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Top 5 Wednesday – Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

Posted December 19, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 0 Comments

December 19: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

— Pretty self-explanatory. If you can’t narrow it down, give your selections for only the first half of the year or even just for winter 2019.


The Wicked King by Holly Black

I just wrapped up a re-listen of the The Cruel Prince, and OH MY GOD. There are so many little details I forgot about since I originally read it last winter, and now I have a mighty need to see what happens next. I’m borderline rabid, guys, and I’m pretty sure Paige is on the verge of punching me through her phone screen if she gets one more message that starts with any version of, “I can’t believe I forgot Jude/Cardan/Madoc did…..!!”

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight was a SLOW start for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the footnotes or the mirrored story items in the first chapter, and it made me crazy. By the time I finished it, however, I was hooked. Like, weeping about its perfection hooked. And then the announcement for Darkdawn being delayed came, and I have refused to let myself read Godsgrave yet, because I don’t want the anticipation to kill me. My need to know what happens next is reaching critical mass, though, so I’m thinking I’ll take it as my airplane book when we go to England in February. Next September is too damn long to wait.

UPDATE since writing this draft: I started Godsgrave last weekend. More on that, later. No regrets.

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

So this is a re-release, not a new release, but I’ve decided it still counts. This was Queen V’s first novel, but it’s been out of print for five years now. I just received an original hardcover from Better World Books, and it’s amazing, but the new cover is downright GORGEOUS! Plus, there’s a new novella included, and I’m always down for new Schwab writing to grace my world. She has a couple more releases next year as well, but it’s this one I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

SHE’S FINALLY WRITING ANOTHER BOOK! HOORAY! Listen, I am a FIRM believer that creators do not owe consumers a damn thing when it comes to their stories, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be pumped AF when they release things after long periods of time. The Night Circus is such a beautiful book, and I love re-reading it in some form or another, but the fact that there’s another Morgenstern work is on the way just makes my heart happy. I cannot wait to dive into another world of her creation. Ahhhhh!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Listen. Y’all read my review of The Grisha Trilogy, and it took me a hot minute to work myself up to reading Six of Crows. But now I’m trash for this world, and I’m excited to see what’s been going on with Nikolai since becoming king. We all know his world is turned upside down (to say the very least), but I’m hoping that experiencing him as a main character will mean experiencing him in a truer form than his blustering bravado in the other books. Not that I didn’t love him then, because I REALLY did, I’m just excited to get to know his character better. Ugh, it’s gonna be so good!


So I just want you guys to know that I scrolled past Kate’s answers in our shared Google doc before I typed these, so any similarities are because we have the same, EXQUISITE TASTE. Obviously. These are in no particular order, I’m just fucking PUMPED that they will finally exist.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

The ending of Godsgrave absolutely shattered me, and then I was shattered even harder when I found out the release was pushed back aN eNtiRe YeAr. The reading gods have not smiled on me. I totally get why Jay had it pushed back (he is a juggernaut and has 2 other releases coming out in 2019, which I’m also excited for), but I cannot wait to be reunited with Mia and Mr. K.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I lost my goddamned mind when I found out the genius artist behind The Night Circus was releasing another book. If Erin had never written another book in her entire life, I would have just been so grateful for the one masterpiece she did grace us with. I saw the title and braced myself to not be interested in the synopsis…BUT I SHOULD HAVE HAD FAITH. It sounds AMAZING and I can. Not. Wait. Oh. My. God.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince has been stewing in my brain for almost a year now since I read it in March of 2018 and reread it via audio a few weeks ago, and I know from advance reviews that this one is going to kill me and make me impatient for the third. I’m ready.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Let me just…drop this quote from the synopsis for you:

“All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.”

I LOVED An Enchantment of Ravens, and I knew she was writing something else that was coming out in 2019. When the title and synopsis came out, I fell in love all over again.

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

I am absolute trash for this series, and January 8th is too damn far away for me to get the next installment. All I want for Christmas is for YOU to go read Every Heart a Doorway and hop on this hype train with me.

(Psst. Hey. Also. The Priory of the Orange Tree, A Treason of Thorns, Ninth House, and Crescent City.)

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