It is midway through January, and ya girl is here with checking in with all her anticipated releases of 2019!
An annual tradition, I guess.
I always like to do this post because often I find that those of us in the bookish community tend to make massive anticipated releases lists, scream about them and then never follow up on them.
Okay, if I’m being honest, this post is mostly for me, because I just love checking in, but it’s chill.
Let’s talk about 2019 releases!!
- In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4) by Seanan McGuire ✔ ★★★★★ This was probably one of my favourite (if not) my favourite book in this series, and it was great. I loved it!
- Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi ✔ ★★★☆☆ (3.5) This was a solid anthology, but I think I just found the editing at times very clunky? But I would definitely recommend it, and I’m so glad this is out in the world!
- Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills ✔ ★★★★★ I think this is my favourite Emma Mills novel? The friendships was A+, the summer vibes were on point and I don’t know. I just loved it a LOT.
- The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2) by Maureen Johnson ★★☆☆☆ ✔ Unfortunately, I found myself to be really disappointed by this book and it didn’t really make up for how Book 1 wrapped up in my opinion. I think I’m interested enough to continue on, but this was not a great experience.
- The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin ✔ ★★★☆☆ This concept sounded like actual perfection, but the execution was … not that great. I’m still really sad because!! The POTENTIAL. But this was still solid.
- King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo ✔️ ★★★☆☆ This was another disappointing read, too, unfortunately, and I’m really sad about it.
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas ✔ ★★★★☆ A really great follow-up to the Hate U Give! Didn’t love it as much, but I seriously just ADORE Angie Thomas’s writing and her voice.
- The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf ✔★★★★☆ This was cheating since I had read in 2018, but regardless! We stan Malaysian representation.
- Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West ✔★★★☆☆ This was so, incredibly mediocre. Not one of West’s best efforts, in my opinion.
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte ✔★★★★☆ This was so good it’s insane. Couldn’t put this down.
- We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire, #1) by Tehlor Kay Mejia ❌ Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to this in 2019, but I would really like to get around to it soon, because I adore Mejia’s writing!
- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ✔ ★★★★☆ This was such a hit for me! I just adore Taylor Jenkins Reid books and don’t think I’ll stop reading them, honestly.
- The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu ★★★★☆ ✔ This was genuinely so much fun, and I cannot wait for the sequel. I’m interested.
- The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon A Con, #2) by Ashley Poston ❌ I think I just lost interest in the series as time went on? Yeah, I don’t know.
- If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka ✔ Definitely got to this one! Didn’t love this one as much as Always Never Yours, but this was great and I just adore Wibbroka’s work ❤
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson ✔ Yeah, this actually happened! It was solid, and it was an pretty solid dip into UK YA.
- Finale by Stephanie Garber ✔ It’s ★★★☆☆ It’s really weird, because I think I liked each book less and less as the series went on? Kind of meh, not gonna lie.
- Again, But Better by Christine Riccio ✔ ★★★☆☆ This was fine, I guess? A solid read, but the self-insert in this was quite uncomfortable, if I’m being honest.
- Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo ✔ ★★★☆☆ This was the first time I had read a book set in Hong Kong, which was a really cool experience, but this was one of Goo’s weaker books, in my opinion.
- With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo ✔ ★★★★☆ I actually liked this better than the Poet X, and I think this was a really great prose debut!! And food. And that cover!!
- Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ❌ Honestly, I really don’t foresee myself getting to this any time soon. I picked it up and tried, but it wasn’t doing anything much for me.
- There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon ✔ ★★★★☆ This was definitely cute, but I’ve actually not remembered much from this book? We stan this series, though ❤
- Kingsbane by Claire Legrand ✔ ★★★★★ Yes, you saw that correctly. This was a 5 star read!! Truly, I could not ask for a more perfect sequel and I am beyond hyped for the release of Lightbringer (and a cover drop, please).
- I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn ✔ M★★★☆☆ Japanese YA? Japanese YA! Again, this was cute, but the writing felt so jarring to the point where it really took away from my enjoyment, which sucks.
- Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Kelly Link ✔ ★★★★☆ Another hit, yay! While there were some bumps into the road in the beginning, this is definitely my favourite anthology in the Shadowhunter universe so far.
- The Beholder (The Beholder, #1) by Anna Bright ❌ Mm, about this … never got around to it. Yikes. I should get around to it soon.
- Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond ✔★★★★★ Another of my favourite reads of 2019 and probably my favourite anthology … ever? This was just utter perfection and so wonderful and beautiful … and now I’m hungry.
- Fake It Til You Break It by Jenn Nguyen ✔ ★★★☆☆ Not to be that person, but this was one of my most disappointing reads of the year. This book was set up to be perfection and amazing … but just didn’t deliver? Grey-area cheating is not a good look.
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu (2nd) ✔ ★★★★☆ – Um, holy crap, this was amazing?? I’m just really sad that more people aren’t reading it, because this was so mysterious and powerful and painful but just … so good? I should give this a reread soon.
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (9th) ✔ ★★★☆☆ – I have a full review of this one here (since ya girl!! got an ARC of it) but two words: magical perfection. CANNOT wait for the sequel.
Maybe This Time by Kasie West (9th) ✔ ★★★★☆ – Hello. This was SO cute and so addictive and I am obsessed with the formula of this? We gotta love.
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry (6th) ❌ – I tried picking this up once and I was just not in the mood for it, so I truly don’t know how I feel about it right now? We’ll see. Maybe I’ll get to it one day.
American Royals by Katharine McGee (3rd) ✔ ★★★★★– This was the most fun I had reading a book in a long, long time. I just could not stop reading it and man, I just loved it, honestly.
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake (3rd) ❌ – Why am I always so behind in catching up with this series. Someone make me read this concluding novel before 2020 ends, honestly.
Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan (10th) ❌ – Another one that I’m still a little iffy about? I just need to get to it, and soon.
Frankly In Love by David Yoon (10th) ✔ ★★★★☆– This was a lot of fun, and while it did get more serious than anticipated, I really liked the diversity, the themes and the characters here, and can’t wait to see read Yoon’s future work!
His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler (10th) ✔ ★★★★☆– Not gonna lie, I was really expecting to love this (even though the only Poe thing I had read prior to this book was Annabel Lee, and I did enjoy my time with it! Definitely a strong anthology, and had a nice touch of including the original tales at the back.
Rebel by Marie Lu (1st) ✔ ★★★☆☆ – While this cover is truly art, it is so, so clear that this book is obviously not needed. Champion was already so perfect and I felt quite unsatisfied with the ending of Rebel. I do love Marie Lu, though ❤
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (1st) ✔ ★★★★☆– The perfect Christmas YA read (which sums up the attitude of the community towards the community, and it was just so cute and funny and full of so much heart, relieved I liked it.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (8th) ✔ ★★★☆☆ – I KNEW this got mixed reviews. I knew people didn’t like this, and yet. Since it was a premise that sounded so interesting and I liked Bardugo’s writing, I gave this a shot, and it was just okay? WAY too slow for my tastes. Also, I miss Darlington.
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao (15th) ✔ ★★★☆☆ – A solid sophomore, but in my opinion, I think it paled greatly when paired with American Panda. Good, but not my favourite.
Supernova by Marissa Meyer (5th) ❌ – As soon as I get my hands on the audiobook, you bet I will read it!! And finish this series.
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan (5th) ✔ ★★★★☆– This was a solid sequel, I guess, but not anywhere as great as Girls of Paper and Fire, in my opinion.
Color Outside The Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna (12th) ❌ – This was on my December TBR, and ya girl ended up not having the time to read it? But I really do want to, so, 2020?
Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian (26th) ❌ – Again, really losing interest in this one. I don’t know, I really just don’t care that much? Maybe I’ll audiobook it one day if I feel like it.
How did you do with your anticipated releases of 2019? Which was your favourite 2019 release, or any release do you really wish you got around to in 2019? Any books of interest here? I’d love to know.