Wow! 2018 has been a wild year in reading for me. I’ve ventured into genres I’ve never read before and came out with a completely new perspective on storytelling. I can only hope that 2019 is going to be just as good as this year was and judging by some of the books I have to look forward to this year, I’m betting it will be!
So, without further ado, which books are on the top of my 2019 TBR List?
The Wicked King by Holly Black
I. Am. LIVING. For. This. Book! I’ve been scouting the ARC reviews from my Goodreads friends who were lucky enough to score an ARC copy and I absolutely CANNOT wait to get my hands on this book! After that back stabber of a cliffhanger Black left us with at the end of The Cruel Prince, I haven’t been the same. I’ve been patiently (lol) waiting for this book and I cannot wait to finally continue on this adventure with Jude.
The Wicked King is the second book in the Folk of the Air Series and if it’s anything like The Cruel Prince, I know I’m sure to love it. Even the overview has me drooling!
If you haven’t read The Cruel Prince yet, you’re missing out on a great series! I’ll be posting my review soon so don’t miss it! Add The Wicked King to your TBR list because this is one series continuation you’re not going to want to miss!
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After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
I LOVE S.A. Chakraborty and, though I haven’t even started reading this series yet, I’m so far beyond excited that another book is coming out. My GR Friends have been raving about The City of Brass all year long and there’s nothing that obliterates me more than starting a book in a series and having to wait an entire year for another update. So, I’m actually kinda glad I procrastinated on this series so much.
I’ve fallen in love with every book I’ve read by S.A. Chakraborty because her writing style makes her characters and the world they’re living in come to life right in front of me. She’s the kind of author I know I’m going to get a good read from 100% of the time, without fail.
Not to mention, the cover of this book is so beautiful! It’s going to be a great addition to my shelves~ (right along with City of Brass once I finally get off of my butt and go pick it up.)
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Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe..
Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone was the most unexpected, most shockingly amazing rendition of the Nigerian mythology tale of Orisha. I did my research on Orisha before cracking into this series because I didn’t want to be going in blind, knowing nothing about Nigerian mythology (why is that?) and I didn’t know how much I needed a story like this until Children of Blood and Bone came along. I loved that book so much and the audiobook version was so great to listen to in the car on my commutes. It was truly a debut novel to behold and I was keeping my eyes and ears open for the release of Adeyemi’s next novel.
And alas! We have Children of Virtue and Vengeance coming to us in 2019. I’m so excited to get my hands on this continuation of the Legacy of Orïsha series, especially after the way Children of Blood and Bone ended. Adeyemi, you really couldn’t write this one fast enough!
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After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.
Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.
With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Earlier this year I read my first book by Roshani Chokshi, Aru Shah and the End of Time, which is a middle grade book about magic, wild immaginations, and believing in the impossible. It was a book that defied my expectations and was enjoyable to read, which surprised me because I’m usually pretty averse to the middle grade genre.
Chokshi’s new novel, The Gilded Wolves, follows the story of Séverin Montagnet-Alarie, a treasure hunter, as he goes on a quest with a band of unlikely friends to recover an item of great importance to him: his true inheritance. Together, they all search through Paris trying to find the artifact while running from an unknown protagonistic force.
Just reading the synopsis, I’m getting strong Shadowhunter meets Atlantis (yep, the Disney show) meets Sherlock Holmes and if that’s really what this book turns out to be I’m positive I won’t be disappointed.
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Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.
Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I’M SO HYPED FOR THIS BOOK YESSSSSSS! I nearly spewed up my tea and fell over dead when this book was announced. Six of Crows is one of my favorite YA Series of all time so naturally I’ve been
stalking following Leigh Bardugo on twitter waiting for a continuation or spinoff to be announced and FINALLY MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!
I’ve been buying candles and bookmarks and mugs in prep for this book (no shame) so I can be surrounded by all of my favorite Grishaverse sounds and smells and tastes when I read this and everytime I think about it a HIGH PITCHED SQUEAL springs out of my mouth I’M REALLY SO HYPED FOR THIS BOOK.
And Nina’s story is continuing! YESSS I’M LIVING FOR THIS! There’s always that one release every year that I’m so hyped over that it dulls everything else in comparison and this year, my friends, this year King of Scars is that book. If you’ve read Six of Crows, nuff said, you probably feel the hype too.
