We have less than two weeks left in 2017! I know for a lot of us, the initial response to that is, "Thank GOD." As fucked as this year has been politically, it's been a pretty good year for me, personally. (A few hiccups notwithstanding.) One of the highlights has been this blog. I am impressed with myself for keeping it going for a whole year, and I don't think I'll lose my momentum any time soon.
One way blogging has changed the way I read is that it's made me much more aware of new releases. I used to just read stuff whenever, but the online book community is very conscious of reading things right when they come out -- and I'm no different. For the first time ever, I'm actively keeping track of what's coming out soon. (And what I need to preorder.)
So, without further ado, here are ten books that are coming out in 2018 that I am greatly looking forward to! This isn't in any particular order -- I just ranked them in the order that I wanted to talk about them.
The Merciless IV: Last Rites by Danielle Vega
One of the main series I've talked about on this blog is The Merciless, a Southern gothic horror story with demons, religious fanaticism, and teenage girls being bitchy. This is the fourth (and apparently final) installment in the series, and as far as I'm concerned, it can't come out quick enough.
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
This one doesn't even have official cover art for it, but I'm hyped. The sequel to Vicious, I just about died when I found out I'd have to wait an entire year to read it. Vicious left me with one of the worst book hangovers of my life, and I'm desperate to go on another adventure with these characters.
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Another sequel that doesn't have a cover yet! You saw me rave about The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue a few months ago, and I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Mackenzi Lee HERE. The Lady's Guide is a companion/sequel focusing on Felicity, who was by far my favorite character in the first book. I can't wait to see where her story goes!
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
Uh, hello? It's a magical retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear. Of course I'm going to jump on this.
Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
Another Shakespeare retelling! This time, one of the comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, set at a modern-day summer camp. And, as a bonus, it's gay.
Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves
A queer, contemporary love story, between two young women who have hit rock bottom. This is one of those books that grabbed my attention from the title alone. I've never read anything from this author before, but the reviews all look very promising.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan
Following a poor decision at the end of her junior year, Kendall's senior year gets off to an even worse start when she's framed for stealing from a drug dealer. Forced to publicly play the role of "bad girl" to save her own neck, Kendall gets drawn deeper and deeper into a drug ring that's been hiding in her school, all in an effort to reclaim her reputation. I love (well-written) teenage thrillers, and all the early reviews of this one have been extremely favorable. I can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype.
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
Following an emotional crisis and being expelled from her high school, Jane needs a change. Moving into the local college for a high school completion program, Jane winds up on a local reality show that slowly grows from a tiny webseries to a TV show with an actual fanbase. The premise of this book sounds like it could be hilarious, and it's such an odd setup that I'm extremely curious to see how the author pulls it off.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Last on my list is the first in a new YA fantasy series, focusing on a girl named Jude. Ten years ago, Jude's parents were murdered, and she and her sisters were spirited away to live in the High Court of Faerie. Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, but many fey hate humans. In order to keep herself and her sisters safe, Jude must entangle herself in dangerous alliances as the threat of war looms on the horizon. I love stories with fairies (or fey, or whatever you want to call them), so this immediately jumped out at me. I can't wait to get my hands on it. And I won't have to wait long -- it comes out January 2!
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What books are you looking forward to in 2018? Tell me about them in the comments below! I had a really hard time narrowing it down to just ten for this post, so I'd love to hear what made your list.