I can’t believe I just wrote 2019, because I honestly feel like 2018 has flown by. I didn’t have a ton of anticipated releases for 2018, so next year I am trying to get a jump start on what to pre-order. Rachel Strolle put a fabulous list together on Twitter of 2019 releases so I wanted to give her a shout out! I can’t imagine the time and effort it took to bring that together.
Enchantee by Gita Trelease
Pub date: February 5th, 2019 by Flatiron/Macmillan
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…
When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
With dark magic her mother forbade her to use, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. Though Camille’s resentment of the rich is at at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, when she meets a handsome inventor she believes liberty and love may finally be possible.
But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality or la magie—before Paris burns…
ENCHANTÉE is a thrilling YA historical fantasy that combines the decadence of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette with the dangerous enchantments of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.”
Anything with historical YA immediately catches my eye. I love historical fiction in general. It’s what I fell in love with as a kid/teen and it holds a special place in my heart. So when I saw this book and read the synopsis, I was sold. I loveeeee to read about Marie Antoinette. Her life is incredibly fascinating to me, and Camille sounds like an intriguing character. Also adding, author Gita Trelease has an incredible background and spends a lot of time in Maine, where I grew up. I feel like I have found such a gem of a book/author and I am SO EXCITED FOR THIS.
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019 by Freeform
“In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia’s Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider’s Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.”
I wasn’t able to find a cover for this yet, but I am so excited to continue on with The Belles series. It was one of my favorites to start the year, and my mouth is watering just thinking of macaroons….
Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019 by Inkyard Press
“A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke’s only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally.
When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to…and so does Heath. No one else understands what it’s like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together.
But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with—her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.”
I’m not a huge contemporary reader. The synopsis has to pull me in. Even after that, if the main characters act too immature it drives me crazy. This book’s synopsis had me and I’m looking forward to getting away from fantasy for a more serious read. It may or may not be a tear jerker as well, and I’m ready for it.
Stay tuned for more anticipated reads as we get closer to 2019!