Most Anticipated YA Books of 2018!

New year, new books! Check out these series continuations and stand-alones from our favorite authors and see what we’re most excited to read in 2018.

Release Date: January 2, 2018
The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air #1), by Holly Black
Summary: Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.
Why we’re excited: After The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black became one of our favorite authors, and we can’t wait to read her latest book!
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu
Summary: The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list…. Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
Why we’re excited: It’s Batman plus author of the Legend trilogy, Marie Lu… Need we say more?
Release Date: January 30, 2018 M.A. Bennett
Summary:  Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.
Why we’re excited: This twisty thriller, previously published in the UK, is coming to the States–and it will have you on the edge of your seat until the end!
Release Date: January 30, 2018
The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert
Summary:  Alice’s grandmother, the author of a book of dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, and her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Why we’re excited: This is Melissa Albert’s debut novel, but the summary and rave reviews already have us dying of anticipation!
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Shadowsong (Wintersong #2), by S. Jae Jones
Summary:  Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be.
Why we’re excited: Early reviews are showing this sequel to Wintersong is every bit as good as the first book–and just look at that gorgeous cover!
Release Date: February 27, 2018
The Traitor’s
 Game (The Traitor’s Game #1), by Jennifer Nielsen
Summary:  Kestra has spent three years in exile, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home. They want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected.
Why we’re excited: Nielsen’s The False Prince trilogy is one of our favorites, and we can’t wait to read her latest series opener.
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Heart of Iron, by Ashley Poston
Summary:  Ana and the crew of outlaws she calls family search the lost corners of the universe for a cure for her glitching robot and oldest friend. The secrets they uncover will change not only their lives but the fate of the kingdom as well.
Why we’re excited: We challenge you to look at the beautiful cover of this Anastasia-inspired sci-fi novel and not feel excited to read it!
Release Date: March 6, 2018
The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3),
 by Brittany Cavallaro
Summary:  Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows that her Watson can’t forgive her. Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but there is someone who wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.
Why we’re excited: We’re a sucker for anything related to Sherlock Holmes, and Cavallaro’s bestselling Charlotte Holmes series is no different.
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Restore Me (Shatter Me #4), 
by Tahereh Mafi
Summary:  Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander of North America, and now has Warner by her side. But when tragedy strikes, she must confront the darkness that dwells both around and inside her.
Why we’re excited: After four years, Mafi has returned to her popular Shatter Me series for an epic conclusion.
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Time Bomb, by Joelle Charbonneau
Summary:  They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.
Why we’re excited: With her Hunger Games-like trilogy The Testing, Charbonneau proved that she is a master of thrillers, and we’re sure this one will be no different.
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)
, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Summary:  Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao.  With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.
Why we’re excited: The mixed-media sci-fi series The Illuminae Files is both thrilling and unique, and the conclusion looks like it’s going to be explosive!
Release Date: April 10, 2018
The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2), by Veronica Roth
Summary:  As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.
Why we’re excited: How could we not be excited to read the follow-up to the controversial series opener from Divergent author Veronica Roth?
  Release Date: April 24, 2018
Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli
Summary:  Leah’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends she’s bisexual—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Why we’re excited: We loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and we can’t wait to read this sequel focusing on Simon’s best friend.
Release Date: May 1, 2018
The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3)
Summary:  The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg.
Why we’re excited: Beloved author Riordan has released hit after hit, and we love Apollo just as much as we loved Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus!
  Release Date: May 1, 2018
On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas
Summary:  Return to Garden Heights in a story about an aspiring teen rapper and what happens when you get everything you thought you wanted.
Why we’re excited: This is the highly anticipated second novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Hate U Give, set in the same town where we met Starr and her family.
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Puddin’ (Dumplin’ #2), by Julie Murphy
Summary:  Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
Why we’re excited: Murphy’s Dumplin’ was both heart-warming and laugh out loud funny, so we’re eagerly awaiting the second book in the series!
Release Date: May 15, 2018
War Storm (Red Queen #4),
  by Victoria Aveyard
Summary:  Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
Why we’re excited: War Storm is Aveyard’s conclusion to her popular Red Queen series, and it looks like it’s going to be as exciting (and surprising) as the first three.
Release Date: May 22, 2018
A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3),
 by Sabaa Tahir
Summary:  Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
Why we’re excited: An Ember in the Ashes had a slow start, but it hasn’t slowed down since then–we can’t wait to see what happens to Elias and Laia in the newest book in the series.
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Legendary (Caraval #2),
 by Stephanie Garber
Summary:  Unbeknownst to Scarlett, she and her sister, Tella, won the game of Caraval because Tella made a desperate bargain with a mysterious stranger. And now Tella’s debt is due. What Tella owes, no one before her has ever been able to able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
Why we’re excited: Caraval was a stand-out hit in 2017, and we hope Legendary will follow in its footsteps.
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3), by Cassandra Clare
Summary:  Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks.
Why we’re excited: The Dark Artifices is the best series yet from bestselling author Cassandra Clare, and Queen of Air and Darkness is sure to be another winner.