Too late to be excited about all the stellar books releasing in 2019? Eri and Alexis think not, which is why we are here, in February, talking about the yet to be released books of 2019 that we would do unspeakable things for.
And if you wanna know why it took us so long to write this post it’s because Alexis refused to stop marathoning episodes of Smallville.
- March 19th — The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum // Young Adult ⋆ Science Fiction. You might think that as an Astrophysics major I read a ton of science fiction, but it actually takes a lot to get me excited about Sci-Fi. The Weight of Stars was an instant ‘yes’. One heroine aspires to be an astronaut but doesn’t think it’s in the cards for her and one heroine is the daughter of an astronaut. There’s found family and an F/F Romance.
- April 23rd — If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. Cameron Bright is easily the unlikeable heroine I’m most excited for in 2019. Los Angeles Private School setting + Mean girl heroine trying to fix her mistakes + my favorite YA writing duo = 😍😍
- June 11th — Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. First off, the cover is adorable. Beyond that, I’m super excited for this enemies to lovers F/F based on a misunderstanding (think Pride and Prejudice vibes).
- April 30th — A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) by Alyssa Cole // Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. Reluctant Royals can do no wrong. It’s my absolute favorite Contemporary Romance series, and it’s my go to series recommendation to Romance newbies. This installment has a heroine who plays dating sims and an accidental fake engagement.
- May 7th — The Bride Test by Helen Hoang // Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. I mean, what do you want me to say about The Bride Test. Of course, I’m excited for Helen Hoang’s sophomore book.
- June 4th — The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits #1) by Olivia Waite // Adult ⋆ Historical Romance. *SCREAMING FOR 57 YEARS*. Historical F/F Romance with an Astronomer heroine? I still can’t believe 2019 is blessing us like this. I’m preparing for an all nighter when this comes out.
- June 18th — Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey // Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. I love fiction vs reality themes. Anything with a main character who is obsessed with a show, book, or, in this case, an actor to the point where it stifles their actual life is impossible for me to resist. This heroine’s romcom obsession has gotten in the way of her dating life. She has a not so cute, meet cute with the lead actor of a movie filming in her neighborhood who she keeps sharing classic romcom moments with.
- June 18th — Some Like It Scandalous (The Gilded Age Girls Club #2) by Maya Rodale // Adult ⋆ Historical Romance. Fake Engagements, especially in Historical Romance, are the fastest way into my heart. Some Like It Scandalous has not only a fake engagement, but enemies to lovers AND a STEM heroine who wants to sell her own cosmetics. Total. Catnip.
- July 30th — Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2)by Sarah MacLean // Adult ⋆ Historical Romance. I adored Wicked and the Wallflower. The Bareknuckle Bastards has the potential to become my favorite Historical Romance series, so I’m very excited to see where Hattie and Whit’s story takes the series next. Plus, I have a soft spot for stories where heroine inherits a family business.
- August 27th — The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3) by Tessa Dare // Adult ⋆ Historical Romance. Romances with quirky~ pets are absolute fun. The heroine of this one has more than a couple rescues: an otter, hedgehog and goat (in Tessa Dare fashion) to name a few. Her attractive, new neighbor demands she clears out house.
- November 5th — Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert // Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. Talia Hibbert will be making her Avon debut this year. I can’t not express my excitement enough, and I’m particularly excited for this book’s chronic illness rep. The heroine is a chronically ill computer geek who is looking to “get a life” with the help of a tattooed, motorcycle-owning handyman.
- Release TBD —Rogue Heart (Rebel Seoul #2) by Axie Oh // Young Adult ⋆ Science Fiction. You can ask the author, I have been a die-hard stan of Alex and Ama, who were supporting characters in book one and get their own book *insert squeal* which I’m sure will have tons of angst and everything I love from kdrama tropes.
- March 1st — The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco // Young Adult ⋆ Fantasy. I would die for the main cast of this book, they are all such treasures and I am sad to see this delightful series end, but also am anxious to see every one of my kids have a happy ending. I love the world in this series like how can you not enjoy bone witches and heartglasses and some gorgeous monsters.
- March 1st — The Fever King by Victoria Lee // Young Adult ⋆ Science Fiction. Sci-fi with morally ambigious characters and found families and interesting magic? sign me up please.
- March 12th — Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon // Young Adult ⋆ Science Fiction. Want was one of my favorite reads of 2017 and I have been waiting forever to read Ruse. The cover art is also divine for both the predecessor and Ruse, fingers crossed I get to it when it comes out soon.
- April 2nd — Descendant of the Crane by Joan He // Young Adult ⋆ Fantasy. Practically everyone I trust has hyped and raved about this book to me and I’ve heard it contains some great sibling dynamics so I am excited!!! Also this book has been sitting on my kindle for some time because I have just not had the time but I am eager to read it.
- May 14th — We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal // Young Adult ⋆ Fantasy. A girl who is on a quest as a hunter while disguising her identity as a girl + prince of death = interest peaked. Also this fantasy is set in a world inspired by Ancient Arabia and I cannot wait for its gorgeousness.
