New publications are flying out these days and it’s so difficult to keep up with what’s what. YA Fantasy, Sci-fi and Magic Realism (as well as many other fiction and non-fiction genres)all had a great year in 2017 and 2018 doesn’t look to be much different. I’ve pre-ordered 4 new releases and already have a few more on my radar (finance dependent). Check out the list below.
[Click the name of the book to find out more or pre-order your copy.]
Sarah J Maas
Release date: 1st May 2018
The fourth addition to one of the most popular YA fantasy sagas of the last few years is hugely anticipated and is one I could not resist pre-ordering. The A Court of Thorns and Roses series has a huge fan-base and whilst the main stories of Tamlin, Feyre, and Rhysand seemed to draw to a close in A Court of Wings and Ruin (book 3), the new story (we hope) will feature many of their contemporaries. For me, and I’m sure many others, ‘Frost’ and ‘Starlight’ seem to link the winter and night court and hopefully Kallias will play a large role in the tale. Following that theory, if Viviane and her sister feature we’re sure to hear more from the fabulous Mor! Perhaps Maas is starting with the most northern territories and working her way South? I for one can’t wait to find out.
Release date: 3rd July 2018
The Great Library series started with Jess in London and he and his rag-tag team of misfits have been tearing their corrupt world apart ever since – brick by villainous brick. Smoke and Iron is the fourth instalment in the series and promises to be an epic battle between the Archivist Magister and the smugglers, thieves and scholars who see the injustices that the Great Library represents. Our unlikely heroes have infiltrated the Library by way of capture but I’m anxious to see how it all plays out.
Release date: 30th January 2018
The Charmed actress, Rose McGowan’s, memoir looks to be a powerful unravelling of what she calls ‘the cult of Hollywood’
“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.” -Rose McGowan
I know very little about Rose and her experiences but in light of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal and the poignant #metoo hashtag movement this is bound to be both insightful and moving. This account of Hollywood and it’s corruption is one not to be missed.
Release date: 31st May 2018
Caraval debuted last year and swept us all into a wonderful world of magic, theatre and deception – this time we’re ready for it. Scarlett and Donatella Dragna survived Caraval despite all its twists and turns and the sequel promises to have just as many dead ends and red herrings. Now they’re off to the empire’s capital and I honestly don’t know what to expect from it.
Release date: 25th September 2018
Ahhh! Schwab, you’ve got me hooked! How is Sydney going to deal with what happened?! She has to find out what Victor did at some point right?! Vengeful is the sequel to Vicious, a fabulous sci-fi anti-hero story about to college friends who discover something so wonderful and terrible that it divides them completely. In the last book the two of them (Eli and Victor) fought an epic battle in which (one unable to die, the other with power over pain) proved explosive and left them in entirely different places on the chess board. It’s not as simple as bad vs. good and I’m hoping Vengeful shows us more of Eli’s way of thinking. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Release date: 13th March 2018
If you’ve read Illuminae and Gemina you’ll likely have some inkling about what to expect from dossier number 3: Obsidio. The format is one of the most unusual and compelling things I have ever enjoyed; it’s not a comic or a straight up novel, it’s a file of information which, compiled together, tells an entire story. We can expect another couple a lot like Kady and Ezra or Hanna and Nik though this time I’m hoping for some more unique character traits – otherwise, honestly, I’m going to forget who goes with who. The format we know is a classic boy meets girl tale, set in futuristic space-age ships laid out in a dossier that just dares to be read, what more do you want?
Release date: 10th April 2018
Circe, goddess of magic; this is bound to be killer right? I’ve not read Miller’s The Song of Achilles but the stories of Greek Gods and Goddesses are compelling to readers everywhere – I simply cannot resist! Based on Homer’s The Odyssey I’m hoping for an accessible but thrilling tale reminiscent of those mesmerising stories I learned as a child. If you like myth and legend you might want to look out for this new release too!
Which of the above are you most excited for? Are there any I haven’t listed that you feel are more exciting? Let me know in the comments so I can add them to my list! I hope that (whatever you’re looking forward to reading this year) it surpasses all your expectations!