Since it’s basically December and there aren’t any releases coming out that I am highly anticipating, I am going to do my 2018 Anticipated Reads now instead! I’m just going to stick with the first half of the year for now, though, to keep things simple.
Gunslinger Girl, by Lyndsay Ely – Okay so I did just finish this one yesterday, so it’s not so much an anticipated read as it is an OMG ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR NOW read. I loved this book. It took me by surprise. It’s got a little bit of the Wild West, a lot of Las Vegas and politics, and some sideshow/Moulin Rouge vibes thrown in as well. Pity is a great protagonist, the characters are remarkably complex, and it just hooked me in and pulled me along from start to finish.
Unearthed, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – This is basically Indiana Jones in space, right? Because I am so here for it. I spent my childhood watching Indiana Jones religiously, and of course I love all things sci-fi and space. So this is definitely one I am going to be making grabby hands for.
Poison’s Cage (Poison’s Kiss #2), by Breanna Shields – I really enjoyed reading Poison’s Kiss last year, so I am super excited for the sequel to come out!! Now just to find time to reread PK because I kind of forget a lot of it…
Reign of the Fallen, by Sarah Glenn Marsh – Um, necromancy, zombie rulers, and more? Heck yes. I am definitely excited for this book – it sounds so unique and interesting and a little frightening as well. I hope it sets me on edge!
Heart of Iron, by Ashley Poston – So I’m pretty sure this is being pitched as Anastasia in space so I really don’t think I need to say anything more about why it’s being added to this list.
Honor Among Thieves, by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguire – I don’t know if you can tell, but I have a thing for thieves and pirates and the like. I don’t know why or what it is about them, but put one of those in the title or the synopsis and I’m there. I mean, usually. Anyway, this one is another space saga dealing with aliens, a thief, and some dark conspiracy or something but honestly they had me at the title so…
Pitch Dark, by Courtney Alameda – Okay so I saw this one on Edelweiss and judged it a little by its cover, thinking it was going to be something cheesy, but then I read the synopsis and went “Oh hell yeah.” Horror in space – I can’t wait.
The Oceans Between Stars (Chronicles of the Dark Star #2), by Kevin Emerson – Wow, so February seems to be teeming up to be heavy on the space books this year…Anyway, this one is actually a Middle Grade book, and is the sequel to Last Day on Mars, which I absolutely loved! I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this series, and to see if we find out any more answers, or if certain secrets are finally revealed.
The Traitor’s Game, by Jennifer A. Nielson – This one is a more recent discovery on my part, but it defintely sounds like something right up my alley!! Fantasy and intrigue, thieves and plotting – oh yes this one is one for me!
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files_03), by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – Okay, I confess, I haven’t actually read Gemina yet because I wanted to reread Illuminae first and I fell behind and haven’t gotten to it yet but I loved that book so much and so this is going on my anticipated reads list anyway.
To Kill a Kingdom, by Alexandra Christo – Okay, I don’t know why but I tend to not be interested in too many mermaid stories. I don’t know, they just never seem to catch my attention. But this one sure did. It definitely has a twist on The Little Mermaid in there somewhere, but it feels like so much more and so much darker and I can’t wait!
Pacifica, by Kristen Simmons – This one has been on my anticipated reads list since the first moment I set my eyes on the cover (cause yes that’s what drew me to it in the first place). And then pirates was mentioned and that was that. (Don’t worry I read the whole synopsis and it still interests me greatly).
Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3), by Alwyn Hamilton – While the second book in the series was a bit of a drag, I am still eager to see what happens! I still think about the series from time to time, and can’t wait to read the next one! I’m still bitter about the US cover changes, though, so I’m just going to make you all look at the pretty UK one instead.
The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3), by Brittany Cavallaro – Okay, if you haven’t read A Study in Charlotte yet and enjoy Sherlock Holmes any amount, then you really need to get on it. It’s such a unique retelling (with Jamie and Charlotte being descendents of Sherlock and Dr. Watson because in this world they were real people), and the writing is just so spectucularly captivating. I cannot wait for the third one because the ending of the second was so mind-blowing I’m still not sure what actually happened and I kind of need some answers…
Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon – Yes, this is an Oliver Twist retelling where Oliver was actually a girl pretending to be a boy, and this one takes place years later when she is older, and of course I am going to add it to my highly anticipated reads list. Which is funny because I never actually finished reading Oliver Twist in the first place. I mean, I tried, but the copy I was reading was so old that every time I turn a page it fell off the spine. I literally had half the book just in pieces. I didn’t mean to give up but I kind of did. And I really can’t wait to read this because I mean I still know the story, but part of me also wants to go back and try reading it again before I read this one (something I know might never actually happen). (Also I’m laughing because while February was a sci-fi month, March is shaping up to being a retelling month. I actually took The Queens of Innis Lear off this list because while I plan on reading it, I haven’t read King Lear yet, which is what it’s based on, so I don’t know if I’m going to anticipate it that much).
Nothing But Sky, by Amy Trueblood – 1920’s, romance, death-defying flying tricks. Yeah….you got me. If it takes place in a time period in the 1800’s or the early 1900’s, I am so there. Especially if it also has what sounds like a promising romance as well….
Devils Unto Dust, by Emma Berquist – This one is a western that takes place after a disease ravages the land, turning people into “shakes” and basically it sounds like a zombie western so I am very excited for this one!
Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland – So this takes place in an alternate America where the Civil War didn’t end, exactly, because the dead started walking, kind of forcing the nation to change course. It sounds extremely riveting and I cannot wait to read it!!
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1), by Amanda Foody – Okay, so this one has casinos and mafia and some other nitty gritty stuff and after reading Gunslinger Girl I am definitely in the mood for more of it. It sounds like it’s going to have a lot of intrigue and I hope it is as good as it sounds!
Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli – I’m interested in this one mainly because of Becky Albertalli, of course. Her Upside of Unrequited was so cute and heartwarming, that I instantly devoured Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda not long after. And in this one the main character, Leah, is bisexual and heck yeah for representation!!
Furyborn (Empirium #1), by Claire Legrand – This one just sounds so good! It’s a fantasy that spans millenia, dealing with a prophecy about two queens – one of desctruction and one of salvation – and everything about it just sounds amazing! I’m not normally one for the whole “stories crossing time periods” thing, but this one sounds like it’s going to work extremely well.
The Smoke Thieves, by Sally Green – I discovered this one rather recently as well and am definitely adding it to my TBR! There are four different characters whose stories all interwine in this fantasy novel that definitely sounds like it’s going to be an adventure!
LIFEL1K3, by Jay Kristoff – This is another one of those that is getting added mainly because of the author. Jay Kristoff’s writing had completely enchanted me in both Illuminae and Nevernight and so of course I can’t wait for this sci-fi one by him as well. Not to mention the plot just sounds kickass too!
Save the Date, by Morgan Matson – This is the only one I have for June so far, because I absolutely love Morgan Matson! Her first three books stole my heart and I will forever read everything she writes because of that. This one is about a wedding and what happens over the weekend leading up to it, all the crazy shenanigans, the family drama, and every heartfelt thing one might expect from a Matson novel.
And that’s all she wrote, folks! I hope you guys have as many anticipated reads as I do! But don’t forget to stop neglecting those TBRs as well! They need our love too! (I know mine does at least). What are you looking most forward to in 2018?