The first five months of 2019 have seen some absolutely wonderful books released and the rest of 2019 looks to be no different! Today I’m sharing six books due for release this year that I’m excited to add to that ever growing TBR pile of mine.
2019 Books I’m Excited For
Continuing 2019’s theme of widening my reading I’ve a mix of Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult fiction below, so read on for two of each.
Honeybees and Frenemies – Kristi Wientge
Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey.
It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when she’s asked to compete in the local honey pageant. This means Flor has to spend the summer practicing her talent (recorder) and volunteering (helping a recluse bee-keeper) with Candice, her former friend who’s still bitter about losing the pageant crown to Flor when they were in second grade. And she can’t say no.
Then there’s the possibility that Flor and her family are leaving to move in with her mom’s family in New Jersey. And with how much her mom and dad have been fighting lately, is it possible that her dad may not join them? Flor can’t let that happen. She has a lot of work to do.
This is such a cute sounding American middle grade novel. I’m looking forward to getting to know Flor and seeing how she deals with everything the summer throws at her. Honeybees and Frenemies is due for release in June.
The Kingdom – Jess Rothenberg
Welcome to the Kingdom… where ‘Happily Ever After’ isn’t just a promise, but a rule.
Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom™ is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species―formerly extinct―roam free.
Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.
But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty―and what it truly means to be human.
Read that blurb and tell me it doesn’t sound amazing! Virtual Dragons, Fantasists and a murder case? Well Pan MacMillan take my money now! The Kingdom is released in July.
Sex Power Money – Sara Pascoe
Part comedy, part anthropological study, here is everything Sara Pascoe has learned from scientists, sex education teachers, pornographers and 90s films about love, cruelty, domination, masculinity, status, and economic pressures. Is internet porn ruining marriage? ‘Mind Rape’ isn’t a thing, is it?
Like her much-loved first book, Animal, Pascoe overthinks and overshares in the name of our entertainment and education. Sex Power Money is a whipsmart, winningly funny look into who – and what – we are, and what makes us tick.
I still need to read Animal but this sounds like such an interesting read and I love watching Sara on TV. Sex Power Money is due for release in August.
The Land Of Roar – Jenny McLachlan
The new middle-grade fantasy that will make you believe in magic!
When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)
Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar . . . real?
I’m getting serious Narnia vibes from this middle grade debut from Jenny McLachlan. I loved Stargazing for Beginners and I have Truly, Wildly, Deeply on my shelf to read so I’m looking forward to seeing how she writes for this younger age group. The Land Of Roar is due for release in September
Endgame – Daniel Cole
A locked room. A dead body. A secret that went to the grave.
When retired police officer Finlay Shaw is found dead in a locked room, everyone thinks it’s suicide. But disgraced detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes isn’t so sure.
Together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and private detective Edmunds, Wolf’s team begin to dig into Shaw’s early days on the beat. Was Shaw as innocent as he seemed? Or is there more to his past than he’d ever let on?
But not everyone wants Wolf back – and as his investigation draws him ever deeper into police corruption, it will not only be his career on the line – but the lives of those he holds closest as well…
Endgame is the final book in the Fawkes and Baxter trilogy by Daniel Cole. I really enjoyed both Ragdoll and Hangman so I’m anxious to see how Daniel wraps up the story. Endgame is due for release in September.
The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman
The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.
Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.
You’ve probably seen me talk about His Dark Materials and how much that trilogy meant to me when I was younger. I’m really looking forward to moving on with the second story from the Book Of Dust trilogy and joining Lyra as an adult and discovering how her life has been after the events of The Amber Spyglass. The Secret Commonwealth is due for release in October, which means if I read one a month I’ve just got time to re-read His Dark Materials and La Belle Sauvage before this is released.
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