It’s time for the second part of my most anticipated releases of 2018. This year is filled with ownvoices releases and I’m excited to get my hands on them. You can find the first part of my post here.
1. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo:
(Release date- March 6) A YA Contemporary debut novel about a girl, Xiomara Batista. The author and the MC are Black. Xiomara writes poetry but does not want to share it with anyone. She has a protective mother who drags her to the church at every chance. However, when she is invited to her schools slam poetry club she can’t help but think about performing her poems. The best part about this book is the author who is a National Poetry Slam Champion.
2. White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig:
(Release date- April 24) A thriller mystery YA novel about Rufus Holt, his ex-boyfriend Sebastian and sister April who is found next to the dead body of her boyfriend with a knife but swears that she didn’t kill him. Rufus wasn’t having a great night when Sebastian turned up and now this happened. Rufus has to prove his sister innocent or he might die. The synopsis sounds like the good old mystery novel which is why I want to read White Rabbit.
3. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson:
(Release date- May 22) This book is a YA Contemporary novel about a teenage girl Monday who vanishes and no one notices or cares to notice her disappearance. Except for Claudia, her best friend. Claudia ventures into finding out what happened to her best friend but no one seems to remember Monday. When confronted by Claudia, Monday’s mother and sister seem to be of even less help. The author like the MC is a Black woman.
4. Not The Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi:
(Release date- June 19) The Goodreads synopsis is a tad bit vague for this one. It seems like a self-discovery novel. However, it features a Muslim MC which is why it’s on my list. The protagonist, Lulu Saad sounds like a rebel and an unconventional Muslim girl so, count me in for that reason alone. Also, this is an ownvoices novel as the author herself is Muslim.
5. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman:
(Release date- September 11) I haven’t yet read Starfish but I’ve heard people praise itRumi Seto, the MC wants to write music with her younger sister, Lea. But Lea dies in a car accident and Rumi is sent to Hawaii by her mother. The book follows Rumi as she deals with the loss of her sister and finds a way into music again with the help of a teenage boy, Kai and an eighty-year-old man, George Watanbe.
6. Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan:
(Release date- October 23) This book has one of the most exquisite covers I have ever laid eyes on. It is an Asian fantasy (YES!) with a forbidden romance. In a world where girls are made of paper, our MC, Lei is made of fire. Wow! These girls are trained so they can befit the role of the king’s consort, but Lei refuses her fate and falls in love with a girl.
This is it for the second part. Let me know in the comments if any of these books are on your list or sound interesting to you.