Most Anticipated YA Reads of 2019: Part One

I can’t believe the new year is just a few days away! Like most people, I’m starting to think about what things I want to do differently next year, including bookish things.

While I want to challenge myself to read more diverse authors, I also am really looking forward to a few upcoming novels by some of my favorite authors. Below is a list of five of my Top 10 most anticipated YA novels coming out in 2019. I’ll be sharing the other five books in Part Two of this post tomorrow, so be on the look-out for that!

Possible spoilers ahead in book descriptions so watch out!


The Wicked King by Holly Black: Out 1/8/19

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.

Let’s start with the obvious. The Cruel Prince was one of the most popular novels of this year so I imagine this book makes a ton of people’s lists. I’ve got this one pre-ordered and with it coming out in early Jan (just a few weeks away!) I’m excited to give it a go.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: Out 1/29/19

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Okay, so I struggle with Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha universe. I tried reading the Grisha trilogy but DNF’d it in the second book. However, I absolutely loved the Six of Crows duology, so I’m willing to give this new one a go. I remember Nikolai’s character briefly from SoC and he seemed intriguing so why not. And that cover is gorgeous!

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas: Out “late 2019”

Set in a world where humans struggle to survive amid intricate hierarchies of demons, shifters, angels, and countless other magical creatures, Crescent City tells the story of half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan. After the brutal slaying of her best friend, Bryce joins forces with a powerful warrior-angel to hunt down the killer, leading them toward a treacherous enemy that could destroy the fabric of their world. The series will feature an array of captivating new characters, including a spitfire heroine who will stop at nothing to avenge her friend and protect her vibrant city, an epic world on the brink of war, and Maas’ signature heart-pounding romance.

Um, okay, she’s setting up things for a whole new series and it’s got adventure, magic, and romance?? Sign me up, I’m here for it. However, I’m not thrilled about the continuation of the ACOTAR series; I’d be okay if that one just dies out. I don’t really, really need to know Nesta’s story.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi: Out 3/5/19

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. 

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Some feelings on this one: I’m giving it a shot because I think this series has potential. I wasn’t crazy about the first book (thought it was a little dry) but maybe things will improve from here. However, I don’t approve of the author’s recent behavior concerning veteran author Nora Roberts and if this book sucks, there’s nothing keeping me loyal to this series.

Finale by Stephanie Garber: Out 5/7/19

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finally, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .

I really need to get my butt in gear because Finale is coming out and I still haven’t read Legendary. Yeah, I spoiled a bit of it for myself, I know. But Caraval was great so I can’t wait to continue.

Part Two comes out tomorrow with five more books coming out in 2019! Are you looking forward to any of these books too? Share your upcoming favs with me below.

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