My Most Anticipated YA Books Releasing January through July ft. a Lot of Asian Fantasies and Diverse Books in General!

2019 looks like it’s going to kill me.

In a good way, because of all the amazing books coming out this year, that I literally can’t !! wait !! to !! read !!

There are so many amazing YA releases for 2019 that I couldn’t resist making a whole post on my most anticipated! I tried to choose only 4 books per month, but I cheated a bit and stretched it to 5 for some. (I have no regrets.)

Everything is in order of release date!! The logical, reasonable side of me says that I should have done January through June, so that it would be my most anticipated releases for the first half of the year, but books I’m REALLY excited about are publishing in July so… why not!!

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JANUARY

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America  The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)  King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)  The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America (Jan 8) ✧ This book already came out but I love that black authors are getting more of a chance to write their stories (though publishing definitely has a long way to go). I think this is such an important anthology and I’m so excited to read it!!

The Gilded Wolves (Jan 15) ✧ This book has been compared to Six of Crows, so obviously, I love it already! The cover is literally gorgeous and I know it’s about a squad of friends and I am… kind of a sucker for that.

King of Scars (Jan 29) ✧ I mean, obviously I’m looking forward to the newest book from the queen herself. I literally love Six of Crows so much and I’m so excited to see Nina (and hopefully other SoC characters??) and I’VE ACTUALLY PREORDERED.

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali (Jan 29) ✧ Bangladeshi lesbian!!! I think this is going to be not only an important read, but also a really enjoyable one. It seems so beautiful and I can’t wait to read it!!

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FEBRUARY

The Weight of Our Sky  On the Come Up  The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried  We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1)

The Weight of Our Sky (Feb 5) ✧ I’ve been blessed to have an early copy of this for a blog tour I’m a part of, and what I’ve read of it already is amazing!! I can tell it’s going to be a beautiful book, and as a Southeast Asian, this book about a Southeast Asian character by a Southeast Asian author already means a lot to me.

On the Come Up (Feb 5) ✧ Of course, Angie Thomas has been legendary and stayed on the NYT bestsller’s list for almost two years now?? So I know this book is going to be just as good or even better than The Hate U Give and I’m so excited for it!

The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried (Feb 19) ✧ I’ve always loved Shaun David Hutchinson’s books and they’re always so delightfully queer. I kind of hate the main character’s name (Dino) but I love the cover vibe and title so? it balances out.

We Set the Dark on Fire (Feb 26) ✧ Look ! at ! the ! pretty! cover ! I am SO so excited for this one, since it’s about queer sapphic Latinx witches. AND I’ve also read a short story from this author before and it was absolutely beautiful!

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MARCH

The Fever King (Feverwake, #1)  You Asked for Perfect  The Weight of the Stars  The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

The Fever King (March 1) ✧ Yes, I already read this, but you all need to hear me scream about it more!! It’s one of the best slowburn romances I’ve read before, and I loved the characters, and it emotionally destroyed me for forever so obviously you want that!!

You Asked for Perfect (March 5) ✧ School pressure and gays. I asked for perfect and this is it. (Yes that’s all I’m saying about this book, next.)

The Weight of the Stars (March 19) ✧ So I read this author’s debut and it was SO good and beautiful, and I know this book is going to be even better because, I mean, black lesbians in space. Also! Look at that gorgeous!! cover!!!

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James (March 26) ✧ Girl Made of Stars by this author was my favorite book of 2018, so obviously I’m shaking with excitement over her newest release. Middle grade f/f!! How amazing is that!!!

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APRIL

Descendant of the Crane  The Devouring Gray  Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)  The Tiger at Midnight

Descendant of the Crane (Apr 2) ✧ So I’ve been blessed to be part of the street team for this book and also have an early copy of it, and I love what I’ve read so far! The cover is so gloriously Asian and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the book goes.

The Devouring Gray (Apr 2) ✧ Listen this sounds like the creepy atmospheric book of my dreams and I’m so excited for it. I just have a Feeling that the writing is going to be absolutely enchanting and I’m 90% sure this book is queer as well!!

Wicked Saints (Apr 2) ✧ Gothic dark gruesome brutal book?? I’m here for it. I’ve heard this book is for people who love villains and like… villains are the coolest and overall best characters to exist so…

The Tiger at Midnight (Apr 23) ✧ Indian-inspired fantasy about a girl assassin!!! Do you know how exciting this is!!!! This literally sounds so Cool and also the cover is extremely nice to look at, which doesn’t hurt.

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MAY

This is it. Can’t believe May is going to kill me. I’m going to kill me. Specifically, May 14. WHY.

We Hunt the Flame  I Wish You All the Best  The Candle and the Flame  The Lost Coast  We Contain Multitudes

We Hunt the Flame (May 14) ✧ I’m honored to be part of the street team for this book as well and the first two chapters I’ve read of it were absolutely amazing!!! The writing is so beautiful and this enemies to lovers romance? The Best.

