Anticipated Releases of 2019
With the coming new year comes new book releases. As we near the end of 2018, I’m sharing the five upcoming book releases of 2019 that I’m most looking forward to. Some are by authors I’ve read before, and some are sequels to books I’ve read. Some are by debut authors, while others are by authors simply new to me. Some inspire nostalgia in me for various reasons, while others captured my interest for other reasons. Below, I’ve listed them in order of their release dates.
1. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
The Similars follows the story of Emma, a girl who lost her best friend Oliver last summer. She attends Darkwood Academy, a prestigious boarding school. Six clones join the school and Emma begins to fall for Oliver’s clone. However, there are dark truths about the clones to be uncovered. I want to read this novel because, as a child, I was fascinated by cloning. The summary I found for this novel was pretty vague, which only made me want to read it more. It will be released in January of 2019, though I couldn’t find an exact date.
2. The Giver Graphic Novel by Lois Lowry (Illustrations by P. Craig Russell)
I read The Giver in the sixth grade and fell in love with it. On the surface the world Jonas lives in is the ultimate utopia, but beneath that lovely cover lies a darker truth. To this day, The Giver is my most reread novel. I’ve never read any graphic novels before, but when my friend told me about this upcoming release I was very excited. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! It will be released February 5th, 2019.
3. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
Lady Smoke is the sequel to Laura Sebastian’s debut novel Ash Princess. From what I understand, it picks up right where Ash Princess ended, with Theo being reunited with her pirate aunt, Dragonsbane. She continues her quest to retake her kingdom. I reviewed Ash Princess on this blog and, needless to say, I was disappointed with it. However, I expressed my belief that Ms. Sebastian is a promising writer, and I maintain that stance. Because of this, I have decided to give this sequel a chance in the hopes it will change my mind. It will be released on February 5th, 2019.
4. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
I Wish You All the Best is the story of Ben De Backer, who is rejected by their parents after coming out as non-binary. They move in with their estranged sister and develop a friendship (and relationship?) with a boy named Nathan Allan. I have never read anything by this author before, but was drawn in by the summary of this novel because of the main character’s gender identity. Non-binary is something with which I have no experience and little knowledge. Additionally, the character struggles with an anxiety disorder, which is something I can relate to. I strive to go into this novel with an open mind. It will be released on May 14th, 2019.
5. Of Ice and Shadows by Aubrey Coulthurst
Of Ice and Shadows is the sequel to Coulthurst’s debut novel Of Fire and Stars, which followed the love story of two princesses, Denna and Mare. I read this novel prior to starting my blog and I loved the story and the characters. In the sequel, Denna and Mare will travel to the kingdom of Zumorda in the hopes that Denna can learn to control her fire magic. It will be released on August 13th, 2019.
Those are my five most anticipated releases of 2019. I’d love it if you commented on this post with books you plan to read in the coming year, whether they be new releases or older ones!
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