5 Book Releases In 2018 To Watch For

5 Book Releases In 2018 To Watch For

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With 2017 wrapping up, one thing I'm looking forward to is the line-up of novels coming out in 2018. There are some I've been waiting for the moment I knew about them, while some I just recently discovered. These are five books that will be on my radar and reading lists for 2018.

1. Puddin' by Julie Murphy

"Puddin'" is a companion novel to Murphy's other book, "Dumplin'". The main characters for these books both struggle with body positivity. In "Puddin'", the main character Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. But this year, she wants to chase her dreams of being a newscaster and hook up with her crush. She meets Callie Reyes, a pretty girl next in line for dance team captain and has a popular boyfriend. As they grow closer, they realize they have more in common then they thought.

2. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

This novel is set in a medieval kingdom called Goredd. There are expectations for women to be proper, while men are protectors, and dragons are whatever they want to be. Tess finds herself to be different but ends up making a mistake that makes her family send her to a nunnery. Still, this isn't what Tess wants, so she treks out into the world on an adventure of self-discovery.

3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

As the book following "Caraval", "Legendary" follows Scarlett's younger sister, Tella, as she journies to the empire's capital to fulfill her end of a bargain. There isn't much information about this book yet, but it's bound to be just as colorful and immersive as "Caraval". I'm curious where this series is going, so I'm looking forward to "Legendary".

4. Poet Anderson... In Darkness by Tom DeLonge and Suzanne Young

Jonas Anderson works as a doorman and spends his time seeing his girlfriend and his comatose brother, Alan. But that's just in the Waking World. In the Dream World, he is Poet Anderson. He's a Dream Walker, and his responsibility is to protect people from the nightmares, specifically, the Night Stalkers left over from the battle against REM. Jonas must also struggle with his guilt over Alan's situation while protecting the world.

5. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book has been on my anticipated book list ever since I finished the first book in the trilogy, "Illuminae". This book follows the events of the previous two books but leads back to Asha, Kady's cousin who has been living for seven months back on Kerenza. Kady and the rest must return back to Kerenza, but will find that there's a war there that Asha is part of. Asha must struggle with surviving and seeing an old flame, Rhys, on the opposite side. I'm extremely excited for this book, espeically because it's the final book in the series!

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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