2019 Releases I Can’t Wait For: Jan – Mar

Hello friends,

2019 is just around the corner and there are so many new releases coming! I am honestly so shook by the number of amazing books being released next year. So, I am going to tell you a bit about the ones I’m looking forward to. This is of course not a definitive list of all the books coming out in 2019. I am also not going to give full summaries, but I will link to the Goodreads page for each book.

January

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White Stag (Permafrost #1) by Kara Barbieri (Fantasy)

As the last child in a family of daughters, Janneke was raised to be the male heir, taught to hunt, track, and fight. When her village is destroyed she is the only survivor. She is captured and her survival in a court of monsters takes her further away from humanity, becoming more monster than human.  So, lady fighter, goblin king, monsters, and battles? How can I say no?

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The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (Contemporary)

Rukhsana Ali does her best to live up to her conservative Muslim parent’s standards, just waiting until she can leave for CalTech, but when she is caught kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all her plans fall apart. She is whisked off to Bangladesh, but only through reading her grandmothers old diary she is able to gain perspective and find a way to live her own life.

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The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg (Contemporary)

Max and Jordan are complete opposites and they both have secrets. When they end up working on a 1980’s-era food truck they must overcome their fears, and decide what they will risk to get what they want. What can I say about this one? Two boys in a food truck with great chemistry? I’m sold.

February

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Fantasy)

Tracker is known for his skills as a hunter. When he is hired to find a mysterious boy who has disappeared three year earlier he is forced to work with a team. As he tracks the boy through ancient cities and forests he and his team meet creatures that are bent on killing them. Tracker starts to wonder who the boy is and why people are keeping Tracker from finding the boy. All I can say here is a hunter, a mystery boy, and creatures who are trying to kill a band of unlikely teammates. It sounds like a pretty good read to me.

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Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (Fantasy)

Sybella has been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained in a convent to serve as his justice. In order to keep her two sisters safe she agrees accompany the duchess to France and find enemies all around them. Their hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates hidden been in the French court by the convent years ago, if she can find them. Genevieve has been undercover for years and her only solace is a prisoner who has been forgotten by the guards. As the two girls draw closer together everything they hold sacred is balanced on a knifes edge.

Death, undercover agents, enemies, badass women. I’m here for it.

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta (Graphic Novel)

After graduating high school Ari can’t wait to move to the big city with his band, if he can convince his father to let him quit his job at his family’s struggling bakery. While interviewing candidates he meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. Do I even need to explain this one?

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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto (Fantasy)

In a world ruled by warrior queens an empire was built upon the backs of phoenix riders, until a war between two sisters ripped it apart. Sixteen years later Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of being a phoenix rider. After her sister betrays her she strikes out alone, and once she begins to feel like she has found her place her sister resurfaces and spills a web of lies that will change an empire. All while a the new empire learns of the Riders return and wants to destroy them. Again badass ladies in a fascinating fantasy world. Give it to me!

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (Fantasy)

The House of Berethnet have ruled Inys for thousands of years, but Queen Sabran is unwed and needs to have a daughter to protect her realm from destruction, but assassins are getting close to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to a lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Across the dark sea, Tane has trained her whole life to be a dragonrider, but will have to make a decision that could change her life.

Queens, assassins, mages, and dragonriders is everything I want in a good fantasy.

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The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (Fantasy)

Gods mettle in the fates of men, men play with the fates of gods, and a pretender must be cast down from their throne. For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as Raven. His will is enacted by a Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. But the Raven’s power is weakening and a usurper has taken the throne. Eolo, the true Lease, arrives in the unrest. In helping to reclaim the city Eolo discovers that the Raven’s Tower holds a dark secret. I mean, gods and men and secrets? Yes!

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Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller (Fantasy)

As her father heir, Rasmira has trained her whole life to be a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails, she is banished to the monster-filled wilderness. She is given a quest: to win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god that claims tribute from the village every year or die trying. Okay, but a viking inspired badass lady story sounds like a dream.

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Crowded by Christopher Sebela (Graphic Novel)

Ten minutes in the future the world runs on an economy of apps and shares, and crowdfunding has turned into Reapr: a platform for assassination that trickled down from Politicians and CEOs to everyday people. Charlie Ellison wakes up to find herself a target of a Reapr campaign. Charlie hires Vita, the lowest rated bodyguard on Dfend. As the campaign picks up Vita takes out incompetent civilians and aspirational assassins as she and Charlie try to find out who wants Charlie dead before the campaigns 30 days.

March

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Heart & Shadow by Amanda Hocking (Fantasy, LGBTQ+)

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. When she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance, Malin, her best friend, and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie and if hepling the boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk – to the world and her heart.  Her quest for truth leads her to places she never thought possible. Will her strength and determination be enough to save the world? Valkyries! Ex-girlfriends! Saving the world!

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Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (Fantasy)

Robin of Locksley is dead. Maid Marion was betrothed to Robin and free to be herself, now Guy of Gisborne wants to take his place. Marion takes up Robin’s hood, sword and bow. Someone mistakes her for Robin and now the cloaked figure she created has become a beacon of hope and justice for peasants.

All I can say is Marion as badass Robin Hood is the story I need right now.

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The Perfect Assassin (The Chronicles of Ghadid #1) by K.A Doore (Fantasy, possible LGBTQ+ content)

Amastan is a novice assassin of the Basbowen family. He has been taught that divine justice is written in blood, but he is having second thoughts about taking a life. There is a scarcity of contracts until the Basbowen’s finest turn up dead with murderous jaan running the streets of Ghadid. Amastan must find this perfect assassin or be their next victim.

I’m a huge sucker for thieves and assassins. So a fantasy story about novice assassin vs. perfect assassin sounds like a thrill ride I’m here for.

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The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake (Middle Grade Contemporary, LGBTQ+)

Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James has a “New Life Plan” which means do awesome amazing things she couldn’t before, find a new best friend, and kiss a boy for the first time. When she meets her new best friend Quinn she questions if she really wants to kiss a boy. When her mother reemerges Sunny begins a journey of becoming the new Sunny St. James.

What releases are you excited for in the first 3 months of 2019?

Sincerely,
Alex

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