I Wish You All the Best (May 14) ✧ This is by an enby author about an enby main character and I’m so excited for it!!! I know it’ll also feature some anxiety and depression rep and I feel like it’s going to be just… such a good, important, and beautiful book.

The Candle and the Flame (May 14) ✧ Asian fantasy about the Silk Road with feminist themes?? Count me IN. The blurb hints at the inclusion of a lot of cultures and the cover is absolutely gorgeous and stunning and I’m in love.

The Lost Coast (May 14) ✧ QUEER SAPPHIC WITCHES!! This is suddenly becoming more of a Thing this year and I am here for it. This book also sounds super atmospheric and lowkey creepy and I’m so excited to read it.

We Contain Multitudes (May 14) ✧ This was compared to Ari and Dante and I love that book so much?? Gay boys falling in love through writing letters!! I mean!!! Also, this book seems to be beautiful yet extremely heartbreaking, and that’s exactly my kink.

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JUNE

June is also going to kill me. This is really fun. Guess I’ll just spend my entire summer at the bookstore???

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)  Tell Me How You Really Feel  The Grief Keeper  All of Us with Wings  Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

Blood Heir (June 4) ✧ That cover is so terrifyingly beautiful and I love it. This has been called a dark Anastasia retelling and I NEED it. I have a Feeling that this book is going to be absolutely brutal yet beautiful and I cannot wait to be destroyed by it!!

Tell Me How You Really Feel (June 11) ✧ Okay I’m so happy that there are two brown girls on the cover and I’m so excited that another book about brown (Asian!) sapphic girls is releasing this year. I am just… genuinely shaking in anticipation for this.

The Grief Keeper (June 11) ✧ Pretty cover again! This sounds like it’s going to be beautiful and heartbreaking and I want to read it so bad. I mean!! Sapphic Latinx!! About “when both love and human beings are branded as illegal”!!! I’m getting chills!!!!

All of Us with Wings (June 11) ✧ Yet another stunning cover! I love seeing more and more POC on covers!! This is an ownvoices fantasy about a bi Latinx girl in a magical world where being queer is the norm and basically I need it.

Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food and Love (June 18) ✧ Authors of color. Writing short stories about food. What more is there to like.

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JULY

The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1)  Wilder Girls  Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)  Shatter the Sky

The Storm Crow (July 2) ✧ What I’m excited about: Sisterhood! Friendship! Depression rep IN A FANTASY!! Also, the fact that this has “crow” in the title and Six of Crows has automatically made me love every book related to birds.

Wilder Girls (July 2) ✧ Atmospheric creepy thriller f/f book with a gorgeous cover? Of course I’m going to love it. I’m usually kind of scared of thrillers (they always make me imagine I’ll be murdered at night), but this one sounds SO good.

Spin the Dawn (July 30) ✧ Okay, this was the cover I scrolled past and then screamed because I was gay for the girl on it. IT’S GORGEOUS. SHE’S GORGEOUS. And I know this book will be gorgeous too because !! Mulan retelling !!! AAAHHH.

Shatter the Sky (July 30) ✧ Look!! It’s sapphic Asian rep in fantasy!! It’s literally about a girl trying to steal a dragon to save her girlfriend and if that’s not the best concept you’ve heard I don’t know what is.


shall we chat

what 2019 releases are you excited for?? spot any on my list? aren’t all these covers literally gorgeous? have you been able to read any of these yet?? rec me some other 2019 releases!!

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47 thoughts on “My Most Anticipated YA Books Releasing January through July ft. a Lot of Asian Fantasies and Diverse Books in General!

  1. Ahh King of Scars I cannot wait for (although I still need to read Crooked Kingdom… oh well) AND YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT AHHHHH. I struggle with self worth and perfectionism in almost everything I do and have for years and cannot wait to see the rep for that AND Ariel and Amit just sound amazing I’m shipping them already. Rhi xx

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      1. I KNOW. I JUST FINISHED CROOKED KINGDOM AND AHH OH MY GOSH I JUST. NEED. KoS. You’ve preordered it? Lucky – I plan on just hoping for the best!! You Asked for Perfect just seems like the sort of book that has amazing potential and greatness but if it’s bad… I SHALL BE VERY SAD. x

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  2. This is such a good list, May, so many incredible looking books here, I feel like 2019 will be SO GOOD when it comes to book releases and I am EXCITED. I got lucky enough to read The Gilded Wolves and I really enjoyed it, I hope you will too! ❤ I CAN'T WAIT TO READ YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT, most anticipated read ever right here, it sounds amazing and the author's debut Girl Out of Water is one of my favorites of all times! ❤ I also can't wait to read The Fever King – though a bit nervous about it!, Spin The Dawn (sounds TOO awesome), Blood Heir, The Devouring Gray and I'm already screaming for We Set The Dark On Fire because it sounds way too incredible ❤

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    1. 2018 had a lot of amazing releases but I feel like each year it just gets better and better?? And aahh, I know you loved Girl Out of Water so I hope you get to read You Asked for Perfect soon and love it!! And yesss The Fever King is so good (but definitely be nervous for it). And We Set the Dark Fire sounds absolutely amazing, I agree!!

