Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Reads for the first half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by the fabulous Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl. You can join in with future topics here!

Another year, another excellent lot of books hitting our shelves. There are some that I get to read almost instantly (yay instant gratification!) and others that I'm going to have to wait until nearly the end of the year before I finally see... (cue sobbing) But these will all definitely be worth the wait when I get to them!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
January 29th 2019

Face your demons...or feed them.

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.
I'm so excited about this book. I've been so excited about this book for months. And now it's SO CLOSE AND I NEED IT NOW.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
February 1st 2019

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Severin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Severin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Severin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much. Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
I've loved Roshani's previous work, and this just ticks all of my excited boxes. Historical novel, set in Paris, filled with magic and murder and intrigue. YES PLEASE GIVE ME NOW.
Enchantée by Gita TreleaseFebruary 21st 2019

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magicians...When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille is left to provide for her frail sister and her volatile brother. In desperation, she survives by using the petty magic she learnt from her mother. But when her brother disappears Camille decides to pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.Using dark magic Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine‘ and presents herself at the court of Versaille, where she soon finds herself swept up in a dizzying life of riches, finery and suitors. But Camille’s resentment of the rich is at odds with the allure of their glamour and excess, and she soon discovers that she’s not the only one leading a double life. 

Another book that has been on my radar for months now, and it's so close to my little grabby hands and I need it in my life...

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
February 21st 2019

Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…
Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.
Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.
As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

I've felt a little bit mixed about some of these books, but honestly there's so much to love about them that of course this is on my excited list. I just want more.

A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn
February 28th 2019

Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favour. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancee - much to Stoker's chagrin. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind. As spectral figures, ghostly music, and mysterious threats begin to plague the partygoers, Veronica enlists Stoker's help to discover the host's true motivations. And as they investigate, it becomes clear that there are numerous mysteries surrounding the Romilly estate, and every person present has a motive to kill Rosamund...

It's a new Deanna Raybourn book, of course it's going to feature in my top ten most anticipated reads!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
March 7th 2019

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 imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji but also some nobles with magic ancestry. 
Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as strong and magical as they are. When Amari's mother forms an army of royals with newly awakened powers, Zélie fights to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath. But with civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must find a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.
Personal feelings regarding twitter behaviour aside, I really loved the first book, and I'm excited to see where the story goes next. Admittedly that excitement has dimmed a little in recent months, but it still warrants a place in the top ten for the year.

EDIT: The release date has now been moved to June 4th 2019.

The Queen's Resistance by Rebecca Ross
March 7th 2019

Finally, Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is settling into her role as the daughter of Davin MacQuinn, a disgraced lord who returned to Maevana to reclaim his house. Though she’s just survived a revolution, one that will finally return a queen to the throne, she faces another difficult challenge. She must prove herself trustworthy to the MacQuinns. But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s house as well as her country. And then there’s Cartier Evariste, a wholly separate factor in her new life.
Now known as Aodhan Morgane, Cartier is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia as a master of knowledge and his current one as the lord of a fallen house. During his castle’s restoration, he discovers a ten-year-old boy named Tomas, whose past and parentage are a complete mystery. So when Cartier’s former pupil Brienna is as fond of Tomas as he is, he lets his mind wander – what if he doesn’t have to raise him or his house alone?
As the Lannon trial rapidly approaches, Brienna and Cartier must put their feelings aside to concentrate on forging alliances, executing justice, and ensuring that no one interferes with the queen’s coronation. But resistance is rumbling among the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces. And nothing makes a person more vulnerable than deep-seated love.
The first book in this series was one of the best reads of last year for me, and it's felt like an interminably long time to wait to find out what happens next, but it's nearly here now!
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C G Drews
April 4th 2019

Can two broken boys find their perfect home? By turns heart-breaking and heart-warming, this is a gorgeously told, powerful story.
Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he's ever known. Now Sam's trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he's caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing - each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie. But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him
I adored Cait's debut novel "A Thousand Perfect Notes" last year, and I cannot wait to see how much emotional trauma her next novel does to me (in the best possible way of course).

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
April 9th 2019

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

FINALLY we get a novel for Alex and Magnus. Gosh these two deserve all of the love. Plus the blurb looks gives the impression that this book is going to be an absolute blast. I can't wait.

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
Release Date TBA

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.

I know next to nothing about this book, there isn't  a cover or a release date yet, but it's Sarah J Maas, so it's an automatic must by for me.

There you have ten of the books hitting out shelves in 2019 that I cannot wait to read. Now, over to you to tell me some of yours!


  1. Ooh, The Boy Who Steals Houses sounds like a fantastic read. I'm definitely adding that one to my TBR. Thanks.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    1. I highly recommend Cait's debut "A Thousand Perfect Notes" as well!

  2. I need to read A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES-- but also THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES sounds good too!!

  3. The Boy Who Steals Houses is on my list this week too! And I haven't read Tomi Adeyemi's first book. I'm not the biggest fantasy fan, and the Twitter antics really does put me off wanting to try. I hope the sequel is wonderful for you though!


  4. King of Scars and Children of Virtue and Vengeance were on my list this week too. Enchantee is amazing, I'm reading it at the moment-it's still available on Netgalley if you want it.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/top-ten-tuesday-193/

  5. I LOVE the Veronica Speedwell series! The books always make me laugh. I have a copy of this one via Netgalley, just haven't gotten to it yet. I hope we both love it!

    Happy TTT!

  6. After reading everyone's TTT this week I realized how many books I forgot to add to my list! I can't wait. :)