Hello fellow bookworms! Here, in the northern hemisphere, the snow is melting (if you got any since, despite the conservative’s denial of it, global warming is a thing) and the birds are chirping and white is replaced with green all around. Spring always has many publications coming as it has dandelions shooting out of the soil. We’ve compiled a list of anticipated releases for spring 2018 (spring being March, April, and May where we live). The books are ordered by release date and clicking on their titles will direct you to their respective Goodreads pages or to one of our reviews (if there is one). It’s time to dust off your shelves and make some space for these new releases, for there are a lot of promising books on their way to the stores. If there are any upcoming releases we may have forgotten or aren’t aware of, please let us know in the comments! 🙂
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
If you’re confused as to why this book is featured among spring releases: Hero at the Fall was scheduled to be published in March for a long time, but then ended up being already released in January. I’ve really enjoyed the Rebel of the Sands series so far, and though the world-building leaves some things to be desired, the first two books have been relatively consistent in terms of quality. Though I’m not as devoted to this story anymore, I’m still curious to see how Hamilton ties the knot in the final instalment.
This book hits the shelves on March 6, 2018.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
While Ariel the Little Mermaid longed to be human, it is the opposite for the siren in To Kill a Kingdom, which makes it seem like a dark retelling of the former tale – much appreciated. Because she killed one of her own kind, Princess Lira is punished by the Sea Queen and transformed into a human, the species she loathes most. Her task is to kill a human prince and bring his heart to her mother for redemption. Most of the ARC reviews have been stellar so far, but I’m also somewhat hesitant, because premises sometimes make books sound far more badass than they turn out to be. But if this is as stabby as people say it is, then I’ll be head over heels for this one.
This book is out March 6, 2018.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Fellow Illuminae Files fans, we’ve been waiting for 1.5 years for the release of this book and the moment is only a few weeks away now. I really hope I won’t end up super confused because I’ve forgotten everything for the previous instalments. The first two books Illuminae and Gemina blew me away, and I’m eager to be reunited with this sci-fi world. I kind of wish they’d stuck with the old cast (Lady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik), but then again, I thought the same when I read The Lunar Chronicles, and I ended up appreciating every single character.
This book hits the shelves on March 13, 2018.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Black American zombie hunters in the Reconstruction era? Everything I’d never known I needed until I heard about it. In Dread Nation, the dead begin to walk the battlefields and derail the War Between The States. The story follows Jane who attends a combat school to become an Attendant, trained in weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do, and she is soon caught up in a conspiracy against powerful enemies, the walking dead becoming the least of her problems. This sounds like it’ll feature a kickass heroine in an imaginative setting with lots of gore and suspense. If you’re looking for a unique historical fiction concept, keep an eye out for this one, people!
This book is out April 3, 2018.
Circe by Madeline Miller
We were lucky enough to receive an eARC of this on NetGalley. I’ve recently read this book, and I am, once again, in awe of Madeline Miller’s writing and multi-layered main characters. I loved the perspective of Circe, a mistreated and misunderstood character who sways between kindness and cruelty. The pacing was once again slow, but lovers of The Song of Achilles will not be discouraged by this, as this is how the author creates depth. The feminist theme was strong in Circe, which I loved and was perhaps this book’s strongest suit.
This book hits the shelves on April 10, 2018.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
I pondered a long time over whether to include Ace of Shades, as I hadn’t enjoyed Amanda Foody’s debut Daughter of the Burning City. A lot of things about her storytelling were promising, but the main character was whiny and the story rather dull. Nonetheless, I cannot deny I was intrigued when I read the premise for her second book. I love stories that have a touch of Mafia, gambling, and danger, and a book featuring a city of sin sounds like it’ll be right up my alley. However, since I was sorely disappointed by the previous book written by this author, I’ll be waiting on reviews after publication for this one to make sure this might be something I will enjoy.
This book is out April 10, 2018.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
I’ve had my eyes on this debut since it was announced. Sky In the Deep is a Viking-inspired fantasy featuring a tough heroine, a hostile world, and an enemies-to-lovers romance (which is basically one of my favorite tropes when it is done right). I love books which tackle themes of prejudice in a fantasy setting, and this sounds like it’ll do just that. I’ve heard that there is very little dialogue in this book, but this need not be a negative point if the “showing” is done well. I read the first six chapters available as a sneak peek a few weeks ago, and I’m already hooked and cannot wait to read the rest.
This book hits the shelves April 24, 2018.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
I was all over this book as soon as I read “written by Angie Thomas”. I enjoyed her debut The Hate U Give so much (if you haven’t read it yet, you should!), and I hope she continues to deliver stories on the same level as her first book with regard to thought-provoking content. With On The Come Up, the reader returns to the neighbourhood of Garden Heights; this time introduced to Briana, an aspiring rapper whose single mother struggles with paying the bills. With the fate of homelessness dangling over her head like a sword, Bri is set on making it as a rapper. This book will shed some light on struggles differing from Starr’s, but which are every much as part of daily life in Garden Heights as police violence and racism. Really curious to see how this one turns out!
This book is out May 1, 2018.
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh
Smoke in the Sun is yet another book I wasn’t sure I wanted to feature, because the first book Flame in the Mist had been a disappointment for me, especially after having loved Ahdieh’s previous work so much. I couldn’t connect with the heroine, who made the most illogical choices, and had a few issues with the plot and the world-building. However, I’m always down for palace / political intrigue, so I might pick this up and give this duology another chance to win me over. I’m just really unhappy with what they did to the beautiful theme of the first cover: I do not like images of real people on book covers.
This book hits the shelves May 1, 2018.
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Not sure what’s up with YA fantasy lately, but Bring Me Their Hearts is the second book on this list in which a girl is tasked to literally steal a prince’s heart and serve it to a queen on a silver platter. The intriguing title makes this out to be a Queen of Hearts retelling and promises to be an suspenseful game of cat and mouse between a girl who has nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. If this book manages to stand on its own two feet without the help of insta-love, then Bring Me Their Hearts has the potential to be fantastic.
This book is out May 1, 2018.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
Oh look, the second nautical book on this list – and another The Little Mermaid retelling at that! I’ve never read anything by Louise O’Neill, but I’ve heard great things about her contemporary work. Set on the Irish coast, this story follows a young mermaid on her quest to join the human world. The Surface Breaks is a reimagining of the original tale through a feminist lens, which sounds absolutely fabulous. If the storytelling is as good as the cover is beautiful, this book is going to be fireworks.
This book hits the shelves May 3, 2018.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
I really liked Saeed’s debut Written in the Stars and have been looking forward to reading more books from this Pakistani-American author ever since. While the cover makes this seem more MG than her last book on forced marriage, the promise still intrigued me a great deal. As an Own Voices writer of Middle Eastern heritage, I value Saeed as a fresh and enlightening voice in diverse YA contemporary lit. If you haven’t read her previous book yet, I recommend you give that one a try, even though it is absolutely devastating.
This book is out May 8, 2018.
This was a compilation of books released in the coming months which you should definitely keep on your radar. Some of them are a must-read on my TBR, others I’m not sure I will actually end up reading. But it’s good to have an overview of new publications nonetheless. We hope you enjoyed this post and found a few books you hadn’t heard of in this list. What releases are you looking forward to in the spring (or autumn) months? Let us know in the comments! 🙂