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
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?