*80’s Freestyle* Keep Me Hanging On…


Hello Bookworms! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day and if you’re anything like me, you are looking at the clock waiting for the end of the work day. Find the person who thought it was a good idea to work any day past Christmas & you have your Grinch #jussayin

When I sat down to make my list of top 2018 books I’m looking forward to, I quickly realized my post would be a mile long and I just couldn’t do that to you lovely Bookworms. So instead I opted to split my list into two posts, this post will be for 2018 sequels I’m anticipating in the new year. The second post will be stand-alone/series starters. I have 12 sequels I’m super stoked for so grab your fave snack & or beverage cause ya girl has compiled a bit of a list (no particular order)



 1. The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden aka the book I NEED like air! 

I recently read & reviewed The Girl in the Tower (my spoiler free review here) which was utter PERFECTION! Just when I thought this trilogy could not get any better, Arden gave us The Girl in the Tower & now my nights are consumed thinking about the final installment in the world *sobs* This is not the final cover btw, I’m sure the final one will be GLORIOUS as they all have been! Scheduled for August 2018, a little earlier than the December release dates I’ve gotten grown accustomed to with these wintry books but HOORAY regardless!


2. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Anyone who has read the first two books in the Illuminae Files can probably tell you how addictive this series really is smh. I was initially intimidated by the format of these books & it took me about a year to finally decide to read the first one…NEVER looked back after that! I will most likely devour Obsidio in one sitting, March 13th you have been claimed!


3. Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #3) by Scott Reintgen

Having recently read Nyxia (my review here), the adrenaline I felt reading this book is still pretty vivid. Not only was the plot fast paced edge of your seat FANTASTIC! the characters are easily some of my favorite in all of YA. Coming from all corners of the world, the crew of Nyxia offers up the diversity we are currently lacking in YA Sci-Fi. Nyxia Unleashed is set to hit the shelves July 2018 *eeeeK*



4. The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco

Last year I read The Bone Witch (my review here) & fell in love with the world building Rin Chupeco had created. I was actually surprised that it wasn’t labeled Adult Fantasy considering the expanse & complexities of the world. This was a real treat for myself seeing as I love details & lush writing which The Bone Witch pulled off beautifully often times reminding me of Memoirs of a Geisha. This wonderful sequel is set to be released March 2018!



5. Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown 

The Red Rising Trilogy (I can’t call it this anymore) is one that I am a hardcore fan of…no seriously though, I’m a Howler through & through! If this now series had ended with Morning Star, I would’ve been Ok because it was one of the BEST most EPIC endings I’ve ever read. To have read the news of that the world would be expanding was AMAZING for both myself & the hubby who is also a big fan. I read these books before creating Lair Of Books & missed out on fangirling with other Blogger buddies. Well, January 16th is almost upon us & I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! any Howler fans out there?


6. Defy the Worlds (Constellation #2) by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars (my review here) was my 1st Claudia Gray book & it won’t be my last. I had heard of Gray’s books before getting a galley for Defy the Stars & now I can see why. The world building in the start of this series is fun & introduces us to a A.I. whose dry humor will leave you smiling in disbelief. I was lucky to get my hands on a arc copy of Defy the Worlds but I’m still including it in this list because I will be buying a finished copy on release day. Gray has some of the BEST covers I’ve come across & I’m already obsessed with this one, April 3rd will be the day I get my hands on this pretty little book *heart eyes*


7. Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current #2) by Sarah Tolcser

If you’re looking for high seas adventure, Song of the Current (my review here) is probably the book for you! I enjoyed the authentic pirate talk and the world building was on point with clothing, way of life, and mythos behind the Gods. What I loved most is that we get a POC MC who knows her calling in life and won’t easily be thrown off by a love interest. Caro is non-traditional & won’t settle for societal norms. June 5th I’m hoping you’re a warm day I can count on for a iced drink & return to the treacherous waters in this world 🙂


8. Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller

Oh goodness! I can’t even begin to describe my excitement over the follow-up to Daughter Of the Pirate King (my review here). I was so very lucky to have a arc recently gifted to me by the wonderful Ashley over at Socially Awkward Bookworm, she made my year! DOTPK offered up so many laughs alongside a kick a** MC who is the female Jack Sparrow. If Pirates of the Caribeean (prior to Depps shameful behavior) brought you much enjoyment, chances are DOTPK will be a hit for you as well. Ahoy Mateys! February 27th is the day the sequel finds its way to our shores 🙂


9. Grey Sister (Book Of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 

I read my very first Mark Lawrence earlier this year & I’m so happy It was a good place to start after hearing so much about this well known author. Red Sister (my review here) was a 5 star gloriously bloody EPIC start to the Book of the Ancestor series! In my review I described the setting for Red Sister as Hogwarts mixed with a Ludus (like in Spartacus). Vivid  fight scenes, positive female friendships and positive LGBTQIA representation are just some of the things you’ll find in this new Fantasy. Red Sister is perfect for those who read only YA Fantasy and are looking to get their feet wet in adult Fantasy. April 19th is the date set to return this ruthless world 🙂


10. Catwoman SoulStealer (DC Icons #3) by Sarah J. Maas

I don’t really have much to say about this one…I own a copy of Wonder Woman which I haven’t read yet. I came to the decision that I wanted to wait for a few of these books in the series to be out before starting cause I reallllllly dislike waiting haha! I am VERY interested in how Selina Kyle is written considering she is half white/half Cuban. We’ll know more on August 7th!


