8 Buzziest Books of 2018
A warlord killed Caledonia’s parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.
The summer read that was so buzzy you could probably feel the buzz from your ship in the middle of the ocean.
Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side. Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
The buzz was real. And so were the tears. If you missed out on the epic finale to Marie Lu’s Warcross duology, now’s the time to get with the buzz!
3. A Map of Days
The stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children.
Oh yes, you better believe finally hanging out with our favorite peculiars again was buzzy.
4. A Reaper at the Gates
Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
In this case, buzz also doubles as I’m so scared to find out what happens next but I have to know anyway. Book 4 now, please and thank you.
5. Reign of the Fallen
Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their soul from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised: the Dead must remain shrouded. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, a grotesque transformation begins, turning the Dead into terrifying, bloodthirsty Shades. Fighting alongside her fellow mages–and a powerful girl as enthralling as she is infuriating–Odessa must untangle the gruesome plot to destroy Karthia before the Shades take everything she loves.
Gutsy + unpredictable + LGBTQ romance + BUZZ
6. People Like Us
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive.
We’re still not recovered. This sharp psychological thriller will seduce, mislead, and betray you. Buzz buzz.
7. Smoke in the Sun
All the action, romance, intrigue and BUZZ from Flame in the Mist continued in the stunning finale to Renee Ahdieh’s gorgeous duology!
8. Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab.
This beautiful tale of friendship, family, self-acceptance, and identity deserves all the buzz and more.