Well, it’s a new year which means we get a ton of new books. 2018 is going to have some incredible books come out of it, and these are only the few I’ve prepared myself for. Their release dates are in my calendar and my wallet is already preparing to be a little thinner.
January 2, 2017
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) – Marie Lu
“Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.
In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.”
The first book in this series, Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo came out in August of 2017. This series will have four novels all centering around the teenage versions of Wonder Woman, Batman, Catwoman, and Superman. The Catwoman novel is also supposed to be coming out this year in August with Superman coming out in 2019.
January 16, 2017
Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) – Pierce Brown
“They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.”
Now, I only read the Red Rising books in November and December of this year, however I fell in love. I’m so excited for this next installment which takes place 10 years after the last book finished. Pierce Brown is an incredible writer, I fell in love with this series and am so glad that he’s writing more books!
March 27, 2017
Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1) – Roshani Chokshi
“Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from their latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?
One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.
But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.
The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?”
Aru Shah and the End of Time is the first of a four book middle-grade fantasy series. Not only is this book full of mythology but it’s also being published under the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors as he re-awoke my love for reading with Percy Jackson as a teenager. I’m super excited for this book and can’t wait to dive into some new mythology!
A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) – Sarah J. Maas
“Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming spinoff novels.”
SO EXCITED. So excited for this book to come out. I fell in love with Sarah J. Maas this year and seriously can’t wait to get back into this series. This series was by far my #1 series for 2017 which is saying a lot for me because I usually can’t make up my mind on which books were in my top 10, let alone my #1. If you haven’t read this series yet, do it.
The Caged Queen (Iskari #2) – Kristen Ciccareli
This first book in this series, The Last Namsara just came out in October of 2017, so it’s still pretty new, the second book does not have a cover that I’ve seen yet but I’m ready to read it. So while I don’t yet know much about this second book, I will talk to you a little about the first one. I won’t lie, I didn’t LOVE the first book but I did love the idea of it. It has dragons, and it has healing and love and I think it’s paving way for a great series.
“In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her” (The Last Namsara)
December 4, 2018
Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) – Cassandra Clare
“Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.”
If you have not yet inserted yourself into Cassandra Clare’s world of Shadowhunters I urge you to go pick up a copy of City of Bones today and enjoy the world she has built. I have loved the Shadowhunters series for many years now from The Mortal Instruments to The Infernal Devices and everything in between. It’s hard to summarize this book for those of you who have not yet lived as a Shadowhunter, or Vampire, or Warlock, but for those of you who have, I know you feel my excitement too.
While I know there will be several more new releases I will need to get my hands on in 2018, these are a few of my most anticipated.