Anticipated Reads of 2019
Hello and welcome to 2019! 2019 is an exciting year for the book community, especially those who love a high fantasy to get lost in. So, to kick off what will be a very bookish year, here are my anticipated reads for this year!
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I never thought we would get Nikolai Lantsov’s story. I have no idea why. My favourite character in the entire series with a wealth of past, present and futures to explore, I think it would have been silly to not have books purely about him, don’t you think? I’m also crossing all my fingers and toes that Nikolai is bisexual, it’s what he deserves!
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
I can picture it like it was only yesterday. Summer 2018, I’m over at Kate’s house, making yummy desserts and watching videos on Youtube. She shows me a tweet that claims Darkdawn, the last book in the Nevernight trilogy has had it’s release date moved from September 2018 to September 2019. I almost burst into tears right then and there, all over the vegan cookie dough. So, while I’m impatient and eager to read the final instalment in one of my absolute favourite series, I know why Jay Kristoff and his team made the decision, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Mia (even though I know it’s going to brutal).
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I received an early copy of this absolute beast of a book back in October/November time, but since I haven’t read it and it’s not out until next year, it’s still anticipated. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Shannon’s The Bone Season series, The Priory of The Orange Tree sounds something that I would definitely enjoy. A matriarchy with dragons? Yes please!
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Probably one of the most hyped books for 2019, The Wicked King has become a high prized arc that everyone wants a piece of. It doesn’t come out until January, but it has taken over the online book community by storm. While I only enjoyed about the last 40% of The Cruel Prince, I’m hoping the sequel will carry on with the excitement and drama from the last few chapters of the first book and live up to the hype that it’s made for itself.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Another hyped story that doesn’t come out until next year, I’m excited for Wicked Saints as much as the next high fantasy fanatic. This is a dark story with secrets, mystery and in a Polish-inspired setting too. Am I hoping for LGBTQ+ characters? Always. But it doesn’t come out until April, so I’m waiting for more information and maaaaybe a sneak peak from an article in the future!
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I’ve only just found out about this book and it’s exactly the kind of contemporary that I know will warm my cold, cold heart. A love story between two queer characters, which sounds exactly like a Hallmark original movie (I think that’s what they’re called?) or a Netflix Christmas movie without the Christmas. I hope it’s cheesy, fun, with a happy ending that gay teens need and deserve.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
I feel like I’ve been waiting for this sequel my whole life? Absolutely enamoured with Carry On, I didn’t imagine that it would get a sequel, yet here I am, crying over the teaser cover and Baz in that suit. Not to mention that the release date has changed from ‘some time in 2020’ to ‘some time in 2019’. Have we been blessed with this news so early on? I can’t decide.
We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
I’ve been ready for We Hunt The Flame since Hafsah Faizal was talking about her debut on Twitter before she even had a publisher. A middle-eastern inspired high fantasy is everything that I look for in a book, and I can’t wait for this story to finally be released and in my hands.
Let me know what books you’re excited about next year!