30 Of My Most Anticipated Young Adult Releases Of The First Half of 2018

New Books To Read 2018


30 New YA Books To Read In 2018 -- great list

Hellloooo I’m back with my most anticipated releases of 2018 (the first half anyways) — this time talking about all the YA I’m super excited about. If you missed my adult fiction anticipated release list, check that out!

30 Must Read YA Books Coming Out In 2018 -- great list

It was so so soooo hard to narrow it down…this list was like 60 originally and I wept every time I had to cut them to keep my very most anticipated books.

If you are interested in any of these, check the pre-order price on Amazon — sometimes they are like way cheaper to pre-order than buy them when they come out! So much of a better deal if you are on a budget like I am!!

So let’s talk about all these!! I’d love to hear what you are most excited about and what you’ve already read. New baby = haven’t read 2018 books ahead of time this year!


From some of my all time favorite authors whose books I would read no matter what they are about:




New YA Books To Read 2018: Leah On The offbeat by Beck albertalli

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli — Out April 24

I loved Becky Albertalli’s first two novels (Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda & The Upside of Unrequited) and I am SOOOOOO excited for a new one from her! I LOVE LOVE LOVED Leah, Simon’s bff, in Simon Vs and I am so excited that Leah gets her own book!!



YA Books To Read In 2018: Save The Date by Morgan Matson

Save The Date by Morgan Matson — Out June 5

Morgan Matson is one of my all time favorite authors of contemporary YA so it’s no surprise to anybody that I’m over-the-moon excited for this one! This looks like a fun drama-filled family novel when the main character’s family is all coming together under the same roof for her older sister’s wedding and everything seems to be going awry.


YA Books To Read In 2018: I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman — Out March 27

GAAAAAAYLE. Top 5 fave author of all time! So literally don’t care what this is about. I’m excited it’s set in one day because she is AWESOME at that sort of storytelling plus it seems to have a strong friendship thread and I’m here for that!


YA Books To Read In 2018: 9 Days & 9 Nights

9 Days & 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno — Out May 1

Katie’s books are among my favorites and always seem to tackle messy subjects incredibly. I LOVED 99 Days and I’m so excited for this sequel!! Check out my review of 99 Days and why I loved it so much!



YA Books TO Read In 2018: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold — Out May 22

David’s a newcomer to this list after his debut Mosquitoland and Kids of Appetite and I just really love his books so much!! He writes incredible characters and I can’t wait to meet these ones!



From authors whose debuts I really loved and I’m excited to read their sophomore novels:




YA Books To Read: The PRice Guide To The Occult

The Price Guide To The Occult by Leslye Walton — Out March 13


I LOVED Leslye’s magical debut (The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender) and I am so here for this one! This one is about witches!!

YA Books To Read In 2018: From Twinkle, With Love

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon — Out June 5

I absolutely loved Sandhya’s debut (When Dimple Met Rishi — perfect YA romcom!!) so I am delighted for a new one from her! This one is about an aspiring filmmaker who gets asked to help direct a movie for a competition with her crush’s twin brother and the romance that ensues as she develops a crush on him but also is getting mysterious letters from an admirer. I love that it is told in letter format to all her favorite female filmmakers! This is going to be so great, I know it!


YA Books To Read In 2018: Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson — Out June 5

I really enjoyed Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly so I’m excited to see what she has up for us next with this story about a girl whose best friend disappears and nobody seems to notice!

All the awesome sounding fantasy


2018 YA Books To Read: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Out January 30

This sounds like an incredible new YA fantasy in which the main character gets caught up in the dark & cruel world her grandmother, an author who just passed away, created in her book of fairytales. She must enter this world to find her mother who was stolen by a supernatural creature who claims to be from the world. This is definitely on the TOP of my list!!



YA Books To Read In 2018: The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross — Out February 6


Ooooh a high fantasy inspired by Renaissance France! HERE FOR IT. It’s about an outcast who finds herself bound to a disgraced lord and entangled in his plot to overthrow the current king.



YA Fantasy Books To Read In 2018: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Tess Of The Road by Rachel Hartman — Out February 27

Dragons! Gender-bending! Medieval type setting! A stubborn lady protag! I’m heeeeeere for it!



New YA Fantasy Books To Read: Children of Blood & Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi — Out March 6


I’ve been waiting for this book since the deal was announced!! I’m just going to leave the official summary because every time I try to suck it up it doesn’t sound nearly as appealing as this does.

