What books can you not wait to read in 2018? I have lots of course but here are 10 that I really Really can’t wait to read next year.
War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. (May 15, 2018) The final book in her Red Queen Series. Will Mare and the Scarlet Guard be able take down the Silvers. Will Maven get overthrown? Will Cal stop being a dumbass?
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. (March 6, 2018) This sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to read it. Zelie comes from a long line of maji but the new crown prince wants to banish magic from the kingdom. Zelie has one chance to save magic and her people.
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (March 6, 2018) It’s been 4 years since the end of the Shatter Me trilogy ended or so we thought. Restore Me is going to pick up at the end of Ignite Me. Juliette is the Supreme Commander and Warner is on her side but now that she has the world at her finger tips, what’s next?
Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. (May 22, 2018) It’s been two years since A Torch Against the Night came out and I’ve been eagerly waiting this one. Laia, Elias and Helene are all in perilously situation. I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. (January 16, 2018) I’ll admit I was hoping it would be the next book in the Shades of London series but I’m just so glad that Maureen has a book coming out. I do love a good mystery and good ghost story too.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. (January 2, 2018) So happy that Holly is back with a new series about fairies because no one does fairies like Holly Black.
A Case for Jamieby Brittany Cavallaro. (March 6, 2018) The final book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy can’t come soon enough. In true Holmes form, Charlotte has really sabotage herself and Watson can’t forgive her. They try to move on with their lives but someone wants them back together and well I want them back together too.
Dread Nation by Justine Ireland. (April 3, 2018) The American Civil War is interrupted when the Dead of the battlefields come back to life. Jane is in combat school to learn how to take down the dead and with this comes opportunity but Jane wants more. Soon she is wrapped up in a conspiracies and plots that the dead are the least of her worries.
Untitled Sequel to Renegades by Marissa Meyer. (November 6, 2018) Renegades was such a great book and can’t wait to read what’s next. Nova has successfully infiltrated the Renegades and her old friends are no longer around to blow her cover. Will she betray her new friends or cement herself as a villain.
The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth. (April 10, 2018) Carve the Mark may have been problematic but it was still good. I’m curious how things will turn out for Cyra and Akos. Will they be able to escape their destinies or are they running right into them?
The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. (No set date) I’m not sure this is coming out in 2018 but I really hope so. Strange the Dreamer was so beautiful I can’t wait to find out what happens next, especially after what happened at the end.
Throne of Glass #7by Sarah J. Maas. (September 4, 2018) The final book in the Throne of Glass series and it’s been quite a ride for Aelin and friends. Who knows how it will all end. Well I guess Sarah J. Maas does but for everyone else it’s anyone’s guess.
Untitled (WarCross #2) by Marie Lu. (No set date) Another one I’m not sure if it’s coming out in 2018 but I’m pretty sure. I was riveted by the first book and I’m looking forward to meeting the “hacker” and all the potential he is inevitably going to cause.
Heart of Venom by Sherrilyn Kenyon. (2018) It also doesn’t have a set date besides 2018. It’s either the first in the Shadows of Fire series or #9 in the Chronicles of Nick series. However you want to look at it, it’s a switch in tone and focus for Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters. With a duel narrators of the Cyprian Malachai (Nick’s Son) and the Ambrose Malachai (Nick Himself) we find out if Nick truly does embrace his destiny or if the sacrifices he made at the end of Intensity was enough to forge his own path.
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes. (February 6, 2018) The final book in the closest YA book to Game of Thrones with it’s epic scope, world building and body count was originally scheduled to come out this month but was pushed back. I’m sure the extra two months will be worth the wait.
Untitled by Maureen Johnson. (No set date) The Shadow Cabinet, the last book released in the Shades of London series had me on the edge of my feet and it’s been so long since it came out. I’m not sure that the next book is coming out in 2018 but Maureen has mentioned on twitter that she has two books coming out in 2018 so it’s a safe bet. *crosses fingers*
Untitled by Kendare Blake. (September 4, 2018) I didn’t know that the Three Dark Crowns was originally planned to be a duology. I’m glad that Kendare Blake and her publisher decided to extend it because there are so many things about this world and these character left to be explored.
