Can’t Wait 2019: Rachel Edition

So I decided that since everyone else was yelling about 2019 faves they can’t wait for, that I should do the same thing. So here I am, yelling about ~115 books I can’t wait for…I haven’t included books I’ve already read (Once and Future! A Place for Wolves! Death Prefers Blondes! Weight of Our Sky! Brief Chronicle! Like 40 more! I might do a separate post for that) or books I’m currently reading (The Beholder! Hello Girls! Beckoning Shadow! Somewhere Only We Know! Hot Dog Girl! Nocturna!). Everything is alphabetical by author, I’ll try to update covers as they’re released through the year. 🙂

 

 

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler (September, Flatiron)

Y’all, it’s an Edgar Allen Poe anthology, it’s edited by one of my favorite humans, and it has some of my other fave authors (Caleb Roehrig! Tiffany Jackson! Emily Lloyd-Jones!). This is going to be amazing

Love From A to Z by S K Ali (May, Salaam Reads)

Since I loved Saints and Misfits so much, I have been eagerly awaiting a new book from S K Ali! And would you just look at that cover. Also I’m a huge sucker for “character A is GOING THROUGH THINGS and character B is GOING THROUGH THINGS and then guess what THEY CROSS PATHS” like I will never get tired of that.

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad (May, Scholastic)

I mean if you aren’t as quickly sold by Silk Road and djinn as I am, look up at that cover and tell me that isn’t a book you’d pick up off the shelves every single time. I love historical fantasy (I love everything, yes, but I’ve said a lot that if I had to pick just one genre to read for the rest of my life, it would be historical fantasy) and I love that we’re getting this added to the canon.

The Last Witchdoctor by Rena Barron (September, HarperCollins)

I know Rena IRL and she’s the absolute sweetest (and killing it with two book deals so close together, her middle grade hits 2020!) I’m also always here for anything that’s sort of an anti-chosen one–in this case, she’s not the magic prodigy, but instead she fails at magic…BUT SHE’S STILL GONNA SAVE THE WORLD HELL YEAH

Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren (March, Amulet)

Listen, I do not like hockey, but I’m gonna read the heck out of this. Only girl on a sports team? Falling for the bossy team captain? Yeah, I’m so sold.

 

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju (May, Simon Pulse)

Between this and Death Prefers Blondes, my reading pile is gaining drag queens and I’m obsessed. This book seems like so much fun, and I honestly can’t wait to get a chance to read it.

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

See above to Candle and the Flame for my thoughts on historical fantasy, and NOT ONLY is this historical fantasy but it’s VAMPIRES and it’s AHDIEH.

The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown

You know that part in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie where Peter is like “You gonna break my heart, Covey?” That’s what I say to this book every time I look at it. It’s gonna make me cry, and I’m not ready (but also I’ve been waiting for a new book from Jaye Robin Brown since Georgia Peaches, so I guess I have to be ready)

 

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum (May, Delacorte)

It’s a Julie Buxbaum book, of course it’s on this list. I love love love Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next, and I am so excited about this one, especially because it factors in characters learning about their own histories and I’m obsessed with that.

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

Amy Rose Capetta is an author on my auto-read/auto-buy/auto-scream-about list because WOW can she write. Also this is about queer witches, which is !!! (TBH I literally didn’t pay attention to what this was about initially because I was already so excited, but now I’m like even more excited).

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

It’s the fourth book in the Charlotte Holmes series and listen I will never be ready to say goodbye to these characters. Brittany Cavallaro could write a million of these and I’d buy every single one. Also this one has THEATER so even better.

Misaligned by Gloria Chao (Fall, Simon Pulse)

Gloria is such an amazing author (if you haven’t gotten American Panda yet, please do!) When I found out the concept for this one I literally gasped, it sounds so amazing.

 

Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond (June, Simon Pulse)

Interconnected short stories about food love. How can you get better? Oh, you have authors such as Adi Alsaid, Sara Farizan, Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, Jay Coles, Rebecca Roanhorse, and MORE? Yeah, sign me the f up.

