T10T: Most Anticipated Releases For the Second Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019.

When I wrote my “most anticipated list” at the beginning of this year, I decided to make it from January to August, because those were the books whose covers had been revealed. This time, I’m not making it month for month, just ten books that come out between July and December I really want to read.

First, An Update

Of my “most anticipated books for the first half of the year” I’ve read ten so far. Considering that six of them aren’t out yet, I think ten out of 24 isn’t a bad ratio.

The ones I read are:

Half of them are five stars, there are no one or two stars, and only two three stars! I think that 2019 is the first year I’ve actually written a “most anticipated” list that is working.

My Most Anticipated Books (July-December 2019)

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


I’ve had an ARC of this one since… February, I think? And I still haven’t read it, which is probably a mistake on my part, since this sounds unlike everything I’ve ever read before. There aren’t many adult fantasy novels based on Mayan mythology out there, much less ownvoices one,  and I really liked Certain Dark Things by this author, so this should be a priority for me even if it weren’t for the ARC.

The House of Sundering Flames by Aliette de Bodard


This is the third – and, I think, final – book in the Dominion of the Fallen series, one of my favorite fantasy series and probably the most underrated of them (if you like historical fantasy or paranormal fantasy, especially if diverse, you should try this). Some of my favorite characters will have PoVs in this one!

Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé


The author of one of my favorite books, The Dark Beneath the Ice, has another horror novel coming out this August, and… it looks amazing. I don’t know if it will resonate with me the way her debut did (and I’ve heard this one has an m/f romance instead of f/f, so), but I can’t look away from this cover already.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir


see the flying, screaming skull on the cover? that’s me
[I was going to write something else, but honestly, do I need to?]

Crier’s War by Nina Varela


F/F enemies-to-lovers in a YA fantasy book with dystopian elements! The “dystopian elements” part is worrying me because I’m not the biggest fan, but I’m hearing only good things so far and I’m really optimistic.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


I don’t know what this is about.
I don’t need to.

A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig


I don’t know why almost no one ever talks about this series – it’s amazing, the covers are so pretty, and the inside is just as good (at least, it was for the first book and I hope it’s true for the second one too). It’s just… how many mixed media YA fantasy series do you know, and how many of them have a compelling storyline featuring queer mentally ill protagonists of color? I loved the first book, and there is a small element that is worrying me about this one [can’t say without spoilers], but I hope everything goes great.

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden


Another of my favorite authors! This should be a story about biological ships, which is already a weird concept, but knowing Nicky Drayden, she’ll make it a hundred times weirder than I can even imagine. I have an ARC and I can’t wait to get to it. Also, 2019 is gifting us such pretty covers.

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan


My favorite girls! I’m worried because second books are never kind to their protagonists and their romances and the first book was already so… dark and upsetting. However, I can’t wait to be back with the warrior lesbians fighting against tyrannical demons in this Malaysian-inspired world.

The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore


The F/F sequel to The Perfect Assassin, which is also following assassins in the desert, and what can I say other that I can’t wait to be back in Ghadid and that I’m in love with this cover?

What are your most anticipated books? What do you think of these?


T10T: Most Anticipated Releases of 2019 (January-August)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019.

I’m not going to stop myself with the first half! I’m going to make a list about my most anticipated releases from January to August, because those are the covers that have been revealed.

This list isn’t going to include sequels: I already wrote a whole post about my most anticipated sequels for 2019.


Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee – this is the only time a middle grade has ever been on one of my most anticipated list, and that’s because Yoon Ha Lee is my favorite author and of course I’m going to read this Korean-inspired space opera involving fox spirits.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – Roshani Chokshi is writing a diverse fantasy that vaguely reminds people of Six of Crows! Chokshi’s writing is amazing and I’m sure I’m going to love this just as much as I loved her Star-Touched Queen duology. Also, this is set in historical France?

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – my favorite YA fantasy world is coming back in 2019! There were no Leigh Bardugo new releases in 2018 and it wasn’t a great year for high fantasy, I’m so glad this is coming back – even though it’s going to be an adult book. I have no idea what will happen and I can’t wait.


