S4S – 2019 Books I want to read

This weeks Six for Sunday is all about 2019 book’s I want to read. It may only be mid May and yet there have been sooo many books released already that I need to read. Some of these I’ve bought and are already on my TBR, and other’s I still need to buy. I am attempting a book buying ban at the minute, only getting books from subscription boxes, mainly because I’m running out of money, but also because I have an out of control TBR and I’ve decided to try and focus my reading on these for the next few months… Well see how long this lasts! What are some already released 2019 books that you want to read? Let me know in the comments.

Six for Sunday is hosted over at A Little But A lot, and you should go and give her blog some love!

Echo North – Joanna Ruth Meyer

I love a good retelling and this one sounds right up my street. Add in that some of my fave bloggers have rated this highly and its definitely one I will be getting to soon.

Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: If she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.

In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, each room must be sewn together to keep the home from unraveling, and something new and dark and strange lies behind every door. When centuries-old secrets unfold, Echo discovers a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, the rooms begin to disappear, and Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up, otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.

Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi

I mean its set in Paris and has been compared to Six of Crows so I’m down for it.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive. 

Four Dead Queens – Astrid Scholte

I saw this one flying around twitter and it sounded really interesting so I of course subscribed to OwlCrate when I found out they were including it.

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

I know I know! I’m well behind on the mark on this one. It’s just so huge, I know i’m going to have to set aside a rather large chunk of time to enjoy this book.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

We Set the Dark on Fire – Tehlor Kay Mejia

This is another book I saw talked about a lot on Twitter. The premise seems really interesting, and i’m always up for a bit of forbidden love.

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

The Antidote – Shelley Sackier

I have seen mixed reviews on this one, but the premise sounds like something I would enjoy. So I’m going give it a try.

Magic is not allowed, under any circumstances — even if it could save someone’s life. Instead, there are herbal remedies and traditional techniques that have been painstakingly recorded in lieu of using the mystical arts. Fee knows this, so she keeps her magic a secret.

Except her best friend, Xavi, is deathly ill. He’s also the crown prince. Saving him is important, not only for her, but for the entire kingdom.

Fee’s desperation to save her friend means she can barely contain the magic inside her. And after the tiniest of slips, Fee is thrust into a dark and secretive world that is as alluring as it is dangerous.

If she gives in, it could mean she can save Xavi. But it also means that those who wish to snuff out magic might just snuff her out in the process.

The Ruin of Kings – Jenn Lyons

I love the idea of the main character not necessarily being the ‘hero.’ This book definitely sounds like something I would enjoy, and seeing it being compared to the likes of Brandon Sanderson I will definitely be picking this up soon.

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.

Far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.

Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin isn’t destined to save the empire.

He’s destined to destroy it . . 

Once & Future – Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCatrhy

A queer and gender-bent retelling of King Arthur in Space. I mean if you need any other reason to read this book you’re crazy!

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

Sky Without Stars – Jessica Brody

I love books with a good ‘gang’ involved, and this one sounds super fun. I’m really trying to read more sci-fi books atm so I will be moving this one up my TBR.

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

Descendant of the Crane – Joan He

I have only heard good things about this book, and I’m not going to lie I would have read it based on the cover alone. Politics, intrigue and romance just mean that its going to sail to the top of my TBR once it arrives.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

I know I know I went slightly over the 6… but come on. All of these sound awesome right? Have you read any already? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

20 thoughts on “S4S – 2019 Books I want to read”

      1. I know! I love Paris, and it was a big part in my buying the book. Also, like you I love heist stories, and anything with an unlikely band of friends so I know I’ll love it when I eventually get round to starting 😊

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      1. Ahh that’s a shame! I’ve got the HC too but just thought it would be easier to read this way. I tend to read them on my phone ( bad for my eyes I know) but I can get away with reading at work and no ones the wiser 😂

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  1. Lots of good choices here except (for me- you might like it)- antidote.

    Four Dead Queens and We Set the Dark on Fire is FANTASTIC.

    Missing the blog tour for Gilded Wolves will haunt me forever but ofcourse mom’s health had to come first.. that choice does not haunt me. Fingers crossed, it looks like I might get a second chance with the sequel.

    I was thinking about Ruin of Kings until this Summer Fling went kaboom- please let me know what you think of it- all of them!!!

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    1. I have heard mixed reviews about it since buying but I’ll definitely get round to reading at some point 😊.

      There are just too many good books out and not enough time to read them all! I’ll definitely let you know my thoughts once I get though my crazy tbr! (Started Priory yesterday and I’m loving it so far)

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