Untitled by Traci Chee (2018) The final book in the Sea of Ink and Gold Series. Sefia and Archer continue to fight what is written and defeat their destiny while also staying ahead of their enemies.
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green (May 1, 2018) I’m interested in this one since this in the first book that Sally Green has published since she ended her Half Bad trilogy two years ago. Half Lost left me broken and in tears. I’m not sure if I’m ready for that again but I can’t wait to see what Sally does next.
So this news is a couple days old but I’ve been vacation but LOOK AT THE COVER FOR MAGGIE STIEVFATER’S NEW BOOK! I would read anything that Maggie writes so I’m very looking forward to October for this one comes out. It’s sounds like it’s going to be a very Maggie type book.
The book, titled All the Crooked Saints, takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night
Squee! With the end of the The Raven Cycle last year, I need some more Maggie in my life and if you are like me then you do too. It’s only a standalone which I appreciate. I really don’t need another series in my life and we know that Maggie is working on a new Ronan Trilogy so I can live with only one book. In the meantime, here’s a little interview with her from Entertainment Weekly to tie us over until October..
Just last week I talked glowingly about Lish McBride’s series of books. I decided to take a chance and email her publisher and I was rewarded with an ARC of her new book, Pyromantic! Thank you Morgan Dubin for sending me the book. Five chapters in and I’m already loving it! Review to come closer to the March publication.
Tomorrow’s the day! The Raven King is finally going to be out in the world and all of our questions will be answered. It’s exciting but also little sad. I really don’t want this series to end. I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah, Maura, Calla, The Gray Man or even Orla. All things must come to an end so how will it end? How will Gansey die and how long will he be dead? Will one of the favors they ask of Glendower be to bring him back? What about Noah, will he still be dead after this? Will any of them get their happily ever after? Will Ronan live out his life at the Barns with his brother and Mother? Will Adam leave Virginia behind? Will Blue go off to college and travel the world? Will Glendower be everything they were hoping he would be?
Here’s what I think. I don’t think that Gansey will stay dead for very long. I think he will die and Noah will sacrifice his chance to live again for Gansey’s chance to live again. Finally allowing him to cross over to where you go after you die. I’m not sure how the third sleeper will play out but I think that they will have to wake Glendower to help fight it. I do think Adam and Blue will go to college out of state but will always come back every summer to hang with Gansey and Ronan who will want to stay. That’s what I think but who knows. I’m probably completely off. The Good news is that it’s only one more day until we’ll find out.
Let’s talk relationships. Honestly I think the friendships are the most important relationships in the series but I think most people focus on the romantic relationships. There is Bluesey aka Blue and Gansey and Adnan (or is Rodam? I’m not really sure what their ship is called) aka Ronan and Adam. Obviously, Blue and Gansey are a go. We started to see their relationship bloom in Blue Lily Lily Blue. They tried to keep their attraction a secret as they didn’t want to upset Adam and honestly that was good call. Though, I wonder how hurt Adam is really going to be knowing that they can never kiss. I guess it will still hurt anyway that she would chose Gansey over him. I think now he can handle it as he seems to be in a much better head space than where he was at the beginning of the book. We also know that Blue and Gansey will kiss. We knew that was going to happen since The Raven Boys. We got a glimpse of what it’s going to be like when Blue stepped in the tree and saw them kiss. She saw how Gansey knew what kissing Blue would mean but wanting to anyway. I think this goes back to what I said yesterday. Gansey knows he’s going to die, he might as well go out doing what he wants. But when will it happen? Early on in the book? Right before they find Glendower? Will they only get that one kiss? Will it end in tears? I’m pretty sure it’s a yes to those last questions.
