My Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 (Part One)

2019 is already shaping up to be a massive year for releases. Several exciting series are coming to a close, new stories are unfolding, and the YA genre is looking like it will be packed full of diversity. I’ve already added a good few books to my to read list on Goodreads, but I wanted to take some time to talk about some of my most anticipated releases coming in the first half of 2019 — so, here they are:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

It’s been a while since I’ve dipped into Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse but, aside from a disappointing finale to the original series, I fell completely in love with the world and the characters she has created. Nikolai was a real highlight, however, and I’m really eager to read more of his story — and, with news of both Shadow & Bone and Six of Crows being adapted into an eight episode Netflix series, this book couldn’t come at a more exciting time!
Release Date: January 29th 2019

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

This blog is a (fairly) new start after a long hiatus from blogging, so you guys (fortunately) didn’t have to suffer through my ACOTAR obsession. (I mean, I still adore the series, but I don’t shout about A Court of Mist and Fury at every given opportunity anymore. Mostly.) But anyway, if that wasn’t enough of a clue, I am an absolute sucker for an original re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. It’s one of my favourite fairytales so, reading books that bring it in to the modern world and add some twists is right up my street. This one sounds really fun and I can’t wait to read it!

Release date: January 29th 2019


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Like everyone else on the planet, I loved Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give. It’s been so refreshing to find more and more representation within the Young Adult genre lately, and THUG was one of the most important books I read in 2017. I’m looking forward to seeing what else Thomas has to offer, and I hope that, with being set in the same world, we’re able to revisit some of the characters from her debut, on top of being introduced to more.

Release Date: February 5th 2019

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Again — so excited about all of the representation happening in YA right now! This one has not only Latina characters, but a f/f romance — and, on top of that, has a really interesting and unique sounding premise. This will be my first book by this author, and it already looks like it’s going to be a great one.

Release Date: February 26th 2019


Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

There’s been a lot of rumours flying around that this is along the same lines as the Grishaverse and, in case the first part of this post didn’t give it away, I am absolutely here for that. I may or may not have read one review that stated that it was for those who shipped Alina with the Darkling and like… I know it’s bad but I did. Super hyped for this and I hope it’s everything I’m dreaming of!

Release Date: April 2nd 2019


 Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Again, I’ve seen a lot of chat going around online in regards to this book, and the most common information seems to liken it to a Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones and, let’s be honest, that sounds amazing. On top of that, the cover is absolutely stunning and the premise sounds incredibly tense. I can’t wait to dive into this one!

Release Date: April 2nd 2019


Finale by Stephanie Garber

If you’ve read my review of Legendary, then you’ll know that I’m a little bit in love with this series. It started off on a high, and somehow managed to get better with the sequel. Both books so far have been packed full of twists and turns that have really taken me by surprise. I have incredibly high hopes for this one — and also absolutely no idea how it’s going to end, which is both exciting and terrifying!

Release Date: May 7th 2019

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

I first came across Hafsah Faizal when I started using Twitter (in an attempt to become more immersed in the bookish community, even though I’m still pretty rubbish at using it…) and they hype for this book has only grown and grown since I first came across her — and rightly so. We Hunt the Flame is an ancient Arabian-inspired fantasy and, based on reviews and moodboards that I’ve seen scattered around Twitter and Goodreads, it’s going to be amazing.

Release Date: May 14th 2019

Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adored Tracy Banghart’s Grace & Fury. It was a really refreshing read for me, and the way she dealt with her vastly different female protagonists was a joy to read. This is definitely one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. I really hope it lives up to its predecessor! Also, it’s out the day after my birthday so like… birthday present ideas??

Release Date: July 2nd 2019

Rage by Cora Carmack

The first book in this series, Roar, was one of my favourite books of 2017. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up, but the story captivated me from the beginning, and I struggled to put it down until the very last page. There was a delay in the release of this sequel due to the author experiencing some serious health concerns, but now that it has a new release date, my anticipation is higher than it’s ever been!

Release Date: July 11th 2019
Which books are you looking forward to reading this year?

29 year old book blogger from Scotland. Probably nervous.

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