2018 releases I’ve pre-ordered

Is it just me or is 2018 looking to be an AWESOME year of releases? I’ve already read several 2018 releases and loved them, and there are so many more yet to come!

The first two in this list have already been released but I’m including them anyway because they only just came out and they were still pre-orders!

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Released: 6th February

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Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

I don’t actually think I’ve read anything by Tamora Pierce before, but Tempests and Slaughter sounds very cool! My favourite kind of book involves magic and kingdoms. But honestly, I was first drawn in by the cover. I think it’s gorgeous. ♥


Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #6)

Released: 6th February

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I had to try so hard to not read the synopsis as I included it in my post because I haven’t yet read books 3, 4, or 5 (or obviously 6, which is above). I read books one and two but decided to hold off on the rest of the series until all the books were released. I just finished my re-read of books one and two and have started three for the first time. I’m LOVING binging this!


Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #3)

Released: 13th March

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Who hasn’t pre-ordered Obsidio??? 😀 Seriously though, if you’re into space/sci-fi, you need to read The Illuminae Files! At first I was intimidated by the size of the book and the funky format, but the size is only because of the very graphic format; it’s actually a very quick read. And the format is something you get used to very quickly.


Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Released: 24th April

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Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

I was lucky to receive an eARC of Ash Princess and it was FABULOUS! It was everything I hoped it would be! I immediately pre-ordered a hardcover copy. I need that gorgeous book in my collection!


Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Empirium #1)

Released: 22nd May

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When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

This is another book I got an eARC for. It was a really interesting story; I loved the two different timelines. At first I was afraid it would be confusing but it actually worked really well. I love how it started out showing you an “evil” character, but then it backed up to explain how that character became “evil” in the first place. Love that.


Rage by Cora Carmack

Rage by Cora Carmack (Stormheart #2)

Released: 5th June

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I loved Roar SO, SO MUCH!! I thought it was similar in style to The Winter King, A Promise of Fire, and Reign the Earth. I can’t wait to continue this series!


A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Ember Quartet #3)

Released: 14th June

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DUDE! That’s the gorgeous-as-fuck UK cover! I ordered that beauty the second Sabaa Tahir revealed it on Instagram. They have new covers for the first and second books too but I’m not sure if they’ll be releasing those in hardcover or not… I hope so! It annoys me when they release some books in a series in hardcover and others in paperback, but it becomes impossible to buy the full set in hardcover. They did this with Red Queen. Book one has a hardcover special edition, book four is in hardcover, but books two and three are in paperback only. WTF?


Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Released: 7th August

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When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

I’ve loved the DC Icons series so far, so naturally I ordered Catwoman!


Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Released: 7th August

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When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

I haven’t finished Mary Pearson’s other series yet (the Remnant Chronicles), but that’s on my to-do list for this year! I loved the first book. And Dance of Thieves sounds fantastic too. Kingdoms, politics—yes please!


Have you pre-ordered any 2018 releases? Tell me which one(s)!

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  1. Those all sound like such great picks! This is very dangerous for my wallet. So far, I’ve only preordered City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (it’s the sequel to Royal Bastards) and The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken (a spin-off of The Darkest Minds). I don’t usually like buying books before I read them – I have far too many regrets but I’ll probably end up preordering more simply because I’m a sucker for preorder initiatives.

    1. Ohh City of Bastards! I really enjoyed Royal Bastards. I might have to consider pre-ordering that as well!

      You’re right that pre-ordering books is always a bit risky. That’s one of the reasons I feel so fortunate when I can get an ARC first. I can read the book first, then if I really love it I know it’s worth buying my own copy. So far I’ve had EXCELLENT luck with all the 2018 releases I’ve read! (knock on wood)

  2. 2018 is such an exciting year for books. I’ve had Obsidio on my preorder list for FOREVER, and I am counting down the days until it comes out.
    I haven’t read any of the DC books yet, but they are on my list. I hope I can get to them soon.
    Before I read this post, I hadn’t heard of the Tempests and Slaughter, but the synopsis sounds so interesting. I think I’m going to have to do some looking into it. 🙂

    1. I hope you like Tempests and Slaughter if you decide to read it! 😀

      I’m wondering if I should reread Illuminae and Gemina before Obsidio comes out! Are you going to do that or just jump straight into Obsidio?

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