My Most Awaited Books of 2019: First part: Winter

Hi dear friends,

It seems to be that time of the year with posts popping here and there on the feed recommending books to read in 2019.

I was feeling lonely and all alone in my corner so I decided to join the fun and began writing my list of all the books that I plan to buy in 2019, only ….

My list is BIG!

So big that:

-writing only one post with that list will be too long;

I already know that I have to find a side job or sell my jewels or a kidney because my wallet will protest vigorously! I already hear its cries of agony…

 

So far I haven’t sold a kidney yet but I have decided to post my list in three parts.

The first part being about all the books released this winter that I want to buy and read. The second part will go until June included (spring). The last part will be about the second half of the year.

 

Now time to take a look at what I am waiting with great expectation this winter (book released from January until March included)

 

Young Adults first

Two can keep a secret by Karen McManus (January 8th 2019) (Mystery)

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

 

The Wicked King by Holly Black (January 8th 2019) (My MOST awaited for 2019!)

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

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 worl

 

Slayer by Kiersten White (January 8th 2019) (badass heroine!)

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

 

A Curse so dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (January 29th 2019) (Retelling of Beauty and the Beast)

In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

 

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian ( February 5th 2019) (Sequel of Ash Princess)

The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that was “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” ( Bustle ), Lady Smoke is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

A darkly enchanting page-turner you won’t be able to put down.” –-Bustle on Ash Princess, Book 1 in the Ash Princess series

 

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (February 5th 2019) (Author of The Hate U Give)

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

 

Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre (February 19th 2019) (Sequel of Honor Among Thieves and …a little gem!)

Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives. Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But with two wounded Leviathan to treat, plus human and non-human refugees to help, they’ll have to settle for the nearest outpost, called the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. Zara’s skills from the Zone may be invaluable. However, Zara discovers that the secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction. Soon Zara will have to make a choice: stand against the ultimate evil or run from it. But she’s never walked away from a fight.

Honor Bound is the second installment in Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre’s thrilling and fresh space saga.

 

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (February 26th 2019) (Because I love Jeff’s books! Author of The Serpent King.)

A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

 

Adult or NA Contemporary

Raw Rebirth by Belle Aurora (January 2nd) (Sequel of Raw and awaited for 5 years!!!!)

It had been six years since my world was turned upside down.
He exposed me to the darker side of life and I could never go back to the person I was.
I had been through more things the average person couldn’t even relate to.

If I had the chance to go back and do things differently though?
Not a chance.

I’d pick him a thousand times. A million times. For eternity.

I guess not much has changed.

My name is Alexa Ballentine, and I am still in love with my stalker.

 

The Last letter by Rebecca Yarros (February 26th 2019)(Because Rebecca always write fantastic stories)

Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan

 

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon (February 1st 2019) (Because Amy Harmon stole my heart FOREVER!)

In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?

 

Now it’s your turn: do we have some books in common? What are your most awaited books for 2019’s winter?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sophie

 

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41 Replies to “My Most Awaited Books of 2019: First part: Winter”

  1. Eek! I didn’t know Honor Bound was coming out. I know what I’m asking for my birthday!

  2. The last book seems to be interesting..Thanks !!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      You are most welcome!

  3. Oh, well, hello there new Karen McManus book! <3

    My most awaited book is called The Au Pair. Can't remember who actually wrote it, and i'm too lazy to look it up, but it's coming soon 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha Au Pair, duly noted Norrie 😉

  4. Slayer was so good! And I’m really curious about Two Can Keep A Secret. I haven’t read any of her other books, but I see a massive flurry of positive reviews each time one comes out 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh you were lucky to get the ARC JJ!

  5. I can’t wait for Two Can Keep A Secret since I’m a sucker for mystery and thriller <3 So many of these titles are on my list too and I'm anticipating them with all my heart 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Two Can Keep a Secret was grand Fanna!

