Top Ten Anticipated Books for 2018

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It’s a new year and what better way to welcome it into our hearts than by scouring the news for the fantastic book releases 2018 will bring! It took some effort to keep this list to an even 10 but since most of my highly anticipated reads are actually sequels I thought I’d try and make sure to put a few newbies onto this list to promote some standalone novels or series starters that are coming soon! (Note: this list does not include 2018 ARCs already reviewed on my blog) 

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(Red Rising #4)
Pierce Brown
Science Fiction
January 16, 2018

“A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?”

~ RED RISING (Red Rising #1) ~

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(Dark Gifts #2)
Vic James
YA Fantasy Dystopia
February 05, 2018

“Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?”

~ GILDED CAGE (Dark Gifts #1) ~

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(Legacy of Orïsha #1)
Tomi Adeyemi
YA Fantasy
March 06, 2018

“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy.”

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Mary Watson
YA Fantasy
March 06, 2018

“Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good.

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.”

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Tessa Gratton
Fantasy | Shakespeare Retelling
March 27, 2017

“The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes. The king’s three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign…Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.”

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Catherynne M. Valente
Science Fiction
April 03, 2018

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over-the-top science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne Valente has galaxies competing for glory in a universe-wide musical contest—where the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.

Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for Galactivision—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past…A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.”

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(A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5)
Sarah J. Maas
NA Fantasy
May 01, 2018

“Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming spinoff novels.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.”




Claire LeGrand
YA Fantasy
May 22, 2018

“When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction…A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive…As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.”

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(Dance of Thieves #1)
Mary E. Pearson
YA Fantasy
August 07, 2018

“A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.”

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(Shimmer and Burn #2)
Mary Taranta
YA Fantasy
August 14, 2018

“Faris has been forced to give up the man she loves for a dangerous but necessary alliance. Her loyalty is bound by a powerful spell to his future bride, the villainous Bryn. And her mother’s powerful spell that could be the key to saving Avinea fights with poisoned magic for control of her heart…But there are things darker than poison that lie in The Burn, and not even the spell deep in Faris’s chest can stop them. Faris will again be faced with impossible choices. Does she risk everything to save Avinea, even if she might lose North and further betray her sister’s trust? Or does she succumb to the poison inside that begs her to think this time, finally, of herself?”

~ SHIMMER AND BURN (Shimmer and Burn #1) ~

2018 ARCs

Stay tuned for my reviews of the following!



M.A. Bennett
YA Contemporary Thriller
January 30, 2018

“Seventeen-year-old Greer, a scholarship girl at a prestigious private school, St Aidan the Great School (known as STAGS), soon realizes that the school is full of snobs…but the real driving force behind the school is a group of prefects known as the Medievals…Greer is therefore surprised when she receives an invitation from Henry to spend a long weekend with him and his friends at his family house in the Lake District, especially when she learns that two other “outsiders” have also been invited: Shafeen and Chanel. As the weekend unfolds, Greer comes to the chilling realization that she and two other “losers” were invited only because they were chosen to become prey in a mad game of manhunt.”

Tess of the Road


Rachel Hartman
YA Fantasy
February 27, 2018

“In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.”

~ SERAPHINA (Seraphina #1) ~

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(Blood Rose Rebellion #2)
Rosalyn Eves
YA Historical Fantasy
March 27, 2018

“Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding—and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.

Anna Arden did not know breaking the Binding would break the world.”

~ BLOOD ROSE REBELLION (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) ~

Children of Daedala


(Children of Icarus #2)
Caighlan Smith
YA Dystopian Fantasy
April 1, 2018

“Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. You know the labyrinth will have yet more horrors lurking in its depths. You’ve learned few people can be trusted. But freedom is tantalizingly close. Are you ready to take the risk?”

~ CHILDREN OF ICARUS (Children of Icarus #1) ~


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(King of Scars #1)
Leigh Bardugo
YA Fantasy

“Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.”

~ SHADOW AND BONE (Shadow and Bone #1) ~
~ SIX OF CROWS (Six of Crows #1) ~


Are any of these on your TBR list already too?
Let me know what books you’re looking forwards to this year! 😊


12 thoughts on “Top Ten Anticipated Books for 2018

  1. Furyborn seems to be on everyone’s list of most anticipated books. At first glance I thought I would really like it, but after reading the synopsis I don’t like time travel books so I don’t know if I will. I am undecided if I am going to read it, I guess I will wait to see what everyone thinks.

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    1. I was rather on the fence about it at first honestly but I really enjoy/trust Piéra Forde’s reviews and she said she surprisingly loved it so I’m pretty excited for it now. I’m hoping for an ARC but I’ll definitely be curious to see what other people think as well. Will it live up to the hype?? We shall see.


  2. Awesome list: and to answer your question: none of these were on my to read list, but a couple of them are now because of this post. Especially liking: Tess of the Road and S.T.A.G.S. Well, the year has just started and already my to read lust is expanding lol 😂

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    1. Ooo those two were good (my reviews come out later this month)! Tess of the Road has a great character journey and S.T.A.G.S. is like a contemporary twist to the short story: The Most Dangerous Game. Haha I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read all of the books on my list, there are just too many fantastic books out there!
      Happy reading and welcome to 2018! 😄

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