The Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2018

Posted by Marie on January 4, 2018


Get ready, young adult readers! This year's list of buzzworthy books will be sure to steal hearts and send pulses racing.

Whether you're navigating the corridors of high school or the courts of the high fae, there's a little something for everyone in 2018—and this list is only the tip of the iceberg. From Angie Thomas' On the Come Up to the final installment of Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series, it's clear that young adult authors, both beloved and new, are raising the bar with lush worlds and diverse heroes.

Click on the covers below to find out when these titles are coming to a bookstore near you. Don't forget to add your favorites to your Want-to-Read shelf.

The Sequels You've Been Dying to Read:
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Hot New Series To Get Addicted To:
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Standalones That Will Make You Swoon:
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Which YA books are you excited to read this year? Share them with us in the comments!

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Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) The Belles, Children of Blood and Bone, Poet X, and Leah on the Offbeat sit on my TBR. I cannot wait.


message 2: by John (new)

John Hudson TheThird Dread Nat sounds super interesting!


message 3: by Nitasha (new)

Nitasha Heart of Iron isn't a standalone, I think it has a sequel coming up!


message 4: by Natalie (new)

Natalie New Tamora Pierce series? HECK YES.


message 5: by Rana (new)

Rana R. Zidan Just looking to them right now is making me tear of joy💖


message 6: by Tali (new)

Tali Don't forget Sightwitch by Susan Dennard is coming out February 13th!!!


Katrina♡•• Queen of Air and Darkness


message 8: by Nixonmat (last edited Jan 04, 2018 07:20PM) (new)

Nixonmat Thunderhead... need I say more?


message 9: by Ambar (new)

Ambar  Hussain Three fates divide - Carve the mark was amazing, but I know there is a sad ending awaiting us...


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) I'm excited, there's SO MUCH potential in the new series and standalones, but I'll never touch anything by Maas again.


message 11: by Oda Renate (new)

Oda Renate Save the Date by Morgan Matson , Untitled (Guardians of Time #4) by Marianne Curley , Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad #3) by C.B. Lee , Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars #0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst , Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston


message 12: by Kayla (new)

Kayla This year is gonna be a great year for releases yasss!!


message 13: by so-la (new)

so-la I CAN'T WAIT.
ALL THESE ARE SO AMAZING.
In my opinion, last year (at least for me) wasn't a great year for books. Yeah, there were some awesome books, but I think that this year will be the best! I'l especially excited for A Court of Frost and Starlight, Thunderhead, and the Case for Jamie. K8 and Wilde, I kind of agree with you- Sarah J. Mass' books were great... then they kind of got worse with age. I don't know, maybe that's just me. But I think I'll give her another try. Also with Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments (and spin offs)- they were okay in the begin, but now... I don't know. And Restore Me- I don't love the series (most of my friends shall now and try to kill me), but I don't know! There's a whole new year in front of us- anything could happen!
BUT WOOP FOR 2018!
🙌🏽


message 14: by Victoria (new)

Victoria A Court of Frost and Starlight! Thunderhead! War Storm! And the other untitled Sarah J Maas book! Can't wait!


message 15: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Nixonmat000 wrote: "Thunderhead... need I say more?"
OMG YES


message 16: by Laurie (new)

Laurie I want a sequel to The Flame in the Mist!


message 17: by Sean (new)

Sean I can't wait to read A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan coming out on August 14!


message 18: by Ilsa (new)

Ilsa I had no idea Morgan Matson was writing a new book!! I’M SO EXCITED!!!


message 19: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (kellyreadingbooks) Poet X sounds up my alley. Had no clue about the new Becky Albertalli book, excited.


Fort Dodge Public Library Staff Laurie wrote: "I want a sequel to The Flame in the Mist!"

Smoke in the Sun June 2018 :)


message 21: by Judy (new)

Judy Looby Tamora Pierce!!! Finally!


message 22: by Delia (new)

Delia Wilde wrote: "K8 wrote: "I'm excited, there's SO MUCH potential in the new series and standalones, but I'll never touch anything by Maas again."

Me either."


Aww! Why not? I love her books!


message 23: by Mary (new)

Mary I've been waiting for that Tamora Pierce book for OVER A DECADE gimme gimme gimme 😭


message 24: by Loriane (new)

Loriane WARNER IS BACK! that is all i can say 🔥😘👌🏾🔥😍😍😍😍


message 25: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Richelle Mead's The Emerald Sea, the last book in her The Glittering Court series. Tamsin's story has been the biggest mystery.


message 26: by Fireheart (new)

Fireheart It's a no brainer: TOG 7 obviously. Also A court of Frost and Starlight. And Catwoman. Don't forget a queen of air and shadow.

