Hello lovelies! How are you? Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Girl. The topic this week is: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019. Since I just did a whole post on my most anticipated January releases I’m not going to mention them in this post, even though we all know The Winter Witch is my most anticipated book of the millennium.
1. The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco – March 1st
“Tea is a bone witch with the dark magic needed to raise the dead. She has used this magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world threatens to consume her heart.”
I’m so excited to be reunited with my favorite witchy anti-heroine and all her pretty monsters.
2. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – March 5th
“Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.”
Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite writers and Almost Famous is one of my favorite movies, so obviously I’m over the moon excited for her new book about a 70s rockband!
3. The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees – April 2nd
“The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes.
To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes.”
If a book has a magical forest and a witch, I consider it a gift from the powers that be and add it to my TBR.
4. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – April 2nd
“A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.”
Russian inspired dark fantasy with a villain romance? I’ve been waiting for this.
5. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman – April 2nd
“Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Pats. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either. Her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.”
Someone called this The Raven Cycle meets Stranger Things, so now I have to read it. I don’t make the rules.
6. The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos – May 28th
“Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women.”
I mean, Russian inspired magical realism about powerful women with magic in their blood. Where do I sign up.
7. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – May 28th
“Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself.”
Contemporary! Sapphic! Witches! I’m! Excited!
8. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao – June 4th
“A fugitive princess with the power to control blood. A black-hearted conman with no past and no future. An Empire spiraling into darkness. A world worth saving.”
First of all I’m in love with this cover. Second of all I’m trash for Russian inspired fantasy. Third of all: anti-heroes.
9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – June 4th
“Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.”
Margaret Rogerson’s debut An Enchantment of Ravens was wonderful. And who doesn’t want to read about magical libraries?
10. All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – June 18th
“All of Us With Wings, Michelle Ruiz Keil’s mythology-inspired #OwnVoices debut is a post-punk San Francisco fairy tale about a seventeen-year-old Latinx governess, her tween genius change, the girl’s rock star family, and a pair of ancient children bound to right the wrongs of her stolen childhood. “
I might have screamed when I read this synopsis. If you grew up on Francesca Lia Block’s stories about a magical LA like me, you know why.
Are you excited about any of these books too? What other new releases can you not wait to get your hands on?