“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.  But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.  Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy”

YA Books To Read: To Kill A Kingdom

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo — Out March 6

RETELLING OF THE LITTLE MERMAID. That is all I needed to know, literally.


YA Fantasy Books To Read In 2018: Isle of Blood & Stone

Isle of Blood & Stone by Makaii Lucier  — Out April 10


This sounds amaaazing. An explorer and a mapmaker goes on a journey to uncharted territory to solve the mystery of two kidnapped princes from many years ago who were presumed dead when a riddle is found on two maps that appear to have been drawn by his father who disappeared on that same day the princes went missing.




YA Books To Read: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian — Out April 24


I love books set in brutal worlds for some reason and I heard someone say this is a great one if you love Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones which YES I love Sansa’s arc soooo much.  It’s about a girl who has to live under the brutal rule of the Kaiser and his court who brutally killed her mother when they were invaded. She doesn’t let on how smart she is and just survives as she joins the resistance to get her kingdom back. I also hear that the main character is not very likeable which is like my favorite soooo.



YA Fantasy Books To Read In 2018: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn by Claire Legrand — Out May 22

I really loved Claire’s book Some Kind of Happiness and I am SO anticipating this awesome sounding fantasy! It honestly might be my MOST anticipated fantasy book of the year. It sounds super original with the stories of two young women (a Queen and a bounty hunter) whose lives intersect as they fight a war 1,000 years apart.



All the awesome sounding contemporary books


YA Books To Read In 2018: Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke — Out January 9


This looks like a funny contemporary YA about a girl who gets kicked out of high school and agrees to go to a high school completion school on the condition that she can move out of the house so, to fix her living situation, she signs up to go on a student-run reality show that is Big Brother but with teens. As a reality fan lover (especially Big Brother) I’m excited for this storyline!



YA Books To Read In 2018: A Girl Like That

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena — Out February 27

I love books pieced together through multiple perspectives so this one sounds up my alley! It’s about a girl who gets labeled as “that girl” as in “you don’t want to associate with a girl like that” but when she and a classmate who crushed on her are found dead in a car together that crashed on the side of the road in Saudia Arabia they learn more about her as all the pieces fall together.


YA Books To Read In 2018: In Search of by Ava Dellara

In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaira — Out March 6


I looove multi-generational stories and this one spans a young mother and daughter’s story in which a girl sets out to find her father, who she previously thought was dead, and learns a lot about herself and some hard truths about her mother and father.


YA Books To Read In 2018: Twelve Steps To Normal by Farrah Penn

Twelve Steps To Normal by Farrah Penn — Out March 13

Full disclosure: I’ve known Farrah from the book world, when she was also a blogger, for like 6 years?? I am genuinely so excited to see someone I know who worked so hard and (who has such similar taste to me) have a book published!! This looks like an emotional novel about a girl trying to put her life back together after her dad’s alcoholism completely changes it.


YA Books To Read In 2018: Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles — Out March 20


This one is going to break my heart and I’ve heard as much from reviewers I trust. It’s about a boy whose twin brother gets shot, unprovoked, by a police officer at a party and how he and his mother must deal with the aftermath of such a brutal act.



YA Books To Read In 2018: Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake — Out May 15

This sounds like a hard-hitting book about a girl whose twin brother is accused of rape by her friend and she’s trying to reconcile the accusations with the brother she knows so well. Super timely when so many accusations are coming out of prominent men and people are having to reconcile these things.


Your Destination Is on The Left

Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller — Out June 26

This sounds fun! Modern day nomad family? I’m in!


All about that paranormal this year!!


YA Books TO Read In 2018: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw — Out March 6


WITCHES! All I saw was Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch Trials and I was in. Three witches were sentenced to death for witchery and every summer they return to steal the bodies of 3 weak-hearted girls who lure boys into the harbor to their death.


YA Books To Read In 2018: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland — Out April 4


I looooove anything historical fiction with a paranormal twist — in this case ZOMBIES!!! The Civil War is derailed when the dead start rising and changes the course of America forever. A Native and Negro Reeducation Act is passed to train certain children to fight the dead and protect the rest of society. The main character is training in both weaponry and etiquette to protect rich families — not at all what she wants to do with her life — and suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy/up against powerful enemies when families in wealthy areas start to go missing.


