There are a lot of books I’d like to read in 2018, but I’ve narrowed them down to thirteen to share with you. Before I tell you which they are, a few disclaimers:
- This isn’t a Top 13; the books are in no particular order.
- While some of these books are coming out this year (I’ve mentioned which), there are some that are older.
- Some of the new releases don’t have covers, titles or synopsis yet. In the case of the unknown titles, I’ll just write which series the book is from and the number it’s supposed to be; as for the About (synopsis), I’ll just explain what the series is about.
- I’ve divided the books in the following categories: Fiction Novels (8), Guides (3), and Manga/Graphic Novels (2).
Let’s start with…
— FICTION NOVELS —
1. The Alienist – Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, Book 1
Author: Caleb Carr
Themes & Genres: Historical, Mysteries, Psychological, murder
About: The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler – a psychologist, or “alienist” – to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes.
2. The Cruel Prince – The Folk of the Air, Book 1
Author: Holly Black
Themes & Genres: Fantasy, family, outcasts
About: Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him and face the consequences.
3. The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Themes & Genres: Teen Fiction/YA, Fantasy, magic
About: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco…
4. Blood Prince – Beautiful Monsters, Book 4 (coming out in 2018)
Author: Jex Lane
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Fantasy/Paranormal, war, incubi, vampires, demons
About: No synopsis available yet. The series centres around Matthew, who is the only incubus/vampire hybrid (something considered impossible until he showed up), his struggles to find his place in the warring incubi and vampire nations, and his desire to find out who he is and how he came to be. You can read my reviews on the first three books and a novella set in the same world here:
- Captive (Beautiful Monsters, Book 1)
- Sire (Beautiful Monsters, Book 2)
- Broken (Beautiful Monsters, Book 3)
- Pear and the Dread King (novella that takes place in the world of the Beautiful Monsters series; can be read as a standalone)
5. Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden, Book 4 (supposed to come out in 2018)
Author: James Osiris Baldwin
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Paranormal, Occult, mafia, magic
About: The Hound of Eden series is a mix of action and complicated magical practices. The main character – Alexi, starts off as a hitmage for the mafia, but has a change of heart and begins to hunt down his former comrades while simultaneously trying to save the world from an approaching force that will engulf everything that exists. Read my reviews of the previous books here:
- Burn Artist and Blood Hound (a two-in-one review; prequel novella and Book 1 of Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden)
- Stained Glass (Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden, Book 2)
- Zero Sum (Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden, Book 3)
See the video interview James gave me in September, 2017.
6. Permanent Ink – Art & Soul, Book 1
Authors: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Themes & Genres: Contemporary Gay Romance
About: At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies…
7. Soul to Keep – Rented Heart, Book 2 (coming out in April, 2018)
Author: Garrett Leigh
Themes & Genres: Contemporary LGBT Romance
About: Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place—he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.
Note: This book can be read as a standalone since it focuses on a new couple.
8. If the Seas Catch Fire
Author: L.A. Witt
Themes & Genres: Contemporary Fiction, hitmen
About: Sergei Andronikov was a child when the Mafia wiped out his family, leaving him with nothing but a hunger for revenge. Years later, through ruthless strategy and tireless patience, he’s a contract killer working for the three families ruling Cape Swan… and he’s nearly in position to bring them all down from the inside.
Now for the…
— GUIDES —
1. The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma
Authors: Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
About: Readers connect to characters with depth, ones who have experienced life’s ups and downs. To deliver key players that are both realistic and compelling, writers must know them intimately – not only who they are in the present story, but also what made them that way.
Note: There are five more guides in these series and I’m interested in all of them, but this one seems like the one I most need to read. The others are: The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (this one also has a companion book Emotion Amplifiers), The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws, The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes, The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Places and The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces.
2. Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
Author: K.M. Weiland
About: Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this new guide, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs.
3. Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex for Writers and Creatives
Authors: Sabrina Klein, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Kerrie L. Hughes, Rosemary Laurey, Kathy Watness, E.A. Younker, Matthew Wayne Selznick, Sue Penkivech, Lucy Curtis, Graham Storrs, Addie J. King, Bryan Young, Tim Waggoner, Kelly Swails, Aaron Rosenberg, Donald J. Bingle, Paul Genesse, Chanté McCoy, Ramsey Lundock, Janine K. Spendlove, Maurice Broaddus
About: Eighth Day Genesis is meant to help writers, gamemasters, and all creative people with their worlds.
— MANGA/GRAPHIC NOVELS —
- The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel
Author: Neil Gaiman
Adaptor: P. Craig Russell
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Illustrators: Kevin Nowlan, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, Stephen B. Scott
Themes & Genres: Fantasy/Paranormal, magic, ghosts
About: An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book.
Author: C.S. Pacat
Artist: Johanna the Mad
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Contemporary, sports, fencing
About: Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him – if he can make the cut!
You are probably wondering if I’ll be reviewing all these books this year. Well, first of all, these are books I want to read; whether I’ll manage to do that, I don’t know. Second, yes, I’ll try to post reviews of as many of them as I can.
PS: Like to read book reviews?
Check these out! The books are not part of the series that I’ve included in this list, but are by authors that I’ve mentioned here.
- The Captive Prince Trilogy (a three-in-one review; LGBT, Romance, Fiction)
- Bullet (Blue Boy Studio, Book 1; Contemporary, Romance, Gay Fiction; Mature Content)
- Junkyard Heart (Porthkennack, Book 7; can be read as a standalone; Contemporary Romance, Gay Fiction)
- Dream (Skins, Book 1; LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance)
- The Master Will Appear (standalone; Gay Fiction, Romance, BDSM; Mature Content)