It’s official: 2019 is here and with it comes a brand new year of wonderful new books. I’m simultaneously geared up for and dreading what’s going to catch my eye this year, both because I’m easily obsessed and because my TBR list is out of control.
One of my goals this year is to trim that TBR list down, but in the spirit of breaking goals early, let’s talk about the books I’m eyeing coming out during January 2019.
My most anticipated read goes to…
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.
Release Date: January 8 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince was my favorite read of 2018, so of course, I’ve got to see where its sequel, The Wicked King, goes. I’ve been dying for this book since January of last year. Jude’s my girl, and I need to know how she and Cardan are going to complicate everything the other is trying to accomplish. Plus, I’m excited to see what Locke and Madoc have up their sleeves, and ugh, I guess Taryn, too. Will I be able to hate her more? Or less? Make my day, Holly Black!
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.
Release Date: January 29 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite authors right now; I’ll read anything she writes. Her Grisha trilogy had its highs and lows, but Nikolai was one of the highs, and I’m eager for more of his story. (Also, high-key hoping the “dark magic within him” is the Darkling because c’mon, Leigh, PLEASE!) Also, Nina Zenik from the Six of Crows duology is one of the POVs in this, and I gotta catch up with my girl. Nina is so important to me. I’ll actually be attending Leigh’s King of Scars tour in February, so expect more updates then!
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, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin 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.
Release Date: January 15 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves caught my eye mostly because of the promise of a group of unlikely people having to work together to achieve a larger goal. I’m a sucker for things like that. Having Paris as the setting is also a huge appeal, along with treasure-hunting and the possibility of an LGBT romance. I haven’t had a chance to read Chokshi’s other works, but I’ve heard good things, especially concerning her prose, so I think she’ll be a good fit to capture the atmosphere a set-up like this promises.
Fall in love, break the curse.
It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
Release Date: January 29 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: So I literally just see “Beauty and the Beast retelling” and I’ll add anything to my to-read list, huh? It’s true, I admit it, but with being almost 500 pages, Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely looks like it will stand out from the rest by being a novel that truly explores this retelling in a dark and fascinating way. I’m looking forward to delving deep into this words and these characters, particularly since Harper has cerebral palsy. I’m looking forward to a slowburn romance as opposed to an insta-love situation that makes the story utterly boring. So I’m hoping this one delivers!
As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.
Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.
Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.
Release Date: January 8 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: I am absolutely overlooking the “Wattpad sensation” tag, perhaps despite my better judgment, but I have hopes that White Stag by Kara Barbieri will be well worth the read. It’s Fae content for one thing, and for another, the book seems to focus on the difference between monstrosity and humanity, and who doesn’t love that? Please let Soren be a problematic fav, or at least give me a character who is, book. I actually have an ARC of this one that I desperately need to start.
Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.
In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.
Release date: January 15 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: It’s a fairytale retelling, there’s a talking wolf, the protagonist has a year to figure out what in the world is going on, and there’s a bunch of mirror imagery. Joanna Ruth Meyer knows how to grab my attention, and I’m definitely keeping an eye on Echo North. Plus, I’m super into that cover.
Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins…
After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest … disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.
Release Date: January 15 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: A.G. Howard and I have an interesting relationship. I read her Splintered series and enjoyed it mostly for just one character (Morpheus, obviously). I’m hoping that Howard’s storytelling ability and her characters have matured with Stain because it sounds like my jam. Again, 1) fairytale retelling, 2) female character has to disguise herself as a boy, 3) a prince of thorns and night (sounds hot), and 4) an opposites-attract romance. C’mon, this has to be good, right? Right?
Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of a cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy trilogy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and The Legend of Korra.
In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka comes to collect when there’s money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire—an ability she should have declared and placed at His Imperial Majesty’s service—she’s sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.
Release Date: January 22 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: Okay, Django Wexler, listen here. You can’t reference Leigh Bardugo and Legend of Korra, and expect me not to read your book. How could you be so sly? But seriously, Isoka sounds like an awesome character: a money collector whose abilities the Empire desperately wants. And she has to steal a ghost ship for them? Oh, man, yep, Ship of Smoke and Steel, you have my attention.
Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.
Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family and one misstep will doom her tribe.
Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.
And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.
Release Date: January 8 | Goodreads
Why I Want to Read This: I wasn’t as impressed as I wanted to be with S. A. Chakraborty’s The City of Brass, so The Kingdom of Copper is going to make or break whether I continue with the trilogy. I’m still interested in Nahri’s story and hope she will have much more agency this time around. Ali is also someone I’m rooting for, which was very unexpected. However, I could take or leave Dara, who I’m sure is coming back, and that’s sad to say. He’s the djinn. I should be head over heels for him, but he was just so…meh. But now that the rushed romance between him and Nahri is hopefully out of the way, maybe the rest of the story can shine.
That’s all for this month! Hoping you guys like the new format of these posts, but please feel free to give any feedback if you’ve got it.
Are you excited for any books on this list? What’s the book you want to read the most coming out in January 2019? I wanna know!
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