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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
YEEEEESSSSS! I cannot wait for this novel! Bloodwitch is the third (fourth if you want to count the pre-quel, Sightwitch) in the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. I’ve just begun reading the first book in this series and I AM IN LOVE with this world building. It’s unlike any other book I’ve ever read and it’s so well thought out and complete that it feels sooo real. Dennard has truly outdone herself with these novels.
Bloodwitch follows the story of Aeduan, a character from the series that gets a LOT of fan-hype (and for good reason.) I love Aeduan and Iseult so much and I have really high hopes that this novel is going to be mostly about them and I’m going to have lots of shippy feels while reading this book. That’s not too much to ask for, right?
The only down-side is that the release date keeps getting pushed back, so the February 12th date might actually change again. I just hope this doesn’t turn into another George R.R. Martin “I’ll finish it eventually.”
Fans of Susan Dennard’s New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.
High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.
The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.
Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
I would say I’m so hyped for this book but I think that is true of all of the books on this list, so I’ll start by saying EEEEEEEEYYYYY! I CAN’T WAIT. At first, I wasn’t too interested in this book. If I had to decided whether to read this based solely on the synopsis, I’d chuck it in the depths of my “To Be Read Eventually” list and probably never get around to it (just being honest.) However, many of the GR Reviewers who were lucky enough to score an ARC are relating this book’s dark and edgy storybuilding to that of the Grishaverse, in which case, SIGN ME UP!
I absolutely adore the Grishaverse series and any book that can hold up to Bardugo’s writing and be compared to such fantastic writing without sounding like a copy or a rip-off definitely deserves attention.
I’ve never read anything by Emily Duncan, so I have no idea what her writing style is like, but I’m beyond excited to be introduced to a new author with a book that’s already getting such high praise!
ABOUT WICKED SAINTS
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
I know! I know! Shadowhunters, really Jordan? Yes. Shadowhunters. I read The Mortal Instruments in middle school and it was like my escape away from everything that was going on at that time in my life, so despite not really liking the earlier books so much at this point in my life, many of these characters hold a special place in my heart. Magnus and Alec especially. This was the first book I’d ever read that featured gay characters and I felt so happy and represented when I read about them. And now we get a whole book about just Magnus and Alec? Yes.
The Mortal Instruments was one of the first series I read where I was transported into another world and I didn’t want to get out. Fourteen year old me just wanted to talk about Shadowhunters all day.
Not to mention, Clare’s writing has gotten WAAYYY better in recent years. The Infernal Devices series was soooo much better than The Mortal Instruments. I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet, but I hear it’s some of her best work so it’s on my 2019 TBR. I’m not familiar with Wesley Chu, so I’m also excited to be introduced to a new author.
ABOUT THE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.
Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
I love books about mythology. I read a lot of Norse Mythology growing up and my eyes have recently been opened to an entire world of mythological stories that aren’t Greek or Norse in origin. When I heard that Swati Teerdhala was writing a book about Hindu mythology, which I haven’t read much about, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to learn about another culture AND read a kickass YA book at the same time. And not to mention, Teerdhala hinted that there would perhaps be some enemies to lovers vibes going on in this book, which just inches it furthur up my TBR list.
I believe this book is going to be a debut novel, which makes me feel a little unsure about reading it since debut novels with this level of marketing and excitement pre-release, in my experience, are either out-of-this-world fantastic or one of the top 10 disappointments of the year.
Based on the ARC reviews, I can already tell this is probably going to be one of the good ones.
ABOUT TIGER AT MIDNIGHT
Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.
Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and that drive them apart.
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
Awwww yiiiisss! I can’t wait for this Islamic-inspired fantasy novel, complete with a kickass heroine who don’t need no man to save her and fight her battles. This book is going to be packed full of culture and inspiration with everything from the Silk Road to a multitude of languages and chaos, courtesy of Shayateen. And in the midst of the world falling apart, we get Fatima kicking ass and taking names (otherwise known as saving the world.) YESSS GIRL!
The synopsis of this book is overflowing with feminism and finding your true self when you feel like you’re all alone and the entire world is against you. I feel like all of my favorite fantasy novels have come together in this one and I can’t wait to read Azad’s take on this epic fantasy adventure.
The Candle and the Flame is also another debut novel that made it on my Most Anticipated list! And would you just look at that gorgeous cover! Not gonna lie, even if I didn’t want to read this book, I’d probably buy it anyway just to put it on my selves.
This book is about many things but it is mostly about women being women in the most fantastic ways possible.Nafiza Azad
ABOUT THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.
But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.
Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.
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