Since we are almost mid-way through December, I thought I’d get this post up on the blog before 2018 actually begins and before I forget any of the titles. So, here are the ten upcoming releases I’m most looking forward to in 2018. Since some of the books mentioned are sequels in a series, I will be linking the Goodreads page of the first book to avoid spoilers.
1. The girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
This is the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, which I sort of haven’t read yet…BUT! I know from the premise and just general intuition that I will absolutely love it, so I’m already excited for its sequel. It’s a dark fantasy infused with Russian Folklore. I’ve heard fans of Uprooted (one of my favourite books ever) will love it, and the first book was blurbed by Naomi Novik too!
2. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
This is possibly my most anticipated book of the whole year, and it’s from a debut author as well! It is a fantasy novel set in 18th century Cairo. It’s got magic and djinns, and I’ve heard the world-building is incredible. After finishing an early copy of the book, Sabaa Tahir (author of An Ember in the Ashes) said, “The City of Brass is the best adult fantasy I’ve read since The Name of the Wind. It’s stunning and complex and consuming and fantastic. You must read it.” I don’t need any further convincing to read this, and I am lucky enough to have an arc of it so I am hoping to read it soon!
3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I heard about this book through the book community online, around the time when the movie rights of the book had been sold. It is a fantasy series inspired by the author’s African heritage as well as the Black Lives Matter Movement. It has been getting incredible reviews, and I was fortunate enough to be sent an arc of it, so I really want to get to it soon.
4. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
A few months ago, I read Amanda’s debut, Daughter of the Burning City, which pleasantly surprised me, and currently stands firmly in my top 3 favourite reads of 2017. I knew after finishing it that I would read any future books she wrote. Ace of Shades is being marketed as “Six of Crows meets Spirited Away”, and when I saw that I internally (and possibly, externally as well but I can’t recall the exact moment right now) screamed because Spirited Away is one of the most magical movies I have ever seen, and is a favourite. I am dying to see which elements of the story have been used in the book.
5. Bright we Burn by Kiersten White
This book is the concluding novel in The Conqueror’s Saga trilogy. I read And I Darken not too long ago, and it blew me away with its intricate characters, beautiful writing and the complex web of politics. Despite being YA Historical fiction, it reads like a Fantasy book. I will soon be reading the sequel, Now I Rise (which I’m certain will be just as good, if not better), and then anxiously anticipate the last book.
6. Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh
If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that Renée’s debut, The Wrath and the Dawn (a duology), is one of my favourite books of all time. The world is lush and her writing is so poetic and beautiful, the pages melt away when reading. She is now an auto-buy author of mine – I will buy and read everything she writes. This book is also part of a duology, and the sequel to Flame in the Mist, which is set in feudal Japan and inspired by Mulan (one of my FAVOURITE Disney movies)! I also haven’t yet read the first book of this which I am hoping to get to next year as well as the sequel.
7. Everless by Sara Holland
This is a fantasy book that heavily centres around the element of time. There isn’t much else I know about the book, and I want to go into it not knowing anything more. I’m personally really intrigued by the premise of this book and have a very good feeling that this book will become a favourite so I am looking forward to seeing how I find it.
8. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Do you see how stunning the cover is? That’s what initially drew me to this book, the day its cover was revealed. Afterwards, I read the synopsis and immediately added it to my Goodreads because it is set in a world where beauty is a commodity. Judging by the cover and the synopsis, I imagine there will be a lot of girl power, therefore I am so so excited for this one to be released!
9. I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan
This is contemporary novel told from the perspective of a 15-year old Muslim girl Muzna, and from what I know, it deals with themes of bullying and the struggles that come with living as a Muslim in a western society (e.g. Islamophobia and religious discrimination). I have been making more of an effort to read diverse and ownvoices novels this year, and it is something I want to continue in the future. I, personally, haven’t read many books about teen Muslims which is why I am pumped to read this book.
10. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
I’m sure most of you have heard of An Ember in the Ashes (another book I still haven’t read…there is a clear theme of mentioning sequels in series-i-have-yet-to-read-or-catch-up-on here) or have read it. I’m excited for the third book because Ember is the November — December pick for The Muslim Shelf Book Club, so I will finally be reading the book. This is also one of those series I am quite certain I will love, which is why I’ve put the third book in this list.
Which 2018 releases are you most excited for? I’d love to know in the comments. 🙂