Hey guys, it’s Elise! Welcome back to this new segment where I ramble about upcoming releases I’m excited for and announcements in the world of books. Because I’m a mess and follow 2018 books waaaaaaay too much.
I’ll end with a ranking of the month’s cover drops. These range from obscure to badass.
— The Super Exciting News —
The Booktube SFF Awards nominees have gone live! I love this shortlist, and hopefully by now my TBR post about it will have gone live.
[Feb 12] Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
✨ It was announced that Stephen Chbosky, author of Perks of Being a Wallflower, is publishing another book!! This is set to probably release in 2019 and follows a woman escaping from an abusive relationship and her son disappearing.
[Feb 12] In an Absent Dream and Come Tumbling Down
✨ Seanan McGuire finally announced at least four more books in her Wayward Children novella series! The first one will be Lundy’s book. The second has no blurb, but I’m guessing more of Jack and Jill? Please 👏 be 👏 more 👏 Jack 👏 and 👏 Jill 👏
— Projected Releases That Sound Awesome —
these are ordered based on level of excitement, with it getting more exciting as we go!
- Gumiho (Gumiho, #1) by Kat Cho | 2019 | okay listen. i am Aware that “immortal girl falls in love with boy” is maybe not the most original thing of all time. however, this promises moral ambiguity and modern-day Seoul! and I feel like books of this type are never from the immortal’s point of view, despite the fact that I am more invested in the immortal’s point of view.
- When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey | 2019 | “in which a group of high school girls face up to the consequences of a disastrous magical accident resulting in a dead boy on prom night” and also there are girl friendships and gay witches
- All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace | 2020 | “feminist duology in which a fierce princess strikes a deal with a pirate and embarks on a high-seas adventure to master a vicious magic before it destroys her kingdom.” intriguing, possibly interesting, no idea how good it’ll actually be, the pirate book trend is so real?
- The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala | 2019 | #ownvoices trilogy set in ancient India-inspired world, where a soldier hunts the rebel girl accused of killing his General… and they maybe fall in love? This could be light YA, which sometimes annoys me, but the title sounds amazing and I’m seeing hate-to-love.
- Muse by Brittany Cavallaro | 2020 | one of my other book additions, and set in an alternate history world’s fair Chicago! I love this concept so much; I’ve gotten sort of re-obsessed with this era after The Diviners. I just really like social upheaval, I guess?
- A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat | 2020 | “loosely based on Les Miserables and set in an imaginary Bangkok-like city” LIKE. PLEASE.
- Birthday by Meredith Russo | 2018 | nothing known except the author, and that’s enough for me! Russo’s story in Meet Cute was so brilliant and awesome that I felt the need to read all of everything she writes. I’m already reading If I Was Your Girl [I’ll probably have finished when this goes live] and I can’t wait to see more out of her.
- The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters | 2019 | IT’S CAT WINTERS AND I CARE ABOUT MYSELF.
- Her Stillness by Corey Ann Haydu | 2020 | A “modern feminist fairytale” about four cursed princesses working to overcome their spell. Which sounds awesome. This is possibly a Snow White retelling about her kids, due to a mention of a mom in a glass coffin. I know everyone is sick of retellings but listen, dark feminist fairy tale retellings are my favorite ever.
- The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick | 2018 | “to compete, she must ride a demon intent on infecting her soul, and hope its darkness doesn’t consume her before reaching the end” like please isn’t this my exact aesthetic
- The Red Bridge Wars by Shannon Price | 2019 | this sounds SO AMAZING. “A reimagining of the Illiad set in a version of modern-day San Francisco where three gangs rule the city. The story follows one grieving teen who joins the Wars to seek vengeance for her younger brother, but finds herself torn between old love and new loyalty.” this is a book about gentrification in MY CITY. and it is a retelling of THE ILLIAD. I will scream.
- Children of Ash by Rebecca Kim Wells | 2019 | I’m just going to read this blurb for you. “Raised in the ruins of a mountain city, Maren wants nothing but a peaceful life but when her girlfriend is kidnapped, Maren vows to rescue her, even if it means stealing a dragon from the corrupt empire.” LIKE. DOES THAT NOT SOUND AMAZING. SHE RESCUES HER GIRLFRIEND ON A DRAGON
— Cover Reveals —
These are ranked sort of in order of how much I love the covers. BEST SAVED FOR LAST!
- On The Come Up by Angie Thomas has a cover! This is obviously one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I can’t WAIT to see what’s in store. Have to say, though, I don’t think this cover is that great? It’s okay and I have no major complaints, but the super dark style is very Not My Thing.
- Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan. This is pitched as Throne of Glass in space and I am… somewhat enthused somewhat worried by that premise. But I have to say this cover is…………. sort of in between. Love the woman of color on the cover and adore the cover model’s intensity. Buuuuuuuut I feel like nebula covers like this are just never my thing? They always look sort of cheesy, and the full-body model is really only adding to that here. Although this is admittedly so much better than the original bad nebula cover. Romina Russel’s Zodiac, y’all. That cover is bad.
- A somewhat meh cover on paper [listen…. this is generic] that I think will look so badass in real life. Mirage is inspired by Somaiya Daud’s Moroccan background and follows a poor girl who becomes the body double to the cruel imperial princess. this sounds like the concept for The Diabolic, but I’m lowkey hopeful it’s even better!
- Here’s one for a sequel to a book I haven’t read: As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows! This series has some really cool covers, but this book especially just looks BEAUTIFUL.
- For A Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig got this cool cover! Very out there and maybe not the greatest on paper but I think it’ll look stunning on a hardcover book. This is the opening of “a fantasy trilogy that blends the cultures of South Asia and colonial-era France and features a girl with powers to bind the souls of the dead.” Which sounds fantastic?
- Annex by Rich Larson. This book has one of the most incomprehensible blurbs I have ever seen, but I know it’s queer and dystopian and character driven and just generally sounds awesome.
- The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. Aka companion to one of my favorite books of last year. And this really beautiful cover. I just love how these look in hardcover.
- City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab got this…. sort of cool sort of weird cover? I never read middle grade, but I’m totally making an exception for this author. who knows, maybe I’ll get into it.
- Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake, the third book in a series I have still yet to read, got this gorgeous cover. All I know about this book is there is murder and politics and you should not read the synopsis of this sequel unless you want spoilers.
- The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano, a sequel to yet another book I have yet to read [and probably never will] got this excessively stunning cover.
- Seafire by Natalie C. Parker reminds me a little of the Mirage cover, but for some reason I like it a lot more? This blue and orange color scheme is my exact aesthetic. Also, this is about sapphic pirates. WIN.
[Now we’re getting into top four.]
- MUSE OF FUCKING NIGHTMARES BY LAINI TAYLOR. This is one of my most anticipated of the whole year and I am so excited that this cover has finally gone live!! The purple scheme is lovely.
- Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria, which I don’t know anything about besides the blurb [which seems fairly typical rebel fantasy] and a brief reference to it having bi characters. but the cover is GORGEOUS. and my current thought is basically who’s sending me an arc.
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi had an utterly gorgeous cover drop! This is an updated pride-and-prejudice retelling by an author who won a few awards for her debut, American Street, which I somehow avoided reading [I’m a mess] and oh, I can’t wait to read this.
- The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White of course deserves a place on here [hi creepy cool book]. This cover is really creepy! And also my exact aesthetic.
Are any of you most anticipated on here? Comment down below if you’re anticipating any of these or found new books to anticipate! I want to hear from you.