My Anticipated Releases of The First Half of 2019 (leave me alone I know this is late)

Ah yes, I love posting my most anticipated reads for this year when we’re two and a half months in.

I am so… proud of myself…

Anyways, I know literally so many other people have posted the same exact post, but I decided that clearly for some reason, I need to do this post too & scream about all of my anticipated reads.

I’m going to be including books from January and February, even though we’re halfway into February, because I don’t want to exclude those months. (for some reason I typed “countries” instead of “months”) (why)

Some of these I’ve already talked about in my January recap or my #YARC2019 TBR post, but yes I’m going to boost a ton of diverse novels!!



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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (release date 1/15/19)

  • Aaaaah I love this cover so damn much. That fox spirit!!! This red palette!! I need this book in my life.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (release date 1/29/19)

  • I mean, Leigh Bardugo. Nikolai. Yeah.

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing (release date 1/29/19)

  • This cover is… one of the most gorgeous things to walk this earth, I swear. Look at that white spilling down the crevice!! Look at that dress that’s forming from the white foam water liquid!! Look at that city!! That moon!! Also, this is sapphic!

(edit, like five hours after I posted this: I heard from Shri that The Cerulean isn’t a true sapphic novel and that the main character is actually straight… so… nevermind… I regret everything… thank you so much, Shri!)



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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (release date 2/5/19)

  • This has OCD and Malaysian representation and y’all should read this review by this little disease blogger!! Also this cover is so pretty & the swag that the author gave out is also so amazing.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (release date 2/5/19)

  • LISTEN I’M SORRY THAT I HAVEN”T READ THE HATE U GIVE YET BUT OH MY GOD!!! Her covers are so gorgeous and they match each other perfectlyyyy < 3

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury (release date 2/26/19)

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We Set the Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (release date 2/26/19)

  • This is an ownvoices Latinx novel that’s a dystopian and it’s also SAPPHIC and has a forbidden romance and the hardcover is soooo pretty… I won a giveaway for a preorder of this & I’m UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED. SERIOUSLY.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (release date 2/26/19)

  • I also won a giveaway for a preorder of this* and it’s so thick and I am scared. Apparently there are like, seven different novel-shaped sections?? How did Samantha Shannon?? Also, I recently found out that this is f/f so I’m infinitely more hyped.

*I know, I know, I won two giveaways but listen. The key to winning giveaways is to retweet all of them. Just do it. You’ll lose all of your followers but are followers worth free books? I think not. BUT I DO WANT TO MENTION THAT SINCE I AM US-BASED, I HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PRIVILEGE COMPARED TO NON-US READERS. Also, I don’t think I’ve won any other giveaways besides these two in a while lmao.


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The Fever King by Victoria Lee (release date 3/1/19)

  • So many people loved this and it has an m/m relationship, I believe, and one of the main characters is bi!! Also, I think there’s poc biracial representation?? I vaguely remember the author saying something in a tweet but… take this with a grain of salt!

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton (release date 3/5/19)

  • This is the sequel to The Belles (which I reviewed) and the covers are so gorgeous, but I’m not totally a fan of this color palette tbh? I’M SURE IT WILL BE PRETTIER IN PERSON, THOUGH. I need this asap after the cliffhanger from The Belles. (Also, 2019 is going to be the year of sequels for me!!)

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera (release date 3/5/19)

  • This cover is… so smooth?? When I was pasting it in here it was so clear and nice and I just!! These flowers!!! This blue tone!! It creates such a dynamic cover?? I was approved for an e-arc of this, but it wasn’t available to send to kindle so I’m going to have to download some other app in order to read this, lol. (edit from two minutes later: yeah I just downloaded Bluefire Reader)

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Internment by Samira Ahmed (release date 3/19/19)

  • This cover literally has so much detail and I have an intense amount of love. This is a really heavy topic but I think that Samira Ahmed is the right person to handle it!! < 3

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum (release date 3/19/19)

  • Apparently there’s a polyam relationship in this and it’s also set in the same universe as this author’s debut, The Wicker King, which I haven’t read but I WANT TO SO BADLY.

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (release date 3/26/19)

  • This cover is my favorite gay thing ever, and also Amy Rose Capetta is genderqueer, so this is ownvoices for genderqueer representation!! Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy are honestly a young adult power couple even though I haven’t read Cori’s books. (But I read Amy Rose Capetta’s The Brilliant Death, which was so good!)



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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (release date 4/2/19)

  • I literally want a physical copy of this so desperately it’s sad!! (Albert Whitman, please. I’m literally Chinese sdkjfkjdf) But anyways, I will probably beg my sister to purchase me a hardcover of this or something, because the preorder giveaway for this looks so amazing and I WANT THOSE CHARACTER CARDS.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (release date 4/2/19)

  • This is probably on literally everyone‘s list, since this is a very considerably hyped title, but that cover!! is so gorgeous!! I love the cityscape and the papery background. Also, this synopsis sounds amazing.

Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed (release date 4/2/19)

  • I am unbelievably excited for this book and it’s lowkey upsetting that literally there aren’t a lot of “want-to-read”s of this book?? Like?? HAVE YOU SEEN THE FACT THAT IT’S AN OWNVOICES RETELLING OF ALADDIN? Aladdin is amazing and the fact that this would be ownvoices is even more amazing.

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The Tiger at Midnight (release date 4/23/19)

  • I know the romance in this novel is really amazing, and I am so unbelievably excited!!! This cover is the epitome of excellence. That slant. That sandy dissolve. I just!!! Love this so much!!!

King of Fools by Amanda Foody (release date 4/30/19)

  • This cover is okay, I guess, but more importantly it continues the saga of Levi and Enne!! And I need to see that romance. Please. Also, Amanda Foody tweeted about how everyone’s going to scream at her after reading it and thanks. That makes me feel so much more scared.



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Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali (release date 5/7/19)

  • This is a rom-com with a Muslim main character & she travels to Doha, Qatar for her spring break!! Which I’m pretty sure is the setting of this novel!! We love books that don’t take place in Western settings!!

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (release date 5/5/7/19)

  • I would like to establish that all of Maurene Goo’s covers are amazing and I LOVE how they all have Korean models on them omg. Most importantly, though, this one is rainbow.

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo (release date 5/7/19)

  • I love Elizabeth Acevedo. I haven’t even read her debut novel but I know it’s amazing. I gave my arc copy away to my Dominican friend who grew up in the Bronx and she was talking to me about how much she related to the story and I just!!!!! was so happy!!!! that she felt represented!!!!

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (release date 5/7/19)

  • I loved Helen Hoang’s novel, The Kiss Quotient (hi Melanie I love you so damn much thank you for sending that to me) and this one sounds so, so so good. I know that there’s autistic representation and that both characters are Vietnamese! Also, the girl is biracial!! THIS COVER IS SO PRETTY. Also, I’m buddy-reading this with Melanie!! < 3

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (release date 5/14/19)

  • This sounds so adorable and cheesy because there’s a curse on the main character from the sea, which means that dating her is bad news… I MEAN, WHO’S GOING TO COME ALONG TO BREAK THE CURSE? Clearly, Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy whose family owns the marina. Latinx culture!! Pitched as Gilmore Girls x To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (release date 5/14/19)

  • Mason is an absolute gem on Twitter, they’re so amazing and this cover is my everything. More genderqueer representation is so vital and I really hope that enby readers will be able to get copies of this book!! I also hope that black readers will be able to receive copies as well, because it seems like the love interest is black!

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There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (release date 5/14/19)

  • Sandhya Menon should be given an award for being a spectacular person; I ACTUALLY MET HER AT BOOKCON ONE TIME AND IT WAS SO AMAZING & I have an enamel pin for “From Twinkle, With Love” that’s a camera and it’s so cute!! Also this has Indian representation and the girl character is plus-size!

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad (release date 5/14/19)

  • I love Nafiza so much; she tweeted out for POC bloggers/booktubers to provide their information and she would pass it along to Scholastic, which I think is so nice and honestly… she’s just out here doing god’s work, writing amazing stories and providing them to readers of color. This sounds absolutely amazing and I know it’s set along the Silk Road and just… this cover…

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (release date 5/14/19)

  • I’m so lucky to be part of Hafsah’s street team (can more authors of color please create street teams because I actually!! would love to join all of them!!) and Hafsah is just a kind soul, I love her so much. I’m so happy for the new cove change to this one with a poc model!! I will scream about this novel into the void!

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I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn (release date 5/28/19)

  • Can we just bask in this simple and cute cover? IT JUST GIVES ME HARDCORE JAPANESE VIBES, especially from the art style and everything?? This one is about a Japanese girl who visits her relatives in Japan!! We love.

All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman (release date 5/28/19)

  • ELSIE CHAPMAN IS SO PRODUCTIVE, she also has another novel coming out in 2019 that’s YA & she’s participating in two anthologies this year?? Like, how. She is a powerhouse, I swear. While I didn’t really enjoy her novel Along the Indigo, I am so excited for this one (especially that asian as heck cover!!) and I really want to see how her writing has progressed!



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This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura (release date 6/4/19)

  • This is so beautiful and I can’t believe that I was approved for an e-arc!! I am so excited for this!! Also it’s so beautiful!!! This salmon pink!!

