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We’re, like, almost halfway through July, but these lists always take me forever and I’m
evidently terrible at planning ahead. ANYWAY, here are ten anticipated releases that I’m anticipating with much anticipation. As always, the following books are ordered chronologically by release date.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-García
23 July 2019 / Del Ray
Why I’m excited: Jazz Age; Takes place in small-town Mexico and CDMX; Mayan gods; family secrets?
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.
Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.
In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
30 July 2019 / Henry Holt (BYR)
Why I’m excited: Everyone is talking about this; Interesting magic system; Margaret is a gem; I regret not getting this at BookExpo!!
A future chieftain
Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.
A fugitive prince
When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.
A too-cunning bodyguard
Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?
Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
6 August 2019 / Katherine Tegen Books
Why I’m excited: Sea Witch was amazing; Henning’s writing is brilliant; fractured fairy tale of The Little Mermaid? Yes please!
Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.
Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds?
Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.
Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman
6 August 2019 / jimmy patterson
Why I’m excited: Gay; NYC; Murder mystery; hacker things; Tay is excited and I trust her judgment
On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority.
Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do—he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone—faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him.
He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him—including himself
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moutlite
3 September 2019 / Inkyard Press
Why I’m excited: Takes place in Haiti; That cover is so much prettier than me; Written by two sisters and I’m excited for them and their book; Family drama that’s not my own? Oh thank goodness, it’s about time
You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything? Actually, a lot.
Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a “spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own… and to hide a rather devastating secret.
All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks… like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse. You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.
She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller
3 September 2019 / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Why I’m excited: I need more sibling stories; More family drama that’s not my own lolol; There’s a lot going on here and I need to find out what
Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.
But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.
Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their feuding parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.
Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (10 September)
10 September 2019 / Tor.com
Why I’m excited: EVeryone has read it but me and they all love it; It’s gay; It’s badass; Of all my anticipated releases, this is the most talked about
Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.
Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.
Of course, some things are better left dead.
The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older
5 November 2019 / Imprint
Why I’m excited: Cuban Revolution; Family history; spirits, Daniel José Older. Thank you to Kitty for seeing this and knowing it’d be right up my alley!
Marisol vanished during the Cuban Revolution, her fate unknown and lost to time. Now, haunted by atrocities long-forgotten, her foul-mouthed spirit visits her nephew, Ramon, in modern-day New Jersey. Her hope: That her presence will prompt her descendant to unearth their painful family history.
Ramon launches a haphazard investigation into the story of his ancestor, unaware of the forces driving him on his search. Along the way, he falls in love, discovers a new sense of his own identity, faces a run-in with a murderous gangster, and learns of each “lost saint” who helped Marisol during her imprisonment under Batista’s reign.
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
5 November 2019 / Avon
Why I’m excited: Chronic illness rep!; I’ve heard great things about Hibbert’s writing; I need to read more romance and this one sounds great; I have an IRL friend named Chloe Brown so MEMES
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamourous family’s mansion. The next items?
Enjoy a drunken night out.
Ride a motorcycle.
Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…
Sick Kids In Love by Hannah Moskowitz
5 November 2019 / Entangled: Teen
Why I’m excited: More chronic illness rep!; I trust Hannah to write this type of story; Just the synopsis hit a little hard, like damn let up; I dunno but I need it
Isabel has one rule: no dating. It’s easier. It’s safer. It’s better—for the other person. She’s got issues. She’s got secrets. She’s got rheumatoid arthritis.
But then she meets another sick kid. He’s got a chronic illness Isabel’s never heard of, something she can’t even pronounce. He understands what it means to be sick. He understands her more than her healthy friends. He understands her more than her own father who’s a doctor. He’s gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her.
Isabel has one rule: no dating. It’s complicated. It’s dangerous. It’s never felt better to consider breaking that rule for him.
What are your most anticipated releases for the rest of 2019?