What about Ronan and Adam? We know that Ronan is gay. I do love his coming out or really his lack of one. I like that Maggie wrote his sexual preference the way she wrote the others. It didn’t need to be a big reveal because if you were following his arc, you would have seen his preference. Adam on the other hand is not so clear cut. He was fully infatuated with Blue in The Raven Boys. I think in The Dream Thieves it was more just him wanting to be loved. Wanting to be wanted and he thought Blue was the person who was going to be that for him. By the end, they sort of realized that wasn’t going to happen. Things were a little awkward in Blue Lily Lily Blue but I think by the end they found a balance between the two of them. Adam also starts to suspect Ronan’s feelings for him and is flattered. Ronan is a rich, attractive guy. He could have anyone he wanted so for him to want Adam, made him special. Made him feel wanted. Which is what Adam wants. I think Ronan has hope that Adam will reciprocate his feelings. He shows that in the hand cream he gives Adam and the trust he has in Adam when he tells him about Matthew. He shows Adam his vulnerability, which is not easy for someone like Ronan. Now, Maggie has said on twitter that she wrote the two kisses that fans have been waiting for. I can only assume she means these two since the only other couple is Maura and the Gray Man and they have already kissed. So how will Ronan and Adam’s kiss go down? Will it be a moment of shared grief over loss? A moment of curiosity on one or both of their parts? Will it be the beginning of a relationship or the realization that they are just friends? All we do know is that they are going to be a lot more kissing in this book then probably in all the other books combined.
Richard Campbell Gansey III, the once and future King. We’ve talked about his friends and their journey but what about Gansey? Is he the only one who doesn’t have any kind of power? He must feel left out. He must feel how Blue felt her whole life. Maybe not. Gansey was being very mysterious in Blue Lily Lily Blue with his visit to the faculty lounge and staying late after school. What was he doing? Does it have anything to do with how he knows he’s going to die. If anyone has read or listened to the first chapter, you know that Gansey has figured out what his voice on the tape of St. Marks Eve meant. He knows that he is going to die. Did this realization start when he was in the cave and heard the wasps? Or was it when Persephone died? Who knows but now that he does know, how is going to deal with the knowledge. I think he is going to throw everything into the search. If he is going to die, finding Glendower is going to be his final thing he does. Let’s not forget the kiss. Blue’s kiss of death. Haha, Just kidding. Kinda. That’s tomorrow’s topic.
Ronan is a greywaren. He can bring items from his dreams. Adam made a bargain with Cabeswater and now has a mystical connection with the forest and Blue is a mirror. She reflects other’s powers off of them and makes them more powerful. Gansey has brought together a powerful crew to assist him in his search. Ronan has fully embraced his powers and seems to have a pretty good understanding of how it works and how it affects Cabeswater. Adam is still learning how to use his new powers and how to communicate with Cabeswater. Even though the death of Persephone was a blow to his learning, I got the sense that by the end of Blue Lily Lily Blue he was in a much better place. How he and Ronan took control of the expedition into the cave the last time showed a new kind confidence in him that he didn’t have before. Blue is wild card because she is just discovering her powers. So how will all of their powers combine help with the search for Glendower? You know that they will have to work together if they are going to find him.
Also, will Ronan figure out to save Matthew from the same fate as their mom? (BTW, Ronan’s mom is named Aurora. Do you know who else is named Aurora? Sleeping Beauty. Guess who just made that connection? Me, that’s who.) Will this have any effect on the search and Cabeswater? Will we find out more about the mask of Niall and how it relates to Adam? Is Ronan also a little psychic too or was it just a random dream? So many questions that need to be answered.
The death of Persephone was a big blow to everyone. For one thing, she always seemed not immortal but not mortal either. So for her to actually die was a surprise. It also put some urgency back into the search for Maura and Glendower. I think her death will have more impact in The Raven King. 1. The triumvirate of Maura, Calla, Persephone has irrevocably been broken up. The power of the number 3 is brought up many times in Blue Lily Lily Blue. The three of them often talk about how their powers are the strongest together. How will they be now that she is gone? Persephone also talked about possibly having Adam one day replacing one of them but never says who. She dismisses this notion but did she know that her time was short? Who will step up to take her place and be Maura and Calla’s third? Adam? Blue? Gwenllian? Artemus?
