Book Releases To Look Forward To: May 2018

With new books coming out every week and some getting more recognition than others it’s time again to list of book releases that I’m excited about in a particular month.

So, grab a beverage of choice and get ready to learn about some of the books I’m looking forward to being released in May 2018.

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35667081Beast’s Heart, The by Leife Shallcross

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (May 3, 2018)

Print Length: 304 pages

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.

The Review

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you will know that Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite movies of all time. It then should come as no surprise that I chose to included a book that retells the ‘tale as old as time’ through the beast’s perspective. From the reviews on Goodreads this novel will be a slow burn, but as the days get longer and the nights get warmer a slower paced book may be just the thing to ring in the start of summer.

31076583Court of Frost and Starlight, A (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA (May 1, 2018)

Print Length: 224 pages

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

The Review

I don’t think this needs any sort of explanation. I’ve had it pre-ordered since its announcement, and will hopefully have it in my hands on May 1.

*Update: I had to cancel my pre-order as Amazon wouldn’t deliver it until May 3, 2018?! Like what?! I’ll be physically driving to the closest bookstore on May 1 to get my hands on it.*

31123244.jpgFatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace FlemingM.T. Anderson, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, Linda Sue Park, Lisa Ann Sandell

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (May 1, 2018)

Print Length: 416 pages

Fatal Throne, a book about Henry VIII and his six wives, coordinated by Candace Fleming. Fleming and six other authors will each contribute a story from different points of view: M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, Linda Sue Park, and Lisa Ann Sandell.

The Review

A anthology where each author is one voice of the six wives of Henry VIII… sign me up! Reviews of this YA historical fiction novel have been generally positive on Goodreads, and upon combing through said reviews I also found that there are sections for both Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. All in all pretty excited for this release, however, I may not get to it right away given that it comes out the same day as A Court of Frost and Starlight

34323570.jpgFuryborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (May 22, 2018)

Print Length: 512 pages

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

The Review 

If the synopsis for Claire Legrand’s new YA fantasy novel isn’t enough to entice you to pick it up it currently holds an impressive 4.19 out of 5 stars on Goodreads pased off of 1,074 ratings and 624 reviews. Most of those reviews are very positive, praising the plot, story, and Legrand’s ability to expertly balance dual timelines.

34739766.jpgOnyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Publisher: Blazer + Bray (May 15, 2018)

Print Length: 512 pages

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

The Review

I’m all for a fantasy novel where the princess saves herself so when I found out that this may be the case in Onyx & Ivory, I immediately added it to my Goodreads TBR. Of course once it was added I had to see what was out there for promotional material and I came across Arnett’s blog which included a map of her fictitious kingdom, click here to see. If the novel is as gorgeous as the map, I may just have to pick up some of Arnett’s other works!

34508382.jpgSmoke Thieves, The (The Smoke Thieves #1) by Sally Green

Publisher: Viking (May 1, 2018)

Print Length: 400 pages

A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict. 

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

The Review

Considering I am almost finished with the ‘Falling Kingdoms’ series I have been scouring Goodreads for the next big YA version of ‘Game of Thrones.’ Enter The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green. It checks of the high fantasy and multiple PoV’s that one would expect from a book being labeled the next ‘Game of Thrones’ but promises to offer some unique spins on a well known genre.

27188596War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen (May 15, 2018)

Print Length: 672 pages


Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

The Review 

We have finally made it friends. The last book in the ‘Red Queen’ series is finally upon us and I could not be more excited to get my hands on it come May 15. Boasting 165 more pages than King’s Cage (Red Queen #3), I’m hoping War Storm (Red Queen #4) is the epic conclusion that I am expecting it to be.

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And those are just some of the books that are being released in May 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated May releases? Leave a comment down below and help my TBR grow.


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