This post and giveaway are sponsored by NOVL. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.
2018 brings with it the promise of many more highly anticipated reads so here are 15 young adult fantasy books I’m looking forward to this year. I’m particularly pleased to see there are lots of diverse fantasy reads this year, which makes a change. Stick around til the end of the post for an exciting giveaway with NOVL that I’m hosting. You could win a copy of the newly released The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and a black Fjällräven Kånken backpack too! So here are my YA fantasy books to read in 2018!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
So this is kinda cheating but I’ve already finished The Cruel Prince. And I loved it. It’s one of the most fast-paced and gripping YA fantasy books I’ve read in a long time and I can’t wait to share my review with you guys. Here’s what happens:
Jude’s parents are brutally murdered by her mother’s ex husband and she’s whisked away with her sisters to live with this monster in the High Court of Faerie. Jude, being mortal, sticks out like a sore thumb and must learn to adapt in this perilous new world where magic and strange creatures lurk.
As a teenager, Jude is determined to fit in amongst the faeries and find her place in Court, despite her mortality. She becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own taste for bloodshed. Before long, there’s the threat of treason and all of Faerie is put into political jeopardy. Will Jude, a mere mortal, be the key to solving it?
Published on 2nd January 2018.
Everless by Sarah Holland
Time is currency in Sempera and the rich are taxing the poor then consuming the excesses themselves. Sound familiar? Check out my film review of In Time starring Justine Timberlake and Amanda Seigfried. Jules, a former servant to the aristocracy at Everless, realises her father is dying and returns there to try earn more time for him before its too late. However, her return to Everless is fraught with danger and temptation and her decisions have the power to change the fate of time itself.
Published 4th January 2018.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Seventeen-year-old Alice’s life is turned upside down after the death of her grandmother, the author of a cult-classic book of dark fairy tales. Her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to come from “Hinterland”, the supernatural world her grandmother’s stories are set in. But they’re just stories right? To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began. She teams up with her classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland super fan, to try solve the mysteries of her past.
Published 30th January 2018.
Shadowsong by S Jae-Jones
Shadowsong kicks off 6 months after the events of Wintersong and Liesel is busy working on her music career. However, the barrier between the worlds is crumbling and soon she must return to the Underground to solve the mystery of life, death and the Goblin King . She’ll learn what true sacrifice is on her journey as the fate of the world, and the one she loves, rests in her hands.
Published 6th February 2018.
Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won when she took over Sector 45 and became the new Supreme Commander. But to most people, she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch. Now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand, how will she choose to use this ability? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?
Published 6th March 2018.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Under the orders of a ruthless king, all magic is banished overnight. The maji were targeted and killed, leaving our protagonist Zélie motherless and alone. She has just one chance to bring back magic in retaliation against the monarchy. Zélie must outwit the crown prince, with the help of a rogue princess, to prevent the eradication of magic for good.
Published 6th March 2018.
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
After their escape from Heimdall Station, Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik now find themselves crammed with 2000 other refugees on the container ship, Mao. Their only option now is to return to Kerenza, but who knows what they’ll find there after 7 months away? Time is running out and a final battle will be waged on land and in space where heros will fall and hearts will be broken.
Published 13th March 2018.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Dread Nation is one of the more unique titles on the list and follows the story of Jane McKeene, born just two days before the undead rose to walk the battlefields. In this new America, the safety of the public at large rests in the hands of a select few and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Jane gets caught in the middle of a conspiracy that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. Turns out, the undead are the least of her problems.
Published 3rd April 2018.
A Court of Frost and Starlight
This new story, narrated by Rhysand and Feyre, bridges the events in Court of Wings and Ruin and a new spin off series that Sarah J Maas is working on. Feyre and Rhys are busy trying to rebuild the Night Court but the approach of the Winter Solstice brings with it more shadows from the past. This is Feyre’s first Winter Solstice as High Lady but she’ll soon discover that past scars have wide-reaching consequences for the Court’s future.
Published 1st May 2018.
War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
Finally, the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series is on the horizon. I’ve had mixed feelings about the first three books but I’ve stuck with them and am hopeful for the finale. Mare Barrow is still battling for the freedom of the Reds but she can’t do this alone. She teams up with Cal, who betrayed her and broke her heart, and his band of Silver allies to try topple Maven’s reign. War is coming and everything hangs in the balance for the Scarlet Guard. Will the lightning girl prevail or be defeated once and for all?
Published 15th May 2018.
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Caraval ended on such a cliffhanger and I have waited for over a year for the next instalment to be released. In Legend, Donatella must brave Caraval again and win it. Her sister is now safe from a horrible arranged marriage but now she has a debt to repay. A debt that seems impossible to settle: Master Legend of Caraval’s true name.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.
Published 29th May 2018.
Smoke In The Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renee Ahdieh
Okami is captured in the Juaki forest and to rescue him, Mariko must return to Inako and Heian Castle. She tricks her fiancé Raiden into thinking that she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, fulfilling the role of the dutiful bride. Meanwhile she’s actually trying to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth about the betrayal that almost left her dead.
The wedding plans are already well underway and Mariko pretends to be wrapped up in the upcoming celebrations whilst actually digging deep into the layers of deception at the imperial court. She soon becomes caught up in a political scheme that threatens her honour, her love and the Empire itself.
Published 5th June 2018.
A Reaper at the Gates (Ember Quartet #3) by Sabaar Tahir
The threat of war looms ever larger in A Reaper at the Gates. Emperor Marcus grows increasingly unstable and the Commandant takes advantage of this to bolster her own power. Meanwhile, Helene Aquilla, The Blood Shrike, has her hands full trying to find a way to hold back the darkness, with her sister’s life, and the lives of all those in the Empire hanging in the balance.
Far to the East, Laia of Serra tries to stop the Nightbringer but faces unexpected threats from those she thought she could rely on. In the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. However, his vow to an ancient power might just cost him his humanity.
Published 12th June 2018.
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
This one is either going to be really good or really shit. (My sincere apologies if it turns out to be the latter).
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)
Or does she?
Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
Published 26th June 2018.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
It’s funny because the next instalment in Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series doesn’t even have a name and yet it is undoubtedly one of the top three most hotly anticipated YA fantasy books of 2018 on this list. Sarah J Maas is the reigning queen of young adult and no doubt this untitled book will make waves upon its release in late 2018.
Update: We have a title! Kingdom of Ash!
Published 23rd October 2018.
And now what you’ve all been waiting for…
Join the Court of Shadows
Don’t forget to pack poisons, weapons, and provisions when you’re spirited away to the High Court of Faerie! One (1) winner will receive:
- A copy of The Cruel Prince
- A Black Fjällräven Kånken backpack
Giveaway open to UK & US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by NOVL. I am hosting this giveaway in conjunction with NOVL but I do not accept liability for a failure for the prizes to arrive.
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About The Cruel Prince
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
About the Author
Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary YA fantasy books, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.
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