I can’t believe that it’s already
2018 2019 – I keep doing that, writing the wrong year. It’s getting a little ridiculous. I feel like I’m back in school, writing the wrong dates on all my assignments. I also feel like I just wrote my 2018 Most Anticipated list. 2018 passed by in such a blur.
My 2019 list is pretty long – there are so many amazing books on my radar, and I’m still behind on 2017-2018 books.
This is fine.
*hyperventilates into a bag*
Last year I had so many great books on my list, but as the year progressed, I realized that I missed a bunch in my initial post. So, for 2019 I’m going to do things a little differently. I’ve scoured the internet (i.e. Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter) for books and their releases, and I think I’ve managed to get them all – though let’s be real, I still missed some. In companion to this list I’m also going to do Quarterly Lists that include books I’m excited for. Though the majority of these lists will be books I’m anticipating but haven’t read the previous book for – again, I’m behind on all my reading.
I really need to stop buying more books and just read the ones I already own…lol, who am I kidding?
Pretty much every book on this list is an auto-buy for me. Pray for my bank account, because it might not survive 2019.
So, if you don’t see a certain book on this list, just know that it doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to it. I felt bad for including certain books on this list, when I haven’t even read the first/previous book. It could also mean that I need to reread the previous books before jumping into the new one. Don’t be alarmed!
Some of these books – very few of them – I’ve been lucky enough to already read, and They. Are. So. Good.
Keep them on your radar.
Without further ado, let’s jump into this behemoth of a list.
Going in order of Month & Release Date:
(I’m including this book in this list because of its release date)
Evermore (Everless) – Sara Holland
Release Date: December 31, 2018
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
Everless was one of my favorite 2018 reads and now that the second book is out, I cannot wait to dive into it! Now if only this reading slump would disappear…
Here’s my review for Everless!
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) – Holly Black
Release Date: January 8, 2019
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.
The Cruel Prince wasn’t my favorite read, but I did really enjoy it and joyed it enough to need to know what happens next! Also I’m more of a Cardan fan over Jude.
Here’s my review of TCP!
Echo North – Joanna Ruth Meyer
Release Date: January 15, 2018
Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.
In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.
I’m just squealing at the synopsis, don’t mind me. *goes and buys book*
Stain – A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins…
After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest … disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.
Ummm, yes please. I’ve been a fan of all of AG Howards work, and I’ve already pre-ordered this one.
Here’s my review of Roseblood!
Undying (Unearthed #2) – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Trapped aboard the Undying’s ancient spaceship and reeling from what they’ve learned there, scavenger Mia and academic Jules are plunged into a desperate race to warn their home planet of the danger humanity’s greed has unleashed. From the mountains of Spain to the streets of Prague, the sequel to Unearthed is a white-knuckle ride that will send readers hurtling back to earth, and leave them breathless until the last page.
I’ve been waiting for this book for a year…so of course when I found out that it came out earlier in Australia, I went and bought that version. Now I just need to read it.
Here’s my review for Unearthed!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Fall in love, break the curse.
It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the chance to already read this book, and it’s a favorite already.
Here’s my review for ACSDAL!
Vortex Visions (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #1)– Elise Kova
Release Date: February 4, 2019
A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.
Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.
The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.
Powers that might well cost her the throne.
As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.
All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.
I cannot contain my excitement for this book. The Air Awakens Series is one of my favorites, and I just CANNOT WAIT.
Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2)– Laura Sebastian
Release Date: February 5, 2019
The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.
Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.
To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.
Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.
Ash Princess was another favorite 2018 read and I’ve been dying inside to know hat happens next!
Here’s my review for Ash Princess!
Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3)– Susan Dennard
Release Date: February 12, 2019
High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.
The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.
I guess I need to put Sightwitch on the list of books I need to read. I’m sooooo behind.
Here’s my review for Windwitch!
The Blood Spell (Ravenspire #4)– C.J. Redwine
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.
Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating tension among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.
When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts. When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?
Again, squealing. I can’t wait for this – though I guess I need to finally read The Traitor Prince.
Here’s my review for The Wish Granter!
Warrior of the Wild – Tricia Levenseller
Release Date: February 26, 2019
How do you kill a god?
As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.
I LOVED her other books, so I’m really looking forward to diving into this!
Sherwood – Meagan Spooner
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Robin of Locksley is dead.
When news comes that he’s fallen in battle at the King’s side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flout the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.
Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancé. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.
When Marian dons Robin’s green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.
