Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great beginning of 2019 and is ready for the absolute blessing that this year is going to be, publishing-wise. I don’t know if I’m just more aware of how many great diverse books are coming out this year or if it’s really a huge step forward compared to 2018, but I feel like even if I decided to quit everything and stay home all day every day for the whole year I would still end up behind on all these books that are coming out (not to mention I’m still behind on my 2018 most anticipated releases…RIP).
This is also the perfect time for a Most Anticipated post. As always I know I’m not going to read everything right away because I won’t have enough time (and also I’m a mood reader), but I’ve highlighted in bold the books I’m most most most anticipating and that I hope to get to as soon as they come out.
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole – I’ve preordered this spin-off novella before even reading any book in this series. But seriously, this is a f/f romance about two Black women, and with that cover?? Phew, I’m in love. And after reading book one in this series I’m even more curious, because I loved Likotsi and I want her to be happy. Also, I’m seriously in love with the title, I don’t know why!
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I still haven’t read anything by the author, but this sounds too got not to be excited about it. A gang of six queer nerds with one impossible heist? I don’t know if anything has ever sounded more appealing ever, honestly. I doubt I’ll manage to get to it right away but that’s only because January will be one hell of a month and I prefer to read fantasy when I can truly enjoy it and binge it in as little time as possible, and I really want to read this in the best conditions for myself.
Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh – I’m a little conflicted about this because while I liked the first book, it didn’t really stay with me, although I do remember enough about it that I think I could read this sequel without a reread. It’s just not going to be a priority for me right now but I’ll stalk everyone’s thoughts once more reviews start to pop up on GR and blogs.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – okay, if I had to make a post about THE most anticipated release for the whole year, this would be it. I know I’m not the only one, but I will literally plan my whole week around this release and try to finish it the day it comes out.
The Severed Moon by Leigh Bardugo – a year-long journal by one of my favorite authors, with quotes and prompts from the Grishaverse? I never knew this is what I needed, but it’s what I needed. I hadn’t realized that this comes out the same day as KoS, but I’m going to look into preordering it as well.
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas – it’s by Angie Thomas. That’s it, that’s the reason.
Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau – this is a queer graphic novel that I found out about on twitter a while ago, the art looks so nice and soothing (kind of à la Heartstopper)
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson – I loved the other books by SDH I’ve read so far, so I have high expectations and high hopes for this one.
The Fever King by Victoria Lee – this is the only one of these that I’ve been lucky enough to have read as an ARC! I loved this and the review is coming out sometime closer to the release date. I think this is a very important book and a strong debut. I did have some issues with the writing but I think the story and characters more than make up for it!
The Last 8 by Laura Pohl – I added this for the aro rep and I wish I could read it right now. I’m going to have to be careful though because aliens give me a lot of anxiety (don’t ask) and depending on how big this element is in the story I might not be able to read it at all.
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – this is about academic pressure and apparently it has a mm romance. I expect that I’ll buy or preorder this to keep in my kindle once I have more time and I’m in the mood for it
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – I loved The Wicker King and while this is not a direct sequel, one of the MC is the child of three characters from TWK (they’re in a MMF polyam relationship). Their child becomes friends with a girl whose mom is an astronaut who left for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system and this concept made me so incredibly melancholic the first time I read the blurb (before even reading TWK) that I just had to add the book to my TBR. It is also going to be an f/f romance so like, I don’t know how I could possibly ask for more.
The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore – a fantasy murder mystery with ace and mlm rep, or, as I like to call it, “be gay, undo crime”.
Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett – all I know is that it’s f/f and set in Italy. I’ve avoided books set in Italy by Americans authors in the past because they can go very, very wrong, but I’ll try to read this one. Maybe. Right now I’m excited for it but who knows what can happen in three months’ time.