So now that it’s almost 2019 (Happy new year!) I thought it was about time to share my 10 most anticipated YA releases of 2019! They aren’t in order (I couldn’t decide which ones I was the most excited for), but these are the 10 releases that I’m looking the most forward to.
*Disclaimer: Book covers and blurbs are all from the books’ Goodread pages*
1. King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo
I know I’m not the only one that just can’t get enough of the Grisha universe and Leigh Bardugo’s writing, and a book about Nikolai? Count me in!
- Release: January 9, 2019
- Pages: 480
- Publisher: Imprint
“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. ”
2. Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell
I really can’t describe how happy I was when I saw this book was gonna be a thing. I absolutely LOVED Carry On and I never thought that there would be a sequel, and when I saw it I just knew that I HAD to read this book!
- Release: 2019
- Pages: ??
- Publisher: Wednesday Books
There’s unfortunatly no blurb for this book yet, but you can look at the gorgeous cover instead!
3. Enchantée – Gita Trelease
I’ve been wanting to read more historical fiction for quite a while now, and when I first heard about this book I just knew I had to read it! A historical fiction, fantasy YA book set in paris in the 1780’s? Yes please!
- Release: February 5, 2019
- Pages: ??
- Publisher: Flatiron/Macmillan
“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 … ”
4. The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined – Stephanie Hemphill
More historical fiction set in France! This one is a retelling of Joan of Arc’s story and I couldn’t be more excited!
- Release: June 11, 2019
- Pages: 512
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray
“Jehanne was an illiterate peasant, never quite at home among her siblings and peers. Until one day, she hears a voice call to her, telling her she is destined for important things. She begins to understand that she has been called by God, chosen for a higher purpose—to save France.
Through sheer determination and incredible courage, Jehanne becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. She runs away from home, dresses in men’s clothes, and convinces an army that she will lead France to victory.
As a girl in a man’s world, at a time when women truly had no power, Jehanne faced constant threats and violence from the men around her. Despite the impossible odds, Jehanne became a fearless warrior who has inspired generations. “
5. Spin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim
This book is described as a mix between Project Runaway ans Mulan and when I read that I was already sold. Really, it sounds perfect already!
- Release: July 30, 2019
- Pages: 400
- Publisher: Knopf
“Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined. “
6. The Cerulean – Amy Ewing
Not only does this book sound like an amazing adventure, it is also tagged as LGBT+ and I need to read it!
- Release: February 5, 2019
- Pages: 497
- Publisher: HarperTeen
“Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.
But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.”
7. Dark Shores – Danielle L Jensen
This one is a pirate adventure and though we saw quite a few of them in 2016 I actually didn’t read any (and even if I did I still love pirates) so I am very excited for this!
- Release: May 7, 2019
- Pages: ??
- Publisher: Tor Teen
“A PIRATE WITH A WILL OF IRON
Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense, a ship beholden to the Goddess of the Seas. Her people are born of the waves, and they alone know how to cross the impassable oceans between East and West.
A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET
Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his only family, and even they don’t know the secret he’s been hiding since childhood.
A DANGEROUS QUEST
When a power-hungry ruler captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they help him conquer the unknown West, the two are forced into an unlikely–and unwilling– alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice. “
8. Aurora Rising – Jay Kristoff
Finally a Sci-Fi on my list! I’ve been wanting to read more Sci-Fi for quite a while so when I saw this I got so excited! I really hope this will be as amazing as it sounds.
- Release: May 7, 2019
- Pages: 384
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
“The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy. “
9. Descendant of the Crane – Joan He
First of all this cover is just amazing! This is a Chinese-inspired fantasy debut novel, and I am so excited to get a chance to read it in the new year!
- Release: April 2, 2019
- Pages: 400
- Publisher: Albert Whitman Company
“Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.
Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high? “
10. We Hunt the Flame – Hafsaf Faizal
This is another book I knew I just had to read after i heard about it. The world in this novel is inspired by ancient Arabia!! I seriously can’t wait for this!
- Release: May 14, 2019
- Pages: 480
- Publisher: Straus and Giroux
“Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine. “