Now that 2018 is almost over, it's time for our first batch of 2019 reads! Here are the YA and MG books releasing in Winter 2019 (January through March) that I'm the most excited about.
1) Stain by A.G. Howard is a YA fantasy retelling of "The Princess and the Pea," a fairytale by my boy Hans Christian Andersen that was clearly influenced by his chronic pain. I don't know how much of a role that'll play in this retelling, but I'm interested nonetheless. This book releases on January 15.
2) A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is a YA fantasy retelling of the classic "Beauty and the Beast" story--one of my favorites, personally--featuring a girl with cerebral palsy. It releases on January 29.
3) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo continues Bardugo's adventures in the YA fantasy world of the Grisha, now following the roguish prince-turned-pirate from The Grisha series and the confident but recently grief-stricken magic worker from the Six of Crows duology. I'm ready to hear more from both of them, coming January 29!
4) Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok is a YA historical fantasy about a newspaper columnist in 1887 Paris who gets caught up in a serial killer investigation when she starts having visions about his murders. It releases on February 12.
5) The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes is a YA thriller about a group of women who take down all the men who hurt them--but who may turn out to be more about revenge than justice. It also releases on February 12.
6) The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine continues Redwine's loosely connected series of YA fantasy retellings, this one focusing on "Cinderella." The other books in the series have been wonderful and clever, and I'm sure this one will be too when it comes out on February 12.
7) Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson is a YA contemporary in multiple formats that tells the story of two girls who create a school club with a blog that fights sexism--and many other "-isms" as well. It joins the club of good books coming out on February 12.
8) Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre is the second book in their YA sci-fi series about a teen criminal who gets chosen to explore space in a living, sentient ship--only to get pulled into a war. I really liked the first book in the series, and I'm eager for more coming February 19.
9) What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman is a YA thriller in the vein of One of Us Is Lying that features two siblings who go on a road trip when their parents go missing. It comes out on February 26.
10) Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi continues the story from this year's popular Nigerian-inspired YA fantasy about a world where magic disappeared and magic users became oppressed. I can't wait to see what happens next! It'll be out on March 5.
11) The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton is the second book in Clayton's YA fantasy series that takes place in a world where everyone is born ugly and can only be made beautiful through the magic of a few gifted individuals. I look forward to seeing where it goes, coming March 5.
12) The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco concludes Chupeco's YA fantasy trilogy about a witch with resurrection powers who's on a mission to get revenge on those who hurt the man she loves. This series has been a lovely, dark oddity, and I'm interested to see how it concludes. It also comes out March 5.
13) Heroine by Mindy McGinnis is a YA contemporary about a girl suffering from an opiate addiction, which is a topic of interest to me as a chronic pain sufferer living in the time of the opioid epidemic.. It comes out on March 12.
14) Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young is a YA thriller in the vein of The Stepford Wives, about an academy where girls are taught to be perfectly feminine and obedient. It'll be released on March 19.
What books are you most looking forward to January through March? Let me know, and I'll be back Wednesday with my new year's resolutions.
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