This year I decided to do my most Anticipated Book in 2018 in two part. This one will include January-June and the second part will be posted mid-June for the July-December release.
Anyways, here are the books I’m anticipating for this year. Mind you some of these books are sequels to some series that I haven’t even started yet, but nevertheless I’m still really excited for them.
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
This is the second book from the Arc of the Scythe series. I’m actually not sure how many books are going to be in this series, but even then, I’m really excited for this book. I read the first book last year and was really in love with the whole premise. I’ve read Shusterman’s other works before and its really been a hit and miss for me, but one of my all time favorite books is by him and it’s Unwind.
Anyways, in the first book we are introduced to a world that has no death, hunger or war. Scythes are chosen to deal death upon people in order to stabilize the status quo. We follow the story of Citra and Rowan, two teens chosen to apprentice to a scythe. They must learn the rules of killing to be able to become permanent Scythes.
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Truth be told, I’m really not sure what this book is about. I know that the two authors are awesome writers since their Starbound Trilogy is one of my favorites in 2016. When I found out that they are making a new series I’m all for it. All I know about the book is about an ancient alien race and decoding some ancient secrets. Like that one sentnce is totally making me want to pick this book up ASAP.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
This book’s cover looks amazing! I’m not really sure what this book is about, but I believe book is about a girl that looks for her mother at her grandmother’s property/town that is the called Hazel Wood. It’s a fantasy novel and I’m really intrigued by it. I think this book is a debut novel and its getting a lot of buzz on Booktube.
Purple Hearts by Michael Grant
This is the last book in the Front Lines Trilogy. I read the first book in 2016 and really enjoyed it. Although my rating wasn’t that high considering I had a few problems with it, it still made my favorites of 2016. I love the unique alternate history of girls being enlisted to fight during World War 1. This different perspective what something different and it was a great read. I wasn’t able to pick up the second book in 2017, but since the trilogy is now done, I’m even more excited to pick it up.
Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
This is actually the only graphic novel in my whole list. I don’t usually pick up graphic novels when it’s first released but I was itching to read these. This is the second volume in Meyer’s spin-off series of the Lunar Chronicles. It follows Iko and her adventures in hunting down the remaining rogue Lunar soldiers that are still on Earth. I’m not a fan of the art, but I still love the story and seeing all the other beloved characters from the Lunar Chronicles.
February 6: Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
I’m really not sure why I’m excited for this book, the 6th book in a series I’ve never read. I haven’t even read the first book in the series, in fact, I’m not really sure what this book is about. I have the first book, but besides that there’s really no reason for my anticipation. All I know is that we’re one step closer to ending this series. I know for sure I will be reading the first book this year. So I’ll find out by this year if I will actually read the whole series.
February 27: Heart of Iron by Ashley Paston
I’ve been neglecting my fantasy and science fiction books lately and I want to remedy that this year. So I have a feeling this year will be the year for sci-fi/fantasy read, as you can tell from this list. I don’t really know much about this book, but I know that it’s the first book in a new series and it’s the same author as Geekerella. Technically I haven’t read that book, but I’ve hear amazing things about it and the writing. So when I saw this, I had to check it out and the premise was really grabbing.
I believe this book is about a girl who looks all over the galaxy to find away to fix her droid who is made from illegal metals. She is able to find co-ordinates to a ship that will allow her to fix her droid, but someone else beats her to it. Oh, before I forget, I heard that this is a re-telling of Anastasia! Anastasia, the cartoon movie, was one of my favorite movies growing up. I’m not entirely sure if the retelling is of the cartoon version or the historical version.
That is a sad, sad recap of such a great synopsis, but I’ll just link the Goodreads page so that you can check it out for yourself. HEART OF IRON
March 6: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
This book is about Lira a siren loyalty who makes the mistake of killing her kind. As her punishment she is sent ashore as a human and must give the heart of a certain Prince to absolve her of her crime.
I heard that this is another re-telling, but of the Little Mermaid. I wasn’t a fan of the Disney version of the Little Mermaid and prefer the darker story of Hans Christian Andersen. I have a feeling that this book is going along the darker path, which looks so good.
March 13: Obsidio by Amie Kaufan and Jay Kristoff
This is the last book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy, or at least I believe it’s a trilogy. I held off reading Gemina because I saw that the release for this book got pushed back to 2018. I don’t really want to know the premise of this book because obviously its not the first in the series. Basically, in all three books we follow three different couples and their quest to find the truth about a corporation. In the first book we meet Kady and Ezra and the challenges they face as they try to survive the destruction of they planet by two mega corporations. That short description really doesn’t do justice for the whole book, but I’m not great with synopsis.
Another great thing about this book is it uses different media formats to convey the story. Some are case files, emails, map, etc. and they do a great job in creating the world of Kady and Ezra. I had a bit of a hard time getting into the different formats, but once you get the hang of it, you’re definitely hooked.
April 10: Aces of Shades by Amanda Foody
I love card. So this cover is everything to me right now. I would buy this book just to stare at the cover, but no need because the premise actually sounds intriguing. I won’t go into details what the book is about, but I’ll just include Goodreads introduction and tell me if it doesn’t captivate you right away.
“Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets and the secretes hide in every shadow”
Doesn’t that sound amazing. Its like Las Vegas, but in a larger scale!
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve technically only read the first book in this series, but I prefer this than her Throne of Glass series so I’m pretty excited for this release. This is basically going to cover events from the end of the third book and introduce what will happen in the spin-off series
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
This is the third book in Riordan’s The Trial of Apollo series. I haven’t really started this series, but I basically enjoy all of Riordan’s works. Since this is the third book in the series, I’ll explain the first book. Apollo is banished on earth to learn from his mistakes that took place in the Heroes of Olympus series. I heard that you don’t need to read the HOO books to be able to understand these. Just an FYI.
June 12: Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
This is another series that I haven’t started yet, but I’m quite excited to start the series. This series got a lot of hype when it was first released. I didn’t really feel like picking it up, but I’ve been hoarding the first book.
So that’s it for My Most Anticipated Release for the first half of 2018. There’s a lot of these books that I can’t wait to read. Let me know if some of these are also on your own lists or if there are any new releases that I should be aware of.