Favorite 2018 releases I’ve read so far this year (mid year list)

 

I thought it was time to make my list of favorite books I’ve read so far this year that were released in 2018.   I tried to pick ten, but ended up with fifteen for my list.  I’m horrible at narrowing it down.  Honestly, I’ve read a lot of five star books already this year.

 

All of these are 2018 releases read in 2018.  The list is in no particular order.  There is no way I could rank them.

 

 

 

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Amal Unbound (MG) by Aisha Saeed

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

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Review of Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

 

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

 

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

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Most Anticipated YA Releases for April 2018

 

There are quite a few YA books coming out in April.  Too many to list, but I am going to share some of them with you.   There is a * by books I’ve already read.

 

April 3rd:

 

 

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Dread Nation* by Justina Ireland

 

 

Rebel With A Cupcake* by Anna Mainwaring

The Summer of Jordi Perez* by Amy Spalding

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Tomi Adeyemi in conversation with Veronica Roth at Anderson’s Bookshops Naperville, IL

 

 

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I was lucky enough to attend another book signing (with my husband, thank you Jesse) at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL.  Tomi Adeyemi was there promoting Children of Blood and Bone on March 8, 2018.  Veronica Roth was there with her to ask questions.

This event was packed.  They actually sold out of the book twice.  Because of this, my husband was standing pretty far back and most of the pictures are super grainy.  I still want to share them though.

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Review of Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (digital arc)

 

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Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

 

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all

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Ashley Poston’s book event for Heart of Iron at Anderson’s Bookshop

 

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Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL hosted Ashley Poston for her book Heart of Iron.  My husband I were able to attend last Friday, March 2nd.

 

Rachel asked Ashley questions about her book and writing in general.  She spoke about how much Heart of Iron meant to her.  She wrote this book 4 years ago and it was the first book she sold, but Geekerella came out first.  She was recently given a contract for book two and hinted that there would be some news coming soon related to Geekerella.  Ashley also let us know that the last 40 pages were changed, so if you read the arc (like me), you might want to pick it up and reread it.

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February Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge Wrap Up

 

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I joined the Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge hosted by Bookish Things and More.  This is my update for February.  I don’t have all my reviews up because I had a few for blog tours.  But they are up on goodreads and will be on my blog soon.

 

*The links will take you to my review.

 

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw   (Edelweiss)

 

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