Day two of 2018 and it wouldn’t be a ‘Book Releases to Look Forward To’ week without mentioning everyone’s favourite genre, YA. Now, it was incredibly hard to keep this list down to just five books, but I have tried to put a mixture of most anticipated and perhaps hidden gems. Interested to see which YA novels I’ve pre-ordered, because lets be real all of these have been pre-ordered, keep on reading for my thoughts and opinions.
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A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher:Bloomsbury Children’s Books (March 6, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
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.
I mean, how could I start a ‘Books to Look Forward to List’ and not include the next installment of The Court of Thorns and Roses series. As I said in my Top Books of 2017 post, I’m complete trash for this series, and will continue to diligently purchase it so long as Maas releases books. My only reservation is that this is being promoted as a novella, which, come on Sarah, give the readers what they want and release another novel following Feyre and Rhys.
Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
Publisher:HMH (April 10, 2018)
Print Length: 400 pages
Nineteen-year-old Elias, a royal mapmaker and friend of the newly crowned king, is eager to explore uncharted waters. But when two maps surface, each with the same riddle, Elias must put aside his next voyage to solve a mystery that has plagued the kingdom for eighteen years—what happened to their two young princes, both kidnapped on one tragic day? Following the hidden clues, Elias uncovers long-held secrets and unimaginable betrayals.
Maps are always one of the most intriguing parts of any fantasy bind up, so having a fantasy novel that seems like it will be heavily influenced by maps, as is the case with Isle of Blood and Stone, makes me a very happy fantasy reader. I am also interested to see if the two princes mystery is in some way influenced by the ‘Princes in the Tower’ cold case.
Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen
Publisher:Philomel Books (March 6, 2018)
Print Length: 432 pages
The year is 1942, and Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins, are forced from their beautiful home and made to live in the Lodz Ghetto. Their family’s cramped quarters are awful, but when even those dire circumstances become too dangerous, their parents decide to make for the nearby Lagiewniki Forest, where partisan fighters are trying to shepherd Jews to freedom in Russia. The partisans take Chaim and Gittel, with promises that their parents will catch up — but soon, everything goes wrong. Their small band of fighters is caught and killed. Chaim, Gittel, and their two friends are left alive, only to be sent off to Sobanek concentration camp.
Chaim is quiet, a poet, and the twins often communicate through wordless exchanges of shared looks and their own invented sign language. But when they reach Sobanek, with its squalid conditions, rampant disease, and a building with a belching chimney that everyone is scared to so much as look at, the bond between Chaim and Gittel, once a source of strength, becomes a burden. For there is a doctor there looking to experiment on twins, and what he has in store for them is a horror they dare not imagine.
This gut-wrenching story about the choices we make, the values we hold — and the ties that bind us all together–adds a story never told before in young adult literature to the body of work written about teens during World War II.
This wouldn’t be a ‘Books to Look Forward To’ list put together by yours truly without a historical fiction novel. I read The Librarian of Auschwitz late last year and it included sections on what it was like living in Ghetto’s during World War II, so to read another and see how each author treats the subject should be an interesting read. While it is a hard topic to read about, I’m sure Mapping the Bones will be a much talked about book here on The Paperback Pilgrim, so be on the look out for that.
Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen, #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher:Razorbill (January 23, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.
A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?
Necromancy is a subject that’s been explored in YA over the past several years, most notably the book that comes to mind for me is The Bone Witch, so I am very interested to see what Marsh will bring to the lore. Plus, just look at that cover. Definitely making me consider rearranging my bookshelves to have some books facing forward.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 6, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
This book is being billed as a Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem itch trials so you best believe I’ve had this pre-ordered for MONTHS! As a debut author I have no prior works of Ernshaw to say whether or not this book is going to be a good or not, but based on the early reviews I am more than intrigued enough to find out!
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And that is a wrap on five new YA novels I’m looking forward to in 2018. Out of all the books that didn’t make this list I also wanted to quickly mention the next installment in the Three Dark Crowns series, but with no title, and a vague 2018 release date I figured it was okay to mention in my closing instead. Do you think I overlooked a book? Leave it in the comments below!