I love the end of the year because it means a new year is coming and another entire year of new book releases for me to look forward to! There are several sequels I have been waiting for that are publishing in 2018 and I am completely psyched about the fact that soon I will have them in my hands! All I can say is that it is about time! 😉
In addition, I was curious about what was publishing in 2018 and I have been spending hours looking at what new authors and books are right around the corner. In this post I wanted to share with you 12 upcoming releases in 2018 that I am eagerly anticipating. This list also includes 6 debut novels that I think you will be interested in as well. There is a little bit of everything to tempt your TBR pile.
12 Books I Want to Read in 2018
1. I loved reading Death’s Mistress and I am looking forward to reading its sequel.
Shroud of Eternity by Terry Goodkind
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Blurb: The formidable sorceress Nicci and her companions–the newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon–set out on another quest after driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay. Their mission: restore Nathan’s magic and, for Nicci, save the world.
Guided by the witch-woman Red’s mysterious prophecy, the trio makes their way south of Kol Adair towards a wondrous city shrouded behind time, Ildakar. But the grotesque omens on their path to Nathan’s salvation–severed Norukai heads on pikes, a genetically modified monster, and a petrified army of half a million–are just a taste of the unimaginable horrors that await within the Shroud of Eternity.
2. This debut novel caught my interest because it is touted to be a “character driven novel of first contact” and I love to read first contact novels.
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Publication Date: February 06, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Blurb: Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet’s sentient species and prove that mammals are more than tools.
Forced to land on a planet they aren’t prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape–trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.
3. This is another debut novel that caught my eye, there is also a movie currently in development for this book at Fox and I wanted to read it before it possibly became a movie. I like the idea of a world where magic disappears and then there is a struggle to bring it back.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Blurb: 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. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
4. I haven’t read any gothic fiction lately and this is not only is this book gothic suspense but it also has a dual timeline switching from 1950 and 2014.
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Supernatural
Blurb: Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .
Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .
5. Historical fiction, horror, zombies, and a debut novel…Yep, definitely for me!
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Publication Date: April 03, 2018
Genre: Historical, Horror
Blurb: Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.
But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
6. This story is a re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast tale, which if you have been a follower of this blog for any amount of time you would know I love that story and love to read re-tellings of it. Also it is another debut novel of 2018.
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
Publication Date: May 3, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Blurb: I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.
I am the Beast.
The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.
My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.
My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.
And now I might lose her forever.
7. This book is the sequel to Blackwing and I can’t wait to read it!
Ravencry by Ed McDonald
Series: Raven’s Mark #2
Publication Date: June 18, 2018
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Blurb: Four years have passed since Nall’s Engine drove the Deep Kings back across the Misery, but as they hurl fire from the sky, darker forces plots against the republic.
A new power is rising: a ghost in the light known only as the Bright Lady manifests in visions across the city, and the cult that worship her grasp for power even as the city burns around them.
When Crowfoot’s arcane vault is breached, an object of terrible power is stolen, and Galharrow and his Blackwings must once find out which of Valengrad’s enemies is responsible before they have a chance to use it.
To save Valengrad, Galharrow, Nenn and Tnota must venture to a darker, more twisted and more dangerous place than any they’ve walked before: the very heart of the Misery.
8. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, and I have been looking forward to continuing with this series!
Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen
Series: Steampunk Proper Romance #2
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
Genre: Steampunk, Historical. Romance
Blurb: Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date—after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.
In a desperate attempt to find Malette—the witch who cursed her—Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett’s private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she’s traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.
Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla’s death-like sleep becomes permanent.
9. A science fiction fantasy inspired by the author’s Moroccan background and a debut novel, yes please!
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Series: Mirage #1
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Blurb: A YA fantasy/SF trilogy inspired by the author’s Moroccan background, in which a poor girl from an isolated moon must become the body double to the cruel imperial princess, and learns that life in the royal palace is far more dangerous and complicated than she imagined.
10. Ok, I know that as of this post I have yet to read the second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, Hunting Prince Dracula, but I fully intend to and I am excited about reading the third book in this series.
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
Blurb: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?
11. I have read a few books by this author and I am looking forward to the start of a new series. Sorry there is no cover art because this publication date is so far away.
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
Series: The Night Rebel #1
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Blurb: Ian and Veritas story (lol, seriously, this is all that is out there for this book!)
12. This book is a fantasy debut novel that is about a bomb squad that defuses magical weapons. I have not read a book with a focus on this element, so I am excited to read this! Again, no cover art due to the advanced publication date.
City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Blurb: Five hundred years ago, magi created a weapon they couldn’t control. An infestation that ate magic–and anything else it came into contact with. Enemies and allies were equally filling.
Only an elite team of non-magical humans, known as sweepers, can defuse and dispose of infestations before they spread. Most die before they finish training.
Laura, a new team member, has stayed alive longer than most. Now, she’s the last–and only–sweeper standing between the city and a massive infestation.
Now I am a big fan on supporting Indie Authors and medium/small/indie publishing presses so expect a Top 10 Indie Books I Want To Read in 2018 post coming soon. 😀