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10 most anticipated reads of 2019

I am so here for all of the diversity and representation rolling out this year. So to continue to stand behind these amazing authors coming out with awesomeness, let me break down the ones I’m most excited for (though they’re all awesome, really).

BTW, I’m also including books that’s already came out earlier this year since I haven’t had the chance to read them yet either, ha ha.

The Girl King

Mimi Yu

Okay, right with the title, I’m basically sold.

Sisters in line for the throne, fantasy setting, not to mention magic, cousins, betrayal, like, where has this been all my life?

Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this richly imagined, Asian-inspired fantasy for fans of Renée Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir.

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Spin the Dawn

Elizabeth Lim

When the cover for this one released, I fell in love immediately. AND THEN I found out it’s like Mulan, but with ancient tailors and magic materials.

And did I mention the cover?

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

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A Dream So Dark

L.L. McKinney

The second installment of A Blade So Black Book is coming out this year and I am SO EXCITED! If you haven’t read the first book yet, you need to rectify that situation before diving into this one. Or just period. Read the book. No seriously, read it.

L.L McKinney has a gift with relatable characters and a voice that I absolutely love for being unapologetically sassy. So do yourself a favor.

In this thrilling sequel to A Blade So Black, Alice goes deeper into a dark version of Wonderland.

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The Candle and the Flame

Nafiza Azad

You really didn’t have to say anything more than djinn and I would have showed up. Or the Silk Road. Like, and again with the gorgeous covers, I mean…

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population…

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The Gilded Wolves

Roshani Chokshi

I have been waiting for this book before I even knew it existed. When all the character drawings came out, I was just fawning over all of them, as if I knew who they even were. That didn’t matter though, I was fawning anyway! Paris, intrigue, secret organizations, can I just BE in this book?

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

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We Hunt the Flame

Hafsah Faizal

This one isn’t even out yet, and it has an incorrect quotes account. This one isn’t even out yet, and I FOLLOW that incorrect quotes account. I haven’t even READ it yet, and I retweet and like the posts as if I know who they’re talking about, mmkay? This is how invested I’m in this book already. And I have to wait until May to finally read it.

By the way, can we just gush over this opening line for a moment here?

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

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The Tiger at Midnight

Swati Teerdhala

There’s a female rebel named Viper, what else could you possibly need? Plus, it’s Hindu mythology and Indian history inspired, I am so ready for this.

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.

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Brittney Morris

Okay, this one basically speaks for itself:

Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give in this dynamite debut novel that follows a fierce teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther–inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for black gamers.


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The Weight of Our Sky

Hanna Alkaf

I am so excited for Hanna and her debut. I’ve never read a story based in Malaysia and I can’t wait to fix that. And the artwork… *tears up*

A music-loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.

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Katerina King

*files nails* Now, this read is very much so anticipated, but not for me because I’ve already had the pleasure to read it. Hehehehe…

However, for the rest of you, you’ll have to wait until later this year when Katerina King releases her urban fantasy debut, Malediction, the first in the Ritual of the Court trilogy.

A witch dealing with the opposition on all sides, from her religious and toxic family, to the witch coven hell-bent on killing her, Scarlette just wants to survive.

Katerina doesn’t have any buy links yet, but you can check her out on Twitter to get the latest news on her release, or stop by and play her hashtag game, #CharacterChaos:

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