T5W: Hyped 2019 Releases I Don’t Care About

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is Hyped 2019 Releases You Don’t Care About.

If you dare, now is your time to get shady. 

There are so many 2019 releases I’m looking forward to – I talked about them yesterday – but there are also many I don’t care about. Let’s talk about why!

Two disclaimers first:

  • This list doesn’t include sequels, for obvious reasons.
  • I haven’t read these books. What I say about them could be completely wrong, but I don’t have enough interest in them to see if that’s the case.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte


Why I’m not interested in Four Dead Queens:

  • As I said in my post about covers I don’t like, crowns on covers of YA books are an obvious, overdone symbol that just screams “mediocre, formulaic YA fantasy”. I have read a lot of mediocre, formulaic YA fantasy already. Also, the crowns here look very fake – and all the details reinforce that, giving them a “dead crustaceans” look instead of looking realistic.
  • “Let’s copy Hunger Games and divide our magical world in districts reigns that only care about one thing and have one defining characteristic” was already a tired trope in 2014.
  • Snow Like Ashes already did this and it wasn’t good, why should I want to read something similar?
  • The premise itself doesn’t work. A society in which there’s the “region of scientists” and the “region that cares about agriculture” doesn’t work (and that’s not how people work either), that society would collapse immediately. Everyone needs agriculture and everyone needs technology. Why are they separated? Is this a dystopia masquerading as fantasy mystery?

White Stag by Kara Barbieri


Why I’m not interested in reading White Stag:

  • Everything I’ve read that was traditionally published after being written on wattpad had terrible writing and was all-around low-quality, and I have no reason to think this got the editing those other books really needed.
  • Is this a slave romance? It really sounds like a slave romance. And from the early reviews I already see some trigger warnings for rape and torture. This… doesn’t look good
  • Now, I’m not opposed to reading books that have rape or torture in them – some of my favorite books need similar trigger warnings – but it really has to be worth it/handled well. I just… don’t trust this book to do that
  • Hot goblins? Really?

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus


Why I’m not interested in Two Can Keep a Secret:

  • I think I don’t like mystery as a genre
  • And if there are exceptions, they’re either the weird genre-bending ones or the very gay ones, and this book seems to be neither
  • I haven’t read One Of Us Is Lying but I was spoiled for the plot twist and… I don’t think I’m interested in reading a book by an author who thought that was a good idea

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing


Why I’m not interested in reading The Cerulean:

  • According to early reviews, this is a book following the only straight, monogamous girl in a world in which everyone is a polyamorous lesbian
  • With a “straight girl oppressed by gay people” plotline
  • Also it apparently has evil muslim caricatures
  • If this is really what early reviews say… why did it get published. Why would I want to read that. Why
  • And why did it get such a gorgeous cover?

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith


Why I’m not interested in reading Bloodleaf:

  • Before reading the synopsis and the early reviews, I thought this cover looked interesting
  • After reading the synopsis and the early reviews, the cover is still the only thing about this book that looks interesting
  • Everything else looks so generic it’s painful. It seems just yet another book about a persecuted princess, forbidden magic, and a forbidden m/f romance. The synopsis doesn’t say anything that could make this book stand out, and the early reviews aren’t encouraging either.

What 2019 hyped releases are you not interested in reading? And, if you’ve read any of these and think I’m very wrong, tell me! (After all, what I know about these books comes from a synopsis and reviews of people I don’t follow, so it could be inaccurate.)

11 thoughts on “T5W: Hyped 2019 Releases I Don’t Care About

  1. I don’t care about any of these either! I was mildly interested in White Stag, because thanks to Labyrinth I’m mildly interested in anything to do with goblins. But nothing else about it appeals to me.

    Four Dead Queens sound terrible! It’s like Three Dark Crowns and The Hunger Games had an ugly baby. Why.

    And I agree about mysteries! I only care if they’re weird and genre-bending, or if they’re gorgeously written and really messed up (in a not problematic way)

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    1. “It’s like Three Dark Crowns and The Hunger Games had an ugly baby”
      you’re right. I hadn’t thought of that but you’re right and I love this description

      I haven’t seen Labyrinth, so I’ve always thought of goblins as green, wrinkly creatures (…which would actually make the book a lot more interesting, at least it would be funny? But I think it’s just going to be about a girl and her fae boyfriend who we’re totally not going to call fae, because we want to sound new).


    1. I expected it (I tried reading The Jewel in 2015 and gave up immediately, it was the worst kind of hetero fake dystopian) but knowing that something like The Cerulean is going to be published in 2019… yes I’m really disappointed in publishing too

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    1. Four Dead Queens could have been an interesting spin on the “crowns on covers” YA trend, but the execution was terrible.

      And all I’ve heard of White Stag so far hasn’t been good, so I’m definitely going to avoid it! Which is a shame because this time I actually thought the cover looked interesting…


  2. I can’t stop thinking about crustaceans whenever I see those crown books now. 😂

    I’m gonna chime in with everyone and say you’re not missing out on anything with White Stag! The graphic nature of it aside (why the hell is it being released as YA?), it bored me to death and I skim-read the last bit.

    And The Cerulean is just baffling to me. I don’t understand why anyone would think a “hetero people are the oppressed ones in this world” story is something they absolutely need to share with the world??

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    1. I don’t know why stories like The Cerulean get written and published either. I think it’s some misguided attempt to teach straight kids about homophobia, but publishers really should know better.

      I’m definitely not going to try White Stag at this point. I read one of those “previously self-published and rebranded as YA when it’s not” books and I have no interest in repeating the experience.

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