By: Cait Marie
A new year means new books. This girl’s TBR is about to grow so much more. Here are my top 10 anticipated books for 2019 (though I’m sure I forgot some):
1. The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare
Magnus and Alec, commonly referred to as Malec, is also my favorite ship (aka couple) of all-time. Basically, I just love them with all my heart, and now I get an entire trilogy about them!! When Clare made the announcement last year, I literally cried. I am so excited!
2. The Blood Spell – C.J. Redwine
Set to release February 12, 2019.
The Blood Spell is the fourth book in the Ravenspire series, which is one of my favorites. Each book in this series is a different fairy tale retelling set in the same world, and this one is Cinderella.
Redwine has built such an incredible world with amazing characters and stories. I’ve loved the series from the beginning, but love it even more with each book. The third book, The Traitor Prince, was amazing, so I can only imagine how fantastic this one is going to be. Plus, Cinderella retellings are one of my favorites!
3. Shadow Me and Defy Me – Tahereh Mafi
Shadow Me is set to release March 5, 2019. Defy Me is set to release April 2, 2019.
I am lumping both of these together because Shadow Me is the novella (about Kenji–my favorite!) that comes right before the fifth book in the Shatter Me series, Defy Me.
This is one of those series that I honestly feel just gets better over time. I read the first three books and two novellas within a week last year because I just couldn’t stop. It was so intriguing and an original spin on the dystopian/people with powers YA story. I loved the first three books, but the fourth one, Restore Me, blew the rest out of the water. It was beyond fantastic and it ended in a huge cliffhanger, so I’m extremely anxious for the next one!
4. Adaptive – Becky Moynihan
No exact release day yet, but Moynihan is aiming for later this year.
If you’ve been following along with my reviews and social media posts, you know that Reactive was one of my favorite books of 2018. Adaptive is the second book and I cannot wait! This series is a dystopian unlike any I’ve read before. It’s original, intriguing, and very well written.
5. Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare
Set to release November 19, 2019.
We get not one, but two first books in new Shadowhunter series this year! This one takes place in the early 1900s and is about Will and Tessa’s children… so, yeah. I am super excited!! It involves the Blackthorns and the Carstairs coming to London. I love this world and all the series she has created–I have no doubt I’ll love this one, too.
6. Courting Darkness – Robin LaFever
Set to release February 5, 2019.
This is the first in a new duology set after the events of the His Fair Assassins trilogy, which I adore. This book is technically not a part of that series, but it is about one of the same main characters, Sybella.
Set in the 1500s, the original trilogy is about a convent of women who work for Saint Mortain, aka Death, and Britanny trying to keep out of France’s rule. I love the time period and setting, it’s the series that made want to find more historical fiction to get into. I have yet to find anything so intriguing. These new books are very exciting–I can’t wait to jump back into the world!
7. These Divided Shores – Sara Raasch
Set to release August 27, 2019.
This is the sequel to These Rebel Waves, and it might actually need to be up higher in the list… It is rare that I read a new book within a couple weeks of its release, unless it’s a favorite author or part of a series I’ve been waiting for, but I read this one just after it came out and wow.
I admit, the first book was a little difficult for me to get into. There are a lot of new terms, which listening to the audiobook made harder for me to grasp. However, had I been looking at the words, I’m sure it would’ve made it a lot easier. And once I got through that, I couldn’t stop. It was so good and then it left me hanging! Waiting an entire year for a sequel is the worst…
8. Crescent City – Sarah J. Maas
No cover or release date yet, but it has been said that it is expected to come out in the fall of 2019.
It’s a new SJM fantasy series. Need I say more?
This one is an “adult” series, as opposed to YA, so I’m curious as to how it will differ from her other two. I don’t know much other than there will be her usual brink of war and romance story, as well as magic and angels. At this point, I think I would read anything she wrote.
9. Glass Kingdom – M. Lynn
Set to release January 17, 2019.
I mentioned I love Cinderella retellings right? Well, here is another one! (There are actually quite a few coming out this year, and I’m excited for all of them.)
Glass Kingdom takes place in the same world as Lynn’s Golden Curse trilogy, which I’m currently making my way through and love. I can’t wait to see her spin on this classic tale!
10. Bloodleaf – Crystal Smith
Set to release March 5, 2019.
A princess on the run. Magic. Forbidden love. It has all my favorite parts of a good YA fantasy. Plus, look at that cover! It’s gorgeous. I’m looking forward to reading a new author as well.
- The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
- Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
- The Guilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
- A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kremmerer