A Look Back at Swoon Reads 2018
Only 31 days remain in 2018, Swooners, and for better or worse, it's been one heckuva year for all of us. But we think we can all agree that the 22 (!!!) Swoon books that pubbed this year land solidly in the "for better" category. Take a look below for a recap of all the members of Swoon Reads Class of 2018. If you missed any, there's still plenty of time to add them to your TBR before 2019 rolls around!
You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando
Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and seek revenge—in the sequel to You Don't Know My Name.
Why We Love It: Reagan is a self-reliant girl trained to be an elite spy her entire life. She can run, she can shoot, and she can take down any enemy with her Krav Maga skills. Reagan holds her own in a dangerous life. Basically, she kicks MAJOR BUTT.
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Afraid of explaining her asexuality, Alice has given up on finding love... until love finds her.
Why We Love It: This book is both laugh-out-loud funny and painfully real, balancing humor with honesty in a fresh take on love. Alice's unforgettable voice will stick with you long after the last page.
These Vengeful Souls by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Evelyn and her friends navigate tense battles, stunning revelations, and the limits of their own powers in this thrilling conclusion to the These Vicious Masks trilogy.
Why We Love It: Evelyn has always been a strong female character with a lot of agency, but in These Vengeful Souls she really gets to shine by becoming a true leader and heroine in her own right. A true leading lady!
Dreamer by L.E. DeLano
Jessa is forced to choose between multiple realities and saving the boy she loves in this sequel to Traveler.
Why We Love It: Each life that Jessa jumps into is unique, amazing, and appealing in its own special way, from the more realistic ones where she is a talented dancer to those more obviously fantastic, such as Finn's Victorian-era pirate reality.
Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon
A teen werewolf finally meets her destined soulmate only to discover that he's not quite what she expected.
Why We Love It: While there are many adult romances about alpha males and many YA titles about redeeming a bad boy, Alyssa crafted something that sits uniquely in the middle, with a strong teen protagonist who owns her sexiness and is willing to face down the emotionally tortured hero so that they can both earn the happily ever after they deserve.
Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey
A shy aspiring artist and a charming architect's apprentice must hide their true feelings for each other... and figure out who means them harm.
Why We Love It: Reading Cindy's writing is like falling into a new Jane Austen novel every single time. Austenites unite!
A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall
7 seniors. 7 different stories. One Senior Prom.
Why We Love It: This one gave us all sorts of nostalgia vibes, pairing the intriguing structure of Love, Actually and Valentine's Day with the relatability and high school focus of a John Hughes classic.
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff
An aspiring musician is stranded at an airport, and her only way to get home in time for the biggest show of her life is to accept a ride with a hot stranger... and to allow her cheating ex to come along.
Why We Love It: Shani Petroff excels at creating highly-relatable heroines for whom nothing goes right and EVERYTHING goes wrong... in the funniest way possible, of course!
The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo
When Eve, a star pitcher, is forced to join a new baseball team, she has to contend with rival pitcher Jamie, who's just as cute as he is insufferable.
Why We Love It: A kick-butt female baseball player plus enemies-to-lovers plus Karole's signature sense of humor? That's a winning strategy in our playbook any day.
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
After being labeled the music world’s newest celebrity trainwreck, a bisexual teen drummer has to find a way to be true to herself in the midst of family betrayal, relationship drama and the ever-present paparazzi attention.
Why We Love It: A bisexual drummer, a trans-male lead singer with anxiety, a gender-neutral blogger, and a gay lead guitarist... The Brightsiders is filled with a truly diverse case of utterly relatable characters crafted by an Own Voices author.
Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley
A young author and the lead actor of her novel’s upcoming film adaption fall in love over an amazing summer weekend.
Why We Love It: What teen reader doesn't dream of being a New York Times bestselling author with a movie star in love with them? This novel is the best kind of wish fulfillment. It sets up a perfect scenario, shows the reader all the realistic flaws and challenges, and then gives them what they want anyway.
The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista
Eight boys, sixteen dates, one perfect boyfriend. An aspiring fashion designer tries to get over her crush on her older brother's best friend by designing a boyfriend bracket.
Why We Love It: Kate put her own spin on the classic romance trope of falling for your older brother's best friend / your best friend's little sister. It's a special kind of forbidden romance that has depth built on past history and family bonds and changing relationships.
Love Me, Love Me Not by SM Koz
A teen girl in foster care has to decide whether to risk her placement with a great family when she falls for her foster brother.
Why We Love It: SM's book deals with difficult issues of abandonment and the foster system, and as a foster parent herself, she does a great job capturing the ups and downs of being a foster kid.
The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas
A girl with no special powers reluctantly teams up with a so-called supervillain to investigate an insidious plot in their city.
Why We Love It: Just when you thought there was no new way to approach the superhero genre, Danielle took the classic pop-culture mythology and turned it on its head, focusing on a main character without superpowers.
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
Shelby Black has perfectly normal teen-girl-problems: struggling through high school, crushing on her tutor... learning how to exorcise demons...
Why We Love It: From page one, When Life Gives You Demons reminded us of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars. Jennifer's dry and irreverent sense of humor makes exorcism funny. Who knew?
Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener
Snarky, sarcastic, and definitely not happy about being back in space, our faux princess Delaney returns in this sequel to Amid Stars and Darkness.
Why We Love It: Delaney is an ordinary girl faced with the prospect of becoming queen of an alien planet, but it’s her strength, fiery personality, and tenacity that make her capable of handling the extreme, otherworldly situation she has found herself in.
The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman
Elise tries to keep her blooming romance with Mati a secret as their families threaten to tear them apart.
Why We Love It: Katy handles the difficult and all-too-timely issues of race and xenophobia with sensitivity and grace. Plus, we adore the dual-POV with a twist here—Elise's chapters are in prose and Mati's are in verse. Pro tip? Keep tissues close by when reading this one.
Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare
Claire, the daughter of a high school football coach, falls for the high school quarterback (and total pain in the ass) Adam Meade.
Why We Love It: This is the perfect novel for anyone who loves Friday Night Lights and Abbi Glines' Until Friday Night. We don't know about you, but that definitely includes us!
How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner
When Kate has to move, she falls for the boy across the hall. Only problem? He has a girlfriend.
Why We Love It: Vicky's book deals with issues of infidelity, divorce, smoking, and drugs, and she balances these issues with a powerful and relatable love story.
To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin
A high school senior must live alone with her weight-obsessed mother after her older sister goes off to college.
Why We Love It: Maggie's book is unapologetically body-positive, starring a spunky girl dealing with very real problems that we can all relate to.
The Soul Keepers by Devon Taylor
After dying in a terrible car accident, a boy is recruited to join the crew of a ship tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead.
Why We Love It: Stormy otherworld seas, soul-eating monsters, death, danger, and found family... this book has it all. (And did we mention the GHOST SHIP BATTLE??!!)
Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey
A lady's maid and a valet become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme... and their feelings for each other.
Why We Love It: It's an adorable cozy Regency mystery set at Christmastime. What the heck else is there to say?!
What was your favorite Swoon book of 2018? (There is no wrong answer!)