Can you believe it's almost the end of the year? And, with a new year brings new books! 2018 has been brilliant for books and I am so excited to see what 2019 brings. This is a list of books that I am really excited for and I think you should be too. This list does not include books that I have been lucky enough to receive early. I will say this list will be super long but, I can't cut out any books on this list. I won't be doing books for the whole year just up until the middle of 2019 and then I will do another post for the rest of the year soon!
27/12/18(I know this isn't 2019 but technically it is)
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro - a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules's first love, Roan, in cold blood - is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.
Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard, Stephanie Garber and Kendare Blake, Evermore is the high-stakes, star-crossed follow up to Everless that fans have been waiting for.
I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear.
Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed.
Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves, all while battling her own complicated feelings for Cardan. Now a year and a day seems like no time at all . . .
Everyone tells Kat that her online personality - confident, funny, opinionated - isn't her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear.
With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she?
She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat's world. It's different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen - but he's in too far to back out now.
As soon as Kat disappears from the online world, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.
Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma's cabin and became blind in one eye.
Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor - only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.
Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .
Fire is like a rumour. You might think you've extinguished it but one creeping, red tendril, one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back into life again. Especially if someone is watching, waiting to fan the flames ...
Social media profiles?
There's nothing to trace Anna back to her old life. Nothing to link her to the `incident'.
At least that's what she thinks ... until the whispers start up again. As time begins to run out on her secrets, Anna finds herself irresistibly drawn to the tale of Maggie, a local girl accused of witchcraft centuries earlier. A girl whose story has terrifying parallels to Anna's own...
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction - but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
A stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Compiled by Juno Dawson, author of THIS BOOK IS GAY and CLEAN.
A celebration of LGBTQ+ talent, PROUD is a thought-provoking, funny, emotional read.
Contributors: Steve Antony, Dean Atta, Kate Aziladeh, Fox Benwell, Alex Bertie, Caroline Bird, Fatti Burke, Tanya Byrne, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Frank Duffy, Simon James Green, Leo Greenfield, Saffa Khan, Karen Lawler, David Levithan, Priyanka Meenakshi, Alice Oseman, Michael Lee Richardson, David Roberts, Cynthia So, Kay Staples, Jessica Vallance, Kristen Van Dam and Kameron White.
Sixteen-year-old Izzy, a bright aspiring doctor, isn't happy about her recent move from the Lower East Side across the river to Brooklyn. She feels distanced from her family, especially her increasingly incomprehensible twin brother, as well as her new neighbourhood.
And then she meets Tristan.
Tristan is a chess prodigy who lives with his aunt and looks up to his cousin, Marcus, who has watched out for him over the years. When he and Izzy meet one fateful night, together they tumble into a story as old and unstoppable as love itself.
Meet Emily - she can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind's deepest secrets and even fix your truck's air con, but unfortunately, she can't restart the Sun.
She's an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.
So, her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome. But before her solution can be tested, her lab is brutally attacked, and Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions - college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.
As the sun's death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. But before long it becomes clear that it's not only the species at stake, but also that which makes us most human.
Movie star Jessica Stone can't bear to pretend to love Starfield at yet another con?except her contract obligates her to do just that. She never dreamed she'd be playing Princess Amara for life, yet for better or worse, beloved Princess Amara has Jessica Stone's face. But so does someone else . . . Imogen Lovelace is just another Starfield fan hitting up ExcelsiCon?except she happens to look an awful lot like Jessica Stone. So when Jess spots her doppelgänger, a brilliant idea pops into her head: Swap places! Jess can escape the spotlight for a few days, while Imogen can ditch her cruddy job and dodgy hotel room to see life beyond her dull hometown.
Jess doesn't anticipate actually liking Imogen's life or the gorgeous non-famous girl who might be the person she needs to forget about her ex. And Imogen loves being Jess until she's trapped in a paparazzi snafu and realizes fame isn't all it's cracked up to be. With the press poised to reveal their secrets, and an announcement about the sequel looming, both Jess and Imogen will have to stand up for the truth: That there is no such thing as a fake geek girl. That what you love matters. That fandom can, and should, let you be who you really are.
When Jack and Kate meet at a party, he knows he's falling - hard. Soon she's meeting his best friends and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.
But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.
Yet Kate's death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate's there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn't sure if he's losing his mind.
Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate's death, he'll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he's willing to do to save the people he loves.
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met...
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they're crazy, but it's the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy's at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly-imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven't met yet, they're about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window...
He will make me a killer.
Or he will have me killed.
That is my destiny.