  6. I’m pretty excited for Wicked King, A curse so Dark and Lonely, and Two Can Keep A secret! I haven’t read Ash Princess yet but I’m hoping to read it soon.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh Raven we are book twins again :-))))

  7. I am excited for On the Come Up, and Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, too! ✨

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh these two authors write fantastic contemporary YA!

  8. I haven’t written my most anticipated books post yet but when I do, we will practically be twins because I’m excited for all of these books too, lol.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      hahaha we should buddy read one day Suzanne 😉

  9. I heard really good things about Two Can Keep a Secret. I hope all these exceed your expectations!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Alicia me too!!!

  10. I want to try Slayer, and oh, thank you so much, you reminded me of Honor Bound! I loved the first book! I didn’t know the sequel would be coming up so soon.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes yes already before spring!!! And I can’t wait Mogsy 😉

  11. I just posted a list of THIRTY ebooks I want…so far! Geez, I’m really hoping to score a bunch of ARCs because Rob might divorce me when he sees all those Amazon charges…! LOL!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Bwahahaha yes i’ve seen your list Trisy!!! And no Rob will stick with you because you take good care of him don’t worry. Plus books help us go through hard periods of our life it’s like personal medication 😉

  12. Two Can Keep a Secret and the new Zentner book are high on my list. Both authors have delighted me in the past, and I am excited to see what they have in store for me.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Me too Sam!!!!

  13. At least half of these are on my wish list and this is only your first post! It looks this is going to be another great year in books:) And I have got to go check out The Last Letter. That one sounds so me!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Really Laura??? You the fan of horror and crime? LOL Well I’ll be waitign to read all your reviews and take notes then LOL

  14. The Wicked King is one of my most anticipated books!!! 4 more days!!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes I know!!!!!

  15. AHHHHH, so many of these are on my list as well. Especially your YA category. I promise you I am not making grabby hands at these covers/books. That’d be totally weird. (Spoilers: I AM making weird grabby hands. It’s fine.)

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha and I see that you are holding in your hands another of my favorite books in 2018: Queen of Air and Darkness Jessica 😉

  16. Raw:Rebirth! Yeèeees, cannot wait to dive in! I bought it but have arcs to read first….which makes me sad!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha Caro I know the feeling! You know its there but can’t touch it yet 😉

  17. Let’s hope you can hold onto that kidney! 🙂 It feels like 90% of the blogging community is waiting for The Wicked King. LOL I have it on hold at the library but I’ll probably end up using an Audible credit and listening to it. I pre-ordered The Last Letter. There was a gift with the pre-order that I couldn’t pass up (a copy of a book co-written with Rebecca Yarros and Jay Crownover. Squeee!) And I’m dying for the new Amy Harmon. Her books slay me.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes I know the Wicked King is so hyped that I am afraid to read it but kind of need to Tanya!

  18. I’m also super excited for Wicked King! Along with it my most awaited are Daisy Jones & The Six and The Dreamers!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      OK now I have to look at these books…hold on a minute while I rush to GR… OK I am back! So drugs, sex and rock n roll right? LOL I hope you won’t be disappointed with these ones!

  19. I’m excited for a lot of the same books! Especially The Wicked King and Two Can Keep a Secret.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I ordered two boxes on the theme of the Wicked King Kayla!!!

  20. SLAYER IS ALMOST HHHEEEEEERRRRREEEE!!!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! LOL

  21. I can already hear your credit card breaking, like shattered glass, Sophie, with all this proposed “buying”! lol! My most awaited books are THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by SA Chakraborty, and THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper. Only two for January! 😉

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha yes my card is breaking right now Alexandra! It is good that I have a decent job to support my reading addiction. Now about The Kingdom of Copper…the City of Brass is on my TBR as you know it and my good resolution of 2019 should allow me to read it! I want a nice mix of like 10 to 20% ARC, 45 to 40% new books and 45 to 40% books on my TBR!

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