Some sci-fi goodness for good measure

YA Books To Read IN 2018: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl — Out June 5

I will be honest I haven’t read her adult book (Night Film) yet but plan to do so before I read this one because it’s been on my to-read list since it came out! I must find out what the Neverworld Wake is but I like the setting and the reunion of friends after another friend dies plotline.


Always love a good mystery or thriller!


New YA Books To Read in 2018: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson — Out January 16

A new mystery series from Maureen Johnson about a true crime lover who sets out to solve the cold case that happened at her private school after it opened.

YA Mysteries To Read: White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig — Out April 24


A mystery/thriller about a boy who gets a call from his sister, on the same night his ex-boyfriend appears back in his life needing to talk, begging for help and when they reach her she’s drenched in blood and her boyfriend is dead on the floor. She swears she didn’t do it, though he knows there’s more to the story, so he and his ex try to help solve the mystery to prove she is innocent.

A Little Taste Of The Past


YA Books To Read In 2018: The Unbinding of Mary Reade

The Unbinding Of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamera — Out March 6

Based on the true story about a girl who disguised herself as a boy to be a sailor on a ship until the ship is attacked by a group of pirates, one with a girl pirate, and she decides to turn on her crew and join the pirate gang.

A Little Reality Mixed With Some Supernatural-y Goodness


YA Books To Read by The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson — Out February 6

This one sounds really cool! It’s about a girl who is the product of a virgin birth (scientifically explain in the story) but why can’t be explained is how she is able to perform miracles or why some weird stuff is happening– like how she healed her crush from a gunshot wound from a boy who minutes later disappeared up into the clouds



What YA books are you most looking forward to??


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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Hey look! It’s my Amazon order (I wish)! I actually have a few of these (Hazel Wood, Jane Sinner, In Search Of, Furyborn, Wicked Deep, Truly Devious, White Rabbit), and I am really excited to read them all. I so desperately want I Have Lost My Way, Noah Hypnotik, 9 Days, Twinkle, and 12 Steps. So many fabulous books to look forward to.

  2. Oh, The Queen’s Rising sounds pretty cool – I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  3. I’m so excited for a ton of these books! But especially Leah on the Offbeat and Children of Blood and Bone. It’s gonna be an epic reading year I think!

  4. There are just too many good ones coming out soon. I really enjoyed Tess of the Road and Furyborn. I hope you had amazing holidays and a good end to 2017!

  5. Great list! I put a bunch of these titles on my Goodreads TBR list. Thanks for putting this together!

  6. Such a great list! I’m quite excited about everything YA/YA contemporary has to bring in the next year. Can’t wait to see what you’re anticipating for the second half!

  7. Love your lists that you put out, but it would be soooooo nice if you could also put a link to them on goodreads so it’s super easy to add to the to read list! 🙂

  8. Great list! The Wicked Deep is on my list too!

  9. I’m really looking forward to reading save the Date, The Queen’s Rising, and Your Destination is on the Left! I think 2018 is going to be a great year for books! 🙂

  10. What a great list – you are so into your books! I really like the idea of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold and I love dragons so I’m sure I’ll love a few books you’ve listed including Tess Of The Road by Rachel Hartman. Thanks so much for the mega list!

  11. I’m adding a lot of these to my reading list! I’m just finishing up THE POWER at the moment, but once I’m done with that, I’ll definitely move on to one of your recommendations!

    xo Jaime

  12. I almost forgot just how many ace YA books are out there. Need to pick me up a few of these! Thanks heaps for sharing x

  13. But why did you have to cut any? (I don’t even try to pretend to be realistic about how many books I want to read.) Some of these sound REALLY good and I’m pinning your list to be sure I can find it again later.

  14. Oh I love a good book list. Thanks for sharing!

  15. This is suuuuch a great list! It makes me excited about reading again. There are so many great titles! I just started the Throne of Glass Series which is a little more fantasy than YA I think but I’m so in love with it right now. But I can’t wait to read some of these books!

  16. Great List! I can’t wait to pass it along to my daughter who loves a good book. Keep the recommendations coming!

  17. So many of these sound completely awesome. I love the idea of the Civil War zombie one!

    • Right?? I read both adult fiction and YA but I have to say YA ideas feel so much more fresh and fun to me when it comes to genres other than contemporary!

  18. this is a great list! I have been wanting to read something new and had no idea where to start!

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