Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all day a fab week and a good/positive start to the new year! Today I shall be posting some of my most anticipated reads of 2019. There are so so many good books being released this year and trying to pick a few was extremely hard. Depending on how things go I might end up doing a most anticipated reads of Summer post and then Winter post later in the year.
Anyhow, without further ado, here are six of my most anticipated reads of 2019 so far.
Romanov – Nadine Brandes
Publisher:- Thomas Nelson
Publication Date:- 07/05/2019
Summary:- The history books say I died. They don’t know the half of it.
Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them … and he’s hunted Romanov before.
Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her.
That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad … and he’s on the other.
“Anastasia” has always been one of my favourite movies as a young girl and as soon as I heard there was going to a retelling released this year then I automatically knew I would need to get a copy. I’m so so excited to get my hands on this book and see if it lives up to my expectations!
Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth Of The Faun – Guillermo Del Toro & Cornelia Funk
Publisher:- Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date:- 02/07/2019
Summary:- This book is not for the faint of heart or weak in spirit. It’s not for skeptics who don’t believe in fairy tales and the powerful forces of good. It’s only for brave and intrepid souls like you, who will stare down evil in all its forms.
Inspired by the critically acclaimed film written and directed by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro and reimagined by New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke, this haunting tale takes readers to a darkly magical and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous men, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.
Another movie I am a huge fan of and I’ve been desperate to read a book based on the film so the fact that it’s now going to be a thing makes me so so happy! I couldn’t think of two better people to be collaborating on the book either. I’m so excited for the artwork, the characters and just everything this book will hold!
A Curse So Dark And Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date:- 29/01/2019
Summary:- Fall in love, break the curse.
It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
Yet another retelling but hey, who doesn’t love them! Beauty & The Beast is one of my most favourite Disney movies so I’m really excited to see how this retelling goes!
The Love And Lies Of Rukhsana Ali – Sabina Khan
Publication Date:- 29/01/2019
Summary:- Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective.
Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?
This year one of my goals is to read more diverse books and this one definitely fits the bill! The plot summary has intrigued me so much and I’ve already seen so much love for this book so I’m really excited to get round to reading it.
On The Come Up – Angie Thomas
Publisher:- Walker Books
Publication Date:- 05/02/2019
Summary:- Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.
I absolutely adored Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give” so I’m really looking forward to sitting down and devouring this as well. Thomas’ writing is so real and really does give you a look into how things are in America, especially with PoC. It’s a huge eye-opener and makes you realise just how much things have to change.
The Wicked King – Holly Black
Publisher:- Hot Key Books
Publication Date:- 08/01/2019
Summary:- You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
I just recently finished The Cruel Prince and it was in perfect timing as this book is released today! It took me a good while to get into the first book as I just wasn’t that interested in anything that was happening but then the action kicked in and the whole book just completely picked up from there. Now that the sequel is finally released I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s next for Jude, Cardan and the other characters.
So there we have it, my most anticipated reads of 2019!
What books are you all looking forward to reading this year? Please let me know as I’m always looking for recommendations!
Have a good few days, stay fab and I’ll speak to you all soon!