11. My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

I’d link my review for My Lady Jane but it’s soOo old when I was still in my baby stages of blogging so no thanks hehe! My Lady Jane was the book to make my water almost come out through my nose smh LOL! So silly & filled with hilarious banter, I LOVED that book! from that book came the formation of The Lady Janies which are the 3 awesome authors who brought the characters I fell in love with to life. My Plain Jane is a MUST HAVE & THAT cover is giving me all the Summer vibes! I’ll see you on June 26th Jane  🙂


12. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide #2) by Mackenzi Lee

You may have noticed the cover for this title isn’t displayed above and that’s because there hasn’t been a cover reveal. Earlier this year I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (my review here) which was a ton of fun. I’ve really been enjoying YA Historical Fiction lately & this is definitely one of my top favorites. Although I loved the MC Henry oh so much! I really ended up intrigued by his little sister Felicity & I know I’m not alone in this. The Goodreads Synopsis has the following listed:

A sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, narrated by Felicity and featuring travel, pirates, and a science girl gang.

I mean…who can resist this?!?! Not I said Lilly…October 2nd is the day to pick up a copy!


Happy Wednesday Bookworms! this list took me a bit longer to type up than expected which is making me give post II the stink eye haha! (wayyyyy longer) & i’m sure I’ve forgotten others. Also, If I didn’t list a sequel it’s possible I haven’t read the 1st cause waiting sucks (Strange the Dreamer & Lady Midnight/Lord of Shadows I’m looking at ya). Please sound off below with any titles that come to mind <3’s!


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31 thoughts on “*80’s Freestyle* Keep Me Hanging On…”

  1. Such a great list. There are so many on here I want to read too although I have to admit there are also quite a few where I haven’t as yet read the earlier books in the series (Illuminae, DOTPK, Gentleman’s Guide), not that that will stop me drooling over these.

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  2. Yesssssssssss… waiting for Iron Gold is killing me! I need that book in my hands, immediately! Also, have you seen it? That book is massive and I love it!!! Also, Defy the Worlds is going to kick such major ass, I know it! Totally drooling over that cover too.

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    1. Oh-My-GAHHHHH!!!! Yes Larkin! 😩😂😩 I have yet to see a physical copy of Iron Gold but I’m super stoked for it. Buddy reading with hubby the weekend of its release & he’s just as psyched for it haha! The more pages the better! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Defy the Worlds better kick ass, still sending you the arc just as soon as I read it def way before release day 😉 the cover is STUNNING!😍

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      1. I saw it on Brown’s instagram and got really excited to see how bit it was. I cannot wait to get my hands on it!!… And yes, I’m so excited get Defy the Worlds. You’re the absolute best!!!

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  3. These are some incredible books Lilly, and so many of them are on my I-can’t-wait-for-this-book-to-be-released list as well! 😀 Obsidio and Iron Gold are two at the very top of my to-read list, I’m currently reading Morning Star and oh my god it is amazing, I kind of want Iron Gold in my hands right this very second! 😀 Also I am so excited for Defy the World, I loved the first in the series and now I need more from Noemi and Abel.
    Great picks, and great post as well. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you Beth ☺️💕 OHMYGOSH! Is Morning Star a re-Read for you or first time?!?? I cannot wait to read your thoughts, I LOVED that finale so much! Counting down the days for Iron Gold & Obisdio, I just know I’m going to LOVE them 😂 def need more Abel & Noemi cause Claudia Gray ROCKS!!! Thanks again, soon I’ll post my Gargantuan list of stand-alones/series starters 🙈😂

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      1. That’s all right! 🙂 I finished Morning Star yesterday and OH MY GOD it was incredible. Why didn’t I start it sooner Lilly? 🙂 Now I really need Iron Gold in my hands like right this second.
        That’s all right, and I’ll be looking forwards to seeing that gargantuan list! 😀 ❤

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      2. Baha!!!! Wasn’t it though?!?! For a minute towards the end I really thought Pierce Brown had destroyed my soul! A rollercoaster of emotions with Morning Star really! I knew you were gonna love it 😂😂😂 I’ve been counting the days for Iron Gold & we’re almost there 🙌🏼 so excited 😆😆😆

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      3. I know what part you mean. There was something that happened to my favourite character and when it did I was fully prepared to throw my Kindle across the train because I felt destroyed! It was amazing, and yes not long to wait now! 😀

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    1. Thank you Zoe ☺️💕I cannot wait for those two! and the cover for My Plain Jane is giving me all the Summer vibes I’m sure will be the perfect release time 💜 eeeeK! It’s gonna be a FAV year of favorites 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼thank you for stopping by 😃

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  4. Ugh. This post reminded me how many series I’ve been meaning to pick up ((looking at you Red Rising series, The Bone Witch, and Illuminae series)) which is just depressing. I actually own the first books in each of these series ((facepalm))

    I had no idea the Guide series #2 was going to follow Felicity! Yay!! BUT I am going to miss being inside Monty’s head lol

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    1. Out of the three you’ve mentioned, I’d highly recommend you start with The Bone Witch. Loved them all, but something tells me you’d appreciate the writing in TBW, ugh! I am currently dying to know whether the book mail I have coming my way on Saturday is the sequel Heart Forger 😩🤞🏼

      Yes! Felicity is getting her own book and gang of girls🙌🏼I’m stoked for this but yea Monty’s was a fun head to be in 🤣😂😂

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      1. In the past I usually only had a couple of January or February releases, but with my blog being a bit more active and popular, I’m discovering more books than I would have before. It’s an awesome problem to have.

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