The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie – a new book from the author of Ancillary Justice! This time it’s fantasy, which is going to be interesting – so far, all I’ve read by Ann Leckie was (very good) science fiction. And I think the hero is trans? (So I’ve heard.) The cover also looks very unique to me.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I don’t know much about this apart from the fact that the author’s writing is amazing (I read her short stories in All Out and Toil & Trouble and really liked them) and that it’s going to be an f/f book involving fictional schools and spies. I don’t need to know more.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark – another novella from the author of The Black God’s Drums! This sounds great – is it really going to be about a tram car that is being haunted? – and I’ve heard it’s set in the same universe as the short story A Dead Djinn In Cairo, which I loved.


A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – I love Tor, and they approved me when I requested the ARC! This is possibly my most anticipated adult novel release after King of Scars, and I have it. It seems to be my favorite kind of sci-fi, the Ancillary Justice kind, and I’m sure it’s going to be good.

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley – the author of The Stars Are Legion is back with another complex, weird military sci-fi novel! I can’t wait. I hope it’s just as unique and fascinating as her previous book.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee – I’ve heard this is gay and morally complex and that’s honestly all I need to know, I’m going to read this for sure. Also, that cover looks… ominous? I love purple.


The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman – messy queer teens, a vaguely Raven Cycle-like aesthetic, seems to hint at creepy forests. One of my most anticipated releases of the year for sure.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – with a cover like that, it has to be good, right? When it was first revealed, I couldn’t look away, and the situation isn’t that different now. Also, court intrigue and complex family dynamics in historical fantasy China? Sign me up.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – listen, I was waiting for this since it was just “the damn cleric book” and now I have an eARC and I have to keep myself from reading it because the release date it’s too far away but !!! my most anticipated YA release of the year is here!


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – after The Poet X, I will read everything Elizabeth Acevedo writes.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – I don’t love the illustrations on this cover but I don’t care, this is going to be gay and witchy and maybe have some kind of f/f/f love triangle? I hope so, at least.

Somewhere We Only Know by Maurene Goo – I think this is the only true contemporary romance on the list? That’s because Maurene Goo knows how to write them, The Way You Make Me Feel is one of the best contemporary books I’ve ever read.


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – another fantasy book from the author of An Enchantment of Ravens! Is this going to be fun and atmospheric and pretty as Rogerson’s debut? I really hope so.

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone – weird adventures in space? I don’t really get what this is because it’s being compared to things I don’t know, but it sounds really interesting and I’ve heard it’s going to be gay? I hope so.

Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee – my most anticipated book for 2019! No one is surprised, and I have already read some of the stories here, but still, I can’t wait. This is going to be great.


Wilder Girls by Rory Power – I don’t know why, but this cover gives me Annihilation vibes and so does the premise. And it’s about gay girls! I love creepy f/f and 2019 is bringing more of it. Yes.

The Ascent to Godhood by JY Yang – I know. This is a sequel, but I forgot about it in my post about sequels, and so it’s here. I think this is also my favorite cover in the series, I can’t look away. I know, I didn’t love the third book as much as I hoped I would, but this one? It could be so good. I hope it is.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – 2019 is such a good year for YA fantasy covers. This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The fabric, the dynamism, the wings! I can’t wait to read this, it’s apparently about a magical tailor. Also, it’s Chinese-inspired – I’m so glad there are so many diverse YA fantasy debuts coming out this year.


Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé – this looks so creepy already. This is probably the first time a horror book ended up on my most anticipated list, but this is by Amelinda Bérubé, the author of The Dark Beneath the Ice, the best horror book I’ve ever read and one of my favorites of 2018. Of course I want to read this.

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden – This cover looks so pretty and whimsical and weird and I’m sure the inside is going to be like that too. Anyway, Nicky Drayden writes the best weird sci-fantasy and she should get more recognition for it.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – first, this cover is amazing. Second, Mayan gods in Mexico in the 1920s? Yes. I want all the non-western historical fantasy. I hope I end up liking this as much as I liked Certain Dark Things.

