In January, I posted my most anticipated books for the first half of 2018 (check out that post here). Somehow, it’s already May and time to talk about my most anticipated new releases for the second half of the year. The books are listed by release date. If any dates change, I’ll update accordingly.
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (June 12)
Goodreads summary: Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
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 while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid 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 will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.
Why I’m Exicted: I have been talking about the third book in the Ember quartet nonstop since I read the first two books in March. I know my heart is not ready for this book, but I need to know what Sabaa has in store for my favorite characters.
Wrong in All the Right Ways: A Novel by Tiffany Brownlee (July 17)
Goodreads summary: Everything in Emma’s life has always gone according to her very careful plans. But things take a turn toward the unexpected when she falls in love for the first time with the one person in the world who’s off-limits–her new foster brother, the gorgeous and tormented Dylan McAndrews.
Meanwhile, Emma’s AP English class is reading Wuthering Heights, and she’s been assigned to mimic Bronte’s style in an epistolary format. With no one to confide in, she’s got a lot to write about. Emma and Dylan try to constrain their romance to the page–for fear of threatening Dylan’s chances of being adopted into another home. But the strength of first love is all-consuming, and they soon get enveloped in a passionate, secretive relationship with a very uncertain outcome.
Why I’m Excited: This book is a retelling of Wuthering Heights, which I’ve never read. I borrowed the audiobook from my library a few days ago, so hopefully I’ll have finished Wuthering Heights by the time this is release because it sounds interesting.
Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1) by Mary E. Pearson (August 7)
Goodreads summary: A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
Why I’m Excited: I wasn’t sure about this book because the summary says it’s set in an established universe. I don’t want to pick up a new series just to read this book; however, an ARC review I read said it wasn’t necessary. It sounds like romance in a fantasy setting and I’m intrigued.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (September 4)
Goodreads summary: When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.
When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…
At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…
Why I’m Excited: I still haven’t read The Wedding Date, but I’m excited for this book because the summary and light romance with a black female main character is exactly what I’ve been in the mood for.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (October 2)
Goodreads summary: Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer
Why I’m Excited: I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer. I loved the writing, world-building, characters, and Lazlo is one of the purest YA male characters. I can’t wait to read this sequel because Strange the Dreamer ended with a cliffhanger.
Becoming by Michelle Obama (November 13)
Goodreads Summary: An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Why I’m Excited: I love First Lady Michelle Obama. She is the Queen of my heart and I can’t wait to read her memoir. I’m sitting time aside for that.
Untitled follow up by Trevor Noah (November 13)
Goodreads Summary: As in his bestselling memoir Born a Crime, the story once again begins with Trevor trapped in a taxi, desperate to escape as the vehicle careens along carrying him to certain doom. This time he’s no longer nine but nineteen, and he’s no longer a passenger in the taxi—he owns it. With all the same astute and comical observations Noah brought to his bestselling memoir, Born a Crime, this new work follows his journey into adulthood—and international stardom—in a newly born nation. South Africa and Noah grew up together—both struggling with the responsibilities of their newfound independence, and both living in the long shadow of a towering parental figure.
Noah’s story unfolds in three acts: The first covers his stumbling, early twentysomething attempts to make a way in the world through a series of wildly dangerous odd jobs (collecting rent from the mob, joining a gun-toting taxi cabal) and even odder schemes (devoting hours a day to call-in sweepstakes, one of which would change his life). The second traces the arc of his career from the first, accidental open mic night to the zenith of South Africa stardom—with detours into playing a gangster on a South African soap opera and early comedy gigs on public buses. In the third act he finally leaves his South African nest and sees the world, from London to Latin American and eventually, to America, South Africa’s inverted doppelganger on matters of race, where a meeting with Jon Stewart changes his life.
By turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting, this is the story of a remarkably intelligent, observant, trouble-making and risk-taking young man discovering his own talent and place in the world—and a country struggling to do the same.
Why I’m Excited: I absolutely loved Trevor Noah’s memoir Born A Crime. It was the best memoir I’ve read and I want more of his storytelling. I can’t wait to get my hands on this follow up.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (December 4)
Goodreads Summary: What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.
Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
Why I’m Excited: I was over the moon when I found out Queen of Air and Darkness would be released this year instead of 2019. I don’t know how my heart would go on and on and on if I had to wait two years to find out how things end for these characters. I’ve prepared my heart and my soul for this ending. I’m also willing to give up my soul for an ARC of this book. Just putting it out there.
What new releases are you excited about? What books should I add to my anticipated lists? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!