2018 is going to be an exciting year…especially for YA readers. Here’s ten of the releases coming out this year that I’m most excited about:
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross– February 6th, 2018
“Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana—the rival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.”
This book sounds amazing: early reviewers say it features a slow-burn romance, and even though it’s a trilogy, it comes to a satisfactory conclusion. Sign me up.
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare– February 20th, 2018
“Can she write a world gone wrong?
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother―a noted scriptologist.
But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her… In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.”
This one sounds like a bookworm’s dream come true, and is definitely on my must-read list for 2018.
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen– February 27th, 2018
“Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well — and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.
The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what — and who — it is they’re fighting for.”
Nielsen is best known for her Ascendance Trilogy, a complex fantasy packed full of action and unexpected twists. Her newest book promises to be just as exciting, and has already garnered good reviews from lucky readers who managed to get an ARC.
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon — March 6th, 2018
“Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.”
I’m a huge sucker for retellings, (especially clean romance ones) so Olivia Twist has already made it to my pre-order list. Now to brush up on my Dickens…
Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer– April 10th, 2018
I won’t share the synopsis here, for those who haven’t read Spindle Fire. (If you haven’t yet, you should! Spindle Fire made it to my Top Ten List for 2017.) But rest assured, this sequel promises to be just as fresh and exciting as the first, and I can’t wait to find out how everything wraps up.
Unbreakable by Sara Ella– May 1st, 2018
Unbreakable will wrap up the trilogy that started with Unblemished and continued in Unraveling. Again, I’m not going to include the synopsis here in order to avoid spoilers. Unraveling (book 2 in the trilogy) also made it to my Top Ten List for 2017, so May can’t come soon enough for me. (Plus, who can resist that gorgeous cover?)
Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett– May 15th, 2018
“They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.
Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.
And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.
With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.”
Dragons and traitors and magic, oh my! I have a feeling this book is going to be one that I positively devour…
Bright Burns the Night by Sara B. Larson– May 29th, 2018
May must be the month for exciting new releases. Another sequel and nominee from the Top Ten List for 2017, Bright Burns the Night promises to deliver answers to the enormous questions we were left with at the end of Dark Breaks the Dawn.
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes– July 10th, 2018
“Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage…Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.”
This is quite possibly the 2018 release that I’m most excited for. Nadine Brandes swept me away with her Out of Time Trilogy, and promises to do that and more in her newest stand-alone. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to survive until July.
The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell– August 7th, 2018
“When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings or anyone who loves a strong female lead, this gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original’s focus on economic justice to explore love, gender, the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.”
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle was my favorite book as a kid. Robin Hood was my childhood hero, and so I’m very excited to see a genderbent retelling coming out this summer. Here’s to hoping it does justice to the classic!
What’s on your TBR list?
How about you? Do you have any releases you’re excited for this year? Or are you ready to pre-order one of these? Comment below; we’d love to hear your thoughts!