So TOG7 is the most anticipated books of mine and the rest come later (in whatever order)


message 27: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Bell Definitely excited for Tempests and Slaughter - I've been waiting a very long time for Numair to get his own series! Also excited for The Belles and Sightwitch - my 2018 TBR just keeps growing and growing.....


message 28: by nitya (new)

nitya Super hyped for The Belles, Dread Nation, The Poet X and Heart of Iron!

This reminded me to read my ARC of The Astonishing Color of After :)


message 29: by Tina (new)

Tina Christopher Laurie wrote: "I want a sequel to The Flame in the Mist!"

Wait no longer:)
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/...


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) Delia wrote: Aww! Why not? I love her books!"

At least in terms of the ToG series, at some point (and I don't hate myself enough to reread them and find the exact point, but common opinion is around book 3 or 4) they stopped being slow-paced fantasy novels and became a channel for the author's self-indulgent whims. Despite a length of over 200k, Empire of Storms had next to no actual plot. (If it had a plot, the "twist" at the end wouldn't have worked.) The majority of EoS consisted of severely bloated romantic sub-plots, which were contrived, suddenly graphic in comparison to previous installations and unnecessary.

From what I've heard, Tower of Dawn and whatever the most recent Court book was are rife with the exact same issues, including lackluster prose and copy+pasted sex scenes which were ridiculous enough to start with.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg of my issues with her and her writing.

You're allowed to love her books or whatever else you want, but I'm not going to bother with her books anymore.


message 31: by Mrslabraden (new)

Mrslabraden Tiger's Dream (Tiger's Saga #5) Tiger's Dream (The Tiger Saga, #5) by Colleen Houck


message 32: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Literally every one of these is in my TBR.


message 33: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey Noble I'm excited about so many of these! Also loving that there are some standalones coming out that are fantasy and really glad that you guys included them on this list!


message 34: by Princess (new)

Princess I'm looking forward to reading several of these books! But I'll name just a few: Children of Blood and Bone, The Belles, and Dread Nation! 📚


message 35: by L (new)

L Smith The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. NonFiction 3 starred reviews

Kirkus Reviews starred (August 1, 2017)
In the fall of 2013, on a bus ride home, a young man sets another student on fire.In a small private high school, Sasha, a white teen with Asperger’s, enjoyed “a tight circle of friends,” “blazed through calculus, linguistics, physics, and computer programming,” and invented languages. Sasha didn’t fall into a neat gender category and considered “the place in-between…a real place.” Encouraged by parents who supported self-expression, Sasha began to use the pronoun they. They wore a skirt for the first time during their school’s annual cross-dressing day and began to identify as genderqueer. On the other side of Oakland, California, Richard, a black teen, was “always goofing around” at a high school where roughly one-third of the students failed to graduate. Within a few short years, his closest friends would be pregnant, in jail, or shot dead, but Richard tried to stay out of real trouble. One fateful day, Sasha was asleep in a “gauzy white skirt” on the 57 bus when a rowdy friend handed Richard a lighter. With a journalist’s eye for overlooked details, Slater does a masterful job debunking the myths of the hate-crime monster and the African-American thug, probing the line between adolescent stupidity and irredeemable depravity. Few readers will traverse this exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime, and penal racism without having a few assumptions challenged. An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness. (Nonfiction. 14-18)


message 36: by Debra (new)

Debra Can’t wait for Dark Tracks by Phillipa Gregory out next month. Number 4 in her Order of Darkness series


message 37: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Laurie wrote: "I want a sequel to The Flame in the Mist!"

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 38: by Shannon (new)

Shannon The Belles, Catwoman, Leah Off the Beat and The Beauty that Remains all top my list.


message 39: by Sasha (new)

Sasha Zatz I'm excited for a lot, but most of all, SO EXCITED for throne of glass #7 and queen of air and darkness, by my favourite authors ever. I haven't finished ALL the already published throne of glass books as I want to drag them out so It feels like less time to wait, however ive been waiting for QOAAD since LOS came out last year!!


message 40: by Ana (new)

Ana I can't wait for War Storm, the last Red Queen book.
More than a year of waiting, and I have so many questions about this world. The feels.....


message 41: by Debra (new)

Debra So happy to see a sequel to “Flame in the Mist”. Definitely on my want to read list.


message 42: by Eva (new)

Eva REAPER AT THE GATES! HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO my life is complete.


message 43: by Nixonmat (new)

Nixonmat THUNDERHEAD WAS AMAZING!!!


message 44: by Vincent (new)

Vincent Omani To kill a Kingdom sounds interesting. Can't wait


message 45: by Sharon711 (new)

Sharon711 turner Dread Nation, The Wicked Deep, Onyx and Ivory and Catwoman are the ones I am most excited for. My Lady Jane, Legendary, Hero at the Fall, and Thunderhead all sound interesting...might read those also.


message 46: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Excited for these. I want to find a copy of Everless so bad


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