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra (May, Imprint)

Sona is one of the coolest people in YA, and I’m so excited for this book. Plus I always love having books about girls in STEM!

Rumor Game by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (Disney)

Tiny Pretty Things was *wild* and so I can’t wait to see what these two cook up together next. Plus, I’m always here for rumor books, I think they are some of the most interesting and relevant YA concepts.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (June, Putnam)

I adore Kat, and this sounds so up my alley. An MC who eats the souls of men who committed crimes but evaded justice? Modern day Seoul? YES P L E A S E

Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco (October, HarperTeen)

Pitched as Frozen meets Mad Max…enough said.

Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert (August, Little Brown)

Little and Lion is definitely up there on my list of all time faves, and I adore Brandy’s writing, so this is a no brainer. Plus, the summary has the words “a sweet boy with a troubled past” in it so I’m a 100% sucker for it already.

 

An Anatomy of Beasts by Olivia A Cole (April, Katherine Tegen)

Sequel to A Conspiracy of Stars which is one of the most interesting and science-y sci-fis that I have ever read, and I cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

Suggested Reading by Dave Connis (September, Katherine Tegen)

I really enjoyed Dad’s (inside joke, just go with it) first book, and I’m highly anticipating this one, especially because it’s about a girl starting an underground library and I’m always here for books about books.

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon (December, Delacorte)

Typing December in those parentheses literally made me so sad–I cannot wait for this fantasy. At one point, this was in the pitch, “a dark tradition that is seen as an honor but is, in actuality, a death sentence” and characters fighting against that is my jam.

Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst (August, Balzer + Bray)

Of Fire and Stars is one of my library teens favorite books, and I’m so excited to have another book with these characters, you don’t even know. (If you haven’t read the first, the basic pitch is princess goes to meet the prince she’s been arranged to marry, falls for his sister instead, and also there’s magic)

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig (August, Delacorte)

I don’t think I ever read the original Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale, but I love retellings of it, and this sounds like the best one yet! This was pitched as that meets Crimson Peak which I didn’t watch because I get scared-for-a-long-time by horror movies, but with books I’m okay so I can’t wait for this one.

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud (August, Flatiron)

This is the sequel to Mirage, one of the most innovative blends of sci-fi and fantasy that I’ve read, and I’m so excited that 2019 is so close so I can get my hands on this.

Hollow Crown by Zoraida Córdova

Look, I’m a sucker for Zoraida books–Labyrinth Lost is one of my all time faves, and Bruja Born was absolutely spectacular (and that’s coming from someone who hates zombies). Half of GR says September, half says 2020, so I’m not entirely sure when this is coming out but I’m including anyway because I want it.

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Courtney (November, FSG)

I’m always here for #ownvoices Muslim stories and this one adds to the pile! I’m also always here for “caught between two worlds” stories and this one adds to the pile! That is the definition of win/win.

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis (October, Tor Teen)

“The Handmaid’s Tale meets Thelma and Louise in an alternate Wild West setting.” Yes, that is what I want.

 

The Voice in My Head by Dana L Davis (May, Inkyard)

I really liked Dana’s first book, Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now, and I’m obsessed with the cover of this one. Plus, I love road trip books. SO. MUCH.

When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis (November, Little Brown)

Ronni is one of my favorite people in the whole entire world and the amount I’ve already cried about this book being published is enough to fill a Mary Poppins Returns style bathtub. This is going to be beautiful and heartfelt and a happy rom-com with a black girl as the lead.

In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen

Music! New friendship dynamics! Guyanese MC! This book has so much in it I am looking forward to.

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard (February, Tor)

Truthwitch was the first book I ever blurbed, so this series has a hugely special place in my heart. I’m obsessed with this series and I’ve been saving Bloodwitch for a time I can just devour the whole thing.

 

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (August, Delacorte)

Biracial Jewish lead! I am so excited that this book exists and I cannot wait to have it on my shelves.

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan (June, Page Street)

Listen, the first sentence of this book’s summary features the words “mechanical dragons” so I’m already 110% in.

