Most Anticipated Reads 2018 Part I

HELLO FRIENDS!

I have to admit, before I was on maternity leave, I was barely reading. I struggled to find something to invest my time in, especially since the last few years have been consumed with school, starting a career, getting hitched, and makin’ a baby. So now that I look forward to the peace and quiet of a good book, I’m able to really take the time and research my next reads. I’m so happy my list is never ending, which means I will always have a good book waiting for me. Especially when I go back to work, and crazy life continues.

Here is PART I of my most anticipated new releases for 2018!

#1. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Pages: 342 // Release Date:  March 6, 2018 // Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Goodreads Rating: 4.09

Summary as Provided by Publisher

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Why I’m Interested:

The minute I hear mermaids, I’m like hold up, where do I sign up? Growing up in the 90’s, every little girl loved the Little Mermaid, brushing their hair with forks and signing to the fishes. I had this large doll version of Ariel in her mermaid form, and I would carry it everywhere. Unfortunately for Ariel, her shell bra was missing, so I was often photographed with a half naked fish-girl doll. Anyways, I digress…

I’m not usually for stand alone books, but the synopsis is so hard to resist. Not only is she a siren – but a kick butt, ask questions later kinda gal. I’m so intrigued by where this partnership will go. I hope it’s dark and gritty, and a re-telling of little mermaid I never knew I would want. Ugggghhhh, too good.

#2. Furyborn (Emperium, #1) by Claire Legrand

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Pages: 512 // Release Date:  May 22, 2018 // Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Rating: 4.20

Summary as Provided by Publisher

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.

Why I’m Interested:

First off, the cover is absolutely breath taking, quite superb. I will always have a soft spot for queens, magic, and bounty hunters. Especially if the leads are female, girl power y’all. Throw in intersecting timelines that are somehow connected? It’s hard not to resist! I did glance through some of the reviewers who received ARCs, and to be honest it was a mixed bag of reviews. People who liked it, really enjoyed it. So I’m hoping this one will be will be as good as my gut tells me, and not a complete bust!!

#3. Circe by Madeline Miller

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Pages: 400 // Release Date:  April 10, 2018 // Genres: Mythology, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 4.44

Summary as Provided by Publisher

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.

Why I’m Interested:

I am a huge huge huge greek mythology (or anything to do with gods or fairytales) geek. Even though I was a Science major in university, I took Classical Studies as my electives. (Although it kicked my butt…). So when I saw this on everyone’s TBR lists, this was an easy choice for me. I heard it’s a masterful re-telling of the witch from the Homer’s Odyssey. There’s a misfit heroine, magic, monsters and gods. I can’t wait, and I’m so glad this one is now in stores!

#4. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Pages:352 // Release Date:  April 24, 2018 // Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Rating: 4.34

Summary as Provided by Publisher

Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.

A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.

Why I’m Interested:

I don’t know if you’ve noticed a general theme, but I have a thing for kick ass heroines. And vikings? Come on, have you seen the show Vikings? It’s so alluring and I can’t get enough. So I’m definitely excited to check this one out. I’m not one for gore, but I’m hoping this book will have epic battle scenes.

Thank you so much for reading!! Please let me know if any of these are on your list too, or if you have been lucky enough to read them already! 

HAPPY READING! 

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