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My Most Anticipated Books of Early 2019

My Most Anticipated Books of Early 2019

2019 is shaping up to be an amazing year of even more amazing books. I’m looking forward to so many, across multiple genres, but wanted to share my 13 most anticipated of early 2019. Let me tell you, it was hard to get it down to this list!

  • THE WICKED KING by Holly Black // January 8

    The book I was perhaps most excited for all year… the follow up to THE CRUEL PRINCE (Folk of Air series). Nail-biting suspense, irresistible tension, enemies-to-lovers story line, deception upon deception, magic and so much more, this series, and this book, is everything. Romance and fantasy readers alike will love these novels which are superbly written by Holly Black.

    After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
    When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
  • KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo // January 29

    Leigh Bardugo takes us back to the Grishaverse in this first book in a duology focused around Nikolai Lantsov, king of Ravka, who we first met as the mysterious commander Sturmhond in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. If Leigh’s previous books are any indication, we can expect beaucoup intrigue, romance, suspense and everything else to get us irrevocably hooked. Sign me up.


    Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

    Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.


  • 99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne // January 29

    When I finished THE HATING GAME I shouted my love for it from the rooftops… it was everything I wanted in a book and more. Without knowing what her sophmore novel would be about, I knew this would go on the top of my 2019 most anticipated list. This time, this rom com imparts the story of a woman whose long-time crush with her brother’s best friend finally comes to a head.


    Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

    When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

    Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.


  • FREE by Kristen Ashley // January 29

    The finale to the Chaos series and I’m not ready! It’s a bittersweet anticipation, but can’t wait to read Rush and Rebel’s story, and morever, see how this final showdown for Tack and his boys go. What’s been happening with Chaos has been escalating, the suspense high and taut. And I’m sure, as she’s done before, she’ll close this beloved series in a way we won’t soon forget.


    Through good times, bad times and times of war, Cole “Rush” Allen grew up in the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Along this journey, he watched his father, Tack, and his MC brothers fight, sweat, bleed and die to steer the Club to legitimacy.

    And they’ve got one more battle on their hands. A battle they have to win.

    But when Rush meets the woman who put herself right in the thick of it, he knows he has to stop at nothing to get her out.

    Rebel Stapleton has lost someone she loves to murder and she’s the kind of woman who’s going to do something about it. She puts her career on the line, and her life, to bring the man who did it to justice.

    That is, she does this until Rush Allen intervenes.

    Chaos is at war and they’re about to face the ultimate showdown. They’ll have to negotiate skeletons from the past, enemies becoming allies, and loved ones in the line of fire on their ride to be…



  • STALKER by Lars Kepler // February 5

    The Joona Linna series written by talented husband-and-wife team Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril, has become one of my very favorites. Unrelenting tension, propulsive pacing and viscerally atmospheric, these procedural, edge-of-your-seat thrillers strike the perfect balance, consistently. This time around, Joona is looking for a killer who is stalking women, toying with the police, and showing no signs of stopping.  Superb Scandinavian crime.


    The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she’s being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman’s body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there’s nothing they can do. Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna’s worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things.

    Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he’s beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars–and a serial killer still on the loose. . .


  • THE RECKONING by Yrsa Sigurdardottir // February 12

    The second book in the Children’s House series by bestselling crime writer Sigurdardottir, who is hailed as the “Queen of Icelandic” thrillers. I absolutely loved THE LEGACY and have been excited to see what comes next from this author. Her style of dark procedurals is unflinching and absorbing and I’m sure this will not disappoint.


    Vaka sits, regretting her choice of coat, on the cold steps of her new school. Her father appears to have forgotten to pick her up, her mother has forgotten to give her this week’s pocket money, and the school is already locked for the day. Grownups, she decides, are useless.

    With no way to call home, she resigns herself to waiting on the steps until her father remembers her. When a girl approaches, Vaka recognizes her immediately from class, and from her unusual appearance: two of her fingers are missing. The girl lives at the back of the school, on the other side of a high fence, and Vaka asks to call her father from the girl’s house. That afternoon is the last time anyone sees Vaka.

    Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja are called in. Soon, they find themselves at the heart of another shocking case.


  • NEVER TELL by Lisa Gardner // February 19

    Lisa Gardner never disappoints and her books are always instant faves. This one is no different… an immersive, utterly absorbing procedural with fascinating characters, a twisty plot, and unrelenting suspense. I have especially loved these last few books with Detective D.D. Warren together with Flora Dane — they are such great counterpoints, adding a little something extra to this long-time series.


    A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun.

    D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman–Evie Carter–from a case many years back. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many.

    Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim–a hostage–and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad’s murder.

    But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?


  • DEVIL’S DAUGHTER by Lisa Kleypas // February 26

    My favorite Lisa Kleypas book may still be THE DEVIL IN WINTER, so any time Lisa shares a story dealing with Evie, Sebastian, and their family… it’s a huge treat. This next installment features their daughter Phoebe, a young widow raising her two sons after the death of her husband.  Then enter West Ravenel, who has a rocky past with her late husband, and who she can’t help but be drawn to. How could this not be on my most anticipated list?!


    Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself…as none other than West Ravenel.

    West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire…not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn’t bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She’s the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

    Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

    Only the devil’s daughter knows…


  • DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid // March 5

    I’ve read and loved every book that Taylor Jenkins Reid has written, so every book release of hers I anxiously anticipate. This latest, of course, has garnered big-time buzz with Reese Witherspoon’s praise and the upcoming TV adaption with Amazon. I love the musical premise and enthusiastically looking forward to what awaits.


    Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

    Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

    Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

    Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

    The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.


  • SHERWOOD by Meagan Spooner // March 19

    I absolutely loved the book HUNTED—it was one of those books that caught me by surprise it was so good. I was honored to exclusively reveal this cover some time ago, and once I read the synopsis… well, I was already hooked. This book takes place in the world of Robin Hood and I’m so ready for it.


    Robin of Locksley is dead.

    When news comes that he’s fallen in battle at the King’s side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flout the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.

    Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancé. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.

    When Marian dons Robin’s green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.

    But all of Nottingham is crying out for a savior. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero…

    Robin Hood. 


  • THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves // April 2

    This is the second-chance romance everyone is talking about. Deeply evocative, unique and compelling with a story that gives us a view into the world of autism, through two beautifully written characters. I can’t wait to read it, and if you want to read it too, make sure to enter this giveaway before it’s over tomorrow!


    Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

    Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game—and his heart—to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

    Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.


  • THE SAVIOR by J.R. Ward // April 2

    Every Black Dagger Brotherhood book is one to be anticipated, but Murhder’s book is one that makes it even more exciting. I admit I’ve been given some slight spoilers (eeeppp!) and from what I know, this is going to be a standout book in the series.


    In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.

    Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.

    As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers… or resume his lonely existence forevermore?


  • I KNOW WHO YOU ARE by Alice Feeney // April 23

    Last year I read and loved Alice’s debut—SOMETIMES I LIE (which is being made into a TV show)—and so naturally, I’m really excited to read her follow up… another dark thriller that promises shocking twists and clever plotting.


    Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from.

    Except one person.

    Someone knows Aimee very well.

    They know who she is and they know what she did.

    When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is―but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.


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