I recently enjoyed Marie’s post about books she was anticipating in 2018 and whether or not she has read them yet. I thought it would be fun to do something similar myself and Marie very kindly said she didn’t mind! Make sure you check out her post after reading this one 😉
As last year was the first year I became fully invested in keeping up with new releases, I was certainly anticipating a lot of books this year, particularly sequels/series finales. Let’s see whether or not I read my most anticipated books of 2018!
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Hooray! The first book on my list is a hit! The conclusion to the Strange the Dreamer duology was my most anticipated book of the year; I had Muse of Nightmares preordered for months and there was no way I was going to let it linger on my shelf. And it was a complete masterpiece.
Fierce like a Firestorm by Lana Popovic
Oops, I’m slipping already. Wicked like a Wildfire was one of my favourite reads of 2017 so I was eagerly awaiting this conclusion to the duology. Unfortunately, it didn’t come out until later in the year, by which point I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of books I had to get through. So this one is still waiting patiently on the shelf for me. I’m hoping to reread the first book in the new year, closely followed by this one.
A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke
Another follow-up to one of my 2017 favourites (A Shiver of Snow and Sky), I was delighted when I found this in Waterstones a good two weeks before it was due to be released. I promptly bought it and then… didn’t read it. There’s still a chance I’ll get to it before December is over though, because I am living for those wintery vibes.
Shadowsong by S. Jae Jones
Are you sensing a pattern here? I loved Wintersong last year so I was desperate for this sequel. However, negative reviews quickly started pouring in and some reviewers said that the Goblin King didn’t even feature prominently in the second book. So I keep putting it off. I really do want to give it a chance at some point though.
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
The conclusion to Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands trilogy was way up on my list of anticipated reads. However, series finales scare me and I kept procrastinating on this one for fear that my precious children would all DIE. I am not ready for the pain.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Ok, I am a terrible person. My bestie bought me this one for my birthday waaayyy back in February and I still haven’t got round to it. I genuinely have no reason why? So many books, so little time? I know, it’s feeble. Must. Do. Better. This one is definitely on my priority TBR.
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
Finally, one I’ve read! The same bestie who got me The Hazel Wood was also kind enough to send me an ARC of The City of Brass. I was fully on-board the hype train after hearing all the rave reviews about it. Of course, I completely adored it and I’m so thankful I got to read it. Book two, The Kingdom of Copper, is now one of my most anticipated reads for 2019!
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Yay, another one I’ve read! Caraval was definitely one of the most hyped releases of 2017 and I’m not ashamed to say that I totally rolled with it. Anything even vaguely to do with circuses/carnivals is my jam. I couldn’t wait to see where the story went next, with the release of the second book this year; I picked up Legendary this summer, fairly soon after it released.
Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
I’m sticking to my pattern – I don’t know, I guess I struggle to get excited about debut releases? Most of my anticipated reads tend to be follow-ups. After reading Love and Gelato with my book club in 2016, I was eagerly awaiting this second book from Jenna Evans Welch. I was dismayed when the original 2017 release date got pushed back to this year! But it was worth the wait and I really enjoyed breezing through this cute contemporary on a gorgeous sunny day at the seaside.
The Empress by S. J. Kincaid
Another sequel to a bookclub read. I actually surprised myself with how much I enjoyed The Diabolic and I was looking forward to the second book; unfortunately, I feel like the characters were all totally different people in The Empress and I didn’t like the direction the plot took. I don’t think I’ll bother reading book three.
The final score: 5 read, 5 unread
I think we can conclude that I am ridiculously bad at reading my most anticipated books. Though actually, I expected the situation to be much worse. At least I’ve managed to read half of this list; let’s just hope I can get to the others soon before the 2019 releases start piling up!
What were some of your most anticipated releases this year? Did they live up to your expectations? Did we share any anticipated books? Let me know in the comments! x