Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Releases
Summer is a great season to lounge out in the sun with a good book and there are so many exciting releases that are set to come out in Summer 2018. Summer is probably when I get most of my reading done and that's exactly when I plan to do this year. So bring on the beaches, pool sides and ice cream! I have a lot of older releases that I need to get through as well, so this list is on the shorter side, but here is a list of six books that I'm most excited to get my hands on this summer.
Save the Date by Morgan Matson - June 5th, 2018
Morgan Matson is one of my favourite contemporary authors and one of my favourite authors on Instagram as well (seriously check out her Insta-stories). Her books are like book candy: they make you cry, they make you smile and they make you go awww.
Save the Date follows a girl named Charlie Grant, whose sister is getting married this weekend and for the first time in ages, all of her siblings will be under one roof. So Charlie will make sure to do whatever it takes to make it a perfect weekend before their house is sold and everything changes. Of course, nothing goes as planned, but within this disaster, Charlie learns that sometimes trying to recreate the past gets in the way of the present.
This book sounds like it will be adorable, super fun read that focuses on family and growth. Like all of Morgan's other books, I know that I will enjoy this book and I need it in my hands asap.
You can find Save the Date on Goodreads here: Save the Date
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh - June 5th, 2018
Smoke in the Sun is the sequel to one of my favourite books of this year so far, Flame in the Mist. The first book left off on a huge cliffhanger, so I'm dying to know what happens next to Mariko, Okami and the rest of our cast of characters.
The first book, Flame in the Mist, follows a young girl named Mariko who is the daughter of a prominent samurai. Regardless of her intelligence and cunning, she is not given the same opportunities as her brother and is betrothed to a man she didn't choose. Simply because she is a girl. On the way to the capital, Mariko's convoy is attacked and she is the only survivor. Instead of running home, she dresses up as a peasant boy in order to track and find those who had tried to kill her.
You can find Smoke in the Sun on Goodreads here: Smoke in the Sun
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken - July 31st, 2018
The Darkest Legacy is a new book in Alexandra Bracken's The Darkest Minds series. This book picks up 5 years after the end of the original trilogy and following a particular character who was a clear fan favourite. I can't go into much further detail, because of spoilers, but I'm very excited to jump back into this world (though it's been a while and I might need a refresher).
The Darkest Minds takes place in a world where a horrible disease killed many of the world's children. The ones that survived were left with powers that they were unable to control. Ruby has spent the last 6 years in a "rehabilitation camp" that were specifically made for kids like her. When the truth comes out that her abilities are more dangerous than she originally made them out to be, she needs to escape in order to stay alive.
I did mention that the character feature was a fan favourite, but I would go as far as to say that this particular character was my favourite throughout the entire series. I also adore Alexandra Bracken's writing, so you could probably bet that I'm super excited.
You can find The Darkest Legacy on Goodreads here: The Darkest Legacy
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning - July 31st, 2018
Sea Witch follows a girl named Evie, who had been an outcast and called a witch ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned. When a girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to Anna arrives offshore, Evie believes that she is her friend and that she actually survived. However, this new friend as a secret that could prevent her from staying with Evie and the two princes that they've caught the eyes of and it's up to Evie to find a way to help her.
This is a sort of retelling of Ursula from Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid and this great little blurb from this book's Goodreads summary that has me very intrigued:
"The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster."
I haven't read many books that focus on mermaids, sea creatures or lore surrounding the sea, so I can't wait to get my hands on Sea Witch.
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry - August 7th, 2018
I first heard about Heretics Anonymous from Emma from emmmabooks's Most Anticipated Books of 2018 video that she had posted at the end of December 2017 and it sounded like it would be an interesting take on faith and identity.
Heretics Anonymous follows a boy named Michael who is an atheist and also recently enrolled in Catholic school. Being atheist he feels very out of place at this school, but he thinks he finally finds a potential friend and fellow non-believer when Lucy challenges their teacher in class. However, not only does Lucy believe, she wants to be a priest. Lucy introduces Michael to a group of fellow outcasts who calls themselves Heretics Anonymous. In this group Michael is accepted as an atheist, Lucy as an outspoken feminist, and Avi as Jewish and gay; Max can wear what he wants and Eden can practice paganism. Michael encourages the group to become a group of rebels to expose the school's hypocrisies, however, one day it goes too far and Michael may have just put everyone at risk.
This sounds like it will be a fun, thought-provoking, quick contemporary with a very diverse cast and I'm here for it!
You can find Heretics Anonymous on Goodreads here: Heretics Anonymous
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab - August 28th, 2018
I have yet to actually read a Victoria Schwab book - GASP! Yes, I know. I am, however, a huge fan of her as a person from what I've seen of her Instagram stories. I own three of her other books, which I intend on getting to as soon as possible, but her upcoming release sounds like something I am going to want to pick up.
City of Ghosts follows Cassidy Black, whose parents are ghost-hunters and whose best friend happens to be a ghost as well. When she moves with her parents to Edinburgh, Cass finds herself surrounded by ghosts and she meets Lara (a fellow see-er of ghosts known as an In-betweener). Lara tells Cass that their job is to send ghosts beyond the Veil, but Cass finds herself drawn into a fight that spans across both the world of the living and the dead.
I've only ever heard good things about Victoria Schwab's books and this sounds right up my alley, so you can bet that I'm adding this to my ever-growing TBR pile.
You can find City of Ghosts on Goodreads here: City of Ghosts
That's all for the books that I'm anticipating this summer. What are some of the books that you're most excited for? I'd love to know!
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!