Most Anticipated Winter 2019 Releases
I'm back! I came down with a pretty intense cold that may have been the flu mid-January, and I've been playing catch up with life, and I haven't been as active on my blog. But it’s time for some anticipated reads! There are many more books coming out other than the eight that I've selected, but these are the books that I’m most excited for or that have me intrigued.
In Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire - January 8th
In Absent Dream is the fourth installment in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, which I am absolutely obsessed with. Each book in the series is framed almost like a stand-alone novel with references or nods to the other books in the series. This series has a whimsical feel that makes it easy to fly through (they’re also very short) and I’m excited to see whose story we follow this time around.
This book follows a serious young girl who doesn’t want to follow society’s expectations to become a housewife and instead would rather study and dream. This is when she finds a doorway to a world of logic and riddles, she thinks she has found where she’s meant to be. However, everything comes with a price at the goblin market, and she makes a bargain that would never pan out well.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer - January 29th
When I was perusing the lists of books coming out at the beginning of 2019, I was intrigued by this book. I love a good retelling, so I was excited to see that A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Judging from how the synopsis on Goodreads is structured, it seems like it will a dual-perspective novel. Sometimes dual-perspectives can be a bit hit or miss for me, but I’m looking forward to seeing how this story is executed.
This book follows Prince Rhen, heir to Emberfall, who cursed by a powerful enchantress to relive his eighteenth year over and over again. He knew that he could only be saved if he found someone to love him. But everything changes for him when he turns into a beast at the end of each autumn, and destroyed his castle and his family.
We also follow Harper Lacey, whose father is gone and mother is dying. Her brother is doing whatever he can to keep their family afloat, but he is also continually underestimating her due to her cerebral palsy, even though she has learned to be tough. But when Harper tries to saves someone in Washington DC, she ends up getting sucked into Rhen’s world.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo - January 29th
Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha world is one of the most intricate and well-executed fantasy worlds, and her Six of Crows duology is up there with some of my favourite series of all time. King of Scars is the first book in a new duology in this world and is a spin-off of both the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. Because this is a spin-off, there isn’t much more that I can say, but I’m excited to dive back into this world and revisit these characters.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan - January 29th
This book is one that I’ve seen pop up on a few different anticipated reads lists, and I was sold after reading the summary on Goodreads.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali follows seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali who is finding it harder and hard to live up to the expectations of her conservative Muslim parents. She dresses conservatively at home and saves dressing how she wants to the times she goes out that her parents don’t know about. Only months stand between her and an unmonitored life at Caltech, pursuing her dream career as an engineer. But when her parents find her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, they send her away to Bangladesh where she is surrounded by tradition and arranged marriages. While away Ruhksana reads her grandmothers old diaries and realizes that she must fight for her love. But could this cause her to lose everyone else in her life?
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - February 5th
On the Come Up is so close I can taste it! I have been anticipating this book since Angie Thomas had first spoken about it. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was one of my favourite books of that year and I can’t wait to get more of her writing.
This book follows sixteen-year-old Bri who is destined to be the greatest rapper of all-time; if she could make it out of her neighbourhood one day. Her dad was an underground rapper who died before he made it big, her mother has unexpectedly lost her job and bills have started to pile up. With homelessness becoming a potential reality, there is no other option than for Bri to make it. On the Come Up is described as a story of fighting for your dreams; being true to you, not what people expect of you; and the frightful realities of poor, working-class Black families.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James - February 5th
I first found out about this book because the Vancouver Writer’s Fest was hosting an event with the author in February, and I was intrigued because he had described it as an African Game of Thrones. (Edit: At the event he clarified that it isn’t really like Game of Thrones, except for there being many characters. This was something he said once in an interview and people latched on to it.)
Black Leopard, Red Wolf follows Tracker who is known for his hunting skills. When tasked to track down a boy who has been missing for three years, he breaks his rule of always working alone and ends up teaming up with a group of unlikely companions that are also searching for the boy. It is when their search leads them through many different places that Tracker starts to ask questions about the boy, the reason he went missing and who is telling the truth.
I’m going to Marlon James’ event in Vancouver on February 17th, so I’m very excited to get my hands on this book and for the interview at the event.
Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni - February 26th
I am a huge fan of Sarah Enni’s podcast, First Draft, so it’s only expected that I am going to check out her YA release that she has been talking about for months.
Tell Me Everything follows Ivy who is a shy artist-type that likes to keep a low profile. Ivy doesn’t do many activities, but she has been taken with an art-sharing app. She’s scared to post her own stuff, but she has started making gifts for the artists that she’s found on the app who have been going through tough times. However, this act of kindness ends up thrusting her into the spotlight and throws her previously quiet life into chaos.
These are all the books that are coming out in the next couple of months that I’m most excited to pick up. If you have any other recommendations for books coming out in January and February, please leave them in the comments below.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!