Tenth Girl by Sara Faring (September, Imprint)

I mean…”Inspired by the author’s Argentine family history and lore, the novel follows a young woman fleeing the country’s 1970s Dirty War who joins the staff of a notorious haunted boarding school on a remote icy cliff in Patagonia.”

I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest (June, Roaring Brook Press)

Once again, I love road trip books, and this one has a black ballerina as a lead AND there’s a dog involved. I already know this is magnificent, and I haven’t read it yet.

Dust Boy, Ash Girl by Andy Fukada (Tor Teen)

“story of two unlikely teenaged pen pals: a Japanese American boy in Seattle and a French Jewish girl in Paris, at the turn of World War II.” I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW

Finale by Stephanie Garber (May, Flatiron)

Third book of the epic Caraval series and I can honestly say I have no idea what is happening.

Starworld by Paula Garner & Audrey Coulthurst (April, Candlewick)

I am fully obsessed with Audrey’s books and Paula’s Relative Strangers was like 16 emotions in book form, so their first co-written book is certain to make me feel ALL THE THINGS.

 

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett (September, Knopf)

I’m pretty sure Camryn has more talent in one eyelash than like half of the world combined, so this is going to be fantastic. HIV positive black teen with queer parents, I’m here for this story.

Spin by Lamar Giles (January, Scholastic)

I loved Overturned and I’ve been so excited since this book was announced. A murdered DJ! Lots of suspects! Lots of motives! I’m so excited!

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow (April, Delacorte)

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that felt as raw as Kathleen’s debut Girl in Pieces, and I’m sure this is going to floor me just as much.

Rated by Melissa Grey (September, Scholastic)

The Girl at Midnight is one of my favorite series (and book one was one of my biggest handsells as a bookseller) so I’m thrilled there’s a new Melissa Grey book coming.

The Last Word by Samantha Hastings

A girl tracking down the former whereabouts of her favorite author after the author dies and leaves their serialized novel unfinished. I AM SO HYPE

 

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins (May, Putnam)

Cute queer rom-com? Check. Cute royal rom-com? Check. Both in one story? BLESS.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (April, Albert Whitman)

Chinese inspired fantasy, and the summary starts with “Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own“. Plus it has what is possibly the most gorgeous YA cover of all time. This is a no-brainer.

Technically You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson (June, Scholastic)

I love stories that have mistaken identity and online/text convos with people you know IRL but don’t necessarily know you know (ie You Got Mail). So I’m hyped for this.

River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy (Fall, Putnam)

Amanda is a wonderful human and I’m so hype for her amazing book. I’ll never be tired of “siblings dueling to the death” stories, and it’s gonna be splendid.

 

No Place Like Here by Christina June (May, Blink)

I’ve loved Christina’s past two contemporary lite-retellings It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere But Here, and I’m very excited for this take on Hansel and Gretel!

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann (June, Swoon Reads)

Claire Kann’s books and covers bring such joy to all who see them, and I cannot wait for this story. More fat leads of color please!

Undying by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (January, Disney)

The sequel to Unearthed, the ending of which blew my mind, so the day that this comes out I’ll be reading it ASAP

 

All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil (June, Soho)

This is described as a post-punk San Francisco fairy tale and honestly I’m so excited and I wish this was in my hands right now.

Dig by A S King (March, Dutton)

A S King is one of my favorite authors, and so much so that when I get her books, I have to hold on to them, waiting to be ready to read them. It sounds weird, but if you’ve read an A S King book, I feel like you know where I’m coming from.

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn (May, Scholastic)

Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine books are some of my favorite in the grown-up world and I’m so thrilled that she’s got a YA book coming out. Especially because it looks SO CUTE and that title kills me every time.

 

Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (August, Putnam)

Stacey Lee writes my absolute favorite historicals (book nerd of the year finalist Vicky if you are reading this and still haven’t read Outrun the Moon I’m publicly calling you out) and I’m so so excited about this one.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee (March, Skyscape)

I don’t think I can sum it up better than my friend Elise who said, “there are antiheroes and gay shit in this” and that’s my cup of tea.

