Five for Friday – Books Published in 2018

For this weeks Five For Friday, I have chosen 5 books that have been published this year that I would like to read. Adding more to my TBR pile I know, but I sometimes forget to keep up with the most currents novels and authors so hopefully this inspires me to add some 2018 novels to my giant reading pile! (synopsis from each book is taken from Goodreads)

1.The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes
Published: January 2018


One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society.

What drew me to this book was actually the book cover, I just really like the design. The story sounds quite different and makes me want to read more and figure out who this mermaid is, if it is a mermaid at all. Hopefully this historical fiction novel is as good as I want it to be. 

2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Published: January 2018

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

This book seems to be everywhere I go, I read constant positive reviews for it, see people reading it on public transport, see it in every book shop or supermarket I go in. I have been wanting to read this for months and still not got round to it. I feel like I have read a lot of similar YA books like this, so I am hoping this one is really unique.

3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeymi
Published: March  2018
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

I have literally seen this book everywhere, I feel like it may be over hyped but I have read loads of reviews and heard lots of positive things about this YA novel. It just sounds a bit different and can’t wait to get stuck in! 

4. The Beekeeper – Rescuing Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunja Mikhail
Published: March  2018

The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. Mikhail extensively interviews these women—who’ve lost their families and loved ones, who’ve been sexually abused, psychologically tortured, and forced to manufacture chemical weapons—and as their tales unfold, an unlikely hero emerges: a beekeeper, who uses his knowledge of the local terrain, along with a wide network of transporters, helpers, and former cigarette smugglers, to bring these women, one by one, through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, back into safety.

My nan was actually the person who told me to read this, she suggested it after I said I enjoy reading memoirs and non-fiction novels. I think it sounds like a really interesting yet harrowing and upsetting read.

5. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Published: March  2018

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

This novel sounds like its right up my street, paranormal, young adult, a cool book cover and an interesting plot line. I have read mixed reviews of this novel, so hopefully I will enjoy it. 

Just realised my list contains entirely female authors, go girls! Have you read any of these 2018 published novels? Let me know your thoughts on any, I would love your opinions before I start reading them! Thanks for reading.Katie x

2 thoughts on “Five for Friday – Books Published in 2018

  1. auroralibrialis says:

    I’ve read Children of Blood and Bone and The Cruel Prince and I loved both, they totally lived up to the hype. I have The Wicked Deep on my tbr as well, finger’s crossed that one is just as good! Great post 🙂

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    • brunchingbookworms says:

      Thank you, I literally just this second bought Children of Blood and Bone, it was the last copy so has to get it! Hoping they are all good, I’ve heard good things about the wicked deep enjoy 🤗


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