November is an incredible month for new release books. It actually took me some time to settle on the top 5 for this month, in fact I almost just went with a Top 10!
1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
It is no secret that I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of The Starless Sea. This is my most anticipated read for the entire year!! The Night Circus is one of my all time favorite reads and I have heard Starless Sea is even better!
The Starless Sea Releases on November 5th and I have a signed copy pre ordered (though Barnes & Noble so it will take about a week to get to me) so you can expect a review VERY soon!
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the 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 an ancient 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.
2. Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black
While I am not a mega Holly Black or The Cruel Prince fan I thoroughly enjoyed the books and cannot wait to see how Holly ends the series! The synopsis below has spoilers for the first two books if you have not read yet. Queen of Nothing releases November 19th… and again I have my B&N Exclusive Pre-ordered.
He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.
Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.
Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.
Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.
And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…
3. The Toll (Arc of a Scythe 3) by Neal Shusterman
I have to admit that I have not even read this series yet and am 100% going with the hype. I have heard so many great things about this series and I own the first two books and actually planned on reading in October… that my TBR totally went out the window last month. The Toll releases on November 5th so won’t have the series read before then, but maybe by the end of the month. Again… have my B&N Exclusive Pre-ordered! Owlcrate also have an exclusive singed edition for sale!
It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.
In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.
4. Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
If you have seen some of my other review this year you know Maggie is one of my auto buy authors. I loved The Raven Cycle and Shiver and I will 100% be checking out this Raven Cycle spins off. Maggie also recommended reading her Novella Opal as a bridge between TRC and CDTH. I don’t have a physical copy of this book pre-ordered because. have found these books to be much easier to absorb on audiobook, so I will be listening soon!
The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.
And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .
5. Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao
This books largely makes the list due to all of the drama around its release this year. I was to hear that it was pulled without me getting a chance to read so was very excited when it was updated the book would be released on November 19th. While a dark Anastasia retelling does sounds super neat in its own right I also want to see what all the fuss is about.
In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.
When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.
A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.
What are your most anticipated books for November 2019?