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand (May, Sourcebooks)

Sequel to Furyborn which I’m mightily obsessed with, and I am going to reread before I read this one because it is that detailed (I have a feeling I’ll reread these as much as I do Kristin Cashore, and that’s saying something.)

 

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (July, Knopf)

I adored Elizabeth Lim’s Mulan retelling/twisted tale Reflection and I’m so excited about this, especially because it’s a competition book featuring tailors. I’m constantly impressed by author brains and how they come up with this stuff.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton)

I met Malinda Lo at BTAF this year and she knew who I was and honestly I was flabbergasted and #proudestmoment but ALSO this is a 1950s historical novel from MALINDA FREAKING LO and it’s about the intersection of Chinese-Americans and queer communities in San Francisco

It’s a Whole Spiel edited by Katherine Locke & Laura Silverman (Knopf)

An anthology of Jewish authors writing Jewish main characters from two of my favorite authors in the world. This is gonna be great.

Map From Here to There by Emery Lord (Bloomsbury)

SEQUEL TO THE START OF ME AND YOU WHICH FEATURES MAX ONE OF MY FAVE LOVE INTERESTS OF ALL TIMES CANT WAIT TO SEE MY CINNAMON ROLL QUIZBOY AGAIN

Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (Putnam)

This features a magical imp and the sister of Mozart and I’m not sure how Marie Lu came up with that concept but I’m here for it.

Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna (Soho)

Another anthology, this one features stories about inter-racial romances and I’m already obsessed. And the list of authors (Anna-Marie McLemore, Elsie Chapman, Karuna Riazi, Lydia Kang, L.L. McKinney, Lori M. Lee, Lauren Gibaldi, Tara Sim, Eric Smith, Caroline Tung Richmond, Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker, Samira Ahmed and Adam Silvera) is RIDICULOUSLY INCREDIBLE.

The F Word edited by Angie Manfredi (Abrams)

This is the book high school Rachel needed and the book 24-year-old Rachel is so thrilled to have now.

The Chosen by Taran Matharu (May, Feiwel and Friends)

The Novice is one of those books I never have to booktalk or recommend…because it’s already always checked out! So I’m super excited about this new series, this time a scifi where people disappear and forced to compete in tournaments run by mysterious overlords. This is 100% my style and I dig it.

A Dream So Dark by L L McKinney (September, Imprint)

L L McKinney’s A Blade so Black is the badass Alice in Wonderland the world had been waiting for, and now I’m desperately waiting for this sequel because I need to know what happens next (also I love the way McKinney has written this Alice/Mom dynamic)

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman (August, Jimmy Patterson)

Last week I finished Scream All Night, Milman’s debut, and I was so totally sold that I literally added this book to this list without looking to see what it’s about. Update: briefly glanced at the Goodreads summary and it contains “wakes up next to a dead guy” so you know you’re in for a fun time.

 

By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery (October, Page Street)

I’m reading Home and Away right now, Montgomery’s debut, and it’s so gorgeous that I’m already highly anticipating this one, you better bee-lieve it. (this is funny because the book has a plot about a bee farm)

Better Than the Best Plan by Lauren Morrill (June, FSG)

HELLO I have been waiting for a new Lauren Morrill book for [titanic meme It’s Been 84 Years] and it’s so close to being in my hands (just gotta ready my Death Prefers Blondes-style heist team to sneak into Macmillan and grab myself a copy). Being Sloane Jacobs is one of my absolute faves and I can’t wait to read this next amazing rom-com from Morrill!

