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:
- Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee – 5 stars
- The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie – 3 stars
- The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark – 5 stars
- A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – 5 stars
- The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley – 4 stars
- The Fever King by Victoria Lee – 5 stars
- Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – 4 stars
- Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – 4 stars
- Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee – 5 stars [rtc]
- Wilder Girls by Rory Power – 3 stars
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?