Seventeen-year-old Marianne is fated to one day become the Viper, defender of the Twelve Isles. But the reigning Viper stands in her way. Corrupt and merciless, he prowls the seas in his warship, killing with impunity, leaving only pain and suffering in his wake. He's the most dangerous man on the ocean . . . and he is Marianne's father. She was born to protect the islands. But can she fight for them if it means losing her family, her home, the boy she loves - and perhaps even her life?
A brave heroine. An impossible dilemma. An epic new fantasy trilogy set on the high seas.
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber takes us once again to the magical world of Caraval, where Scarlett and Tella Dragna must fight for their happy endings after a tragedy sends Tella on a treacherous path for revenge. . .
Ashish Patel didn't know love could be so...sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.
The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl?under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he'll be taking his date on "fun" excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?
Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she's also fat. To Sweetie's traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.
Sweetie loves her parents, but she's so tired of being told she's lacking because she's fat. She decides it's time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she'll show the world (and herself) what she's really made of.
Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there's an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?
I know this isn't book related but, this weekend was Blizzcon and I adore all of Blizzard games. So, we bought a virtual ticket, ordered some food, had beer and played Blizzard games while watching the live stream! We really hope to go one year, (hopefully next year for my fiances 30th!!) but, the live stream is just as good. In this post I want to talk about my top 5 favourite moments from Blizzcon 2018 and the exciting things that they are planning!
Lucio-Oh's & Overwatch partnering with Nerf
So, Blizzcon started of with an advert for Cereal but, not just any cereal. Overwatch have partnered up with Kelloggs to create Lucio-Oh's and I am so excited. I want 10 boxes and I probably wont even eat all of them because I just need them in my life! They also come with a free loot box which is pretty amazing and I cannot wait for them to come out in the UK! Also speaking of Overwatch they have also partnered up with Nerf and ohmygod when they shown all the Overwatch themed nerf guns at Blizzcon I got so excited and I am ready to get all of them!
Not many people know about my big love of Warcraft but, I am obsessed with Azshara and the Naga and when they announced that one of the patches coming up is plotted around the Naga and Azshara I lost it. I am so excited, I am excited to explore, do the raids and just discover Nazjatar. The raid is called Azshara's Eternal Palace and can I just live there? Also, the rewards look amazing! Not only can you get a crab and seahorse mount! You can also get a baby Naga and I want 10 of them.
These where really fun panels to watch and listen too! Both of these panels where hosted by Andrea Toyias who is the senior director of casting and voiceover and she was joined on the Horde Vs Alliance panel with -
Steve Danuser - Lead Narrative Designer
Josh Keaton - Anduin Wrynn
Laura Bailey - Jaina Proudmoore
Indira Varma - Katherine Proudmoore
Patty Mattson - Sylvanas Windrunner
Susan Wokoma - Princess Talanji
Abubakar Salim - Rokhan
Alex Desert - Bwonsamdi
Maryann Strossner - Scrollsage Nola
I really enjoyed this panel when they talked about how they got the roll, there favourite part of being these characters and just hearing them talk and interact and just being their wonderful characters! Also, hearing them do some of their most popular voice lines including, A turtle made it to the water!
On the Overwatch panel Andrea was joined by-
Michael Chu - Lead Writer
Matthew Mercer - Mccree
Jennifer Hale - Ashe
Keith Silverstein - Torbjorn
Matilda Smedius - Brigitte
Dee Bradley Baker & Jon Lipow - Wrecking Ball
Just adored this panel and seeing Dee and Jon doing the Hammond and Wrecking Ball together was amazing and I just love all of these characters.
Speaking of Ashe! She is the 29th character to join Overwatch and I AM SO EXCITED! First, we got a Mccree short Reunion, and then we got introduced to Ashe who we met in the Mccree video. She looks amazing, she has some amazing abilities and her ultimate is her butler Bob and I just want to play her now.
Plus, me and my fiance where freaking out as his name is Ash and my initials are Bob. I know what we are cosplaying next year. We also got a backstory video on Ashe and I just need her in my life. I am ready to buy all the Ashe merch.
This has to be one of my favourite parts of Blizzcon. Community night is a competition for Cosplayers, Singers, Artists and video makers. This year entries where all amazing. So many amazing talented people out there. This night was also hosted by Overwatch's Reinhardt, Darin De Paul who is just the cutest and can he host it every year? A big well done to Have No Fear who won the Music contest as they are just amazing and their song last year, Payload is still stuck in my head with their newest song which is about the Horde Vs Alliance and I am waiting for their album drop.
And for extra, are we all excited for Warcraft 3 Reforged?! I am super excited and cannot wait for it to be out!
Did you watch Blizzcon? What where some of your favourite moments?!