It’s safe to say 2017 was a year of great book releases. Between Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera and Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, it’s hard to beat 2017 books. And we can’t forget The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — which has been on the NY Times Best Seller list for 41 weeks — a.k.a. Goodreads‘ winner for Best Book of the year in the Young Adult and Debut Author categories.
Since there were such great book releases in 2017, I have nothing but great expectations for 2018 as well. Here are 10 young adults novels that are scheduled to release in 2018 that I wish I could get my hands on right now.
One of the earliest releases of the year, The Cruel Prince is scheduled to be published January 2nd. In this young adult fantasy novel, a girl named Jude must defy the consequences to win her place on the High Court of Faerie. This is the first book of The Folk of the Air series. The author, Holly Black, is also the author of the popular series The Spiderwork Chronicles.
Becky Albertalli is slowly becoming one of the most popular contemporary YA writers. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (which is getting a movie adaptation in 2018) and The Upside of Unrequited both received rave reviews, so I have no doubt Leah on the Offbeat will be just as good. This novel is a spinoff of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda; we follow Simon’s best friend Leah as she learns to deal with coming to terms with her sexuality, the hardships of friendship and love, and much more.
A blurb from Jodi Picoult on the cover of this novel reads, “Fascinating and disturbing,” which makes me eager to read this book. Set in Saudi Arabia, Tanaz Bhathena tells a story of a sixteen-year-old who dies in a car crash. But it is much more than that. It is a story of race and religion. I think the setting will make this novel extremely interesting to read; it is not often we see a book set in a developing country such as Saudi Arabia. This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018.
This is an own voices novel to be published on January 16th, 2018. The main character of this book, named Maya, is an American-Indian who is Muslim. This book is about her trying to balance the girl who her parents want her to be and the girl she really wants to be. This book sounds interesting and it’s always great to see a POC narrator.
Although I still haven’t read When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon’s novel that was published earlier this year (it’s sitting on my shelf, patiently waiting to be read), I’ve heard great things about it. So, I have high hopes for Menon’s novel that is scheduled to publish in May 2018, From Twinkle, with Love.
They always say don’t judge a book by its cover, but the cover of this book is what initially drew me to it. It’s trendy and fun. And, apparently, this book is a murder mystery, so that adds to my desire to read this book right away. I’ll have to wait until May 8th, though, when this book is scheduled to release.
Although I’m not much into magical realism novels, this one definitely peaked my interest. It’s about a girl’s mother who dies and her daughter is certain she has turned into a bird. The cover is beautiful, and it is already pretty close to a five-star review on Goodreads. Expected publication is in March 2018.
Despite this coming out in early January 2018, Nice Try, Jane Sinner is already apart of Youtuber EmmmaBooks’ favorite books of 2017. She was able to read it before the publication date and she highly recommends it. It’s about a girl who signs up to be on a reality TV show similar to Big Brother. Becky Albertalli even blurbed it, so it’s a good choice to put on your to-be-read list for 2018.
Children of Blood and Bone is the first book in the Legacy of Orïsha series. It is Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel. It’s a fantasy story that involves magic and a monarchy, but it also deals with issues like race. It will be published on March 8th of next year.
Last but not least, The Hazel Wood is a fantasy novel that releases at the end of January 2018. It already is the #1 new release in fantasy and contemporary on Amazon. This has been blurbed by several popular authors, such as Stephanie Garber, Jennifer Niven, Karen M. McManus, and several others. The cover artwork is gorgeous, the synopsis sounds invigorating, and it has a 4.2-star rating on Goodreads. It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for.
These are just some of the novel releases that are coming out in 2018, and the list is already extremely promising. 2017 was a year of great releases, but that doesn’t mean 2018 releases can’t be just as great. Maybe even better.
Eighteen years old and a little too obsessed with chai lattes, the color yellow, scrunchies, and most importantly, Timothée Chalamet. If you need her, you'll probably find her reading. Or rewatching Stranger Things. Her Twitter is @mollycuddy.