New year, new books, the same sassy you! Perhaps the thing that makes 2018 most special is that we’re one step closer to new novels. Some of these, we’ve been waiting for since years even though it seems like it’s been centuries. Others are books recently announced by our favorite authors. Either way, the wait is killing us but at least we’re not reading “coming out in 2018” while being the last digit behind.

From young adult contemporary books that take us to a better place to dystopian ones that take us to places more wonderful than the seven wonders of the world. Here’s a list of the upcoming 2018 young adult novels that we’re most excited for.

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

A torn empire ruled by a mad warrior whom no one can stop but his haunting past, filled to the brim with the deceptive schemes of evil minds of humans and monsters, has fans anxiously waiting for the third installment of Sabaa Tahir’s Ember Quartet series. Her first book had people captivated, so much so that the world she has created was compared to and called the next Game of Thrones.

Her second book, A Torch Against the Night, missed the mark by a bit, but the audience has high expectations from the third part. This one would take the story closer to its end. There are four books in all though, so don’t be sad just yet fellow novel ninjas. Dropping on 12th June, though the cover reveal didn’t impress many, we really hope the plot does that more than the first one.

Oh hey, a movie is on its way too. But we won’t be seeing it this year.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Remember Simon Spier from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? The cute gay guy who had us girls giggling like idiots, proving once again it’s not hotness but a kind and cute heart and perhaps an amazingly talented writer like Albertalli that make a character stand out. What wouldn’t Simon’s lovers give to get a glimpse of how he is doing now?

But unlike most cases in which fans are forced to bury their book interests, we’ll be getting more of Simon in this book which would be about one of his best-friends Leah Burke. Get ready for a bag full of amazing jokes, Oreos, and teen craziness! Becky’s Simon was a huge hit but her second book The Upside of Unrequited wasn’t as incredible. Let’s hope she takes her game back to Simon level in this one.

April 24 is the date. Also, we’ll be seeing Love, Simon the movie adaption of Becky’s first YA novel this year. We hope you have the popcorn, crisps, coke, and of course Oreos ready!

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

When Ignite me, the third book of the Shatter Me series had sealed the book’s land to its admirers, cries were heard from north, south, east, west. Though when the first book had come out readers weren’t as crazy about the series. Nevertheless, by the third book, they were hooked in the spell of this X-men-ish series. Warner’s lovers had cried their eyes out, screamed, hit their heads on glass, nearly cut their wrists, but nothing seemed to move Mafi’s heart enough for her to continue on the series.

In 2017 though, the magical writer was feeling especially merciful when she announced that there would be three new books to add to the pile, the first of which would be releasing on March 6. The synopsis reads that this book would explore how Juliette would handle her new powers and sector 45. We’re just hoping there’s a good amount of Warner in this one.

Another good news is that a TV series is also in the pipeline for this series.

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

When it comes to making our hearts do silly flips despite the onslaught of eye-rolls, Kasie West always aces. This year West would be blessing fans with another adorable tale of love, and friendship in Listen to Your Heart. The last two books of Kasie’s that came out in 2017 had mixed reviews, not five stars like her other books proudly showcase.

However, despite the less popularity of her recent releases her name never fails to be at the top of the favorite bookshelves of novel devourers. This one would be about a young girl falling for someone she thinks she shouldn’t fall for; about Kate Bailey who has no idea how to follow her own advice. Cute, no? We’re expecting this one to be another light read like her usual forte, and would prefer to keep it for when out heart is suffering from the loss of a beloved book character.

This one would be making its way to stores on May 28 this year.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments had fans spellbound so much so that when the movie didn’t work out, they were granted a TV show. Alongside completing the six books of that series, nerdy Shadowhunters consumed The Infernal Devices trilogy which further delved into the depths of the storyline. Then, one would think Clare would halt but she didn’t.

Instead, she decided to give her books’ lovers what they wanted; more of the Shadowhunter world. The third book of the third Shadowhunter series, The Dark Artifices will come out this year enlightening fans with what is to come next for Emma, Julian and their family and friends. However, this fan favorite wouldn’t be coming out in the first half of the year. Rather, it is timed to drop in December on the 4th.

Until then, keep up with the TV show and hope for more.

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

Tragedy strikes for some without warning and for others, it’s like a long due storm that was waiting to wreak havoc. In Gayle Forman’s upcoming book, we’ll get to see the up and close of both as three characters meet to find their ways. If you are a fan of her previous books, all of which were loved and gained lots of fame, then you’ll love this one too.

At least, we really hope so. The tragic synopsis gives off major If I Stay vibes, whereas the tone of the idea that this one would be about blooming friendship and told from three POVs in the course of a single day, we’re expecting a Just One Day feel too. This novel would be gracing the shelves on April 1st.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Marie Lu never fails when it comes to delivering action with a solid plot. She’s the queen of action-packed, thrill-filled novels after all. She walked us through deceptive schemes in the Day and June staring Legend trilogy. Then she took us by our hands and spun us into a world where the protagonist is the antagonist in The Young Elites.

Now she’s back this year with more in the book that revolves around Bruce Wayne aka Batman. Batman: Nightwalker is the second book in the DC Icons series, the first being Wonder Woman: Warbringer written by Leigh Bardugo. The first DC Icons novel garnered lots of positive reviews and we’re hoping the same and more from this one. Releasing tomorrow, January 2.