Kings #2)

Although I was left longing for more of this book's titular character's presence, The Two-Faced Queen is a strong, wild follow up to the Kingdom of Liars expanding on what its author does well: compelling characters and narratives; and strong, evocative world-building that only continues to grow richer as it expands its scope.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Alex Stern #1)

Leigh Bardugo's first foray to adult fantasy and dark academia is not only a cautionary tale about messing with the supernatural, but is also a sobering exploration to campus culture, especially its social aspects where connections and status directly translate to power.