Hey everyone! Last week I talked about my favorite books I
read in 2018, but this week I’m looking ahead, and I’m going to be talking
about the books I’m most excited about for this year.
I’m going to try to keep this short because when I started
looking through the lists of books coming out this year, I went a little crazy
and ended up with 15 (ish) books to talk about in this post. These books are
ordered (more or less) by their release dates.
The Girl King by Mimi Yu – January 8, 2019
This book has actually been out for about a week at the time
that this post goes up, but I’m writing it in the past, so for me, it’s not out
yet. It follows two girls, sisters, one named Lu, who grew up knowing she would
eventually become the Emperor, the other Min, who grew up expecting to forever
be in her sister’s shadow. Then, when their father declares their male cousin
the heir instead, Lu goes on the run to find a way to reclaim her birthright,
and Min discovers a dark power within herself she never knew she had, a power
that could either secure her cousin’s reign or allow her to take the throne for
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – January 15, 2019
You may already know this, but one of the quickest ways to
hook me on a book premise is to have it be set in France. Bonus points if there
is magic involved. I’m a French major, and while you’re reading this I’m
actually in France. So really, all I
needed to know about this book was that there is magic and it’s set in Paris
and I was sold. I don’t know much else about it, but it’s coming out on the day
this post is going up. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this author and
I’ve been wanting to read something by her for a while. I can’t wait until I’ll
be able to get my hands on it.
Stain by A.G. Howard – January 15, 2019
Also coming out today, this is a retelling of the classic
Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The
Princess and the Pea. It’s about a mute princess named Lyra who is forced
out of her kingdom and saved by a witch who disguises her as a boy and renames
her Stain. When she discovers her true identity and uncovers an impostor’s plan
to steal her throne—and her betrothed—she must fight to get back what was hers.
This is by the same author who wrote the Splintered Series, which I’ve heard
good things about but have never read. I’m excited to get to this new book.
Enchantée by Gita Trelease – February 5,
This is a historical fantasy book set in Paris, France on
the eve of the French Revolution. It’s about a girl trying to provide for her
family after her parents die using “la magie ordinaire” or petty magic. Then,
after her brother absconds with what little savings her family has, she is
forced to aim her sights higher: the court at Versailles. She disguises herself
as a noblewoman and infiltrates the court in a desperate attempt to save what’s
left of her family.
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers – February 5, 2019
The first of a new duology, much of this book also appears
to be set in France. It’s about two girls, Sybella and Genevieve, one who has
trained to be the justice of Death, the other a spy hidden in the French court.
They need each other, but will they be able to find each other before it’s too
I haven’t read the His Fair Assassin series by this author,
and apparently this is set in the same world as that series, but it’s a
separate story that doesn’t necessarily require you to read the other series
before reading this one. I am interested in reading that series, though, so
maybe I’ll try to read those before I jump into this one. Or maybe not. Either
way, I’m excited about this book.
The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – February 19, 2019
This is a high fantasy about what comes after a happy
ending, and it apparently features a female/female romance. I’ve heard a lot
about E.K. Johnston’s books, and like a lot of the other authors on this list,
I’ve been meaning to read one of them for a while. Maybe the book I finally
read will be this one.
The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore – March 19, 2019
I don’t know much about what this book is about other than
that the main character is a conflicted assassin, and that’s all I need to know.
It’s coming out in March, and I hope to get it as soon as I can.
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – April 2, 2019
I haven’t read Geekerella,
which was the first book in this companion series, but I want to read it, and I
want to read this one too. This is a retelling of the Prince and the Pauper,
but it has to do with fandom culture and geekiness, and it seems like something
that would be right up my alley. Now, if only I could get my hands on the first
Again, But Better by Christine Riccio – May 7, 2019
Okay, so you guys know I’m not the biggest fan of
contemporary, or romance, and this is a YA contemporary romance book. But it
also happens to be written by one of my favorite BookTubers, Christine from
polandbananasBOOKS, and I’ve watched every single one of her videos talking
about the process of writing this book—how can I not support her? Also, it’s
about a girl going on a semester abroad in London, and it’s coming out right
around the time when I’ll be getting back from my semester abroad in Paris, so
it’s kind of perfect. I anticipate loving this book.
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire – May 7, 2019
I’ve read Every Heart
a Doorway by Seanan McGuire and I didn’t love it, but I’m still interested
in trying out some other books by this author, and this one sounds super
interesting. It’s about two twins, Roger and Dodger, and their creator, Reed.
The tagline at the end of the synopsis on Goodreads says “Godhood is
attainable. Pray it isn’t attained,” which is super intriguing. I really hope I
end up loving this one.
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max
Gladstone – July 16, 2019
I listen to Writing Excuses, a podcast including Brandon
Sanderson and other writers where they give tips to aspiring writers, and one
of the guest hosts that’s been on there recently is one of the authors of this
book, Amal El-Mohtar. I heard her description of some of the writing process of
this book, and also her description of what it was about, and I’m intrigued.
Basically, it’s a epistolary novel about two agents on opposite sides of a time
war who form a forbidden bond. It sounds really cool, and the cover also
happens to be beautiful, so of course I have to have it.
Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd – September 10, 2019
The last book I read in 2018 was the first book in this
duology, Grim Lovelies, and I loved
it. So of course I want to get this one when it comes out. I just have to wait
nine months. Oh well, such is the life of a reader.
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson – November 2019
This book doesn’t have a cover, or even a more specific
release date than “November 2019,” but I just read the first book in this
series at the end of last year and of course I need to get this one as soon as
I can. It’s a continuation of the story from Skyward, which is about a girl named Spensa who has spent her whole
life trying to prove that her father was not the coward everyone thinks he was,
and neither is she. She signs up to become a pilot and help fight the
neverending battle against the Krell, an alien race that has been trying to
wipe out the last of humanity on the planet Detritus for the past three
generations. We only got to see a hint of the world in the first book, and I’m
excited to be able to learn more about it in the next one.
These last two books don’t have covers, real release dates, or even titles, but nevertheless I’m excited for them and I’m hoping that they do end up coming out this year.
Legend #4 by Marie Lu
All that Goodreads says about this book is that it’s supposed to come out in 2019, which I sincerely hope it does. As you all might know, the Legend trilogy is one of my favorite series ever, so when I heard that Marie Lu was going to be writing more books set in this world, I immediately knew I was going to read it. I don’t know what the plot is going to be, or anything about it at all, really, but whatever it is, I’m here for it.
Seafire #2 by Natalie
C. Parker – ?
I don’t even know if this book is supposed to come out in
2019 or not, but I’m hoping it does because I loved the first book in this
series and I want more. Similar to the last one, I don’t know any plot details
or anything, but when this book comes out, whether it’s in 2019 or not, I’m
probably going to be buying it.
Okay! That was a monster of a post, but those are some of
the books I’m most excited for that are coming out this year! Let me know down
below what books you’re most excited for!
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you soon!