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan (release date 6/11/19)

  • I haven’t read any of Mary Fan’s previous books, which were self-published (Starswept) but I really, really want to purchase a hardcover because they’re incredibly beautiful. I’m so happy that Mary Fan is publishing even more amazing novels and I think it’s incredibly cool that she’s choosing to publish traditionally now.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi (release date 6/11/19)

  • This f/f cover!! Is so amazing!! Both the main characters are people of color, I believe, and I’m pretty sure that they’re South Asian. Also, this author wrote Not the Girls You’re Looking For, which I really want to read (and the cover is gorgeous).

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The Chai Factor by Farah Heron (6/11/19)

  • This features a South Asian cast and I just!! Love this yellow cover so much. It totally reminds me of the cover of The Bride Test, too.

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim (release date 6/11/19)

  • This is set in Chinatown and is all about heritage and food and how meaningful food is to family & culture, which I need. The publisher gave me a digital arc of this through Netgalley, and I’ll be buddy reading this with the amazing Shealea!

Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen (release date 6/18/19)

  • I voted for this cover on the Swoon Reads poll & it’s so dynamic and adorable and there’s FAKE DATING and ENEMIES TO LOVERS and the main characters are Asian and I just… really want to read this. please.

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All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil (release date 6/18/19)

  • Sooo this is basically a post-modern fairy tale set in San Francisco, and the main character is Latinx and bi!! I believe that the main character is living a “glam” life away from her family, but she has to return to them. Also, is there money in this girl’s hair?

Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman & Caroline Tung Richmond (release date 6/18/19)

  • This is an anthology featuring Asian authors of varying backgrounds and is focused on food & I don’t know if y’all know this, but… I love food. Food is amazing. Look at that bowl on the cover. I’m hungry now.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (release date 6/25/19)

  • This sounds like it came straight out of a manga and I desperately want to read it!! Raise your hand if you were here before the title change from “Gumiho” to “Wicked Fox” because I was!! Anyways, Korean paranormal romance = love.


I don’t know, I feel like I’m not very good at these posts because am I literally just saying the same exact thing for each novel?? That the cover is beautiful and that I’m excited for the book??

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What are your more anticipated reads of 2019? Do you agree with any of the titles I listed?? Most importantly, which covers are your favorite??


  1. This is such a good list, there’s so many exciting new books coming out this year and I just want all of them already!!! I’m extra excited for Dealing in Dreams, Wicked Saints and All of Us With Wings, but honestly these all sound amazing. You really need to read The Wicked King! It’s wonderful ❤️

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    1. Yess 2019 is going to be SO GOOD! Dealing in Dreams sounds so good and the art is just so beautiful, omg. I am actually /so scared/ for The Wicked King!! Also, I know that there’s a cliffhanger and that everyone’s dying for Queen of Nothing??? So I’m just… scared??


  2. What a great list! You are so lucky for getting The Priory of the Orange. I’m dying inside to read it but it hasn’t come out yet 😰 Also, The Bride Test and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune is so high up there on my list. They both sound so freaking good and I can’t wait for your review!!!

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    1. Thank youuu ❤ ❤ OMG Yes I was so happy when I won that giveaway! It looks so scary and I know that it's a Big Book and I'm just… nervous! The Bride Test and Natalie Tan seem so good and even though I usually read YA, they both sound so intriguing! ❤ ❤

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  3. There are so many books on here that I’m excited for! I was at the bookstore today and I saw Cerulean on the shelf and it was SO PRETTY but I’m broke so I gotta wait a bit before I can read it 😦 I’m really, really excited for it thought. And then there’s Last of Her Name, Priory of the Orange Tree, etc, etc, etc. Do I have enough time for all these books? Nope. Am I going to cram them into my reading schedule anyways? Heck yeah!

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    1. hahaaa omg yes I know The Cerulean was on this list but I just heard that the main character is straight & “different” from the sapphic society so I’m not going to be reading it lolll ❤ THE COVER IS SERIOUSLY PRETTY THO AND I AM SAD. Hahaaa omg sameee!! I am scared for my tbr shelf this year

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  4. every time i look at the covers of ‘i love you so mochi” and ‘i wish you all the best”, I’m just filled w this giddy happiness bc LOOK HOW CUTE

    i did not know the blurb of ‘don’t date rosa santos’ before but now i’m hyped bc it sounds so good and it’s on my tbr and i need to read it immediately bc gilmore girls x tatbilb? sold.

    i’m SO excited to read the fever king, i know for a fact that it’s going to be a fave.

    same with the bride test! at this point, i just want the kissing quotient 2 and this is basically the genderbent version of helen’s own book so i’m here for it :’)

    the covers of dealing in dreams and internment? i’m dead and i’m crying in the afterlife because oh my god, they are so beautiful.

    also, keep your eye out for ‘red, white and royal blue” in may, too. i just finished reading it and oh my god, juliana, it’s already one of my gay faves.

