Hey guys! I read a lot in 2018 and yet there were so many releases that I never ended up getting to because of time or not having access to the book.
Let's get into it.
1. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
This was released on February 27, 2018. I really enjoyed the first book, Daughter of the Pirate King, and I bought this book shortly after it released but I never got around to reading it so I'm hoping to change that this year! The first book was about Alosa who is a female pirate captain (and part siren) searching for an ancient hidden map. She allows herself to be kidnapped by her enemies in order to search their ship for the map, the only thing standing between her and the map is her captor, the attractive first-mate, Riden. I'm hoping to get to this one soon.
2. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
This was released on March 6, 2018. Restore Me is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series which was originally a trilogy. I loved the first three books a lot but am a little worried about reading this one as it might not live up to my high expectations.
3. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
This was released on April 3, 2018. I bought this book when it came out because I loved Alex, Approximately by the same author, however, I never picked this one up. Starry Eyes is about Zorie and Lennon who are best friends-turned-best enemies who find themselves stranded in the wilderness together when a camping trip goes south. They have to work their issues out and try to get to safety with no one but each other for company. It sounds so dramatic and interesting and I hope to get to it soon.
4. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
This was released on May 22, 2018. Furyborn is a huge book and that is part of the reason why I have taken so long to read it. Also, I've tried the audiobook and couldn't get into it but I am finally reading it from the library and really enjoying it. Furyborn is about two women, centuries apart, who are fighting in a cosmic war that spans millenia. Rielle Dardenne exposes herself as one of the prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood, when she saves her best friend from assassins. She has to go through trials to prove she's the Sun Queen or she'll be executed. A thousand years later, Eliana Ferracora is a bounty hunter for the Empire until her mother vanishes. She then joins a rebel captain to find her and discovers how terrible the evil at the empire's heart really is.
5. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
This was released on May 15, 2018. There is a reason that I haven't read this book yet and that is because I got a spoiler and now I am very upset and don't want to cry. I do want to read this though because I feel like I should complete the series.
6. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
This was released on June 12, 2018. I loved the first two books so much and I really want to get to this one but I feel like I have to reread the first two which is one of the reasons why I haven't read this one yet. This series is set in a world inspired by ancient Rome where defiance is met with death and everyone has to vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor. Laia lives with her older brother and grandparents and they live in poverty. They don't challenge the Empire but when Laia's brother is arrested for treason, she agrees to spy for the rebels who promise to help rescue her brother, however this greatly puts her life at risk as she's spying in the Empire's greatest military academy. She meets Elias who is the school's finest soldier and also its most unwilling as all he wants is to be free of the tyranny.
7. Dawn of Legends by Eleanor Herman
This was released on June 26, 2018. This is another finale to a series and I really don't want it to end. This series is about Alexander the Great when he was young and is a historical fiction/fantasy series. Alexander is the prince of Macedonia and is ready to find out his destiny in the world. Katerina is navigating court life while trying to hide her secret mission, to kill the queen. It's a darker series and is often compared to Game of Thrones because of it, however it is still a Young Adult/New Adult series.
8. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
This was released on July 31, 2018. I love books having to do with sirens, mermaids and/or pirates and this fits the bill. This is a retelling of The Little Mermaid/an origin story of the Sea Witch. Evie is an outcast in her small fishing town (and a witch) ever since her best friend, Anna drowned. A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and Evie is convinced it's actually her best friend though the girl denies it. The girls catch the eyes/hearts of two charming princes and Evie believes she might have a chance at her own happily ever after however, her new friend has secrets of her own. She can't stay on two legs unless Evie finds a way to help her. It sounds so good and I really want to read it!
9. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raash
This was released on August 7, 2018. Another pirate themed book has made it's way onto this list! These Rebel Waves is a book that has very mixed reviews but I am very excited to read it regardless as pirate books are some of my favorites.
10. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
This was released on August 7, 2018. Mary E. Pearson's first series, The Remnant Chronicles are one of my favorite book series and this is set in the same universe. This is about a reformed theif and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty. Jase is the leader of the Ballenger empire and Kazi is a former street thief sent to investigate in the land of the Ballengers. I am very excited to start this one.
11. The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee
This was released on August 28, 2018. This is the third book in The Thousandth Floor series and I think the last book in the series. I bought this book from Barnes and Noble shortly after it came out but since I went off to college, I never got to read it. This series is about Manhattan in 2118 where there is a thousand story tower where the majority of the Manhattan population resides. It's a very different and interesting book with lots of drama and gossip. I am excited to find out how this series ends.
12. Wildcard by Marie Lu
This was released on September 18, 2018. Wildcard is the sequel to Warcross which was about a teenage hacker, Emika Chen who works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. She hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships however she accidentally glitches herself into the action. She gets a call from the game's creator, Hideo Tanaka and he offers her a job to spy on the tournament in order to uncover a security problem and she accepts. I really enjoy all of Marie Lu's books and I loved the first book so I am very excited to read this one.
13. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
This was released on September 18, 2018. This is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a lord's daughter with a life of wealth and privilege, however against her father's wishes and society's expectations, she works in her uncle's laboratory to study forensic medicine. I love how these books mix historical fiction with horror and it is so good.
14. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
This was released on October 2, 2018. This is the sequel or companion novel of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue which was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and I bought this last year but I haven't had time to read this one. This one is about Felicity who was the sister of Monty. The first book was so good but I've heard some mixed things about this one so I've been a little worried to read this one.
15. The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell
This was released on October 9, 2018. This is the sequel to The Last Magician which was set in modern-day New York where magic for the most part was extinct. Those who have it are hiding. Esa is the main character who is a thief, raised to steal magical artifacts. She has the ability to manipulate time and often travels to the past to collect these artifacts. This was also one of the books that I was very excited to buy last year so I am very excited.
Have you read any of these books?