Most Anticipated Reads 2019

2019 looks incredibly exciting release wise and picking just 25 books for this list was a lot harder than I expected it to be. These are my most anticipated books, in order of their release dates, for 2019. They’re all new series or standalones. Naturally there are sequels that I’m looking forward to also but, as I’ve fallen behind with reading, I’ve decided to focus this blog on these and hope to have another blog for anticipated sequels next year.

Hopefully some of these capture your interest as much as they have mine.

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

I love the Tudors, am fascinated by Henry VIII and his six wives and am addicted to scandalously twisty YA dramas so this is kind of a no-brainer for me. I am a little wary over how the story will translate into a high school setting but am definitely intrigued. What particularly interests me is how the death of Henry’s wives (in this case girlfriends) will be portrayed.

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Wow does this book sound good! Paris in 1789 with both the exuberance of court life and the hardships of poverty; magic, revolutionaries and hidden identities. What more could you ask for in a book? This is one that I’m definitely planning to read ASAP.

Slayer by Kiersten White

Ridiculously excited about this book!

New Buffy! Need I say more? It’s written by Kiersten White – which is another major plus point. The characters that it follows are new but it sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to delve into its pages. A reluctant slayer, the twin daughters of a dead Watcher, a demon who eats happiness and – thanks to Amazon – an intriguing first glimpse that mentions prophecies. Bring on February 21st! I absolutely cannot wait for this book!

The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

An unwed Queen in desperate need of a daughter, assassins, forbidden magic, dragons and more. I absolutely adore the sound of this. What are the mysterious forces of chaos mentioned? I can’t wait to find out. The length may put some people off but, for me, this is 800+ pages that I plan to treasure.

An Affair Of Poisons by Addie Thorley

That name! How can you resist a book with a title like that? The setting sounds intriguing, the characters compelling and the plot addictive. It sounds as if poor Mirabelle is in a horrible position and a ‘deadly poisoner’ is sure to be an unusual central character. Once again I can’t wait.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Another attention grabbing title and a premise that’s out of this world. A thief and her mark are forced to team up and find some very dark answers. A fascinating world divided into four very different quarters (I’m really looking forward to exploring it). And, of course, four dead queens. I can’t wait to see where this story takes me.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Three fascinating characters are mentioned in this book blurb: a girl who can speak to Gods who must save her people without destroying herself, a prince in danger and a boy with a monstrous secret. Together they must assassinate the king and stop a hundred year war. There’s a forbidden romance that could tip the scales between light and dark. And it’s described as devastatingly gothic. Simply put it sounds amazing.

Descendant Of The Crane By Joan He

Cover love ♥

‘Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.’

If that isn’t enough to grab your attention then let me also point out that it’s a Chinese inspired fantasy about a reluctant princess whose thrust into power after her father is murdered. Using treasonous magic, and trusting no one but a criminal, she sets out to learn the truth. If that isn’t enough to leave you intrigued, I don’t know what is.

All We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter

This is quite a different book to most of the others on this list and it sounds like it could be absolutely heartbreaking. I love that the book is going to show how a person’s crime can affect their family, how those close to them end up painted in a bad light, wanting to hide parts of themselves and struggling to connect the brother (in this case) that they knew with the crime that they committed. I’m intrigued as to how this will turn out and ready for a rather emotional – and unique – ride.

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

How can you not want to read the story of ‘the Hunter’ and ‘the Prince of Death’? I love the sound of the world which is inspired by ancient Arabia and the cursed forest of the Arz. The characters sound fascinating, there’s a war brewing and a hunt for an artefact that could restore magic to the world. All in all this sounds like exactly my type of book.

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

A dark Anastasia retelling where slavers hunt affinities and the princess is the monster with an affinity to blood. Wow. I was pretty much sold on ‘Anastasia retelling’ but with the rest added in then no more needs to be said really other than: read the full blurb and add this to your TBR shelf as soon as possible.

The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

A world where bones are the source of all power; where a broken one is bad luck and a ceremony takes place to determine each seventeen year olds apprenticeship. Add in the mystery of why a mother would pick an unwanted path for her daughter and it sounds absolutely amazing. That’s not all though; there are also two potential paths for the central character; paths that she has to simultaneously live after a special set of bones are broken. And her life is in danger in both… Sign me up for this immense sounding book!

Sorcery Of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

More cover love & it’s a book about books which can turn into monsters ♥♥

A magical library that secures grimoires which whisper beneath chains on shelves and turn into grotesque monsters when provoked. A foundling who grew up among them and has always known that sorcerers are evil. A terrible event that forces her to work with her sworn enemy. And a centuries old conspiracy. OMG! June can not come soon enough; this book sounds incredible.

Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey

I remember this book being described as ‘The Magicians meets Tana French’ and, despite having not read either, it really appealed to me for some reason. Now that there’s more information it’s enticed me even more with its promise of a private investigator with a slight drinking problem investigating a gruesome murder at the school that her magically gifted sister teaches at.

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I’m officially in love with this cover! ♥♥♥

Firstly I just need to say that this book has one of the most gorgeous covers that I’ve ever seen! It’s the story of a girl who disguises herself as a boy, knowing that she’s risking her life, to compete for a job as a royal tailor. Backstabbing, lies, reluctant brides, impossible dresses, a court magician and Chinese culture are all promised in this tale. So, if the breathtaking cover isn’t enough to hook you, then surely the blurb will be.

House Of Salt And Sorrow by Erin A. Craig

Lately I have a weakness for retellings but that isn’t the only thing that drew me to this book. The setting and story itself sound beautiful but haunting. I absolutely adore the allure of forbidden trysts and glittering balls – particularly when there’s an ominous mention of who the sisters are really dancing with. And it contains a curse that has led to a series of increasingly tragic deaths. I need this book!