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    1. YES I KNOW RIGHT? honestly I need to do some research into these cover designers because they are seriously, so, amazing!

      YES Don’t Date Rosa Santos looks so adorable and also the cover is so pretty and I love the colors in it so much? Also, aaaah YES I have heard the most amazing things about The Fever King and so many people that have read it absolutely lovveeed it! 💗💗 I hope that you seriously love it.

      HAHA I loved The Kissing Quotient and I already trust Helen so much 💗 I know she’s going to do so many good things with The Bride Test aaaaaaaah.

      also, I lowkey want Dealing in Dreams to be on my wall or something, because those amazing designs are so pretty and I just love how smooth it looks, if that makes sense? Internment is one of the most creative covers EVER!!

      OH YEAH Red White and Royal Blue is also one of my anticipated, and it looks so cute and I was actually just approved for an e-arc so I AM EXCITED TO READ THE GAYNESS AND THE CUTENESS.

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  5. your anticipated releases post was funnier and better than all the others in the community so who cares if it’s late right? quality over punctuality!!

    even tho i didn’t like lh&of apparently internment is really good so now i’m like desperate to read it and i hate myself ( remember that time you DMEd me about internment being announced and I WAS SO MEAN TO YOU LIKE “yeah whatever” and you were just being a good friend I’M ETERNALLY SORRY I WAS A BITCH (i truly do not know what was up with me that day sgfjhdsf))

    also, wait i’m SHOOK that you haven’t read THUG like!! what the heck ju you need to read it?? it’s good. (like not amazing AMAZING but it’s so worth reading and v eye-opening)

    also em says that…wicked saints is bad so now i’m not hyped for it :///

    tell me how you really feel looks Good but then i lowkey found not the girls ur looking for to be very Trash in quality so ?? yuh

    i got an email for a descendant of the crane (that works! i sent my request to that specfic email and they replied saying they can’t ship out of the US so i can DM it to you if you want?? and you deserve it sm!!)

    king of fools! the weight of our sky! king of scars! we hunt the flame! priory! the fever king! I WANT THEM ALL SO BAD *Cry* (why do so many titles have “king” in them lmao?)

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    1. omg thank you ilsa that makes me feel good about myself lol. also skdjfksdjfkj that’s okay lmaooo I actually just read your post about isolating yourself so!! it’s chill!! ❤ ❤

      I KNOW I NEED TO READ THUG SDJKJSF I watched the movie and it was just so freaking good 💗💗 ummmmmm wait i'm like,,, scared for wicked saints then?? (okay, I just went to read chaima's review for wicked saints and now i'm SADDD)

      omg WHAT ilsa you hate so many of my anticipated books 😥 LOVE YOU AND YOUR OPINION STILL THO!

      wait I MIGHT have had the email but DM ME THE EMAIL ANYWAYS PLS ❤ I just want to check lol

      all of those books have the word King because they're the KINGS OF THE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS idk


  6. I’m very relived that I’m not the only one who has an anticipated release list going up in the middle of February 😅 😄 I’m soo excited for On the Come Up aand King of Fools, the latter is going to be a wild ride for sure 😱 My favorite cover has to be Hungry Hearts, it has so beautiful, soft colors and always makes me hungry 😊

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    1. Caro, let’s both be fashionably late!! 💕💕 Omg yes, I can’t believe Amanda is going to break our hearts again and again and we’ll cheer!! Also, On the Come Up sounds so good and I want to read THUG soon so that I can read that one! ❤ OH YES, Hungry Hearts has such a pretty cover and I want to buy a hardcover of it so badlyyy

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  7. I WISH YOU ALL BEST OMG IM LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT SM I WANT IT NOW!!! Also: wayward son by Rainbow Rowell is also one that I’m SUPER looking forward to and will 100% be hyping up throughout the year!! Fab post once again!!!

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  8. This is an amazing list! I’m very excited for Rebel by Marie Lu and We Hunt the Flame. There’s so many more I also want to read but time isn’t enough 😭

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  9. AH YES YES all of the amazing anticipated releases aaaaaaaaaaah love them!! ❤️ I am WAY too excited for We Set The Dark ON Fire, this book sounds absolutely INCREDIBLE, I can’t wait. Also that cover is way too pretty?! and Don’t Date Rosa Santos has to be another most anticipated book of mine, it just sounds WAY TOO good!! ❤️

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  10. aaaaaahhhhh so many books thanks for keeping me updated with new releases bc I am so so behind!! I really need Love from A to Z – LEGIT CAN’T WAIT TO SEE SOMETHING SET ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD!!

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