#SixforSunday is created by Steph from A Little But a Lot.
The theme for this this week is 6 books released in 2018 that you have been excited for. This is the first year that I have really been involved in reading books prior to their release date and anticipating releases eagerly. Before that I was just a browser, wandering through my library and bookshop looking for anything that would catch my attention.
Check out some of my previous weeks here:
Now, without further ado, on to the six books I have chosen for this week…
I found it quite hard to narrow this down to only 6, but here they are!
Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
I had been hearing about Rebel of the Sands lots and it seemed like lots of people had read it. Whenever the cover was revealed for Hero at the Fall I had yet to read any of this trilogy. I then borrowed the first two from my library, fell in love and was lucky enough to attend the Hero at the Fall book launch in London, where I met Alwyn Hamilton and she talked about the inspiration behind her books.
I have been putting off reading this because I have problems with finishing trilogies. I want to find out what happens but I also don’t want the trilogy to be over. So far i am doing this with about 5 different trilogies…
Folk by Zoe Gilbert
I spotted this one first on Netgalley and everything about it appealed to me straightawy – slightly creepy folk and fairy tales on a remote island, with a stunning cover. See my full review of Folk here and definitely check it out if you enjoyed Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick or Beginning of the World by Jen Campbell. I actually already want to reread this as feel like I would get so much more out of it the second time around as I unravel more of the intricate prose.
Bright Ruin by Vic James
This is a book that I am still waiting on, unlike the others on this list. Bright Ruin is not due to be published until near the end of this year (October!)and I could not be more excited. I loved Gilded Cage and Tarnished City, the first two books in this series, and have been recommending them to everyone. Basically, imagine a Britain where Voldemort won and the Slytherins are in control – The magically Gifted are at the top of the societal pyramid and all those beneath them must give up ten years of their lives to be slaves for the upper echelons. Some people disliked how it got even more convoluted and political in the second book but I loved every second. Will perhaps have to reread the first two books before this third one comes out.
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
Once again, was luck enough to attend the book launch for this in London and greatly enjoyed it. Melinda Salisbury is a really engaging speaker with a deep and abiding love for folklore and fairy tales so I am first in the queue for pretty much anything she writes (be that tweet or book!). I had first heard Mel mention the bridge that inspired this story at the Folklore and Fantasy evening I attended in London back in October 2017, so I am really excited to read this. State of Sorrow is the first part of a duology and I am purposefully putting this off until I can have uninterrupted time to read it because woe betide ANYONE who tries to talk to me!
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Once again, spotted this on Netgalley and immediately requested it as I am always looking out fro ore stories told from a variety of backgrounds, cultural and otehrwise. Having spent several years in China, studied in Japan and falling completely in love with Taiwan (honestly wanted to move there after a weekend visit!), the setting of this book really appealed to me. See why I can’t wait to read this here.
I am planning to read this next!
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
This is the one of the few books that I pre-ordered because I fell head over heels in love with The Bear and the Nightingale. After borrowing the beautiful hardback edition from my library I had to buy a copy for myself and the second book. Only problem now is waiting for the third book…
What did you think of my choices?
Did you agree or disagree with any of them?
Which books have you been/ are you looking forward to this year?
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