Most Anticipated Summer 2019 Releases
Summer tends to be the season where us bookish people reader a majority of our books. Many of us are on summer vacations (I won’t be, sadly) and we take the opportunity to take our books outside to parks, beaches and pool sides.
With a new season comes a new set of intriguing book releases! The following are some of the ones that I’m most excited to get my hands on this summer.
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan, Robin Wasserman and Kelly Link - June 4th
Ghosts of the Shadow Market is a collection of novellas from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles. Eight novellas have already been released as e-books, and there are two that are being published for the first time in the bind up.
We follow a Silent Brother named Brother Zachariah and his encounters in the Shadow Market. Because the novellas take place at so many different points during the timeline of the Shadowhunter Chronicles, there is not much else I would be able to say without getting spoiler-y. I’ve already picked up my copy, and I’m excited to dive into those final two novellas.
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian - June 4th
Like a Love Story takes place in New York City in 1989 during the AIDS epidemic. We follow three teens, Reza, Judy and Art, whose lives are about to change.
Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his family. He’s terrified that people will find out that he’s gay, but is having trouble acknowledging this truth because all he has seen of gay life is people dying of AIDS in the news.
Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who admires her uncle, Stephan. Stephan is a gay man with AIDS who devotes his life to activism and is a member of ACT UP. She meets Reza, and they start dating.
Judy’s best friend, Art, is a proud, out teen who defies what his conservative parents wish for him to be. He’s a photographer and begins to document the AIDS crisis through his photographs.
Reza and Art start to grow closer, and Reza starts to worry about the decisions that he has to make from here. Not only does he not want to break Judy’s heart, but he also doesn’t want to ruin one of the most meaningful friendships that he’s had.
I’m always intrigued by books with multiple perspectives, and I’m curious to see how Abdi Nazemian weaves the perspectives together. This book is already out, so I’m hoping to get my hands on a copy soon.
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho - June 25th
Wicked Fox follows Gu Miyoung, an eighteen-year-old with a secret. She’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox that devours the energy of men to survive. Luckily, modern cities like Seoul are large enough that people don’t notice a few bad men go missing.
One night, she saves a young boy, Jihoon, from a goblin attack, breaking the rules and losing her fox bead, her gumiho soul, in the process. Jihoon and Miyoung are drawn to each other, but when a shaman tried to reunite Miyoung with her bead, it forces her to make a decision that could cost Jihoon his life.
What originally got me excited about this book is that it’s a contemporary fantasy that’s based on Korean mythology and I’ve read good things from earlier readers, so I’m excited for this book to release at the end of the month.
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim - July 9th
Spin the Dawn follows a girl named Maia Tamarin, who dreams of becoming the greatest tailor but, as a girl, can only hope to marry well. When her ailing father is summoned to the palace for his tailoring skills, Maia poses as a boy to take his place to achieve her dream while saving her family from ruin. However, it turns out that eleven other tailors are competing for the job.
This book is described as Project Runway meets Mulan, which sounds like an interesting combination, and I’m excited to see how this is executed in Spin the Dawn.
Maybe This Time by Kasie West - July 9th
Maybe This Time follows an aspiring design student named Sophie, who can be found at pretty much any big local event; because she works at the local florist. She can be found doing everything from arranging bouquets to helping calm family drama. Then she meets Andrew, who is the son of the new chef in town and also has to attend all the same events Sophie does. He’s arrogant, entitled and always finding a way to make Sophie’s life more complicated. But maybe complicated isn’t so bad?
This book sounds like a fun rom-com contemporary, something you would throw in your bag to read at the beach. Because I’m so far behind on my Goodreads goal for the year, I’m looking for quick, fun books and I think Maybe This Time will be a good fit.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig - August 6th
House of Salt and Sorrows follows Annaleigh, whose lives in a manor by the sea with her father, her stepmother and sisters. Annaleigh and her sisters are cursed—once there were twelve and now four of them have died. Annaleigh becomes suspicious that these death were not accidents. When she gets involved with a stranger, she races to uncover the mystery about her family before it consumes her too.
This book sounds spooky and thrilling, so I’m interested to see how this story will play out once this book is released.
Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst - August 13th
Of Ice and Shadows is the sequel to Of Fire and Stars, which is a book that I have been meaning to pick up. Because I haven’t read Of Fire and Stars, I don’t want to look at the synopsis for the sequel, but I’m hoping to pick them both up later this summer or fall because I’ve only heard good things.
Of Fire and Stars follows Princess Denna, who is betrothed to the prince of a neighbouring kingdom to form an alliance, and protect her people. But she has a few problems. Not only does she have magic when she’s about to be Queen of a country where magic is forbidden, but she must learn how to ride a warhorse and her teacher is her betrothed’s sister, Mare. Denna and Mare begin to grow closer, and their relationship starts to blossom into something more than friendship, but acting on their feelings could ruin the kingdoms.
That’s all for my anticipated summer releases. What summer release are you most excited to read? Let me know if the comments below.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your date and read something awesome!