I can’t believe it’s already April, 2018. This year has gone so slow, yet so fast. I feel like the days are crawling by but then when I look back, so much has happened! As I approach the end of my school semester (my last exam is May 8 – a bit less than a month away), a LOT of things are going on. This includes both extracurricular activities and schoolwork/projects/essays. However, I am slowly and steadily surviving, and also sending energy your way to make the most out of the rest of the first part of the year!
For this month’s discussion post, I wanted to highlight some pretty underrated Young Adult releases for 2018 that haven’t been talked about much. We’re going to be featuring 9 books (coincidentally, the number of months left in this year as well).
I base a lot of my book recommendations on social media – especially Instagram and Twitter – so these will be books that I think need more hype on those platforms!
I didn’t see much hype when this book was released last week except for a couple of release day blitzes. But I feel like it’s definitely going to be a game changer. Advertised as a cross between THUG and All-American Boys, Tyler Johnson Was Here just sounds so real and raw and reflective of modern society. And reading one book like THUG shouldn’t be the end of all the resistance narratives in YA – it should only be the beginning.
This Moroccan-inspired fantasy was a BLAST to read – and more people should know about it! Think: rebellion fantasy sent in space. The action is heart-pounding, and the characters never have a dull moment. I’m definitely read for the next book!
I have heard nothing but amazing things from people who have read this diverse contemporary story, but hardly anything else about it. The story sounds poignant and heart-breaking and real, and what else can you want from a contemporary?
I haven’t really been keeping up with social media and 2018 releases but here are some that I’m super excited for and haven’t really heard much about.
I have already had the pleasure of reading this one and man was it good! I’ve loved all of Robyn Schneider’s books so far – you just can’t go wrong with one of her novels! Invisible Ghosts is about family, grief and letting go.
This novel has already been released and I have my preorder of it sitting on my desk right now. I don’t know ANYTHING about the story but I had to preorder it straight away because Gayle Forman is one of my favourite contemporary authors. Her Just One Day duology is one of my favourite YA series of all time.
I have to admit that I haven’t had the chance to read The Dazzling Heights yet but I adored The Thousandth Floor sooooo much. The world is fantastically sci-fi and I love the multiple perspectives in the novels. And can we talk about The Towering Sky cover for a second?!! It’s so beautiful and I just can’t wait to have it in my hands!
I hope we’ve been able to add some books to your TBR’s! What are some underrated 2018 releases that you think need some more love?