Thirteen More 2018 Spring Releases

Do you even want to cry because there are so many beautiful books? And you have no money? How am I going to read everything?

Well, if you haven’t felt that way, welcome to my current mood. And to help you get the right vibes, I’ll list 13 more books I can’t wait to read this spring. Only, I probably don’t have the money to buy them all? When will I be able to read these books? *existential crisis ensues*

I did a post very similar to this in December, but that was what, a zillion yers ago? Who even remembers that list? I’m actually still really, really looking forward to a  couple of those books, but these are all new books! That I hadn’t even heard of back in December!

The Wicked Deep // Shea Ernshaw // March 6, 2018

Salem witch trials and fantasy? Ok, I’m hooked. And the cover blows me away? 

// Synopsis // 

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

The Astonishing Color of After //  Emily X.R. Pan // March 20, 2018

I think this book is magical realism? I don’t think I’ve read a magical realism story before? But this book is #ownvoices. And I visited China last summer, so I’m excited to read about Taiwanese/American culture. I know Taiwan is different, but I love learning about Asian cultures. And this books sounds poetic, heartbreaking and rich.

// Synopsis // 

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.

Tyler Johnson Was Here  // Jay Coles // March 20, 2018

#OWNVOICES. Repeat after me, #ownvoices. Own voices stories are SO IMPORTANT. Kind of instant want-to-reads for me.

The author says on Goodreads the story is based on his own life experience. I’m predicting tears.

// Synopsis //

When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Dread Nation // Justina Ireland // April 3, 2018

This books sounds so intense! I’m not a fan of zombies but I couldn’t resist putting this book on my TBR list. Basically, it sounds different from most zombie type books,  and it’s like alternate history? and I’m a an alternate history junkie.

Don’t tell me you can read the synopsis and NOT be intrigued???

// Synopsis //

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems

Happily // Chauncey Rogers // April 3, 2018

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So, this is the first indie published book I’ve ever featured on my blog! I’m super excited to read and review Chauncey Roger’s Cinderella retelling!

Chauncey first mentioned his idea last summer & I’ve been anticipating this book ever since.

// Synopsis //

If the shoe fits, wear it.
If it doesn’t, make it.

Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to pay off a would-be cloth merchant, outrun the angry bandits, hoodwink the royal family, and survive to tell the tale.

Leah on the Offbeat // Becky Albertalli // April 24, 2018

So, I just read Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (How many times have I mentioned that book in the last week?) Anyway, I’m so pumped for the sequel! I felt like I could read so much more about Leah and I’m SO HAPPY Becky is going to tell Leah’s story!

// Synopsis //

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend —takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Isle of Blood and Stone // Makila Lucier // April 10, 2018

Am I putting this on my list just because of the cover? Um, yes.  Everything about this cover just grabs me.

Also the synopsis kind of reminds me of Ulysses?

// Synopsis //

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side-whether he wants her there or not-Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.

Ace of Shades // Amanda Foody // April 10, 2018

I’m getting really strong Six of Crows vibes from this cover? A criminal mastermind??? I am so intrigued! Outwitting the mafia is my new aesthetic.  I’m really hoping or some amazing plot twists. 

// Synopsis //

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Lady Mary // Lucy Worsley // April 5, 2018

Any Tudor story & I’m hooked. A YA Tudor story and I’m doubly hooked. Always a fan of historical fiction.

Also, I think Lady Mary is one of the most complicated woman in history and I really hope this story is well done!

// Synopsis //

More than anything Mary just wants her family to stay together; for her mother and her father – and for her – to all be in the same place at once. But when her father announces that his marriage to her mother was void and by turns that Mary doesn’t really count as his child, she realises things will never be as she hoped.

Things only get worse when her father marries again. Separated from her mother and forced to work as a servant for her new sister, Mary must dig deep to find the strength to stand up against those who wish to bring her down. Despite what anyone says, she will always be a princess. She has the blood of a princess and she is ready to fight for what is rightfully hers.

