New Year, New Reads

Hello fellow bibliophiles!

We just crossed off another year on the calendar, and I can’t believe it’s already 2019! Time went by so fast, and I’m thankful for a lot of things that happened in 2018. It was the year I re-discovered my passion for books — the year I started reading again (constantly)!

One of the major highlights I had in 2018 was launching my YouTube channel and Bookstagram account! I’m not really used to putting myself out in the world, but I believe it was high time to express my passion and meet other people who share the same love for books as I have. Surprisingly, I’ve made a lot of friends in the book community!  *Good job, self!*  So go be a babe and follow me on both YouTube and Instagram! *wink*

2018 was also the year I’ve challenged myself. I’ve initially set my Goodreads goal to 50 books, but I only reached 45 — and it’s still worth celebrating! I pushed it further and decided to set 70 books as my reading goal for 2019. I know I can make it this time, so I need all the push and motivation in the world!

Well, enough of me.  I don’t want to bore you will all the thoughts running in my head.

Instead, I’m sharing with you all my most-anticipated releases this year! 2019 is filled with interesting books ranging from debut novels to sequels (and finales too).

Here are 5 books that I’m REALLY excited to lay my hands on in the 1st quarter of 2019.

*The titles are arranged based on the release date

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE

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Image Credits: Amazon

ADD TO GOODREADS

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.

1.) The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books

If you’re a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows Duology and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, then this book is the perfect match for you! I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of this book via NetGalley and boy, it was one hell of an adventure. I couldn’t recommend this book enough. When this hits the shelves on the 15th, I’ll definitely find a copy and add it to my “Favorites Shelf.” I fell even more in love with this book because Roshani Chokshi and one of the characters in this book are of Filipino heritage!

I’m also writing a review on a separate blog post, so stay tuned!

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Image credits: Harper Collins and Amazon

2.) The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson

Release Date: January 25, 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins

The second installment of one of the most interesting thriller/mystery books I’ve read in 2018, Truly Devious, will finally be released this month! It follows the life of Stevie Bell, a student from Ellingham Academy who loves true crime stories and has a weird affinity for trouble. I don’t want to tell you more because I might spoil the first book, so you just have to read it — trust me, it’s really good! Plus points if you’re a fan of How To get Away With Murder and Nancy Drew!

3.) King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Imprint

After the success of  Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone Trilogy and Six of Crows Duology (which is slated for a Netflix series soon!), comes another Grishaverse Duology. I haven’t started with Bardugo’s books, but I’ve heard great things about it. I’m going to catch up with them before it hits Netflix. I’m excited to know more about Bardugo’s Grishaverse, and if I binge read everything, I need to get my hands on King of Scars!

But hold up! Let’s talk about this cover. CAN YOU SEE THIS COVER? I swear it’s going to blind me for the rest of my life!

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Image credits: Amazon

 

4.) Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Release Date: February 12, 2019
Publisher: First Second

Of course, my list wouldn’t be complete without an LGBT-themed book (or graphic novel for this matter)! Illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau, Kevin Panetta tells the story of Ari who has big dreams of moving to the city and playing with his band. What holds him back is his struggling family bakery business and the fact that he needs to take care of his parents. And then, he meets Hector and he totally changes everything.

I can’t wait to read Ari and Hector’s story and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day! Even the title reminds me of Troye Sivan’s song called “Bloom,” which could even be a great soundtrack if this ever gets a tv or movie adaptation!

5.) Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adayemi

Release Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Henry and Holt Co.

If you’ve read The Legacy of Orïsha’s first installment, Children of Blood and Bone, you’ll understand why there was such a hype for this series. If you didn’t, no worries! I got you covered. The book follows Zélie Adebola’s journey of bringing back the magic in the land of Orïsha with the help of a rogue princess while outwitting the crown prince who wants to end magic for good.

I’m excited to see how the story continues because the cliffhanger on the first book was so thrilling! You’ll get a resounding vibe of Avatar: The Last Airbender from this, but with a heroine instead of a hero. I hope Zélie can bring the kingdom together in this one! *fingers crossed*

I’ll add more of the most-anticipated releases of 2019 on a separate blog post, so please be on the lookout and share the same excitement as I did because

FIRST QUARTER OF 2019 IS GOING
TO BE AWESOME!

Now it’s your turn! Did your most-anticipated releases made it to my list?

Let me know what are the books you’re raving about in 2019!

Virtual hugs and kisses,
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