20 Anticipated Reads of ‘18

It seems like yesterday that I was gearing for the books
released this year, but 2017 has come and gone and I’m intent on leaving it
behind. There are so many great books I’ve had my eye on for this year, so here
goes my list below the Read More:

  1. Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
    – 2017 has been the year of reading all of her books and now I can’t imagine not reading anything by her. [Also,
    finally, she gives us the sapphic latinx fairytale retelling we needed (or maybe
    it was just me?)] To be released Fall
    2018.
  2. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by
    Kiersten White – Another author I discovered this year! After reading And I Darken and Now I Rise, I’m so excited for this book! To be released Fall 2018.
  3. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White –
    Of course, I need the third installment of this brutal saga. I need more of
    Lada’s ruthlessness and Radu’s pragmatism. I love this saga so much it’s not
    even funny. To be released July 2018. (Read the Goodreads blurb here)
  4. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney – It’s been pitched as a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it has a black rotagonist, so count me in! To be released in 2018.
  5. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – Having already read the excerpt from
    Chapter 1,
    I’m so READY! I really admire the work the Rick Riordan Presents
    imprint is doing by allowing marginalized authors of color write their own
    middle grade books a la Percy Jackson with mythology from their own cultures,
    since this prevents the trend of white authors using and exploiting mythologies
    that aren’t theirs to begin with. To be released March 28th, 2018.
  6. Chainbreaker by Tara Sim – The second
    of the Timekeeper series, I’m so excited to witness the return of a beautiful
    cast of characters, and this time, they’re travelling to India! Knowing how
    important this book might be for diasporic/mixed-race Indian readers who rarely
    see themselves in YA novels, let alone Fantasy books, this book is bound to be
    amazing. I’ve already pre-ordered it on Amazon, so make sure you do too! To be released January 2nd,
    2018
    .
  7. Love, Hate and Other Filters by
    Samira Ahmed – A contemporary YA with an Indian-American Muslim teen at the
    center of it? Inconceivable! However, Samira Ahmed actually conceived it and I’m
    looking forward to its debut on January
    16th, 2018
    .
  8. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
    – A book centering a black biromantic ace woman as its protagonist in 2018? It’s
    more likely than you’d think! It’s also #OwnVoices, which makes it all the more
    enticing for my grubby little gay hands. To be released January 23rd, 2018. (Here’s an excerpt from Swoonreads!)
  9. Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra – This book
    has a “highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors” in a South Asian-coded
    setting. What’s better than that? This book will be the debut of Mehrotra and the
    beginning of the Asiana series.  To be released January 23rd, 2018.
  10. Another middle-grade Fantasy with an Indian
    protagonist, The Serpent’s Secret is Sayantani DasGupta’s debut novel. Laced
    with Indian mythology, royalty, and a love-triangle for our 12-year old
    protagonist, I’m actually looking forward to this book that’s being released on
    February 27th, 2018.
  11. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi
    Adeyemi – One of the most anticipated releases of 2018, I would be remiss if I
    too wasn’t anticipating it. To be released March 6th, 2018. (You can read a chapter excerpt here!)
  12. Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst – A
    bisexual demigod with the power of dictating the future with her blood? Sign me
    the fuck up! I also heard somewhere they may be a dragon in it which sealed the
    deal for me. (It’s also tied to the Of Fire and Stars series, which is awesome) To be released March 6th, 2018.
  13. Circe by Madeline Miller – After destroying
    me with The Song of Achilles, Miller
    is back with Greek mythology retellings, this time with a female character at
    the center of it. To be released April 10th, 2018.
  14. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
    – I might’ve screamed internally with the ending of A Torch Against the Night, but I’m super hyped for the third
    installment of this Quartet. I don’t know what else is in store for the main
    three (Laia, Elias, and Helene) but Oh Boy do I smell Death coming for them. To
    be released April 24th, 2018.
  15. From Twinkle, with Love by the New Queen
    of RomComs Sandhya Menon – We all fell in love with Dimple and Rishi in When Dimple Met Rishi earlier this year. Now, we’ll
    get to fall in love with Twinkle and Neil (or, is it Sahil? 😉 ). To be
    released May 22nd, 2018.
  16. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
    – The sequel to Labyrinth Lost, we’ll
    follow Lula Mortiz’s life after coming back from Los Lagos. I’m really looking
    forward to this release in June 1st,
    2018
    .
  17. Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie –
    I think I’ve established how much I love Emily’s The Abyss Surrounds Us duology, so it’s not surprise that I’m
    already hyped for this book, especially after
    reading the first chapter’s excerpt
    . The book will be released on July 17th, 2018. (There’s
    also a Goodreads Giveaway happening right now and ends on December 1st,
    2017)
  18. The Storm Runner by Jennifer
    Cervantes – Another upcoming Rick Riordan Presents release, this time with a Latina
    author writing a Mexican MC into Mayan mythology and I’m PSYCHED. To be
    released September 18th, 2018.
  19. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli
    and Adam Silvera – I’m so stoked to see this co-authorship happening right now.
    Can’t wait for its October 2nd,
    2018
    release!
  20. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh – The
    sequel to Flame in the Mist, Ahdieh’s
    deft authorship left a mark on their readers with her twist on the
    enemies-to-lovers trope set in Feudal Japan. I’m excited to read the sequel,
    because the first installment left me wanting more. Set to be released on June 5th, 2018.

There are plenty more books I’m
looking forward to on 2018 (which you can find on my tbr on Godreads) but I’ll let the year unfold before I can talk more
about them. What are some of yours? Send me message or hit me up on Twitter
@boricuareads!

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