Bookish Boyfriends // Tiffany Schmidt // May 1, 2018

I currently have an ARC of this book and I think the idea is so cute! How many times have I kind of wished a guy from a book would just pop into my life? Hello, Gilbert Blythe? 

Also, it’s duology and I kind of love duologies?

// Synopsis //

The first of two books in an intended paperback original series about a girl whose classic literary crushes manifest in real life. Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences. 

A Court of Frost and Starlight // Sarah J Maas // May 3, 2018

Is any list complete without Sarah J Mass? Actually, Leigh Bardugo would really, really top this list. But no dice.

Anyway, I’m ready to embrace the world of Pyrthian and follow along with my fav characters. Begging for Lucien, give him an amazing story. Please. #lucienisthebest

// Synopsis // 

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. 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 far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

The Surface Breaks // Louise O’Neill // May 3, 2018

I JUST HEARD about this book! And I’m so happy! because it’s a Little Mermaid retelling? And even though i’m writing one myself, I don’t think I could ever grow tired of Little Mermaid retellings.
(Also, my story is practically all written, so I’m not worried about borrowing plot ideas 🙂)

And the cover is just straight up gorgeous? I was immediately hooked before even reading the synopsis, because that cover is GOALS.

// Synopsis // 

Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans.

The Oddling Prince // May 15, 2018

I just got an ARC of this book! I’m all for stories revolving around family, and kingdoms, and fantasy. This sounds exactly like that. And it’s set in Scotland??!!!

// Synopsis // 

In the ancient moors of Scotland, the king of Calidon lies on his deathbed, cursed by a ring that cannot be removed from his finger. When a mysterious fey stranger appears to save the king, he also carries a secret that could tear the royal family apart.

The kingdom’s only hope will lie with two young men raised worlds apart. Aric is the beloved heir to the throne of Calidon; Albaric is clearly of noble origin yet strangely out of place.

The Oddling Prince is a tale of brothers whose love and loyalty to each other is such that it defies impending warfare, sundering seas, fated hatred, and the very course of time itself.

WOW! I think that’s all the book I’m anticipating this spring? I’m already so excited for summer & fall releases but I’ll wait a little while to squeal about those books.

Also, do you know how hard it is to decide if May’s a Spring or Summer month? As you can tell, I went with Spring, but if feels so much like Summer?

lets chat

What spring book are you excited about?

Help settle my debate – Is May really summer or spring?

Do you have a favorite cover coming out this spring? A favorite author? 

Also, have I missed a book? (I actually know I missed Queens of Innis Lear…)

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7 Comments

  1. Aris @ awkwardaris
    February 15, 2018 / 8:47 am

    AHHHHH I’M SCREAMING I REALLY REALLY WANT ALL OF THESE BOOKS SO BAD especially the surface breaks!!! and an astonishing colour of after!!! AND LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT!!!!! sorry this is just going to be a lot of screaming because SKSJSHJS IM SO EXCITED

    • Elizabeth Hunter
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 12:40 pm

      I’m SCREAMING too! I can’t wait for Leah’s story!

  2. emmareadstoomuch
    February 15, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    SO MANY GOOD BOOKS AHHH

    • Elizabeth Hunter
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      THEY’RE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to devour them ALL!

  3. February 16, 2018 / 5:50 am

    Omg The Oddling Prince is SUCH an amazing title?! And I haven’t heard of it at all and want immediately. This post is amazingly everything and ALSO PAIN BECAUSE I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG. 😂😂

    • Elizabeth Hunter
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Isn’t it amazing? I just heard about it through Netgalley & can’t wait to check it out! And why do we have to wait so long??? 😂 I just want them ALL NOW! 😂

  4. February 19, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    WHOA, these look good!! Especially Ace of Shades.
    And I say May is spring because summer break starts in June.

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