2019 is here and we’re full of hope! Maybe not for the world in general (we’re not that optimistic), but the book world is going to be full of some wonderful new additions from some great authors! Below are a few we’re excited about, with links where you can find more information about their release dates.
Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #11)
Available May 7
The first book we reviewed on this blog was a Mercy Thompson book, so of course we’re excited for the latest installment! Mercy has given her word to protect the citizens who live in her territory, but that has come with unexpected consequences. Now, she has to “face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…” Again. We can’t wait to see how this wily coyote gets out of her new predicament.
Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Available April 2
This is a short story collection that according to the blurb “is a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.” Just from that, I’m sold. Take my money, I want this book.
Forever Notorious: Forever Bluegrass #11 by Kathleen Brooks
Available January 31
I have followed the town of Keeneston, Kentucky from Kathleen Brooks’s first Bluegrass series and novel, so I’m understandably excited for the next book. Forever Notorious follows Abigail Mueez (finally!) and the man she hasn’t had time to fall in love with…yet. I can’t wait to escape into this one. If you want to start from the beginning, here’s a link to the book that started it all.
I Wanna be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
Available June 4
This YA novel follows Chloe Pierce, who runs off to audition for a dance conservatory against her mom’s wishes. This reminds me of a cross between a dance movie and a road trip film, so I’m excited for some primo escapism here.
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
Available April 23
While this isn’t my usual read, I sort of have a crush on Melinda Gates and her ability to get things done. The first paragraph of the blurb for this book pretty much sums up exactly why I want to read it: “For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, invest in women.”
Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
Available May 16
The description for Blood Heir is intense. It’s a dark fantasy filled with curses, frozen tundras, and a bad-ass princess. The setting is “a world where the princess is the monster, oppression is blind to skin color, and good and evil exist in shades of gray.” I for one, can’t wait to get sucked into this new world.
Believe in Me by Ella Quinn
Available February 26
I like a lot of variety in my reading list, so a period romance was inevitably going to show up. Ella Quinn’s Worthingtons Series is full of your typical, fun and light-hearted period romance with strong female characters and a stubborn, high-born male love interests. I’m looking forward to escaping from modernity to enjoy this story of love.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Available in May (specific date not yet known)
For some reason, I’ve been really interested in YA novels recently. The description for this book says “For fans of Gilmore Girls” so I’m on board. Apparently, Rosa Santos has been cursed by the sea, so boys with boats are best keeping their hearts away from her. The story description mentions cultural clashes, relationships both familial and romantic, and I’m really excited to see something with Gilmore Girls tones that’s not so monochromatic (white) culturally.
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Available January 29
This one is for the Historical Fiction lovers out there. The Lost Girls of Paris follows Grace Healey, a woman in 1946 Manhattan who finds a briefcase full of photos of women who, she soon learns, were part of a spy network during World War II. As Healey does more research, she learns about the women “whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor, and betrayal.”
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Available March 5
You might remember from my review of Children of Blood and Bone that the first book in the Legacy of Orïsha series ended a bit abruptly. I don’t think that’s a bad thing as long as the sequel picks up where we left off and answers some of the questions I’ve been pondering since that last page. I’m excited to continue following the adventures of Zélie and Amari and curious to see what happens in the aftermath of the first book.