2018 has already been an amazing year for books, and there are so many more due to be published later this year. I thought I would share a few of the books which make up my most anticipated reads of summer 2018 list.

My Most Anticipated Reads of Summer 2018 - books sorted into a rainbow on a white set of shelves

So here are 6 books I really cannot wait for!

June

Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian – 14th June 2018 (UK) 
I was lucky enough to get an ecopy to review, so I have already read this one. But I love the cover and can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy. It’s a wonderful fantasy read with a strong female main character, and a very interesting magical system and world.

Synopsis
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

Birth of Chaos – Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh 28th June 2018
I cannot wait to read the third book in the Wish Quartet! The cover was revealed last week and it is so gorgeous! You can see my post about that here. I have reviewed the first two books in the series and you can check those out, Society of Wishes and Circle of Ashes. I really don’t know how best to describe the Wish Quartet but it is just incredible. 

Synopsis
A WISH FOR DESTRUCTION… 
HAS JOSEPHINA UNRAVELING 

A new wish is pushing the weary members of the Society to their breaking points. But as Jo’s complex relationship with their leader reveals dangerous truths about who she truly is, and was, her priorities quickly change. Now, she seeks to expose the enemy lurking in their midst, but it may already be too late to thwart an ancient goddess bent on stealing Jo’s power and destroying everything she loves.

July

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik – 10th July 2018
I absolutely loved Uprooted by Naomi Novik and I cannot wait to read Spinning Silver. It sounds so amazing and I loved the style of writing in Uprooted. I do love a good fairytale retelling and I will definitely be sharing what I think of this one, once I have read it.

Synopsis
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff – 26th July 2018
I have just finshed Obsidio which Jay Kristoff co-wrote and I just cannot wait to read this one. I love Kristoff’s writing style and I am so glad I have this to read whilst I wait for DarkDawn to be published year, which is the final book in his Nevernight Chronicles trilogy. LIFEL1K3 sounds incredible but it feels like a long wait as it’s already out in the US!

Synopsis
On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.
Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

August

Catwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J. Maas – 7th August 
I am really interested to read this one, I do love Sarah J. Maas’s other books and I am hoping that this will be an interesting read, though I first need to read books 1 and 2 of the DC Icons, which are Wonder Woman: Warbringer written by Leigh Bardugo and Batman: Nightwalker written by Marie Lu.

Synopsis
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.

City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab – 28th August 2018
It’s impossible for me to resist anything written by Victoria Schwab., she is an insta-buy author for me.. this sounds incredible and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Synopsis
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

 

It’s going to be a great summer! Which books are you most looking forward too this year?