Happy New Year!

Happy new year!

As we cautiously step into 2018, hoping it will be a better year for the world, we take a look at the great new books coming out in the next few months—hey, there is nothing better than to dust up that old TBR to add new goodies to it!

The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor is the third Binti novella. Out on January 16, the concluding part on this ongoing saga follows its eponymous main character as she returns home from the stars to find that “home” is more complicated than she thought and that ongoing resentments could eventually wipe out her people. I can’t wait to see how it all ends.  

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton is out on February 6 and I have been waiting for this book for what feels like a decade. Ever since I first heard about it, ever since the first look, the first reviews, I have been on tenterhooks. It follows a girl—Camelia Beauregard—who is a Belle, in a dystopian world where Belles are revered for controlling Beauty, which is the biggest commodity of all.  But all is not as it seems—and I am here for what looks like will be an exploration of power, control and identity.    

Paris Adrift by E.L. Swift is an early February release. Described as The Time Machine meets Midnight In Paris featuring a misfit student geologist who bartends next Tess of the Road door to the Moulin Rouge then discovers a time portal and is unable to leave Paris—I feel like maybe I don’t need to say anything else? I am always here for time travel, after all, and this one sounds super great. 

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman, features an unlikeable cross-dressing girl on an adventure quest with her BFF dragon in a world that appears to be extremely misogynistic. Set in same world as the much-adored Serafina but with a different protagonist—by all accounts so far, it seems to be a highly divisive books amongst Children of Blood and Bone reviewers. February 27, where are you?

 Dread Nation Already in the running for most gorgeous cover of 2018, Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi is out on March 6. This is a West African YA Fantasy novel following a world of magic, gods, rogue princesses and strong girls who fight for what is right.

If you haven’t read the Illuminae Files books by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff yet, stop reading this list and go catch up with Illuminae and Gemina because the third book, Obsidio is out on March 13 and believe me, you want to join the party as the two sets of protagonists from the first two novels get together with a new pair of stars to fight their enemies once and for all. These are super fun Epistolary novels in space with AIs, spaceships, romance and more.

And I am going to finish this list by cheekily squeezing past the first quarter mark to talk about a book I am so excited about which is not out until April (whyyyyy) : Dread Nation by Justina Ireland—a reimagining of Reconstruction-era America with ZOMBIES, in a world where “the Civil War was devastatingly interrupted by Confederate and Union soldiers rising from the dead”.   

What about you? What are you looking forward to in early 2018? 


Blood and Sand
Her people were a peculiar tribe. Direct descendants of the Spartans of old, Maedi soldiers were hardened by physical labor, honed and bent and reshaped so that the resulting body and psyche reacted like coiled springs. Pain could be tolerated or even ignored. A sword or bow or staff or even a rock was simply an extension of the self ...
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Here is Resurrection Mary—Rhee for short—standing by the side of a lonely, dark road, hitchhiking during the darkest hours of the night, terrorizing the same stretch of that highway for as long as she can remember. Inhaling every breath of fear caused by her apparition (and perhaps even relishing it), every night ends the same way—at the cemetery she was ...
Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns
In this futuristic world, set in deep space, socio economic collapse has caused university degrees to be worthless and regular jobs to be less desirable than say, being a space pirate. In fact, being a space pirate and joining any of the infamous space pirate crews out there is the dream. Noticed my italicised delight about this novel being about ...