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  3. Omg 2019 is going to slay us all with the amazing releases, let’s be real. I’m so excited for so many things that when asked what I’m most anticipating, my mind goes blank. If I had to pick though (for books not on the list), I’d say Daisy Jones and the Six, Chain of Gold, In An Absent Dream, The Dead Queens Club, If I’m Being Honest, Kingsbane, Fame, Fate and the First Kiss as well as Fake It Til You Break It (fake dating with Asian MC!!!). I already read an ARC of the Weight of Our Sky, and it was so great! On this list, I can’t wait to read On The Come Up, Spin the Dawn, Hungry Hearts We Set the Dark On Fire and Black Enough! King of Scars is getting so much hype that I’m reading the Grisha trilogy for it and going through all the pain, so it better be worth it haha. I hope you enjoy your anticipated releases, and happy reading!

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    1. Yes, 2019 has so many good books coming out?? Even better than 2018, which had a lot of amazing books too!! And I’m excited for a lot of the books you listed — though I’ve heard Daisy Jones and the Six was a disappointment to a lot of people so I probably won’t read it :// And I’m forcing myself to read Ruin and Rising soon even though I didn’t like / hated the first two books and I know the ending, to prepare for KoS!!

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      1. both years have/had amazing books come out! i think i’m going to try daisy jones and the six, cross my fingers and hope for the best! i’m trying to force myself to read ruin and rising too even though i know the ending. i also have the exact same feelings as you regarding the first two Grisha books, and found them so dull. are you going to reread Six of Crows before King of Scars releases?

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  4. The Gilded Wolves sounds amazing and the cover is beautiful, I can’t wait to read it!
    I’ve also heard great things about Wicked Saints so I’m excited to try that one when it comes out!

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  5. There are so many amazing books being released during the first half of this year, and so many of them are high on my TBR list of most anticipated releases. We’ve not got long to wait until the release of The Gilded Wolves or King of Scars but it still seems like too far away, and I recently added We Contain Multitudes and All of Us With Wings to my TBR list. They sound incredible so I’m hoping the story itself lives up to my hopes (I’m sure they both will though, I mean We Contain Multitudes has been compared to Ari and Dante which I loved). 😀
    Great post May, and I hope you enjoy all these books when they’re released and you get around to reading them. 🙂 ❤

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    1. King of Scars releases just next week and it feels so far away but so close! I’m feeling so excited for it — it feels almost unreal that we’ll be reading a book from a SOC character’s perspective haha.

      And I’m so glad you added We Contain Multitudes and All of Us With Wings recently! They both truly do sound amazing (and the comp for We Contain Multitudes DEFINITELY makes me want to read it even more!)

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  6. ahh I have all these added and NO REGRETS. Oh actually I hadn’t heard of The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James but I’ll go add that now too. My TBR hates me but like…life is short. :’) One must want all the books while one can.

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  7. Yaaaaaaaaas for The Gilded Wolves and King of Scars. I’m hopefully going to events for both of them. I also got a chance to read You Asked for Perfect early, and I can’t stop raving about it. have no fear, it is perfection.
    I’d never heard of Hungry Hearts, and now I low-key need to read this immediately. Food and books. What can be better.

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    1. Oh, I hope you’re able to go to events for both The Gilded Wolves and King of Scars!! That sounds like so much fun ❤ And I'm so glad you loved You Asked for Perfect; I've been hearing mostly good things and it makes me confident I'll love it too! And yess glad I could introduce you to Hungry Hearts since it really seems like an amazing book ❤

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  8. My TBR just EXPLODED, so thank you for that! I’m loving this new trend of queer witches, because that is such a specific love of mine. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James looks adorable and is so important to the middle grade genre. I have parents asking all the time what kind of queer books exist for their preteen and now I can point them to this one! I have to read We Contain Multitudes and Tell Me How You Really Feel.

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    1. Ahaha, I’m glad I could add a lot more books to your TBR!! Queer witches becoming more of a thing now is SO great and I love it. And yes, I love that Ashley Herring Blake is writing queer MG, it’s so important! I’m so happy to hear about parents asking you for queer books for their preteens ❤

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  9. I AM SO IN LOVE WITH NOAM AND DARA?????? i cannot stop repeatedly thinking about how Dara is v eager to cut people, but at the same time is soft and gentle w Noam??????? i want to hibernate until book 2 appears before us. i can’t take this at all

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