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz (Entangled)

Listen, I always need books I like to recommend teens who want TFIOS readalikes and this sounds like a better version, plus Hannah Moskowitz writes such interesting and well developed books that it’s gonna be a winner.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite (September, Inkyard)

This starts with some of my favorite words, “After a prank goes wrong” (see Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel). And then you keep reading the summary and every sentence just gets better and better and better.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (June, Balzer + Bray)

I’m just going to drop the top bit of blurb here, “A love letter to queerness, self-expression, and individuality (also Madonna) that never shies away from the ever-present fear within the queer community of late ’80s New York

 

Fake it Till You Break It by Jenn P Nguyen (June, Swoon Reads)

Fake dating trope immediately sells me on any book

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen (July, Henry Holt)

I already stan this book and I literally have not read one word of it.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta, illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau (February, First Second)

I’m really happy that First Second is carving out this little niche which is “queer graphic novels involving baking” because between this and Check, Please I’m really happy.

 

The Tesla Legacy by K K Pérez (March, Tor Teen)

I will not lie to you, I added this book because Tesla’s name is in the title.

Finding Mr. Better Than You by Shani Petroff (June, Swoon Reads)

Another one of my favorite lines in a summary, “Inspired by her favorite movies“. This is sure to be super cute, I love Swoon Reads and I adore Shani!

The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos (May, Balzer + Bray)

Like Water was so gorgeous and this looks to be even more up my alley (how is that possible). All the women in the family can see who they will be when they die, until one day one of them dies and it doesn’t match the prophecy. I’m here for it.

 

Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston (July, Balzer + Bray)

This book is going to murder me and I’ll probably throw a hissy fit in Ashley’s text messages but it’s fine

Wilder Girls by Rory Power (July, Delacorte)

The fact that I’m still excited about this book despite comps to Lord of the Flies (my most hated book of all time) and it features a contagion (which is on my list of things that terrify me most in the world, right next to cults), says a lot. This book sounds amazing and it’s gonna freak me out and I’ll probably thank it.

A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price (November, Tor Teen)

“A reimagining of the Iliad set in a version of modern-day San Francisco where three gangs rule the city.” I haven’t read the Iliad because I have too many other things to read, and this is one of them.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (June, Kokila)

This book sounds gorgeous and I love stories where finding out the truth can be risky. Plus, it’s from Penguin’s new imprint, which I’m super excited about.

 

Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud (July, Scholastic)

CUTEST COVER. ROYALTY ROM-COM. SOLD. SOLD.

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera (March, Simon)

I loved The Education of Margot Sanchez and I’m so excited for this, especially because I think publishing wore itself out on white cishet dystopians when it could have kept the dystopian trend going by putting money towards authors of color just saying. Bless Lilliam Rivera.

Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters by Emily Roberson (October, FSG)

This pitch is wild because it starts out as “a modern retelling of the Minotaur” and then it’s comp titles are The Hunger Games and Keeping Up with the Kardashians and that sort of wildness is what I am here for

Wild Life by Keena Roberts (Grand Central)

MEMOIR! “about a young girl who comes of age spending half of each year in a primitive “baboon camp” in Botswana with her primatologist parents, the other half dropped into a ritzy private school in a Philadelphia suburb learning a very different kind of social hierarchy” Listen I’m really excited.

It’s Not Funny by Lance Rubin (Knopf)

Denton Little is great, and I’m so excited to get a new book from Lance. Plus it’s about a girl joining the improv troupe at her school because she wants to be a comedian.

Birthday by Meredith Russo (May, Flatiron)

After If I Was Your Girl, I will read anything Meredith Russo writes. And I’m so excited to read about these two teens with the same birthday who grow up, apart, together, etc.

 

Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan (May, Albert Whitman)

GIVE ME ALL THE QUEER THRILLERS PLEASE AND THANKS

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi (June, Feiwel and Friends)

GIVE ME ALL THE QUEER ROMCOMS PLEASE AND THANKS

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte (February, Putnam)

GIVE ME ALL THE !?!??!?! FANTASIES PLEASE AND THANKS

Jennifer Strange by Cat Scully (July, Haverhill House)

GIVE ME ALL THE EERIE ILLUSTRATIONS PLEASE AND THANKS

 

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian (February, Delacorte)

The sequel to my fave Slytherin/Sansa Stark fairy tale that was Ash Princess, I’ve had this for a couple weeks but I get to excited every time I pick it up to actually concentrate on it lmaoooo

Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah (Disney)

Hello if anyone at Disney reads this I’d like to let you know that a snow-globe esque thing would be perfect swag for this book, thank you. Also, I just am super super excited for this book.

