Most Anticipated: Spring

The list I’m working from for book releases from March-May is 21 books long, so whittling that down to ten books? It was a struggle, but I’m excited to present to you my ten most anticipated books of Spring!

1. Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles

This is a book that has to do with gun violence and loss. It has a beautiful cover and will undoubtedly be a heart wrenching and beautiful read. I’m excited to get to this book and have it on hold on Overdrive so hopefully I’ll be able to get to it soon!

Release Date: March 20, 2018

2. Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

I’m fairly certain no one is surprised to see this book on this list. I am beyond excited for Hurts to Love You and if anyone sees Alisha before she explains what she meant on Twitter about this only kind of being the end, BEG HER FOR AN EXPLANATION PLEASE. I literally never want to stop spending time with these beautifully flawed characters.

This book is about Eve, the younger sister of Nicholas, an heiress, and splendid woman who I already adore, and Gabriel, a hunk of a man (sorry not sorry) who happens to be the son of Eve’s housekeeper. So, I think it’s going to play with classism and ya girl is here for it. Let’s be real, I’m here for absolutely everything Alisha Rai writes.

Release Date: March 27, 2018

3. Aru Shah and the End of Timeby Roshani Chokshi

I mean, all I really needed was to know that this is the first book in the Rick Riordan imprint and that the story sounds absolutely amazing, but here’s the entire Goodreads blurb in case you’re still on the fence:

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

Release Date: March 27, 2018

4. Ivan by Kit Rocha

Sure, I’m not totally caught up on the Beyond series or the Gideon Riders series, but do you actually expect me to resist the allure of a bodyguard/princess romance? If you do… You don’t know me very well, tbh.

Release Date: March 28, 2018

5. Leah on the Offbeatby Becky Albertalli

If you haven’t read Simon vs. or seen Love, Simon, then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life, but you should rectify that ASAP and buy yourself some Oreos or this delicious gluten free alternative. Anyway, this book continues the Simon vs. world and takes us to senior year at Creekwood High, but we’re following Leah, who also has a secret (she’s bi) and also, SHE IS A DRUMMER. I’m so proud already.

Release Date: April 24, 2018

6. A Court of Frost and Starlightby Sarah J. Maas

Hi, my name is Jenica and I’m trash for Feyre and Rhysand. Mostly Rhysand, tbh, but… Ya know. Anyway, this book continues the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, so if you haven’t read that yet, get on it. If you have, WE GET A NOVELLA ABOUT MY FAVES AND I CAN’T WAIT. I’m still confused about what’s going to happen with this new spin off series, but I’ll take this bridge to it and be delighted.

Release Date: May 1, 2018

7. Puddin’by Julie Murphy

If you haven’t already read Dumplin‘, you should hop to it. Puddin’ is a companion novel following Millie and this is the Goodreads blurb:

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

Release Date: May 8, 2018

8. Valley Girlsby Sarah Nicole Lemon

I absolutely adored Done Dirt Cheap, which was Lemon’s debut, and I’m so excited for Valley Girls that it’s already pre-ordered. The main character is from West Virginia, though the book is set in Yosemite National Park. Rilla gets into some trouble soon after arriving to stay with her sister, a park ranger, so she winds up connecting with a group of intense hikers. I think there’s a boy involved, but honestly I don’t even care because give me all the Appalachian MCs you’ve got. Thanks.

Release Date: May 8, 2018

9. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo

Was there a more adorable and perfect book last year than I Believe in a Thing Called Love? Easily my favorite fluffy contemporary of last year (unless we count The Upside of Unrequited, but let’s not because that book was so real it gave me an anxiety attack), I am unbelievably excited for this one. Here’s the Goodreads blurb:

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

Release Date: May 8, 2018

10. My So-Called Bollywood Lifeby Nisha Sharma

Everything about this sounds adorable and lovely and wonderful:

Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.

Release Date: May 18, 2018

There are so many good books coming out in the next three months! Here’s hoping I can get to them all!


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