There are so many new books coming out next year that sound incredible! Unfortunately, I can't read every single one of them. I'm aiming to really tackle my TBR next year so I have to keep book buying to a minimum - we'll see how that goes, huh?
I've gone through my 2018 shelf on goodreads, got rid of the ones I'm not that interested in and I still have 63 books on there... uhoh.
My mind changes all the time and it's very likely the release of these books will come and I'll want nothing to do with them but right now these are the twelve books that I am most drawn to. Some I am more excited for and know I will buy the second I can (even if I need to ship them from the States!), others just sound interesting and have piqued my interest.
Enough rambling - here we go!:
Though this list won't be in order I am definitely starting with the release I am the most excited for in 2018:
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
(May 29th US/31st UK)
I utterly adored Caraval and I am so so so excited for the sequel! We don't get much from the synopsis on goodreads for this book other than it follows Tella, the main character from the first book's little sister.
Check out my review of Caraval here.
LOVE AND WAR by Melissa de la Cruz
(April 17th US)
I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed with the first book, Alex and Eliza, but I just can't help myself. The cover is gorgeous and it's Hamilton. I need it. I'm hoping that this is a faster paced read but I am hesitant. It's simply on this list because I absolutely need this on my shelf next to the first book. Not even sorry.
WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS by Carrie Hope Fletcher
(July 12th UK)
I adored Carrie's first novel, 'On The Other Side' and still hold it dearly in my heart. I love her writing and how wonderfully she writes magical realism. I am ashamed to say I'm still to read Carrie's last novel, 'All That She Can See', but I will get to it - I promise! This book sounds so perfect. It's set in a theatre which I love and I am so ready for Carrie's performing experience to shine through onto the pages of this novel.
THE GLOAMING by Kirsty Logan
(April 19th UK)
I first discovered Kirsty Logan by chance through my work as a bookseller. She was coming into the store to sign copies of her first novel, The Gracekeepers, about an hour after my shift ended and when I next went in there was one signed copy left so I had to have it. Not to mention I have never seen another naked hardback as beautiful as The Gracekeepers. I have high hopes that The Gloaming will be just as aesthetically pleasing and also as gorgeous to read. I'm not big on adult fiction, but as does Carrie Hope Fletcher, Kirsty Logan writes magical realism and I think that genre might just be my bag - I love it. I'm looking forward to having another beautiful book on my shelves and being whisked away into Logan's magical world!
SKY SONG by Abi Elphinstone
(January 25th UK)
I got into Abi Elphinstone by chance. Someone I followed had been sent a proof of the second book in Abi's Dreamsnatcher Trilogy, sending me to Abi's instagram page and when I commented on Abi's post she replied letting me know she still had one left and sent it to me! I ran out, bought the first book and devoured it and I am still so sad that Moll and Gryff's story is over. BUT now there's a new story! I am so excited to meet Abi's new characters and fall in love with her world building all over again. Though it's middle grade, it's so much fun and action packed. Throughout the first series there were moments where my heart was in my mouth and I was fearing for my favourite character's lives! I also admire Abi so much for the research she puts into her novels and just the effort in general - she spent months in the hospital yet still wrote and edited? She's a literal wonder woman who I can only hope to be half as great a writer as she!
BY A CHARM AND A CURSE by Jaime Questell
(February 6th US)
This is on here simply because it's a carnival/circus book and other than that I don't know much else. There is some sort of curse that traps our main character in the circus, I believe. But honestly I just want to read more circus books so...
PEOPLE LIKE US by Dana Mele
(February 27th US)
Private school, dead girl, scavenger hunt... umm yes please! This is a book I didn't know I needed until now and I don't want to wait another TWO MONTHS. I believe this only has a US release so far so this is where Book Depository will be my friend and I hope it ships quickly because the more I think about this book the more I'm desperate for it!
LIZZIE by Dawn Ius
(April 10th US)
I love True Crime and all that sort of thing and I especially love unsolved crime...(Buzzfeed Unsolved, anyone?) so of course I am DYING (no? just me that finds it funny?) for this retelling/alternate history of Lizzie Borden! I say alternate history... there's mention of Star Wars so it's more a modern retelling or something... look, I don't know what you want to categorise it as but it's the infamous Lizzie Borden axe murderer in the modern day and ugh I need it.
GAME OF SECRETS by Kim Foster
(May 15th US)
I saw the words 'Victorial London' and I need to know no more. I am a sucker for that exact time period and location. I don't know what it is, I'm just obsessed with it and I love everything about it and I couldn't care less about what the actual plot is - I just want to spend as much time as possible in 18/1900's London. (For those that do care, this book has something to do with people having special powers but being 'eliminated' or something... Told you - I don't know or care. Victorian London. It's all I ned to know.)
THE ART OF ESCAPING by Erin Callahan
(June 19th US)
Aside from this having a gorgeous cover, Callahan's book is about a girl who is obsessed with Houdini... Now, I've spoken about my love for carnivals and circuses as well as my fascination with the late 1800's and early 1900's... Well, when you throw those two together you basically get Harry Houdini. I love love love magicians, illusionists, and escapologists and this character loves them too - she even tries to become one. I think this book has more a contemporary/romance theme to it but I'm excited nonetheless!
NOTES FROM MY CAPTIVITY by Kathy Parks
(July 10th US)
I've recently discovered my love for mystery and thriller novels and I have been super keen on reading books involving kidnapping... I'm aware I don't seem to enjoy happy things but rather crime, dangerous stunts and and era of poverty and a lot of death... moving on! This book seems less sinister though, involving a girl who goes to debunk a claim that a family of hermits lives in the wilderness of Siberia... of course they do exist and they capture her. I have a feeling I know where this book is going to go but I'm still interested and look forward to getting my hands on it!
THE LOOKING GLASS by Janet McNally
(August 14th US)
To end this list I have a book I just feel drawn to despite knowing nothing about it. I get vibes from some books telling me to read them blind and that's how I feel about this one, so that's what I plan to do!
Are any of these books on your most-anticipated list or have I missed out on yours? I'd love to know what you're all excited to read next year!
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