Most Anticipated Releases Of 2018

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 Ardenthe girl

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!

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2. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakrabortycity of brass

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!

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3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi children of bone

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.

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4. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foodyace of shades

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.

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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.

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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.

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7. Everless by Sara Hollandeverless

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.

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8. The Belles by Dhonielle Claytonthe belles

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!

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9. I am Thunder by Muhammad Khani am thunder

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.

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10. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahira reaper

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.

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository


Which 2018 releases are you most excited for? I’d love to know in the comments. 🙂

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

It is coming to almost a month since I have published a post on the blog. The truth is, I have not read a book (not a novel, at least) in a while and my motivation for writing as well as reading has been quite down this month. But I decided to force myself to write this today because the longer I go without it, the harder it will become to get back into the habit again.

So back to this blog post, I’d like to thank Taiwo for nominating me for this award! 🙂 This award credits online bloggers for the hard work they put into their posts, which I think is amazing. Sometimes, the online community can get a little intimidating and competitive, so it’s nice to be reminded why we do this to begin with – to create content we are proud of that others enjoy consuming as well.

Rules

  • Write a blog post to show your award
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers to nominate
  • Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them. Provide the link to the post you created.

How my blog started

I’m one of the fairly new members of the book blogging community. I joined wordpress just over a year ago, in October of 2016. Although, I have loved stories ever since I was a child, I did not start reading avidly until the later half of 2015. This was when I got into booktube and started watching Sasha Alsberg’s videos on her channel ABookutopia after randomly coming across one of her most popular videos: 5 Books That Will Blow Your Mind!”. After getting into other booktubers (such as Regan, Ariel and Christine), I quickly learned about the bookstagram community, and then about the blogging community. I had always wanted to have a blog and had been close to making one numerous times, but until then I didn’t know what I would talk about. Falling in love with reading and making it a priority gave me a subject I was passionate about.

 Advice for new bloggers

  • Make the content YOU want to create. Your blog should be a representation of you and the things you love. Talk about what you like, what you dislike and don’t give into what everyone else is doing with their blogs. It’s great to take inspiration from others and try out new ideas, but ultimately, your blog should reflect you as a person. The more “you” and unique you make your blog, the better, because that is what is going to make your content stand out from others. Blogging is an art, like painting or drawing or bullet journalling. There is no right way to do it.
  • Dedicate time to your blog and be consistent. If you want to increase your audience and have a blog you’re proud of, you have to be willing to put in the time and the effort it takes to get there (I know I’m personally guilty of not staying consistent!). It does not happen over night. I have seen people sign up and reach 100 followers in days, if not weeks, but you need to remember most of those people that quickly follow do it so that they can get a follow back. Most of them are not the followers that will anticipate your posts, or read them or comment on them. It takes time to build a dedicated following. So, post regularly. But always value quality over quantity.

Nominations

I can’t think of 15 people to nominate of the top of my head but here are some of the people I would like to do this post:


 

ARC Review: Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: 2nd November 2017

Publisher: Penguin Random House


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When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty – a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she’ll soon discover that reality doesn’t always have the happily ever after you’d expect…

A thrilling world of parties, politics and bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.


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I was drawn to this book as soon as I came across the cover for two reasons: The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the title has the word “princess” in it. I don’t know about you, but I have been obsessed with Disney movies and fairy tales ever since I can remember. There is something magical about stories of kingdoms and royal families, whether magic is involved or not, that has entranced me since I was little. So when I saw the book, I had to try to get hold of an arc and give it a read.

I don’t normally pick up books written by YouTubers or bloggers because, more often than not, their success with getting book deals is influenced heavily by the number of their audience (followers, subscribers etc.) rather than talent; and although this book is far from perfect, I have to admit it was a joy to read from start to finish. The fact that the story was set in a glamorous boarding (with houses too!) was a major reason why I enjoyed the book so much. I’m a sucker for elite school settings so I was delighted when I came across this book as it is something I rarely see in what I read.

One of our main protagonists, Eleanor Wolf, defies every attribute we associate with being a princess. She is wild, hates dresses, dies her hair dark colours and wants nothing to do with her royal duties. It was interesting to read about a princess that challenged every stereotype attached to it. Lottie, however, is her complete opposite. She is fascinated by fairy tales, and owns a tiara gifted by her late mother that she even takes to the boarding school with her. She has the grace Ellie lacks, so it is easy to see why she is mistaken for the undercover princess. Out of the two, Lottie was the one I related to the most, due to our mutual obsession with princess tales (which is still going strong, even as an adult), and I couldn’t stop thinking about how much my younger self would have loved this book.

Friendship between the girls was something I felt was well done. Lottie and Ellie could not have been more different, yet they both grew close and helped each other where the other lacked. I also enjoyed the dynamic created with the inclusion of Jamie, a mysterious and seemingly cold boy, which made for some entertaining banter.

I don’t personally have anything against the book, however, I can see why some may find this book average or underwhelming. I personally didn’t because it is exactly my type of book. Whilst it wasn’t groundbreaking and the writing could have been a lot better, I had a lot of fun reading it. One thing I hope is that the politics of this world gets explored in much more detail in the second book (which I can’t wait for!) as I think there is a lot of potential there to richen the plot.

This is one of those books that could help you get out of a reading slump and although I would not recommend it  to everyone, I do think fans of The Selection Series, Princess Diaries, or the Princess Protection Programme will enjoy this book.

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Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me with a physical arc and a digital arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Do any of you have this book on your TBR? Did you enjoy it if you’ve read it? I’d love to know! 🙂

ARC Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Publication: 7th September 2017

Publisher: Harlequin


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Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.Read More »

The End Of The Year Book Tag

This is probably the first time I have done a tag I was tagged to do; all the ones prior to this were ones I did just because I wanted them to.

I was tagged by Nadia, and I’m tagging Amy, Charlotte and Ruqayyah to do this tag!


1. Are there any books you started this year that need to finish?

Surprisingly, there is. I say that because I usually stick to reading one book, finishing it before moving on to the next. However, I started A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab this summer and got to less than 20 pages before having to return the book to my local library due to someone else’s reservation. I have not yet re-borrowed it because I have other library books to get to as well as arcs, but I would like to get this one read before 2018. Do I think it’ll happen? Probably not.Read More »

Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 7th July 2016

Publisher: Corgi Childrens


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twatdNo one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.Read More »