A Top Ten Tuesday post at last, you exclaim? Yes, yes, I know. It’s been a while. I’ve realised I’ve either got no time to blog or I’ve gotten extremely fussy about what I want to blog about, and I definitely wanted to blog about this. I sometimes feel like I have book titles falling out of my ears, and that’s not just because I work in publishing but because there are so many things I want to read! The ten books below are my most anticipated reads that I’d (metaphorically) slay a lion to get early (don’t hurt the lions, they’re precious!). Every single one of them (bar one) are a sequel, and the one that isn’t a sequel is a book by one of my favs so it’s kind of a given to see it on this list.
1. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, released 25th September 2018.
All hail Queen Schwab. Vengeful, the sequel to my all-time favourite Schwab book, Vicious, a masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, and superpowers is finally a thing and will hit the shelves this year!!! Victor is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.
2. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, released 1st May 2018.
Does this one still count as it technically come out today? Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. 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.
3. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, released 23rd October 2018.
The final installment of the Throne of Glass series. I’m not ready to say goodbye yet! Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. Some ties will bond even tighter together, others will be severed forever, and mysteries will be revealed. Nope. I’m not readyyyy.
4. Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, expected for released in 2019.
Is there a blurb yet? No. Is there a book cover yet? No. Am I still hella excited about this book? Yes. What do we know so far? Priory of the Orange tree is a standalone fantasy that draws influence from Eastern and Western mythology. a war between dragons has divided the world, reducing humankind to a shadow of its former strength. It is told through the eyes of four characters from very different backgrounds.
5. Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb, released 4th september 2018.
In the 47th book of this series Eve Dallas must investigate a suicide bombing in the corporate offices of an airline. With the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside two corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.
6. Muse of Nightmares by Liani Taylor, released 2nd October 2018.
If you haven’t read Strange the Dreamer then I highly recommend that you do. Right now. This very second. Muse of Nightmares picks up right where it left off. In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. Humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall as 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? I have chills. Do you have chills?
7. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White, released 10th July 2018.
Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world. I am here for Lada Dracul and Lada Dracul only. Her rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. I am 100% ready to watch her slay everyone (and I mean everyone – Radu and Mehmed included) that gets in her way.
8. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh, released 5th June 2018.
Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire. I’m definitely intrigued to see how this one plays out.
9. Rage by Cara Carmack, released 11th June 2018.
If you’re in need of a bit of feel good fantasy fluff with some added angst then this series is for you. Princess or adventurer. Duty or freedom. Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves. Aurora puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.
10. Legendary by Stephanie Garber, released 29th May 2018.
Caraval was colourful, mystical, mesmerizing, and quite honestly, enchanting so I’m expecting something equally as dazzling and mysterious with Legendary (especially after that cliffhanger!). Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
What books would you slay a lion to get early?
Dying to read any of the above? Have any on your list that you think I’d be interested in? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.