But all of Nottingham is crying out for a savior. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero…
Yes, Please. Luckily I have an ARC of this book – thought due to this stupid reading slump it’s been sitting untouched. *sobs*
The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman
Release Date: April 2, 2019
On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…
Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.
When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?
I’ve made new writing friends due to this book and Wicked Saints, and it sounds amazing?? Yes Please.
Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)– Emily A. Duncan
Release Date: April 2, 2019
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.
This book is so freaking amazing. The ending still kills me when I think about it. You definitely want to read it when it comes out. And if you don’t believe me, just check out Twitter – everyone is screaming about it.
Here’s my review for WS!
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Release Date: May 7, 2019
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.
They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.
I wish I had this in my hands yesterday.
Kingsbane (Empirium #2)– Claire Legrand
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien — but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist. Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption — fear of becoming another Rielle — keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted — by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.
I read Furyborn so long ago, but remember loving it so much – I’m excited!
Here’s my review for Furyborn!
The Beholder – Anna Bright
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.
But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend,
Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.
From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.
This sounds so amazing, and I wish I had it in my hands right now.
Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson
Release Date: June 4, 2019
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
I really enjoyed An Enchantment of Ravens – so I can’t wait to read this, and I’ve heard nothing but good things!
Here’s my review for AEOR!
Storm and Fury (The Dark Elements #4) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.
When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…
I think I should add the first three books onto my list of books I need to (re)read.
Call It What You Want – Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: June 25, 2019
When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.
Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.
When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…
This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons.
I will forever read anything Brigid writes.
These Divided Shores (Stream Raiders #2) – Sara Raasch
Release Date: August 27, 2019
As a child, she committed unforgivable acts to free Grace Loray from King Elazar of Argrid. Now Elazar’s plan to retake the island has surpassed Lu’s darkest fears: he’s holding her and his son, Ben, captive in an endlessly shifting prison, forcing them to make a weapon that will guarantee Elazar’s success. Escape is impossible—unless Lu becomes the ruthless soldier she hoped never to be again.
Vex failed to save Lu and Ben—and that torments him as much as his Shaking Sickness. With the disease worsening, Vex throws himself into the rebellion against Argrid. The remaining free armies are allied with the stream raider syndicates—and getting them to cooperate will take a strength Vex thought burned on a pyre six years ago.
Imprisoned, betrayed, and heartbroken, Ben is determined to end his father’s rampage. Watching Elazar sway the minds of Grace Loray as he did those of Argrid, Ben knows he has to play his father’s game of devotion to win this war. But how can a heretic prince defeat the Pious God?
As armies clash and magic rises, Lu, Vex, and Ben will confront their pasts . . . or lose their futures forever.
Now, I haven’t actually finished These Rebel Waves, but I have started listening to the audiobook – which is the only reason it’s on this list. But Sara Raasch is an auto-buy for me.
There Will Come A Darkness – Katy Rose Pool
Release Date: September 3, 2019
For over two thousand years, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars, united nations, and brought powerful despots to heel — until the day, 100 years ago, when the Prophets disappeared. Before they vanished, they left behind one final, secret prophecy: the promise of a looming Age of Darkness and the birth of a Prophet who could be the world’s salvation — or the cause of its destruction. As chaos begins to reign, five characters, each hiding a deadly secret, are set on a collision course that will determine the fate of their world: a prince exiled from his kingdom; a ruthless killer known as “the Pale Hand”; a once-faithful leader doubtful of his duty; a reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone; and a dying girl on the verge of giving up.
This is newly on my radar, and it sounds so freaking amazing. So amazing. It was an instant add on Goodreads.
Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) – Kerri Maniscalco
Release Date: September 10, 2018
In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.
Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.
Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill.
I’M NOT READY! I screamed when I found out that this book would be dealing with The Devil in the White City – I’d hoped it would based on the timeline, and it’s the perfect thing for Audrey Rose and Thomas solve! I’m so excited!
Here’s my review for HPD – I still need to read EFH.
Phew, so many, and the fact that I’ll have four more of these posts…where am I going to put all of these books?
Please comment if I’ve forgotten a book, or if I’ve missed something that absolutely needs to be on my list! I’ll be posting my Quarterly List for (Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr) soon. It will include some amazing Fantasy Releases, some are debuts/firsts and others are new books set in familiar worlds.
I hope to have it up next week! So, keep an eye out for that!
I want to know about it! I want to know about the books that you’ve read and are dying to talk about! Let me know in the comments, which of these books (one or more) are on YOUR Most Anticipated 2019 Lists!