I tend toward pessimism, so I always assume the new year will bring doom and gloom, with a side order of disaster. However, this next year is looking pretty darn good as far as new releases go. Here are a few (only a few) of the books that I can’t wait to get my hands on in 2019.
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer- available January 15th:
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. (taken from Goodreads)
This has a Beauty and the Beast feel to me, but only as a jumping off point. I hope it’s as mysterious and beautiful as it sounds.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choski- available January 15th.
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. (taken from Goodreads).
There’s been a lot of buzz about this book, hopefully deserved. The description makes this book sound incredibly unique, and I don’t want to miss it.
A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison- available Feb. 7th
Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.
Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.
Will they be enough to break the curse?
Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? … (taken from Goodreads)
This book just looks fun and lighthearted, just the sort of book to read in February (for some reason, February is always incredibly busy and I read less). It might be one that my ten-year-old would like too.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare- available April 2nd
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. (taken from Goodreads)
To be honest, I thought Queen of Air and Darkness was a disaster. I’m not going to go into that here, but it was excruciating to read. However, I adore Magnus, and Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter universe is fun to explore. If Magnus and Alec are the main characters, I’d say this book has major potential.
Oddmire # 1: Changling by William Ritter- available July 16th
Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind.
Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are. (taken from Goodreads)
I read William Ritter’s Jackaby series this past year and loved it so much that it made my list of best books of the year. Add the fact that there are changelings involved (Changelings are great!), and I can’t wait to read this one! It’s also another one that my oldest might really enjoy.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern- Available Nov. 5th
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.
What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose — in both the mysterious book and in his own life. (taken from Goodreads)
Back in 2011, I read a book called The Night Circus, written by a new author named Erin Morgenstern. I fell completely in love with it. It’s in my list of top five books that I’ve ever read and I’ve read it at least twice every year since then. So to find out that, eight years later, Morgenstern has a new book coming out, is beyond exciting to me. I can’t wait to delve back into the magic that is her writing! This is the book that I’m most exited to read in 2019 and I’ll make sure to get my copy the second it’s available.
There you have it. While there are many other books that I’m excited for in 2019, I’ve decided to stop myself here before the glazed look in my readers’ eyes becomes a nodding off. What books are you excited to read in 2019? I’ve noticed there are no nonfiction in this list: what are some nonfiction books are being released that I need to keep an eye out for?