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman (March, Sourcebooks)

I adored Laura’s first book, Girl Out of Water, and I’m sure her second will be just as wonderful!

Firestarter by Tara Sim (January, SkyPony)

This book is going to murder me.

 

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E Smith (March, Delacorte)

I love Jen E Smith books and they should honestly come with like a cookie dough coupon or something because they pair perfectly with a cookie and a nice warm blanket

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling (May, Razorbill)

Witches! Elemental Witches! Who live in Salem! And the MC is queer! I want this so bad!

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (June, HarperTeen)

I’ve been excited about this book since it was released in the UK and I’m so happy we’re getting a US release. I’m all about girls fighting through the world of uneven expectations from the world around them.

Beyond the Black Door by A M Strickland (October, Imprint)

Strickland’s first book, Shadow Run, is one of my all-time fave sci-fi YAs and so I’m thrilled to be getting something so different (and an ominous black door I’m sure will haunt me!)

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiara (June, HarperTeen)

“a Japanese-American teen whose family identity and community begin to unravel when her mother decides to sell the family’s flower shop.” Sign me up!

 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (May, First Second)

Bless this string of queer graphic novels. Also books dealing with toxic relationships are a necessity and I’m glad we’re getting one in graphic novel form.

Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash (June, Simon)

VIRTUAL REALITY DATING APP LOVE TRIANGLE WITH TWO BOYS THE MC ALREADY KNOWS ONE IS HER EX THE OTHER HER BEST FRIEND I’M HYPE

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (February, Balzer + Bray)

What can I say about Angie that everyone doesn’t already know? I’m so excited for this book.

Untitled Mulan Retelling by Sherry Thomas (Lee and Low)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor (October, Scholastic)

I stopped reading the summary after the words “queer outlaw mechanic” because I already want this.

An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley (February, Page Street)

More historical fantasy, this time in France, and I’m HYPE

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh (June, HarperTeen)

This is a take on Sense and Sensibility, which I have not read, but I did read Blair’s first book, and so I am very excited for this one!

Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi (March, Henry Holt)

Japanese fantasy with water serpents and it looks G O R G E O U S

 

How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman (August, Swoon Reads)

Katy Upperman. Swoon Reads. It’s gonna be lovely.

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante (June, Putnam)

The Grief Keeper is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when both love and human beings are branded illegal.” Aka I’m definitely gonna cry.

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian (Simon)

I mean, I love Siobhan anyways, but “told from seven perspectives and spans 24 hours, following the ultra-competitive Archibald High School’s girls’ field hockey team” extra sold me.

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde (May, Swoon Reads)

A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character”. Yep, sold.

 

How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (September, Duet)

Listen, Julian is my precious cinnamon roll author friend and I adore him and will support all his books, so once again I don’t know what this is about, but I know it will be cute and probably a double G (gay and great).

Fire and Ash by C V Wyk (Tor Teen)

Book Two of Blood and Sand, the Spartacus retelling I hadn’t known I needed until I read it.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young (September, Wednesday Books)

Companion book to Sky in the Deep which I blurbed, so obviously I’ll be reading this ASAP

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok (February, Tor Teen)

Things this has that I love: reporter MC, historical murder mystery, supernatural visions.

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (February, Crown)

Like, I feel like this won’t make me cry as much as Jeff’s other two books, but I don’t trust him enough to say I won’t cry at all.

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao (June, Delacorte)

A fugitive princess with the power to control blood. yes. A black-hearted conman with no past and no future. YES. An Empire spiraling into darkness. YESSSS. A world worth saving. YYYYYYY   EEEEEEEEE SSSSSSSS

 

 

 

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6 thoughts

  1. Rachel…..why did you call me out like this

    I ran out of library requests for the month and my library is currently CLOSED so I can’t even check it out online or in person right now

    I cry

    also these are so good & some of your commentary just makes me laugh cry wahhhhahahahah

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