It’s less than 50 days till Christmas! And I’m already making lists. Lots of lists. Lists of things to do over Holiday break. Lists of presents. And, of course, lists of books to read. Books, books, books!
And right after Christmas, it’s New Years and New BOOKS! There are so many fantastic 2019 releaes, but today, I’m only going to talk about my TOP most anticipated 2019 releases.
It was SO HARD to limit this list to just a few because my TBR for 2019 releases is already 50+ books long. Oppps.
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Since this book was announced, I have been internally screaming in anticipation! It looks amazing and so GOLD??? What’s with all the gold? I don’t get the gold everything.
Anyway, I read the Grisha Trilogy this fall and it took my King of Scars anticipation levels up by about 1.9803, 0942 trillion percent.
This book is all about Nikolai PLUS Nina and I am here for both of these precious characters.
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
I finished reading the Cruel Prince last January and immediately started screaming for this sequel. WHY DID I HAVE TO WAIT AN ENTIRE YEAR???????????????
Then the cover was released PLUS this incredible snippet and I was nearly crying. Jude and Cardan are both so compelling and I just need to know who is going to end up dead. Also, does Cardan really love Jude?? Why is there romance in this high stakes, kill everyone story? I don’t understand???
And I am HERE for the Queen of the Sea, mermaid queen faerie plot line. Yes, please. *more screaming*
Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…
When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.
But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…
Okay, so I just read about this book and I was immediately hooked. I had no idea this book existed but now that I know, I really, really can’t wait to read it.
There’s so many things about this book that I just love. FRANCE, specially PARIS and VERSAILLES. And then French Revolution! And MAGIC!???? Oh, and did I mention romance???
This book summary in a nutshell
It sounds like a perfect blend and I am so EXCITED for this book release!!!
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
I keep hearing about this book but I haven’t seen it anywhere? It’s kind of weird because every time there’s a book convention, I see it talked about. But I haven’t heard from anyone who has read an ARC, which is unusual!
Anyway, the synopsis sounds intriguing and it doesn’t give away that much! I have so many questions! Also, is this story Young Adult or just adult fiction?
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
Before I read this synopsis, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read another Jay Kristoff book. I tried Nevernight and it just didn’t vibe with me, but I really enjoyed the Illuminae Files. I was very conflicted about starting another Kristoff/Kaufman series.
But then, I read the synopsis. And it sounds AMAZING. Kind of like Six of Crows in space??? At least that’s the vibe I’m getting.
In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.
I just read The Poppy War in October of 2018, and I’m already so excited for this 2019 release! The Dragon Republic immediately became one of top most anticipated books!
Will everyone die in this book? Probably. Will I cry a lot? Most likely. Will I still buy the next book? Absolutely.
Rebellions are built on hope.
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
I have heard so much about this book! And I really enjoyed Samira Ahmed’s other book, Love, Hate and Other Filters. To me, it looks like the author poured her heart into this story, and I bet, it’s going to leave me a blubbering mess™️
The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.
Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.
Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .
That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.
Um, just L👀K at that COVER! It’s so gorgeous and magical and dark at the same time? Also, I’m a sucker for all things historical fantasy, and this books seems to fall right into that category.
And PS – It’s available to request on Netgalley! So check it out if you can!
Set in 1637 Holland at the height of the Dutch tulip mania, a flower girl in love with her mistress must decide whether or not to dupe her beloved’s father by selling him a false Semper Augustus bulb, the most valuable tulip of its time, in order to save herself and her brother.
Another book without a cover release *cries* But you should know that I do NOT need a cover to be excited for a Mackenzi Lee release.
And this book sounds FANTASTIC! I haven’t read a book set in Holland in YEARS and I am thrilled! (yes, I’ve read at least 3 books set in the Netherlands and for some reason I love dutch settings???)
Also, does Ketterdam count as Dutch? Because Ketterdam is basically Amsterdam in the Grishaverse, so maybe that counts as a dutch setting? I DON’T KNOW???
For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.
Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm’s length. Sophie in particular.
Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.
Ah, Emma Mills! The sweetest, most heartwarming books! I love them all! And the cover for this book looks . ADORABLE it’s a winter release which is perfect because I need heartwarming sweet stories for cold winter days.
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.
Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.
With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.
Oh, dear, I don’t have a clue how to describe how much I’m looking forward to this book! Tomi Adeyemi swept me away with Zélie and her story in Children of Blood and Bone, and left me abandoned and heartbreaking in the last book.
I need Zélie to be happy and Amani to be queen and everyone to be HAPPY. Okay, I know that’s not going to happen 😂 But one can hope, right?
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.
Just look at this COVER!!! I obviously don’t know TOO much about this book from the synopsis, but that cover looks amazing and so wintery + magical kingdom look?
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
I’m kind of bitter that no one told me about this book? People started chatting about it on twitter and I was immediately in love with the title! As an all-American, political nerd, this books looks hilariously perfect!
Also, it comes out in the summer! HOW PERFECT!
I could barely hold this stack of books, okay. It was very difficult. Also, aren’t they all beautiful?
Let’s talk 2019 books! Can you name three 2019 releases you’re excited for? One by a debut author. One by a returning author. (I mean, the author has released other books, but this release is NOT part of a series.) And of course, what series release are you excited about?