- June 4th — This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary. This book is a modern-day contemporary YA, but the premise deals with the wounds left by WWII Japanese-American internment and it promises to be a poignant read, plus the cover is so lovely. This is also one of the first books that I’ve seen deal with internment in this manner so I’m looking forward to it.
- June 18th — Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond // Young Adult ⋆ Anthology. It’s a YA anthology about food, family, and culture which is everything I did not know I needed in life. There are so many incredible authors listed for this anthology, many of whom I adore, so this is a definite priority tbr read.
- June 25th — Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho // Young Adult ⋆ Fantasy. Fun fact about me: I adore foxes. It could be the fact that I find their mischievous nature charming or their rather prominent status in a lot of East Asian folklore, but anyhow, I cannot wait for this book. Also it’s about a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox, who eats the souls of men to survive?! clearly calling my name here.
- March 12th — The True Queen by Zen Cho // Adult ⋆ Fantasy. This series is a historical fantasy series set in a fantasy England with societies of sorcerers and the related politics. Add in some Malay witches and thoughtful discussion of colonial England and we’ve got ourselves a winner here.
- April 2nd — The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta // Adult ⋆ Contemporary. Melina Marchetta could publish anything and I would devour it because she is just that incredible to me. The Jimmy book has been a long time coming because it features a beloved character from two of her previous books, which were written years ago. So I have actually waited years for this book to come out and I cannot be more psyched.
Books We’re Both Dying For
- May 7th — Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. I enjoyed S.K. Ali’s previous Contemporary Young Adult novel, Saints & Misfits. We are both over the moon that she’s releasing a YA Romance this year. And this cover is to die for. – Alexis
- May 28th — I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn // Young Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. Okay, so technically I’m reading this now, but I am still looking forward to getting the actual book so. Alexis and I love Sarah so much and bonus points because both LA and Japan are featured in this book and if that’s not the perfect destination pair~ – Eri
- July 2nd — Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo (Illustrator) // Young Adult ⋆ Graphic Novel. Can you hear that? It’s the distant sound of elementary school Alexis screaming from mid-2000s… My toxic, one-sided love affair with DC comics began with the animated Teen Titans This was the first tv show from my childhood that I had a long standing attachment to, and it spawned my first fictional favorite: Raven. And although my Raven/Robin stan heart is in mild agony, I’m truly excited for this take on Raven and to see what DC Ink has in store. – Alexis
- April 2nd — The Takeover Effect (The Singh Family #1)by Nisha Sharma // Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. Alexis and I have been waiting forever for this book to come out, and we are so excited that it’s finally coming out soon. If you haven’t noticed, we are very much into family saga type romances and this one promises to be a promising read. Also, the YA by Sharma was delightful and I cannot wait to see her take on adult Romance. – Eri
- June 4th — Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin // Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. Yes, I’ve talked about Ayesha At Last a couple times before. But, as Ayesha is making her US debut this year with Berkley Romance, I couldn’t help but be in awe of this book’s majesty yet again (plus Eri hasn’t read it yet). If you like Pride and Prejudice retellings, be prepared to be blown away because this one is the best of the best. – Alexis
- July 2nd — The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai // Adult ⋆ Contemporary Romance. We here at Lacy Literacy adore Alisha. Her Forbidden Hearts series was a fast fave and we both have been anticipating this spin-off since it was announced. Fun fact, we met Alisha’s publicist at KissCon Atlanta and both screamed when we asked about when the cover reveal would happen. – Eri
- July 30th — Wicked Bite (Night Rebel #2) by Jeaniene Frost // Adult ⋆ Paranormal Romance. I think Eri and I’s feelings about this book can be explained in the one word we semi-yelled when talking to Jeaniene Frost at KissCon Atlanta: AMNESIA?!?!? ! (highlight to read the spoiler). We love the tropes in Night Rebel. You will have to pull this series’ audiobooks narrated by super galaxy brain narrator Tavia Gilbert from our cold dead hands. – Alexis
- August 6th — The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang // Adult ⋆ Fantasy. We are both Poppy War stans first, bloggers second at Lacy Literacy. This book has a lot of [redacted] tropes that we both love and we cannot wait to see all of our favorite characters
diethrive in the sequel. Well, I know I am, but Alexis’ favorite character may or may not have already been guaranteed a tragic demise. – Eri
- August 6th — Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia // Adult ⋆ Fantasy. We both have enjoyed Moreno-Garcia’s writing in the past, Alexis with Certain Dark Things and me with The Beautiful Ones, so like clearly this would be on our list. Also we both have strong roots in mythology based books *cough* Percy Jackson series, and this one sounds like a gem. – Eri
- August 27th — Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews // Adult ⋆ Paranormal Romance. Eri and I are obsessed with the Hidden Legacy world. Catalina has always had a soft spot in my heart. And, with the set up Diamond Fire gave us, the story is leading into the backstory~ of the older generation Baylors, something that, as a pre-book event stan, is exactly what I love in fantasy worlds. Oh, and did I mention that Eri and I have been in love with Alessandro since his first appearance? – Alexis