My 2019 most anticipated reads – the YA fantasy, sci-fi edition

Happy Sunday, friends! I’m back today with part two of my most anticipated reads for 2019. As you all know, contemporary is and always will be my favorite genre, but there are just SO many good looking books in other genres coming soon, so….I couldn’t NOT make a similar list now, could I?

Let’s be honest, I also live to make you add books to your TBR.

In case you missed it, part one with my most anticipated young adult contemporary books is right here!

You can click on the covers to go to goodreads, if you want to make your TBR grow.

We Set The Dark On Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I already talked about this book before, but damn. It is MY most anticipated fantasy read of the year and it sounds INCREDIBLE. An original dystopia with incredibly kick-ass looking Latina MCs and f/f romance and I’m already a fan.

The Devouring Gray, Christine Lynn Hermann

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I have been SO intrigued about this one for quite a little while now, because this sounds like it has such an incredible atmosphere and I am SO intrigued. Founding families and strange abilities and this gives me Raven-Boys vibes and atmosphere and hello I can’t wait.


Girl Gone Viral, Arvin Ahmadi

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I really enjoyed Ahmadi’s contemporary debut, Down and Across and damn, that one sounds INCREDIBLY AWESOME? A missing dad, a seventeen years-old female code genius and I don’t know I’m digging this SO MUCH already somehow.

πŸ“– Read my full review for Down and Across.

The Quiet At The End of The World, Lauren James

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I LOVE everything Lauren James does and think everyone should try one of her books at some point, really. With this gorgeous-looking book, she gives us a story about two young survivors on earth and this is going to be as always, surprising and incredible and ahh here for it.

πŸ“– Read my review of her latest release, The Loneliest Girl of The Universe.

The Similars, Rebecca Hanover

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I’m always and forever digging boarding school settings and this one is prestigious and, brace yourself… there are clones. How strange is that, right? This sounds SO intriguing and I don’t know, I have a feeling I’d love this?


Spin The Dawn, Elizabeth Lim

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž This is promoted as Project Runaway meets Mulan and I have no idea if that’s true (because you know, blurbs sometimes aren’t that accurate) but if it it well WOW. From the synopsis, this sounds incredibly fascinating and magical and dreamy and I don’t know I want it.

The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I loved the author’s writing so much in The Star-Touched Queen and have been so eager to read more from her. That one somehow gives me National Treasure and quests vibe with an amazing cast of characters from what I hear and hell it’s set in France and I’m French and SO DAMN EXCITED OKAY.

Before I Disappear, Danielle Stinson

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I don’t know why, but I’m always curious about books where people disappear? I love that premise so much, where an entire town disappears and a teenager gets into a quest to save her brother. That will be amazing.

The Fever King, Victoria Lee

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I heard SO much about this book from fellow bloggers… I had to be curious and I feel like it’s a good thing I was because this sounds fantastic, with a mix of magic and politics and a diverse cast and forbidden romance and ugh that sounds so good.

The Beholder, Anna Bright

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž This feels like The Selection (but better) on a boat or something somehow and I’m ALL FOR THIS. This one sounds fascinating and with some travel and exploring vibes alongside the suitors and helloooooo great looking book I love you.



Some honorable mentions, a.k.a more books on my radar because someone help me I just can’t stop.

  • EnchantΓ©e, Gita Trelease : let’s face it. This book is set in France and my small little Frenchie-me is estatic about it. AND this sounds very very cool and I am so curious about it.
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Tomi Adeyemi: Do I really need to share my reasons for that one?
  • Last of her Name, Jessica Khoury: The author’s book, The Forbidden Wish, is one of my favorites of all times and if I’m a little nervous about this being sci-fi, I’m going to NEED it anyway because, well… it’s Jessica Khoury.

Did you hear of any of these books before? Are you anticipating them as well for the new year?

What are some fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia books you’re eager to read? Whether they release in 2019 or are already released! Let me know all of your recommendations in comments!



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98 thoughts on “My 2019 most anticipated reads – the YA fantasy, sci-fi edition

  1. Ooh We Set the Dark on Fire sounds really interesting! I’m not hugely drawn to dystopian fiction these days, but I love a queer romance between women so I think I’ll have to check it out. πŸ™‚

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    1. It sounds SO good, I swear, I just can’t wait to hold it in my hands and read it haha πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll check it out and will love it! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ˜€


  2. Spin the Dawn is literally one my most anticipated book of the year. Anything that is inspired by Mulan has me curious. King of Scars is also on my list because I love complex kings and it’s a Leigh Bardugo book. I’ve heard that Marie Rutkoski is also meant to be releasing a new book this year and I cannot wait for that to destroy me!