Yesterday we discussed a little bit about the new characters that were introduced in Blue Lily Lily Blue. Today, I’m going to discuss Colin Greenmantle and Artemus. They were both characters previously mentioned in earlier books but we didn’t actually see them until Blue Lily Lily Blue.
Colin Greenmantle: The last time we saw Colin, he was walking away from Piper, the Gray Man and a thug before they entered cave. He had just witnessed Piper kill Jesse Dittley and was not having it. He was already about to leave after Adam and Ronan paid him a visit with their fake but very convincing evidence of a terrible crime and the death of Jesse was enough for him to peace out. Is he really gone though? The man who put in so much time, effort and money in to finding the Greywaren. He moved to Henrietta and became the latin teacher in hopes of ruining the Gray man and he’s just going to walk away? Especially now that Piper has gone over the deep end and will soon be a missing person. I know that the evidence that Ronan dreamt up was enough to scare him but is it enough to keep him away?
Artemus: Last time we saw Artemus he was being rescued by Blue with the help of the Gray Man and Maura. He’s Blue’s father and Maura’s ex-lover. Things are probably going to get a little awkward since the Gray Man is currently dating or at least seeing Maura now. We really don’t know much about Artemus beyond his past history with Maura and according to Gwenllian, he is the one who tied her up. That would suggest that he is as old as she is and somehow involved with Glendower? From the beginning, it has be a part of Maura’s story arc to find him. It was the reason that she invited Neeve to come stay with them in The Raven Boys. Now that she has found him, what’s next? He obviously has some connection to Glendower and is a magician of some kind. So how does he fit in the search for Glendower and how does he fit in Blue and Maura’s life?
We are officially a week from the release of The Raven King! It’s so close! It’s almost here! AHHHH!!! Okay, I’m done freaking out. Throughout this month, I have posted my thoughts of the last three books as I re-read The Raven Boys, The Dream Thievesand Blue Lily Lily Blue to refresh my memory of what happened so far. Now we are going to look ahead to The Raven King, itself and hopefully get some discussion going on what we think is going to happen, what we are looking forward to finally reading (a few kisses come to mind) and how we think it’s going to end. So let’s get this started.
In Blue Lily Lily Blue, we were introduced to three new characters. Henry Cheng, Piper Greenmantle and Gwenllian. Henry is a fellow student at Aglionby. Piper was Colin Greenmantle’s wife and the real antagonist of the book. Gwenllian the daughter of Glendower who the gang finds in his robber’s grave. Let’s break it down one at a time.
Henry Cheng: The last time we saw him, he was protesting the faculty denying his petition for a student council when scaffolding fell down all around Adam. It should have killed Adam but he used his Cabeswater connection to save himself. Maggie has said that Henry is going to have a bigger role in The Raven King but what? He probably has some questions about Adam after witnessing his near death and I have some questions as to what he was doing out so late when Blue and Gansey found him and his car. Is he connected to Cabeswater somehow? Is he also searching for Glendower?
Piper Greenmantle: The last time we saw her, she was stuck in the cave and waking up the third sleeper with the help of the reemerged Neeve. Obviously this is not good because this was the sleeper that everyone kept warning not to wake. Even more bad news, it sounds like the third sleeper is a gigantic spider of some sort. What role will Piper play, since she is obviously not dead and now has a favor thanks to creepy spider sleeper guy. And what does the fact that it was only two of them to wake him up instead of the preferred three?
Gwenllian: The last time we saw her, she was helping the gang rescue Maura from the cave. We know that she is like Blue and is a Mirror. She sings and is annoying to all the women at 300 Fox Way. As the daughter of Glendower, she probably can help them out in their quest to find him, if they can get a straight answer from her and her powers could be beneficial to the women in 300 Fox Way. Not to mention give us more insight in to Artemus. What role will she play in the final book?