Can you believe it’s almost 2019? I definitely can’t! Despite my unwillingness to believe that the new year is nearly here, I’m very excited that it’s time to trawl the internet to find some epic books to read next year! Without further ado, I present to you, my most anticipated reads of 2019 (in no particular order!)
The Priory of the Orange Tree
I’m a massive fan of the Bone Season. Admittedly, when I first read it I didn’t love it quite as much as I do now, but two things changed all that: The Bone Season audiobook, and the third book in the series, The Song Rising. Thanks especially to The Song Rising, I will read everything that Samantha Shannon publishes, so it’s no surprise that I am hyped for The Priory of the Orange Tree, due for publication in February (it contains dragons, people, dragons)
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
Expected publication: 26th February, Bloomsbury
Again but Better
I’m not the worlds biggest contemporary fan, we all know that, but I’ll readily admit I am a sucker for contemporaries set at university/college. The moment I read the blurb for Again but Better, I knew that this one was a must-read for me.
Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?
Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!
Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.
Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.
Expected publication: 21st May, Wednesday Books
Did someone say France in the late 1700’s with magic? Sign me up! I’ll admit that the cover for Enchantée is what drew me in first, but the synopsis completely sold me. I love fantasy novels set in historical periods, and I love everything French, so put them two together and you have one of my absolute most anticipated releases of 2019.
Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…
When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.
But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…
Expected publication: 5th February, Flatiron/MacMillan
We Rule the Night
Claire Eliza Bartlett
Now, here is something that you probably don’t know about me – I am mildly obsessed with pheonixes (my two favourite characters in Harry Potter were Fawkes and Hedwig). The image on the front of this cover really intruiged me, so I checked it out on Goodreads, and while I was definitley intruiged by the blurb, it was the reviews of the ARCs that convinced me I needed to read this one.
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first
Expected publication: 2nd April, Little Brown
This is another stunning cover, with a blurb that got me within the first line, I mean, “an atmospheric and mystery-laden historical novel set within a magical world where books are not stories but the repository of individual lives.” HELLO. I need this! NOW. I am beyond excited about this book, every time I read the blurb I get very impatient and I need to read this now.
In the tradition of Sarah Waters, Helene Wecker, and Jessie Burton, an atmospheric and mystery-laden historical novel set within a magical world where books are not stories but the repository of individual lives.
Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.
Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.
For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.
But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.
Expected Publication: 10th January, The Borough Press
Joanna Ruth Meyer
I’ve really been into fairytale retellings lately, and although I’ve never read the fairytale that this book is inspired by, I’m incredibly intruiged by it. Could that possibly have soemthing to do with magical books? Uh ha. Yes, very much, indeed.
Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.
In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.
Expected publication: 15th January, Page Street Kids
There are a handful of other books I’m super excited for that don’t have a confirmed release date, but when they do, I’ll be sure to update you!
What are your most anticipated reads of 2019?