There are quite a few books coming out soon that I’m really excited about! Eight to be exact. A couple sequels, a couple auto-buy authors, and possibly my most anticipated release of the year! Get out your library holds lists and your TBRs! Here are the February 2018 book releases I’m most excited about!
This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan #3) by Kelley Armstrong
Since the first book in the Cainville series came out, I have been addicted to Kelley Armstrong. I’m not really into her Bitten series and her YA books are hit or miss for me, but her Casey Duncan books are just right! They’re about an off the grid town in the Canadian North and our main character Casey Duncan helping solve mysteries there. I’m SO EXCITED for the next book! Because it’s the third book in the series, I’m not going to post the synopsis because spoilers. But, check out my review of the first book in this series here!
Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones
I just finished Wintersong last week and I’m excited to see where things will go in book two! I’m going to be writing a full review of Wintersong soon! As much as I liked it, I gotta say, I’m scratching my head about where things are going in another book. The story felt pretty wrapped up to me! I suppose I could check out the synopsis, but I really want to go into this one blind. But here’s a taste of book one: Germany! Music! Folklore! GOBLINS.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
This was the first book I read in 2018! Thomas Allen Books provided me with a copy. It was a good, but a little sad, introduction to my 2018 reading year. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of this one! A full review of this one coming up! I really liked it! And I know many Book Rioters loved it too 😉
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
American Panda by Gloria Chao
This book just sounds so cute! It’s a YA contemporary about growing up with immigrant parents and the expectations they place on their children. Mei tries to navigate university, love, and family while also trying to be true to herself. American-Tawianese own-voices coming-of-age story? Sign me up!
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
I read and loved Smith’s debut The Way I Used to Be and can’t wait to get my hands on her sophomore novel! Covering another tough topic on growing up, The Last To Let Go sounds like another beautiful and heartbreaking read.
Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.
But all of her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.
In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first love, first heartbreak, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
Honestly, I really don’t care what this book is about! I will read anything by Sophie Kinsella. She is definitely an auto-buy author for me. I’ve read a few of her Shopaholic books, but I’m pretty bad at reading series. However, I’m obsessed with her standalones and totally have grabby hands for this one!
After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.
In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
This one has been on my radar for a while and I’m really looking forward to reading it. Part contemporary and part mystery, this story set in Saudi Arabia ticks all the boxes for me.
Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Guys, this is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. Maybe even the #1. I love true crime, especially when it’s interesting, exciting, and well written. Don’t give me sensationalist or pulp. I want substance. Michelle McNamara was an amazing journalist and this was the piece she was working on when she tragically passed away. This is her masterpiece, and I want it in my hands. Noaw.
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.