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My 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult, Adult, and Fantasy Releases

December 29, 2017


Young Adult



Love Hate and Other Filters

By: Samira Ahmed

Soho Teen, January 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.


Why I’m Excited

I was fortunate enough to receive a query from Samira Ahmed when LOVE HATE & OTHER FILTERS was a manuscript with a much different title. While it might have had a different title, it was still one of the most incredible manuscripts I’ve been lucky enough to consider as an Agent. Samira has given a genuine, and unforgettable voice to Maya, and it’s a voice her readers won’t soon forget once they get their hands on this book. I am beyond thrilled with the recognition and excitement Samira is receiving over LOVE HATE & OTHER FILTERS. She deserves every bit of it, and I’m so happy the fabulous Eric Smith was able to help bring this book to the world.


The Astonishing Color of After

By: Emily X.R. Pan

Little Brown, March 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.


Why I’m Excited

I received an ARC of this book, and It’s just as gorgeous on the inside, as the cover is on the outside. What I love even more about it is that it centers around the life of a half-Asian, half-Caucasian, character. With the ongoing controversy over race and boarders in politics, what better way to exemplify the true diversity in our country than for books to feature mixed race characters? Readers need to see themselves in the characters they are reading, and being of mixed race needs to be represented as frequently as white characters. We are finally seeing a rise of diversity in fiction, and I’m so excited to see mixed races represented among the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement.

THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER also gives us an exciting combination of magical realism, culture, family, and an overcoming of loss. The plot is magical, and the writing is exemplary. Emily X.R. Pan gets a wave of applause from me on her debut.



The Belles

By: Dhonielle Clayton

Disney-Hyperion, February 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.


Why I’m Excited

BECAUSE LOOK AT IT. The stunning cover, and the even more stunning Camellia. I had the honor of reading an ARC of THE BELLES, and everything about this story leaves you craving a sequel. It’s glittering, exciting, and Dhonielle’s writing is stunning! 2018 will continue to support, and push the desperately needed #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement, and THE BELLES is a story which starts 2018 off in the right direction. I can’t wait for the rest of the book world to read this AMAZING book. Really, guys and gals, pre-order it.





One Small Thing

By: Erin Watt

Harlequin Teen, June 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.


Why I’m Excited

In all honesty, I will read ANYTHING Erin Watt writes. All her books are carried by her ability to write unforgettable characters with an incredible voice. BUT, in each of her books, the voice is different. She creates tension and chemistry which build up from the earliest pages, and the strength of those two aspects carry to the final page. She is one of my favorite Young Adult Authors, and I’m so excited to get my hands on this romance!






My Plain Jane

By: Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton

HarperTeen, June 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


Why I’m Excited

I read the fantastic MY LADY JANE, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the sequel. BUT what makes the sequel even more amazing, is that each book is a standalone. While the Authors are the same, each book can be read on it’s own without the need to read the previous book. THE LADY JANIES Series is an exciting and witty reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre story. I love it, and I hope you will too!





Wild Blue Wonder

By: Carlie Sorosiak

HarperTeen, June 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads


There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me.

Ask anyone in Winship, Maine, and they’ll tell you the summer camp Quinn’s family owns is a magical place. Paper wishes hang from the ceiling. Blueberries grow in the dead of winter. According to local legend, a sea monster even lurks off the coast. Mostly, there’s just a feeling that something extraordinary could happen there.

Like Quinn falling in love with her best friend, Dylan.

After the accident, the magic drained from Quinn’s life. Now Dylan is gone, the camp is a lonely place, and Quinn knows it’s her fault.

But the new boy in town, Alexander, doesn’t see her as the monster she believes herself to be. As Quinn lets herself open up again, she begins to understand the truth about love, loss, and monsters—real and imagined.


Why I’m Excited

When you begin a book with the opening line,

“There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me.”

You have set the bar VERY HIGH. This is truly one of the best lines I’ve read in a Young Adult romance in a long time. Add in the magical realism factor, and you’ve created something wonderful. I’m excited for this story, and It easily made my list of most anticipated books of 2018. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!




Adult Fiction



Love and Other Words

By: Christina Lauren

Gallery Books, April 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly teen friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco reading books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.


Why I’m Excited

The idea of alternating time lines in Romance, or Women's Fiction, always reminds me of the movie, THE LAKE HOUSE. What I love so much about the premise of LOVE AND OTHER WORDS is we are seeing the backstory of a romance play out from two different perspectives. We are able to see character growth, life changes, and a heartfelt reunion between two former lovers who get a second chance to get it right. It’s everything I love about Women’s Fiction, but told from the inside out.



The Lost Castle

By: Kristy Cambron

Thomas Nelson, February 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France's picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s.

As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother's bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer's, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family's history.

Sparked by the discovery of a long forgotten family heirloom, Ellie embarks on a journey to French wine country to uncover the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty--the castle so named for Charles Perrault's beloved fairy tale--and unearth its secrets before they're finally silenced by time.

Set in three different time periods--the French Revolution, World War II, and present day--The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged, and an enchanted castle that inspired the epic fairy tales time left behind.


Why I’m Excited

I have been a fan of Kristy Cambron from her very fist book. In my mind, she’s the perfect combination of Phillippa Gregory and Susanna Kearsley, but in the inspirational fiction genre. She gives you stunning world building, depth filled characters, memorable voices, and elegant writing. Her stories are rich, thoughtful, and inspirational. I’m excited to see where she takes readers in THE LOST CASTLE.



The Masterpiece

By: Francine Rivers

Tyndale, 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.


Why I’m Excited


Francine Rivers is a Queen of turning a simple romance concept into something stunning, complex, and brilliant. She flips the lives of her characters upside down, and then she takes them on a journey of love, redemption, and faith. I would be bold enough to say that there aren’t many other authors, even outside of the Inspirational or Christian Romance market, who can write such BEAUTIFUL romances. She’s one of my all-time favorite Romance authors, and I have no doubt that THE MASTERPIECE will blow me away.






By: Clarissa Goenawan

Soho Press, March 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan.

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko's sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s catatonic wife.

As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.


Why I’m Excited

LOOK AT THIS COVER! It’s stunning, and I don’t even think stunning covers it. We have a magnificent premise with outstanding stakes. Did I mention the stakes?? Tragedy, Mystery, Choices, and Family Secrets. RAINBIRDS is an #Ownvoices story with cultural diversity, and a plot I am over the moon excited for. Soho Press did a fantastic job on the cover, and if the cover isn’t enough to convince you, the book blurb should be.












Dark of the West

By: Joanna Hathaway

Tor Teen, May 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.


Why I’m Excited

When you compare a book to CODE NAME VERITY and THE WINNER’S CURSE, two of my FAVORITE YA books of all time, you really can’t go wrong. The cover is stunning, and the mixture of royal politics, scandal, and family tragedy, has me so excited for this debut.




Heart of Thorns

By: Bree Barton

Katherine Tegen Books, July 2018


Book Blurb Via Goodreads

In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia's father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.


Why I’m Excited

From reading the premise, I’m getting strong PRIDE PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIE vibes, mixed with TRUTHWITCH. The cover is also stunning. I’m interested to see how the blood, flesh, and bone manipulating comes into play, but I’m excited for another female centered fantasy. 2017 was the year for WONDER WOMAN, I hope I see the trend of warrior type female characters continue.



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