Most anticipated releases (Jan-Jun 2018)

Making this post took me forever because I had to go and rearrange all my shelves on goodreads just so I could KIND OF make some sense of what is about to be released when, but even so I know that I’m missing A LOT of books. Anyway, here are at least some of my most anticipated releases for the first part of the year!


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 26032825

Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Release date: Jan 2nd

Yes this was already released and it’s already on my Kindle but I promised myself I won’t read it until I’ve made a dent in my ARCs. Yikes. Anyway this is apparently in the same universe of The Darkest Part of the Forest which I absolutely adored last year so there is no way I’m missing out on it.

Rep: I think this has multiple mlm characters, not sure about wlw


Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh 29906017

Summary: 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?

Release date: Jan 23rd

This sounds so great  I can’t believe I’m gonna have to wait until I am free of my ARCs but in the meantime I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it!

Rep: wlw



All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (anthology by various authors) 35140599

Summary: Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. 

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten. 

That’s all we need in 20gayteen thanx

Release date: Feb 27th

Rep: multiple characters on the lgbtq+ spectrum


The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson 35297386

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Release date: Feb 6th

I actually still haven’t read anything by SDH and it’s truly a shame. I don’t know if I’ll manage to make this my first read by the author but it sounds amazing so I just might.

Rep: wlw



Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 24909347

Summary: Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Release date: March 13th

I loved Illuminae and Gemina and I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series (although I’ll be really sad).


The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara 32295460

Summary: A swashbuckling, smart novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession—and her safety—depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Release date: March 6th

If you know me then you also know that my most favorite thing in the world is pirate girls conquering the seas and falling in love with each other so how could this not be my #1 most anticipated release this year??

Rep: wlw



Circe by Madeline Miller 32454291

Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Release date: April 10th

Umm nothing to say here I just need it now


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Arbetalli 31180248

Summary: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Release date: April 24th


Rep: wlw



The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde 35901105

Summary: As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be
perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Release date: May 22nd

After loving Queens of Geek I really can’t wait for this (also that cover is so preTY AND SO BI I LOVE)

Rep: wlw



I actually don’t have a super anticipated book that’s gonna release in June (or I haven’t found one yet at least) so if you know of one that I should look forward to (preferably lgbtq+) definitely let me know!


Have you already added any of these to your TBR? What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of this year? 

11 thoughts on “Most anticipated releases (Jan-Jun 2018)

  1. i’m also highly anticipating all these books! it’s super hard to decide which one i’m most excited for, but maybe it’s leah on the offbeat because holy fuck i NEED IT NOW. i hadn’t heard of circe before, but it sounds really good so that’s now on my tbr too!

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    1. Leah is already so promising and I’m so happy that Simon will be there 😭❤ ahhh I’m so glad you added Circe (def read The Song of Achilles by the same author too if you haven’t, it’s gonna make you cry a lot)

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  2. I’m so exited for so many books! Leah On The Offbeat, Reign Of The Fallen, All Out, Ravensong by TJ Klune( It is the sequel to Wolfsong and I’ve been waiting two years. I am ready!), Use of your hands( The barons #3) I am obsessed with that series, and so many more that I can’t remember how to spell right now.😅

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  3. My B&N copy and regular copy of The Cruel Prince arrived yesterday. I loooove that book and can’t wait to reread the finished version, haha. It also reminded me how much I love Black’s writing, to be honest.

    Preordered Reign of the Fallen – pure coverbuy really but I read some great reviews on it since – and Obsidio! Hoping for some more AIDAN in that one though. Gemina was a bit disappointing on that account [but only on that account, haha.]

    Leah on the Offbeat is on my wishlist! Hoping to get my hands on it but we’ll seeeee. 😀
    Same for Circe. Heard some good things about it already and it’s made me curious.

    Haven’t heard of some of the other books you mention so I’m going to check those out. 🙂

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