There are so so many books coming out in 2019 that I cannot wait to read! While I am sure this list will continue to grow and chance as I dive into new series this year I wanted to start out by sharing the Top 10 Books that I am excited for releasing in 2019. These are in no particular order… that would be like trying to decide on my favorite food!
1. Wicked King ( The Folk of Air #2) by Holly Black- Releases on January 8th
I read The Cruel Prince this year and enjoyed it and am looking forward to the second book in this series. There is so much hype for this book and all of the reviewers are giving it really high marked so I hope it lives up to it!
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.
Fun book FYIs:
- There is a pre order offer for this book: thenovl
- There is also a Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition with exclusive cover and content.
- There are quite a few special edition book boxes for this release I ordered from Faecrate, Beacon Book Box and a candle box from Wick and Fable. So look for those unboxings and reviews in late Jan/early Feb.
2. King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo- Releases January 29th
I really enjoyed Nikolai in the Shadow and Bone trilogy so I am really excited for a book that is more involved with him. This is also going to include POV’s of Zoya and Nina that I am so excited for!
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.
Fun book FYIs:
- Complete the Pre Order Offer: King of Scars Preorder Promotion
- Barnes and Noble Exclusive Edition
- This is another box with a ton of special edition book boxes releasing Special Edition boxes from Ilumicrate and Shelflove.
3. Crescent City- Sarah J. Maas
Releasing late in 2019 and with no official cover yet. I had the pleasure of attending the Kingdom of Ash tour in Houston and Sarah dropped some hints about the book. I am really excited to see the adult side of her writing. While I enjoyed ACOTAR and Throne of Glass I really feel like it could have done a lot more without the YA/NA parameters.
Set in a world where humans struggle to survive amid intricate hierarchies of demons, shifters, angels, and countless other magical creatures, Crescent City tells the story of half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan. After the brutal slaying of her best friend, Bryce joins forces with a powerful warrior-angel to hunt down the killer, leading them toward a treacherous enemy that could destroy the fabric of their world. The series will feature an array of captivating new characters, including a spitfire heroine who will stop at nothing to avenge her friend and protect her vibrant city, an epic world on the brink of war, and Maas’ signature heart-pounding romance.
4. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern- expected release date November 5th
This book might be might most anticipated of 2019. I LOVE The Night Circus an am so excited to read more from this author.
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.
What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose — in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
5. Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame- Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis- Releasing March 12th
I really enjoyed listening to her book Girl, Wash Your Face on audible in 2018 and I won’t miss out on this new release! Although I have to admit I have a really hard time sitting and reading Non fiction books so this will most likely be another Audio book.
Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women being afraid of their own goals. They’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough. But the biggest fear of all is of being judged for having ambition at all.
Having been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, friend, or team member—many women have forgotten who they are and what they were meant to be. In Girl, Stop Apologizing, entrepreneur and online personality (TheChicSite.com) Rachel Hollis encourages women to own their hopes, desires, and goals and reminds them they don’t need permission to want more. With a call to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and the biggest possible version of their lives.
6. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal- releases May 14th
This book has completely scooped me up on the hype bandwagon. I have heard so much positive feedback on this book and I am so rooting or it to be amazing! This is for sure going to be on my list to preorder and of course I will share my findings with you guys.
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
7. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson- Releasing on July 9th
I received an ARC for this book in my December Fairyloot box and was ultra excited since this was already on my Goodreads list.
Eragon meets And I Darken in this thrilling new fantasy debut that follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people.
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
8. Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber- Expected release date May 7th
I know this series often gets a bad wrap but I have to say I do enjoy it. The books are fast paced and keep you wondering what on earth is going to happen next which makes them really easy to finish in a day or two for me. I love the whole concept of Caraval the Stephanie has created and can’t wait to see how she finishes this trilogy out… and I not so secretly hope we get to see more of this world in future spin offs. I also have my fingers crossed for Special Edition Book boxes for this conclusion!
It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.
Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.
Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .
9. BloodLeaf by Crystal Smith- Releases March 5th
I have been seeing all the ARC packages for this book on Bookstagram and I am sooo jealous! Not to only is this book just GORGEOUS but it sounds like a great read as well!
Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her.
But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?
10. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kremmerer- Releases on January 29th
This is a Beauty and The Beast retelling that I cannot wait to get my hands on! I have already pre ordered and completed the pre order offer for this book!
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.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
Fun book FYIs:
- Pre Order offer: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
- The Gorgeous UK version of the book
2 thoughts on “My Top 10 2019 Book Releases”
I’ve got a few of these books of my watch list too, BUT I had no idea that Sarah J Maas was bring out Cresent City. It looks so good. I can’t wait to read that one.
wow – excellent reviews, lots of great reading suggestions here!