» The Wicked King by Holly Black (January 8th 2019) «
The Wicked King is definitely one of my most anticipated sequels this year. I loved The Cruel Prince and can’t wait to dive into this world again. Though I must admit that I am slightly afraid what will happen in the book and I am sure that I will die several deaths while reading it. Still, I really crave The Wicked King and this magical world full of nefarious Faerie.
Especially Cardan. I crave Cardan more than anything else. And scouring the web, I know that I am not alone with these kind of feelings.
» The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (January 15th 2019) «
Described as a “darkly glamorous world full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure”, The Gilded Wolves snatched my attention right away. Though I sadly haven’t read anything else by Roshani Chokshi until now, I am seriously hyped to dive into this 1889 version of Paris. I have seen some information about the characters floating around the author’s instagram and you can’t imagine how curious I am to meet them. Also – the cover. It’s so pretty that I would’ve judged this book by its cover alone and bought it just because of it. I’m not even ashamed.
» King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (January 29th 2019) «
I am dying to finally FINALLY get my hands on a book that features my favourite
pirate privateer prince! Ever since I’ve read the Grisha trilogy, I prayed to every deity for a book about Nikolai Lantsov. And now I am getting a duology with King o Scars being the first book. I might have wept a bit when it was announced and as soon as it was up for pre-order, I ordered it. For this one, I had seriously no self-control and I can feel my heartbeat quicken when I think about the fact that I only have to wait 26 more days. That’s not even a month!
» The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (February 26th 2019) «
Everyone who knows me, probably knows that my favourite genre to read is fantasy and that I LOVE dragons. When I read about this huge epic fantasy (honestly, this book is a brick!) that contains dragons, I couldn’t resist and tried to get every information possible about it. Only last year I discovered Samantha Shannon and I fell in love with her writing style – knowing that The Priory of the Orange Tree was her book, I knew that I wanted it even more. Seeing the ARCs floating around the world and then the reaction of the readers only confirmed my wish for reading it.
» Romanov by Nadine Brandes (May 7th 2019) «
First of all – look at that cover. Ever since I got to be a part of the team that revealed it, I can’t stop looking at this absolute beauty. Second – a retelling of Anastasia Romanov’s story? Yes, please! Ever since Nadine revealed her plans to write this story, I am a giddy human being, trying to contain myself. I am lucky enough to be a part of the Romanov ARC world tour and let me tell you – I still want to hold a finished copy in my hand. And I am slightly sad that I have to wait another 4 months to get it but well, the anticipation only gets bigger!
» Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (May 7th 2019) «
What can I say? I am absolute Jay Kristoff trash. I fell in love with his books and writing style over the last year, even though I have to admit that you have to get used to his style. But Kristoff is easily one of my favourite authors. Since I have already read The Illuminae Files by Kristoff and Kaufman, I am pretty sure that their new series starting with Aurora Rising will slay as well. Also, this part of the blurb: “They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.” Excuse me, but I really want to see and a band of misfit heroes trying to save the galaxy.
» We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (May 14th 2019) «
We Hunt the Flame is definitely on the top of my top ten releases this year. The story takes place in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia and there might be an enemies-to-lovers trope (which I adore). I am lucky enough to be part of Hafsah‘s street team and thus I am even more excited to see her book finally hit the shelves this year! I am also so happy to see Hafsah’s delight since this book will be her debut. And I’m sure it will be an amazing one. And again – look at that stunning cover art! I love the minimalistic look of it and could stare t it for hours.
» Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff (May 28th 2019) «
I already told you I am Jay Kristoff trash and I wasn’t kidding. Of his three releases this year – yes, there will be another one! – I am most curious about this one. Dev1at3 (or Deviate, for an easier reading flow) is the sequel to Lifel1k3, which is a somehow apocalyptic retelling of the story of Anastasia Romanov (you can see my preferences, don’t you?). I have to admit that this series is definitely different than all of the other books on this list, but that’s what I like about it and thus I can’t wait to dive into this story once again.
» Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (July 30th 2019) «
I am being shamlessly honest here – before I even knew about the story, I just wanted to have the book because of the cover. But as I discovered what Spin the Dawn is about, I wanted it even more. The main characters disguises herself Mulan-style as a boy to win a competition to become the greatest tailor in the land – a position usually reserved for men. As if this wouldn’t be challenge enough, she must sew three magical dresses in order to win. Do I need to say more? The only thing being left to said is that I wish, July will come soon so that I can finally read this beautiful story.
» Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (September 3rd 2019) «
Last but not least – Darkdawn, the conclusion to the epic Nevernight Chronicle. You can’t imagine how much I want this book right now. As I already said, I love Jay Kristoff’s writing and Nevernight was the first book of him that I read. So, seeing this series come to an end, somehow hurts a bit. But I know that Darkdawn will make a perfect conclusion to the story that unfolded in the first two books. I can only hope that I won’t die of emotions while reading it and that Jay Kristoff won’t break me completely.
Of course there are many more releases coming this year, which I want to read. But I simply had to narrow it down, otherwise this list would have never stopped. What are some of the releases YOU can’t wait for this year?