There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Wow, wow, wow! I highly recommend you read this blurb. An approaching Age of Darkness and an intriguing mix of characters who may stop or unleash it. And its set in a world that was once guarded by the Seven Prophets until they all mysteriously disappeared. Wow. This definitely sounds like one to add to everybody’s TBR lists!

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

‘For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife and a wicked scar.’

If that isn’t enough to hook you let me mention that this is a book about a witch whose forced to go undercover as a thief to survive and the witch hunter that she’s pushed into a marriage with. This book sounds dark, addictive, heartbreaking and – let’s face it – absolutely amazing. Already I’m counting down the days until this one.

Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron

This book looks fascinating; not only does the plot sound amazing but it’s set in a West-African inspired fantasy world and features witchdoctors, making it sound quite different to a lot of fantasy novels. I also love that the main character is terrible at magic yet has to face’ the Demon King’. This premise is dark, unique and utterly intoxicating.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Secret societies engaging in sinister occult activities at Yale is enough to grab my attention. It sounds fascinating and I look forward to diving into this novel. I’m also intrigued by our central character, Alex Stern, and how she ends up being the one who’s urged to investigate. Hopefully this book will live up to my expectations because, right now, this is yet another book that I can’t wait for.

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

You’ve just got to love vampires in New Orleans ♥

Vampires in New Orleans was enough to sell me on this book but it has so much fascinating content hinted at in its blurb. The main character has been taken in by the sisters of a convent and is attracted by some very dark individuals. Plus she has a secret of her own. Then there’s Sébastien Saint Germain who I’m already eager to meet. And a series of dark and gruesome murders are taking place, causing Celine to investigate. It’s an understatement to say that this sounds phenomenal; I’m truly looking forward to getting lost in a darkly beautiful vampire novel.

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

A world of black magic where four young crooks embark upon a mission to take down their leader after discovering some mysterious plot behind his dangerous new magic. And it’s by the author of ‘To Kill A Kingdom!’ I’m sold!

Chain Of Gold by Cassandra Clare

This has stolen my heart. It’s so, so pretty ♥

More Shadowhunters? Yes please! Although I really should re-read The Infernal Devices before this comes out. I love how Cassandra Clare blends the mundane and magical world and I can’t wait to see her take on Edwardian London. I’m particularly interested in seeing how the plague affects the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Bring on the Herondales, Blackthorns and Carstairs. Oh and that cover is gorgeous; I think I’m in love!

Now out in 2020.

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

A desperate young healer schemes her way into a palace full of danger and secrets to heal it’s deathly ill ruler. This she does not for the ruler’s benefit but for her sister’s; a beautiful girl whose been chosen to be a ‘sacred maiden’. An honoured tradition that’s really a death sentence. Yay, bring on the lies, danger and intriguing sounding new world for me to explore. I’m so looking forward to this book.

House Of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

So I was sold at ‘new Sarah J. Mass’ but I’ll put a little more detail here. This book is set in a world filled with a vast array of magical creatures (which I can’t wait to learn all about) where humans struggle to survive. It’s a world on the brink of war and the heroine sounds as badass as I’d expect from the author. Simply put this sounds amazing.

Now out in 2020.

As I said above choosing just 25 books for this list was exceptionally hard and there are still plenty of other books that I’m super excited to read this year. If you want any further recommendations feel free to ask for them. Or else share some of what you’re looking forward to reading this year; I’d love to learn about any fantastic sounding books that I’ve missed.

As a final note here are two last book that, despite not being out until next year, definitely deserve a mention as I’m already desperate for them. (One of them was originally on this list but the date has changed since I first created it).

The Invisible Life Of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

How on earth could I not want to read this book when its described as a love story between the devil and a French girl who sells her soul for the chance to live forever, only to be cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Wow! It sounds absolutely amazing and I can not wait for this book to come out. I love, love, love the premise and hope it’s as deliciously dark as it sounds. 2020 is just too far away.

Kingdom Of Back by Marie Lu

This book sounds like the very definition of ‘be careful what you wish for’ and with a magical imp and an imaginary kingdom it sounds very ‘fae’ which I love. Bring it on so I can learn all about Nannerl’s terrible pact to always be remembered; because I’m very, very intrigued and can’t wait to see just how terribly she’s messed up with her desires. I really hope this is as beautifully dark and brutally intoxicating as Holly Black’s Elfhame novels!

Why, oh why, did this have to change to 2020?

Update: As two of the books on this list have now been moved back to 2020 I’ve decided to add in two others to replace them, although I don’t want to remove them entirely as they definitely deserved their places on this list originally.

The first, Chain Of Gold, was pushed back as Cassandra Clare needs surgery which I really hope goes well for her and I wish her a speedy recovery.

The second one House Of Earth And Blood only ever had a vague ‘2019’ listed on Goodreads so I’m not entirely surprised that it’s now out next year, on the bright side it’s actual date is in January so it’s really not as far away as it could have been.

Anyway here are two more of my most anticipated books to get this list back up to 25:

Caster by Elsie Chapman

This book sounds absolutely amazing! It’s set in a world where magic is not only real but it’s also dangerous and illegal. There’s an underground casting tournament with incredibly high stakes, gangs that demand tribute, a death with facts that don’t add up and a dangerous web of lies that the central character gets trapped within. This definitely sounds like my kind of book!

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Wow, this sounds good. Brutal, definitely, but fascinating too. It’s set in a world where girls are banished for their sixteenth year to ‘release their magic into the wild’, magic that is said to drive women mad with jealously and lure men from their beds. Danger surrounds them in various forms – poachers, brutal elements and, perhaps the greatest threat of all, each other. So yeah, it definitely sounds dark but boy does it sound intriguing too.


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