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My year as a reader started with setting up a goal to read 51 books. How come this number? Well, I did the ordinary math. Nothing special. But these 51 books will be my treasures of 2018. I am very picky about what I read. I hate leaving my comfort zone and prefer to stay close to my favorite genres and authors not to be disappointed. From time to time, I allow myself to go wild in the bookish jungles and read a book for uncertain circumstances like because the cover is beautiful or the title is catchy. But you know, it’s kinda an exception that rarely turns into luck.
So these 51 books are knowingly compiled into my TBR list and are not a surprise at all. But there are 8 of them which are of great importance, and I anticipate reading them the most. As all of these printed beauties are coming out in 2018, I am excited about their dates of release when I could get them hot right out from the publishers’ ovens and be carried far-far away.
My pleasure to share them with you, not in the order of the release dates but descendingly my anticipation.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas Release date: May 1st
I guess 99,99% of you feel me here. This year could be a disaster without the next ACOTAR sequel. The book is final in the series so WHAT ON HELL SHOULD I DO NEXT YEAR? I feel anxious about this fact but let’s solve one problem at a time.
So what should we expect here?
The book is narrated by Feyre and Rhysand. I must confess I felt hopeful to listen to other characters as well. I am highly concerned what is happening in Nesta’s head. She is an intriguing character, and I am keen on her narrative line as much as Cassian’s, Lucien’s and Elain’s.
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 a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare Release date: December 4th
Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.
God knows how Cassandra Clare is good at breaking readers’ hearts. I am still recovering from her previous soul-crashing assassination attempt named Lord of Shadows, and this sequel scares the shit out of me with the consequences it might have on my fragile heart. But I will read and struggle. We all will do.
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir Release date: June 12th
The highly anticipated third book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir’s EMBER QUARTET. The one where my weary heart could rest and enjoy the adventures and battles for justice.
Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power – regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender–even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.
Rough Animals by Rae Delbianco Release date: June 5th
Gripping from the first gunshot to the last and steeped in a mythic, wildly alive language of its own, ROUGH ANIMALS announces the arrival of a powerful new voice: a 25-year-old debut novelist who’s been compared to Denis Johnson and Cormac McCarthy.
I must confess I’ve already read this one. But it doesn’t make it less anticipated. I predict this book will gain a great success this year. It’s not been released yet but is already on the crowd’s tongue and gets the highest rates and excellent reviews. Mark my word Rough Animals will shake the public opinions. I had a unique chance to interview Rae, the author of the book, and have a closer look. Here is the book spotlight post to quench your curiosity.
My review is live on my Goodreads page so don’t forget to check it out!
Legendary by Stephanie Garber Release date: May 29th
If you haven’t read the bestselling breakout debut Caraval, you’ve missed a great deal of unthinkable events those happened in magical, unpredictable and entrancing manner. The Caraval magic itself is filled in every page and plot twist. It’s a separate character in the book that lives its own life unmanageable even by the author. And of course, let’s not forget about Mr. Legent, whose identity is still uncovered, and I’m dying to read more about his mysterious person.
Once again, “welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.”
The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth Release date: April 10th
Oh, look at the calendar! It’s been already released. It means that a package can arrive at my doorstep at any moment. So excited to lay my hands on it.
In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.
In spite this book is third from the list of my anticipated reads this year, I firmly believe it will meet readers’ hopes and won’t disappoint. Carve the Mark wasn’t a five-star read of 2017 but still, I enjoyed it.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas Release date: October 23rd
There was a teeny-tiny problem with Tower of Dawn, the previous book in the series. I didn’t like it. The book about brave and selfless Chaol Westfall, former the Captain of the Gard and now King’s Dorian Right Hand, turned out so boring that ruined my whole desire to continue anticipating sequels. I think the amount of books outnumbered this story and it never should go so far to turn Chaol’s character into the protagonist. Some background characters should remain so.
Truth to be told, I lost my interest in the story in ToD, but I must give KoA an opportunity to rehabilitate and end the whole series dignifiedly. Please, Maas, don’t overdo this one.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes Release date: January 30th
Yes, this book was released at the very beginning of 2018, but I still haven’t read it in spite my anticipation. I kinda afraid of reading it because the first book was incredible. Beyond incredible. And yet, the second one didn’t seize my heart as much as Me Before You. I’m concerned Still Me will disappoint me even more. And I really, really don’t want this to happen. I just need to seriously get a grip.
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