I am back with another installment of the 2019 Releases I Can’t Wait For. This time we are talking from April to June. This is of course not an exhaustive list of all the books being released, it is simply the books that are on my radar.
Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige, Steven Bryne (Comic)
I didn’t know that I needed this, but the Aquaman movie made the need real.
The Mera and Aquaman origin story I didn’t know I needed. Mera is the teenage heir to the throne of Xebel, the other colony under the sea, but she is destined to wear the crown of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow Atlantis, their homeland, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry.
Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan (Fantasy)
This one sounds mysterious and dangerous. Also, assassins and gods and fantasy are definitely my jam.
A girl who can speak to gods that must save her people, a prince in danger, and a boy with a monstrous secret must assassinate the king and stop a war. In a century-long war their paths cross in a world where a forbidden romance may tip the scales of light and dark.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (Fantasy)
Yes, it is another fantasy. This one is a Chinese inspired tale that I cannot wait to get a hold of. It sounds fascinating and rich and filled with depth.
Princess Hesina of Yan has always dreamed of an unremarkable life and shirking the crown, but when her father is found dead she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Hesina believes that her father was murdered by someone close to her. Her court wants her to blame the neighboring kingdom, whose ruler has been wanting war. Instead she enlists a soothsayer, which is a treasonous act, to find the truth.
Pilu of the Woods by Mia K. Nguyen (Graphic Novel)
This one just looks so cute! I mean the art looks incredibly adorable and the story sounds like a sweet little story about friendship and home and finding oneself.
Willow loves the woods near her home. She visits it when her turbulent emotions are too much for her. One day, she decides to run away into the woods and meets Pilu a lost tree spirit that can’t find her way home. Pilu isn’t sure she wants to go home yet and this infuriates Willow who wants to make up for her own mistakes by getting Pilu home. Willows emotions began to take physical form which puts both girls in danger.
Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron (Fantasy, LGBT+)
All I have to say is that I am all here for doors to other worlds, mysterious boys, and tough decisions.
Brody Fair feels like nobody knows him, not his parents, genius brother, or the girls that make his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, and art student that takes him to a “knock-off Narnia” called Everland. It’s door opens at 11:21pm each Thursday. Brody finds himself fitting in, but when the doors to Everland begin to disappear he must make a choice between leaving his family to stay in Everland and with Nico, or saying goodbye to his friends and safe place.
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
An Asian inspired fantasy that is all about women being women in fantastic and powerful ways is the fantasy I am ready for. Give me Asian myth and mystery and action!
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There many languages fill the air and people of all faiths live together. The city bears scars of its past, when a chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered the population – excpet for Fatima and two other humans. Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, but when the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she can’t explain and in ways that scares those who love her.
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta (Fantasy, LGBT+)
This one sounds so spooky. The forest is fighting back? A girl is supposed to be able to find a lost witch? Queer witches? I need to know more.
Danny didn’t know what she was looking for when she and her mother looked at a map of the United States, only for Danny to put her finger down on Tempest, California. When she arrives she meets the Grays, a group of friends who use terms like queer and witch as if they are ordinary. They are not ordinary to Danny. What she didn’t know was that the Grays cast a spell on her because she has something they need, the ability to bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays. Before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a branch through his heart. She finds that something is very wrong in the trees and fog of the Lost Coast.
Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas (Contemporary)
Cute, but dramatic, and diverse. I can tell that this will have some tough topics, but it seems like a very interesting take on the classic YA contemporary.
In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence is only known for the murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, she must attend school under a pseudonym. Gus Peake is known as the “disabled kid” because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose father was murdered. When Gus meets Kalyn they develop a deep friendship, until their families pasts emerge.
Are there any new releases you’ve been excited about? Have you gotten any yet this year?