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    1. Oh well I get that. Spin the Dawn just sounds so original and so good, I don’t know I have such a good feeling about it. I can’t wait πŸ™‚
      Ohhhh, that’s the author from The Winner’s Curse series, right? I’m curious to see what kind of book she will release! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Lois! πŸ™‚

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  3. I added so many of these to my TBR! I think my most anticipated fantasy release is the Wicked King, which thankfully comes out in January, so I don’t have to wait that long! I hope all of these books meet your expectations. πŸ™‚

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  4. Whelp, just added The Similars and Girl Gone Viral to my TBR… πŸ™‚ You will LOVE The Gilded Wolves, Marie! I hope you get to read it early in the year. There’s vibes of everything from National Treasure to Six of Crows. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ And the Paris vibes are perfection.

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    1. Oops… you’re welcome? πŸ˜€
      I just got the chance to read it early and finished it a couple of days ago, actually and I LOVED IT, it was so good! I can’t wait to read more and moreeee where is that sequel haha. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much Amber! πŸ™‚

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  5. I got an e-ARC of the Similars and I need to start reading it because it comes out next month. I agree with your comments on The Gilded Wolves. The authors writing is so elegant yet somehow that also intimidates me away from wanting to read it. The cover is gorgeous and its probably the book I’ve seen the most. I love these lists because I always find a new book, thanks Marie!

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    1. Oh that’s amazing! I really hope you’ll love it, can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it πŸ™‚
      I agree that The Gilded Wolves has been a little everywhere lately, but it is so gorgeous haha πŸ™‚
      Oh this makes me so happy, you’re so welcome, thank you for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀


  6. I’m trying not to buy too any books in 2019 because I own WAY too many unread books, but I’m allowed 5 freebies and I’m definitely going to use it on The Devouring Gray! I’m so excited for it πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahh well I’m so happy I could make you discover this book, I hope you’ll love it when it releases πŸ™‚
      I am also SO impatient for Children of Virtue and Vengeance, I need to know what happens next haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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  7. Marie yes! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I’m not much of a fantasy person as well but I am also so excited for a lot of next year’s fantasy releases! They sound so good and diverse that it makes my heart swell. πŸ’• I’m also especially excited for Girl Gone Viral, Spin the Dawn, and The Gilded Wolves. Cheers and hope we’ll have a wonderful reading year. 😊

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  8. Lovely post, Marie!! I’m also really excited for We Set the Dark on Fire, Spin the Dawn, The Fever King, and Last of her Name. (I’m so glad we both loved Jessica Khoury’s The Forbidden Wish; it was such a gorgeously written Aladdin retelling!! 😍) Aahhh 2019 is going to bring us so many amazing books and I CANNOT wait.

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  9. I just posted my review for The Similars if you want to check it out. I need to add The Quiet at the End of the World and Before I Disappear to my TBR, they both look amazing! What is your favorite Lauren James novel? I have never read anything by her.

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    1. Ahh I’m so glad to hear that, I hope you’ll enjoy them πŸ™‚
      My favorite from Lauren James is her latest book, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. It’s just such a quick, compelling and surprising read, I loved it! I hope you will too πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

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  10. oooh yes I am VERY excited for The Gilded Wolves! I love that style of story?! (Although I admit I didn’t do so well with her first book but afksdla I want to still try to read everything. πŸ˜‚) And I actually just preordered The Fever King because I’m so excited for it!! Also VERY much hoping Maggie Stiefvater announces the start of the new Ronan trilogy next year ahhh! That will be my top pick for sure if it comes haha.