And, Since I Can’t Stop Myself

Listen. This cover was revealed yesterday.


I know, this comes out in September, so it makes no sense to put it on this list, but: the gay necromancers in space book finally got a cover, and it’s amazing (I think it’s everything but pretty, but it works?), and I want to read it right now and now you know Gideon the Ninth exists too, if you didn’t already!

What are your most anticipated releases for 2018?


T5W: Anticipated 2019 Sequels

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is Most Anticipated 2019 Releases.

If you can’t narrow it down, give your selections for only the first half of the year or even just for winter 2019.

I will write a list about my most anticipated new releases for 2019 in January, because there are too many; today I’m only going to talk about sequels.

Sequels of Favorites

Stormsong by C.L. PolkWitchmark is getting an f/f sequel. I can’t. I want this now. I didn’t even love Grace that much in the first book but I want to read this now, I loved Witchmark so much. If you don’t know, Witchmark is a gorgeous m/m mystery fantasy book that is very underrated and you should read it.

The House of Sundering Flames by Aliette de Bodard – this series gets gayer with every book, I love it. I don’t know exactly what this will be about because it’s a companion series and every book follows a different House – I think it’s Harrier this time – but anyway: fallen angels and Vietnamese dragons in post-apocalyptic historical Paris! It’s my most anticipated sequel for 2019, and after reading The House of Binding Thorns, how could it not be.

Ruse by Cindy Pon – one of the best YA sci-fi books I’ve ever read is getting an f/f sequel! I loved Want in 2017. More Lingyi, more Iris, more Daiyu (…I love Daiyu) and also I’ve heard this is set in Shanghai. I love Cindy Pon’s descriptions, she makes me feel as if I were there with the characters.

More Fantasy Sequels

The Wicked King by Holly Black – If you follow this blog, you know I didn’t love The Cruel Prince. I think it was a combination of it having a bully romance, which is something I really don’t like (I can’t believe I forgot to talk about it in my anti-buzzwords post) and the hype ruining it for me. However, I actually think I’m going to like this sequel? There shouldn’t be much bullying anymore and I love evil faeries. I hope.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence – The third and final book in Red Sister‘s series! I loved the first book, liked the second and now the third is coming and I can’t wait. Also, I love this cover (I hate the other one and I like to pretend it doesn’t exist). I’m afraid it will have a forced m/f romance in it and also disappoint me because that’s what third books tend to do, but I try not to expect the worst.

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – more political intrigue in Daevabad! After the ending of The City of Brass, I need to know more. I don’t know if I will read it soon – probably not, maybe I’ll wait until the third book is closer because these books are so long – but I’m invested now.

Some Miscellaneous Sequels I Also Care About

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – I have rated all books in this series differently. Every Heart a Doorway was a five, Down Among the Sticks and Bones was a two, Beneath the Sugar Sky was a four. Will this follow the trend and be a three? I really hope it won’t be an one.

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – m/f and m/m books I loved in 2017-2018 getting f/f sequels in 2019 is my favorite trend of the year. Anyway, this is a companion sequel to The Wicker King, and I hope it’s just as weird. Who doesn’t want gays in space? I certainly do.

Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly – the first two books destroyed me and I need an ending! One that isn’t hopeless! The first book haunts me, I deserve happiness.

Sequels I’m on the Fence About

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – I really want to know how this series ends because I loved the first book, but the second one was disappointing and I don’t know how I’ll feel about this. Maybe I’ll wait and see what reviews say?

Jade War by Fonda Lee – I love the characters and I want to know more about this world but this is going to be even more stressful, the mafia similarities will continue to make me uncomfortable, and I didn’t even like Jade City‘s ending. I don’t know. I’ll probably try it and see how it goes.

Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn MarshReign of the Fallen was a good book whose writing I didn’t love. I don’t know if I want to read the sequel, but I want to support f/f fantasy, so maybe I will.

What are your most anticipated sequels for 2019?