New books to look forward to in May 2018

Every week new books hit the shelves in bookstores and libraries around the world. Deciding which ones to read can be hard. But don’t panic, I’m here to help! Below are some of the hottest Young Adult books you can expect in May 2018.

A Court Of Frost And Starlight – Sarah J. Maas

The month gets off to a great start with this release. A Court of Frost And Starlight is part 3.1 in the Court Of Thorns And Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. After the original trilogy ended with A Court Of Wings And Ruin, we get a companion novel that is set after the events of that book. With 224 pages in the hardcover edition it isn’t exactly a big book, but for fans of Feyre and Rhysand this novella is a must-have.

The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green

Another fantasy novel I’m looking forward to. The blurb mentions “a princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.” This sounds like the start of an epic series with the right ingredients to get me hooked. The Smoke Thieves hits the shelves on May 1st.

Legendary – Stephanie Garber

Legendary is the sequel to Caraval, Stephanie Garber’s debut that was published last year. While the first novel was told from Scarlett’s point of view, we now follow Donatella’s adventures as she once again takes part in Caraval. Her mission: to deliver the mysterious Legend’s true name to the criminal with whom she struck a bargain. I can’t wait to find out more about Legend’s identity, so I might order this one when it’s released on May 29th!

War Storm – Victoria Aveyard

This is the 4th and final part in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. It’s about Mare Barrow, a Red commoner who finds herself entangled in the web of intrigues at the royal court of the Silver elite. I have to admit I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve heard so much about it. Side note: I love how the covers started out bright and then with each book turned darker. Out on May 15th!

Furyborn – Claire Legrand

On May 22th you can find Furyborn in your local bookstore, the first book in a new fantasy series. We follow Rielle, who has to prove her magic makes her the Sun Queen, and Eliana, who lives 1000 years after Rielle and who joins a rebel captain. I have an ARC of this book on my shelf, but haven’t read it yet. But I hope to get to it before Furyborn is released on May 22nd.

Onyx & Ivory – Mindee Arnett

Kate, the daughter of a traitor, works for the imperial courier service. But she has a secret: she is a wilder, who can influence the minds of animals. When nightdrakes, creatures that should only be able to come out at night, attack a caravan in broad daylight, she has to face her past. For there are greater evils stirring in the kingdom. I’m so looking forward to reading this beauty that is published on May 15th.

LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff

The first book I read by Jay Kristoff was Nevernight, a fantasy novel about a school of assassins. You might also know him from the Illuminae Files, a trilogy set in space. With LIFEL1K3 Kristoff again chooses for a science fiction story, this time on a floating junkyard slash post-apocalyptic USA. I don’t usually read sci-fi, but for Jay Kristoff I might make an exception. This one is released on May 29th.

The Outcast – Taran Matharu

Like the Red Queen series, the Summoner books have been on my TBR list for quite some time. I should probably make some time to read this series about blacksmith apprentice Fletcher who discovers he can summon demons. The Outcast is the fourth book to be released in this series, but it’s a prequel about the first commoner to summon demons. So it should be possible to start the Summoner series by reading this book first. If you’re interested, run to your local bookstore on May 3rd!

And here’s the full list of YA releases in May 2018:

May 1st

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Maas
  • The Burning Maze – Rick Riordan
  • The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  • Royals – Rachel Hawkins
  • Allied – Amy Tintera
  • A Date With Darcy – Tiffany Schmidt
  • The Dead Enders – Erin Saldin
  • Unbreakable – Sara Ella
  • If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say – Leila Sales
  • August and Everything After – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  • When The Beat Drops – Anna Hecker
  • Dating Disasters of Emma Nash – Chloe Seager
  • Everywhere You Want To Be – Christina June
  • 9 Days And 9 Nights – Katie Cotungo
  • Ship It – Britta Lundin
  • Whisper – Lynette Noni
  • The Lies They Tell – Gillian French
  • Missing At 17 – Christine Conradt
  • Summer Constellation – Alisha Sevigny
  • Brightly Burning – Alexa Donne
  • Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now – Dana L. Davis
  • Blink – Sasha Dawn
  • ISAN – Mary Ting
  • Ride On – Gwen Cole
  • The Dysasters – P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

May 3rd

  • The Outcast – Taran Matharu
  • I Was Born For This – Alice Oseman

May 8th

  • Elektra’s Adventures in Tragedy – Douglas Rees
  • The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy – B.T. Gottfred
  • The Stars At Oktober Bend – Glenda Millard
  • The Way You Make Me Feel – Maurene Goo
  • Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welsh
  • The Foreseeable Future – Emily Adrian
  • Puddin’ – Julie Murphy
  • Valley Girls – Sarah Nicole Lemon
  • We’ll Fly Away – Bryan Bliss
  • Dark Of The West – Joanna Hathaway
  • Strange New World – Rachel Vincent
  • The Collide – Kimberly McCreight
  • Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson
  • A Lite Too Bright – Samuel Miller
  • Mayfly – Jeff Sweat
  • The Queen Underneath – Stacey Filak
  • Ascent – Roland Smith
  • Run, Hide, Fight Back – April Henry

May 14th

  • Picture A Blue Sky – Julie Buxbaum

May 15th

  • War Storm – Victoria Aveyard
  • Onyx and Ivory – Mindee Arnett
  • Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake
  • Like Love – Leah Konen
  • The Harper Effect – Taryn Bashford
  • The Gone Away Place – Christopher Barzak
  • The Game Can’t Love You Back – Karole Cozzo
  • My So-Called Bollywood Life – Nisha Sharma
  • We Are All That’s Left – Carrie Arcos
  • Out Of The Blue – Sophie Cameron
  • The Accidental Bad Girl – Maxine Kaplan
  • Airports, Exes And Other Things I’m Over – Shani Petroff
  • Four Letter Word – Christa Desir
  • Love And Other Carnivorous Plants – Florence Gonsalves
  • The Queen Of Sorrow – Sarah Beth Durst
  • All Of This Is True – Lygia Day Penaflor
  • Game Of Secrets – Kim Foster

May 22th

  • Furyborn – Claire Legrand
  • The Strange Fascinations Of Noah Hypnotik – David Arnold
  • Driving By Starlight – Anat Deracine
  • From Twinkle, With Love – Sandhya Menon
  • Always Never Yours – Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley
  • The Academy – Katie Sise
  • Aftermath – Kelley Armstrong
  • The Brightsiders – Jenn Wilde
  • Anger Is A Gift – Mark Oshiro
  • Neanderthal Opens The Door To The Universe – Preston Norton
  • Monday’s Not Coming – Tiffany D. Jackson

May 29th

  • Legendary – Stephanie Garber
  • LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff
  • Listen To Your Heart – Kasie West
  • Court of Shadows – Madeline Roux
  • Bright Burns The Night – Sara B. Larson
  • Cross Fire – Fonda Lee
  • Give Me Some Truth – Eric Gansworth
  • Questions I Want To Ask You – Michelle Falkoff
  • The Disappearance Of Sloane Sullivan – Gia Cribbs
  • Lies You Never Told Me – Jennifer Donaldson
  • Holly Jolly Summer – Tiffany Stewart
  • Summer Skin – Kirsty Egar
  • Confusion Is Nothing New -Paul Acampora
  • I Felt A Funeral In My Brain – Will Walton
  • Screenshot – Donna Cooner
  • The Universe Is Expanding And So Am I – Carolyn Mackler

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