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    1. Ahh, I’m so happy you’re excited about these books as well! ❀ I'm so curious about The Fever King, I've heard so much praise about it so far, I can't wait to read it πŸ™‚
      OHhh yes. How could I forget about this? I need to know when we will see that Ronan trilogy, I neeed to read it πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much! ❀


  11. I basically need to add all of these onto my TBR list! πŸ˜€ The only one I currently have on there is The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi because after reading The Star-Touched Queen anything she writes is going to be a priority of mine. I can’t wait for it’s release. πŸ˜€
    Also I’m currently reading EnchantΓ©e and it’s really good; it’s slightly slow to start off with but the world building when it comes to Paris and the magic involved is so well written. I’m sure you’ll end up loving it Marie. πŸ™‚
    Great post, and fingers crossed you manage to get your hands on all of these books really soon as well. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh that’s so great that you’re reading and enjoying EnchantΓ©e, I can’t wait! It sounds like a book that has tons of potential, especially with the world, so I’m happy it delivers for you so far! I hope you’ll keep on loving it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Beth! ❀ ❀

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  12. I was going to start The Gilded Wolves soon, but I’ve seen some very meh reviews for it, which makes me hesitate. I don’t like to read books when I have other people’s opinions in my head, so I wait until I’ve forgotten what they’ve said, haha. Added a lot of the others to my TBR (which you are really bad for)!

    Check out my 2018 End of the Year Giveaway! Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? πŸ’¬

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    1. Oh no, I get that, in that case it’s better to wait a little bit, otherwise you’ll get in with certain expectations and that might ruin it all:/ I hope you’ll end up enjoying it πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much! Haha I’m sorry, but I’m glad to make your TBR grow πŸ˜›


  13. i didnt know arvin ahmadi was having another book published in 2019!!! now im excited!! spin the dawn and fever king are both high on my anticipated releases list and gosh so many more books, HOW EVER WILL WE FIND THE TIME??

    excellent list tho marie, i need to compile an extensive list of 2019 releases and cry in preparation for them πŸ˜‚

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    1. AHHH YES I’m glad I got you excited about his book, it just sounds SO good I can’t wait πŸ˜€
      I have no idea how we’ll find the time, maybe we should just travel to a small island in the middle of nowhere with all the books to have the time to read them hahaha. πŸ˜›

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  14. Ah I loved reading this list! ❀ I discovered so many books to add to my TBR! I'm so excited/curious about: We Set the Dark on Fire, The Devouring Gray, Girl Gone Viral and The Gilded Wolves ❀

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    1. I actually got lucky enough to read it just last wewek and I LOVED IT, it was so good!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it as well!
      I hope you’ll add The Devouring Gray to your TBR, this book sounds SO great πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! ❀️

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    1. YAY! I’m so happy I could make you add some books to your TBR, I hope you’ll love them πŸ™‚
      I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Gilded Wolves! πŸ˜€
      Thank you Raven ❀


  15. Wow these novels sound very interesting. I am curious about The Quiet at the End of the World (what a beautiful cover!!!) as well as The Similars (in general I am fascinated by clones haha.) Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about these books. Thanks for sharing Marie ❀ πŸ˜€

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  16. I’ve been super excited to dive into WICKED SAINTS by Emily Duncan, which comes out April 2019! Also, WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri! One of the ones I really want to scream about is SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson, since I loved her debut so much.

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    1. Oh I’ve heard so much about Wicked Saints, I hope you’ll enjoy it! I haven’t read Margaret Rogerson’s debut, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, maybe I should try it out πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀



    Marie, I’m having book induced anxiety. Send help.

    But seriously, how are we supposed to read them all? It’s even worse for me now, because in the last year I’ve really diversified my reading, so now in addition to my YA TBR I have a memoir TBR and a podcast rec TBR and a Belletrist TBR and I just don’t have the time or the money!

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    1. I know right? There are WAY TOO MANY BOOKS and I just don’t know what to do with myself anymore, either haha.
      I guess it will be that time to make a very complicated selection to get some books and not everything haha πŸ™‚


  18. Oh yeees The Gilded Wolves, I’m so excited for that one and have been hearing so many good things so far 😍 Added Girl Gone Viral to my list now as it sounds really good! Somehow I really love books about coding and hackers, I find it so fascinating πŸ˜€ And of course I’m so exicted for the COBAB sequel as well!


    1. Oh same here, I find books with coders and hackers and new technologies kind of fascinating, too, so I can’t wait for that one, it sounds INCREDIBLE. I hope we will both love it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much Caro! ❀

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT? I am so in love with that cover, it looks absolutely stunning ❀
      I can't wait to read all of these books, 2019 will be an incredible bookish year πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment Camilla! ❀

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    1. There are just SO many books to read, ahhh, I want them all πŸ˜‚ I hope you’ll get to pick up the Gilded Wolves, I read it and really, reaaally enjoyed it πŸ˜€
      Happy reading, Nicole! ❀


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