Bookish Ramblings: Most Anticipated Reads of 2019

As 2018 draws ever nearer to a close I have been considering which books I’m looking forward to most in 2019, most of these are series continuations because I have been totally out of the loop with where some of my Indie favs are at with their new projects – I know the ever wonderful Jo Michaels is working on a new series though so that is a big yay! I should add that The Gilded Wolves would have been on my list but I was lucky enough to grab an Arc from Netgalley earlier in the year – It’s a heist combined with historical fantasy and was a total 5* 🙂

Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

One of the stand out reads for me of 2018 was State of Sorrow, and after that heart wrenching ending I’m more than ready to step back into Sorrow’s world and discover how things have changed since the revelations.  I have to admit again that I find the cover pretty uninspiring, but hey. It also looks to be only available in paperback in the UK (the hardback I have of State was a fairyloot exclusive) so my copies wont match – Wah.

Sorrow Ventaxis has won the election, and in the process lost everything…
Governing under the sinister control of Vespus Corrigan, and isolated from her friends, Sorrow must to find a way to free herself from his web and save her people. But Vespus has no plans to let her go, and he isn’t the only enemy Sorrow faces as the curse of her name threatens to destroy her and everything she’s fought for.

Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

This is the concluding half of Grace and Fury which again topped my 2018 reading list and I’m so relieved that Tracy Banghart has confirmed that this is to be a duology, as don’t think I could be kept hanging for another episode after the way Grace ended. I have the same issue with the Fairyloot exclusive hardcover so I may have to see if the US version is available in that format!

Banished by Asa at the end of Grace and Fury, Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again. Their only hope is to find Nomi’s sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi and Malachi arrive, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina–polite, submissive Serina–is its leader.
Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they’ll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.
Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.
The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart’s unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury.

Subject Zero by M.A. Phipps

Yes, this was on my 2018 anticipated reads list but M.A Phipps has been hard at work on other projects this year but I’m reliably informed that we’ll get the conclusion to Wynter’s story in 2019! Type X took Wynter full circle and Dr Richter proved himself to be on a whole new level of evil genius. We’ve had a bit of insight in the interim by way of the Richter Files (a newsletter subscriber exclusive) to keep our appetites whetted, but I’m so ready for the conclusion. Plus it totally feeds in to my want to get more dystopia read next year.  There isn’t a blurb as yet but this cover is amazing and will look so pretty with the others!

Betrayal (Love Lies and Hocus Pocus #5) by Lydia Sherrer

This is a series which I utterly adore, cozy fantasy at its finest! Whilst it’s been a while since the last full length novel, the novella Cat Magic, was out this year which I loved and whilst not a must read before betrayal, it certainly gives extra insight and a story just about Sir Kipling was always going to be a winner.  I have to admit that I have had the enormous privilege of having a bit of a sneak peek of Betrayal and lovers of the series will not be disappointed! We don’t have long to wait either as it’s scheduled for a February release, but there’s still plenty of time to get into this fabulous series and you can find book one here – enjoy! Also how amazing is this cover!

Finale by Stephanie Garber

The concluding part of the Caraval trilogy will be out in May, I know this series has been pretty divisive but I love it and it’s a sumptuous world to get lost in. This cover is gorgeous and i’m really hopeful that this will have the same hidden covers as the first two. Also Fairyloot have just announced they are starting special edition boxes (about 2 days after revealing this cover) and given that Caraval featured in a 2017 box i’m really hoping that their first box will be for Finale!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.
It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.
Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.
Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

So I feel a little bit of a fraud adding this one to the list but book one Children of Time is currently at the top of my Kindle tbr pile and I have heard so many amazing things about that book that i’m pretty certain that i’ll be desperate to read book 2 as soon as it’s out in May!  The blurb sounds utterly amazing – apocalypse on a terraformed planet, what could suit me better!

The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet.
Long ago, Earth’s terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and made an unexpected discovery: a planet with life. But the scientists were unaware that the alien ecosystem was more developed than the primitive life forms originally discovered.
Now, thousands of years later, the Portiids and their humans have sent an exploration vessel following fragmentary radio signals. They discover a system in crisis, warring factions trying to recover from an apocalyptic catastrophe arising from what the early terraformers awoke all those years before.

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan

My name is Gaynor and I’m obsessed with YA Heist Books. But oh my they are always so good and this one sounds amazing – I mean just READ THIS BLURB – early arc reviewers are raving about it and I was gutted that it wasn’t available on Netgalley when I found out about this, but at least I can grab it in a few weeks when it’s due for release!

A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.
The city has always been. The city must finally end.
When three thieves – an orphan, a ghoul, and a cursed man – are betrayed by the master of the thieves guild, their quest for revenge uncovers dark truths about their city and exposes a dangerous conspiracy, the seeds of which were sown long before they were born. Cari is a drifter whose past and future are darker than she can know.
Rat is a Ghoul, whose people haunt the city’s underworld.
Spar is a Stone Man, subject to a terrible disease that is slowly petrifying his flesh.
Chance has brought them together, but their friendship could be all that stands in the way of total armageddon

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Rising was a surprising read for me, it was very much geared towards a younger YA audience but I found it to be really quite compelling and whilst Rebecca Ross did struggle at times to keep the content on a level with that age. It was a great plot with a strong feminist stand point which I think is incredibly important for younger readers, when there are a sea of books out there where getting into toxic relationships seem all girls are capable of. The Queens Resistance seems to follow on directly from the closing stages which means it’s going to be an exciting start!

Finally, Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is settling into her role as the daughter of Davin MacQuinn, a disgraced lord who returned to Maevana to reclaim his house. Though she’d just survived a revolution, one that will finally return a queen to the throne, she faces another difficult challenge. She must prove herself trustworthy to the MacQuinns. But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s house as well as her country. And then there’s Cartier, a wholly separate but desirable factor in her new life.
Aodhan Morgane, formerly known as Cartier Évariste, is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia as a master of knowledge and his current one as the lord of a fallen house. During his castle’s restoration, he discovers a ten-year-old boy named Tomas, whose past and parentage are a complete mystery. So when Cartier’s former pupil Brienna is as taken with Tomas as he is, he lets his mind wander—what if he doesn’t have to raise him or his house alone?
As the Lannon trial rapidly approaches, Brienna and Cartier must put their feelings aside to concentrate on forging alliances, executing justice, and ensuring that no one interferes with the queen’s coronation. But resistance is rumbling among the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces. And nothing makes a person more vulnerable than deep-seated love.

Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff

Lifelik3 was a breath of fresh (albeit dystopian) air, it was the first Jay Kristoff book I had read and I liked the snappy writing style and the world building was amazing. I have to say I did find bits of it a little tropey but hey tropes exist for a reason! What really sold book 2 for me though was the fact that the focus appears to be on Lemon rather than Eve this time. Miss Lemon Fresh was one of the most stand out characters for me and I’m certainly excited to learn more of her story!

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.
Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.
And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.

Other books that I’m looking forward to is the continuation of Bethany Adam’s Return of the Elves series, King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (although my non enjoyment of Ruin and Rising has reduced my excitement somewhat) and I’m also going to throw in Evermore by Sara Holland because although it comes out on New Years Eve I wont get to it until 2019!  In a cross my fingers and hope moment I am also ridiculously excited that Christina L Rozelle is writing a Treemakers prequel called The Keymakers, it’s currently due for release early 2020 but you never know! I’m also wondering when the next Skyward book will be released……

Tell me which books you are looking forward to most next year!

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