Can’t Wait 2019: Librarian & Publishing Edition

Abby Hargreaves

 

The Wicked King by Holly Black
The follow-up to The Cruel Prince, if you can believe it, is even better than The Cruel Prince itself. For some unholy reason, the ARC of The Wicked King was released only a couple of months after the first, and Jude’s story as a human in a world of fae really ramps up. It’s left me desperate for the third (The Queen of Nothing, expected in 2020) — or at least other readers to scream about it with. This novel comes out in January and like Jude, I’d probably make some pretty dire deals to get my hands on a copy. Even with a tricksy faerie prince with heaps of baggage. However you get a copy of The Wicked King, prepare yourself for Jude the shadow ruler, betrayals, political intrigue, and the kind of magical sexual/romantic tension only Holly Black is capable of.

 

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
This contemporary YA novel popped up on my radar just recently thanks to a cover reveal on Twitter. I didn’t even need to know what it was about before I chucked it onto my digital TBR. If It Makes You Happy features a fat girl fighting the world, reality food television, and a diner — I’m not sure what else you could want. You’ll find it on shelves in June, just in time for what I expect will be a great summer read.

 

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
I first encountered Goo with The Way You Make Me Feel. I went back and read some of her older stuff and was blown away by the strides she’d made in her work. Somewhere Only We Know is likely to be even better and the premise — a fated romance between a K-pop star and a secret tabloid journalist — sounds like just the kind of thing the world could use. Somewhere Only We Know will be out just in time for summer reading.


Hallie

 

1. For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington-  This middle grade novel features a black girl who was adopted by a white family when she was a baby. I’m excited for middle grade readers to have a story about identity, adoption, and race that so many readers will connect to.

 

2. Heroine by Mindy McGinnis- Opioid addiction is a reality that many teens must confront not only in their own lives but in their families and communities. Mindy McGinnis tackles a topic that so many teens are struggling through and this book will remind them that they’re not alone.

 

3. Better Than the Best Plan by Lauren Morrill- 2019 will bring a new Lauren Morrill book featuring a teen placed into foster care right before senior year. Lauren Morrill always perfectly captures a realistic teen voice and I know she’ll deliver again!

 

4. Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud- I’m a super fan of all things royal–The Princess Diaries, The Royal We, The Christmas Prince! I can’t wait for a new story about a girl with an undercover prince and a royal wedding!

 

5. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale- Small Town Hearts promises a summer romance in a sleepy beach town with a little bit of heartbreak and friend drama along the way. I can’t wait to have a beach read featuring a bi main character



Diana Sousa

There are so many wonderful books coming out next year, it’s hard to choose just a handful! But here are 7 of the books I can’t wait to read in 2019. Ask me again tomorrow so I can give you 7 different ones! 😉

THE FEVER KING, by Victoria Lee
You could have just said this book had a tecnopath in it and it would have gone into my to-read list immediately. But everything else about it places it on top of said list for next year – it has mental health and queer representation, it’s a mixture between fantasy and science-fiction, it has a plot that promises to explore so many important themes and to which I really can’t do justice with just my ramblings… So please check it out!

BLOOD HEIR, by Amélie Wen Zhao
I’ve always had a thing for Anastasia’s story, mostly because of the animated movie (which definitely gave me the wrong idea about her family and what they represented, of course, but anyway). But a dark, fantasy retelling of that? Morally grey characters, twisted villains, and a main character who believes she’s a monster? An illustrated cover as well? Yes, please!

AN AFFAIR OF POISONS, by Addie Thorley
I’ll let you in on a little secret: this was one of the first manuscripts I read as a reader for a literary agent. I already loved it then, so I’m sure I’ll love it even more now that it’s all finished and shiny and Addie has worked so much on it. Historical fantasy will always have a special place in my heart, and you really shouldn’t miss this one. Besides, look at that cover!! (Yes, I do judge books a tiny little bit by their covers… it’s kind of my job).

CROWN OF FEATHERS, by Nicki Pau Preto
Another illustrated cover – oh, am I happy they’re finding their way into YA! This one is a story about sisters, betrayals, warrior queens, and phoenix riders!! How cool does that sound? I don’t need to say more because you’ve already added it to your list, right?

DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE, by Joan He
Alright, you got me, when the cover of this book was revealed I added it to my list just because of it. But the book itself sounds amazing just on its own – I love the concept of magic being forbidden, unwilling royalty, intrigue, plot twists (or so I’ve heard) I’ve read amazing things about this book and April can’t be here soon enough!

ONCE & FUTURE, by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
A genderbent retelling of King Arthur. And it’s set partially in space. Do I need to say any more? What about all the good reviews I’ve read about its gender and lgbtqia+ representation? I’ll forgive you if you’re now opening a new tab to add this to Goodreads, because it’s what you should be doing.

THE DEVOURING GRAY, by Christine Lynn Herman
This sounds so perfectly creepy and atmospheric and mysterious, and I need it. I read a sampler of it and maybe I shouldn’t have because I needed more and I still have to wait four months for it!

Whom do I have to bribe for ARCs of all these amazing books? I have amazing Belgian and/or Swiss chocolate!

P.S.: Honorable mentions to WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal, and A PLACE FOR WOLVES by Kosoko Jackson, since they’ve already been mentioned by other people; and WICKED FOX by Kat Cho, and HOLLOW CROWN by Zoraida Córdova because they don’t have covers yet… that’s not cheating, right?

 

Rachel note: Diana does some of the COOLEST design stuff, please go check it out!

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