• Shea Simmons

My 10 Most Anticipated 2019 Young Adult Novels

Updated: Jul 15, 2019

New year, new books, am I right? While you may be trying to Marie Kondo your place, there's always room for books, right? Because books bring you joy! While 2018 may have been a great year for new releases, my 10 most anticipated 2019 YA books may just give last year's class a run for their money. From debut authors to sequels to favorite writers coming out with new series, there's a ton of incredible-looking 2019 book launches heading bookworms' way. Here are just a few of the books I can't wait to get my hands on in 2019.


The Wicked King by Holly Black

Confession: I bought this novel the day it came out and have already read it, but given that Holly Black is my favorite author, it's worth telling you about even if I've already devoured it. If you loved The Cruel Prince or any of Black's other modern Faerie tales, you'll be hooked by this series. Get it here.


The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves is Roshani Chokshi's newest series, and if you love lyrical writing, bands of misfits, and a historical setting, it may just need to be on your list as well. Set in Paris in the 1800s, The Gilded Wolves is a decadent treasure hunt meets a found family, and I'm all in. Get it here.


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

If you loved Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy and her Six of Crows duology, there's a good chance you already know about this novel. King of Scars follows the newly crowned king of Ravka Nikolai Lantsov as he maneuvers through his newfound role and hides a secret that, let's be honest, we all know about from the Grisha trilogy. Get it here.


Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

There are some incredible debuts coming in 2019, but Joan He's Descendant of the Crane may be my most anticipated. The story centers on Princess Hesina who is thrown into the role of ruler after the murder of her father. While dealing with her kingdom, Hesina wishes to find her father's murderer and enlists the help of a soothsaying magician (a fact punishable by death since magic is outlawed) and a hot (okay, he sounds hot) investigator. Basically, I'm all in on this Chinese-inspired fantasy. Pre-order it here.


Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Emily A. Duncan's Wicked Saints basically just sounds like a gothic dream. With gods and saints and princes and assassinations, I just don't even think there could be something more perfect for me. Pre-order it here.


Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

If you talked to me about books at all last year, I probably tried to make you read Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone. The debut novel from Adeyemi was my favorite read of 2018, and the sequel, well, pretty sure it'll probably be my favorite of 2019. Pre-order it here.


The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

The Beautiful's cover was just revealed this week, and even it looks like it may kill me (in the best way). Renee Ahdieh's latest is bringing back vampires (at least, I hope) but giving them a new spin setting the story in 1800s New Orleans with secret societies, a convent, and dead girls popping up. Someone get me this book ASAP.


Enchantee by Gina Trelease

Enchantee is yet another historically set fantasy that I can't wait to get my hands on. Clearly, I've got a thing for France between this and Chokshi's Gilded Wolves. This debut features a magical girl who uses her talents to create a new, aristocratic identity to help save she and her sister from destitution. Basically, there's magic, mistaken identities, romance, and a setting I'm totally down for. Pre-order it here.


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho


Unfortunately, Wicked Fox doesn't have a cover yet, but you should still be incredibly excited about this Korean-fable inspired novel. It tells the story of a Gu Miyoung who's a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who eats the souls of men. Yeah, you're into it already, right? Miyoung kills a goblin to save the life of a boy, and disaster and romance ensue. Pre-order it here.


Internment by Samira Ahmed

As you can tell from this list, I'm basically exclusive about reading fantasy. Interment by Samira Ahmed is a bit of a departure for me. While not exactly contemporary, it is set in the near future United States where Muslim-Americans have been placed in internment camps. Layla Amin and her family are inside one of these camps as she leads a revolution against the captain. I'm trying to read more own voices novels, and I can't wait for this one. Pre-order it here.


While these are only 10 of the 2019 YA books that I'm looking forward, there are surely more to come.

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