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
districtsreigns 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.)