Author’s Note: I wrote this post in December 2019 and for some reason I never got around to posting it. It was also inspired by another blogger, though I’m sorry to say I no longer know who. After almost deleting it I thought that it would be a waste not to post it. I hope you enjoy!
This morning I read a brilliant post from my Twitter timeline. The idea was that the blogger went through ten books released in 2019 (or the very end of 2018) and let you know whiter they were worth picking up. I loved it so much that I wanted to do my own version.
Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
If you loved the Red Queen quartet then this is a good insight into Norta and it’s surrounding territories. I don’t usually like short stories, but it was worth it for the brief glimpse of Maven’s point of view.
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millgrave Harwood
I remember nothing about this other than the fact that I was bored. It’s a pretty book but there’s no substance. Dracula’s brides are better in Dracula. Read that instead.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
So you love Six of Crows, and don’t mind the Grisha trilogy. Well, you’re probably going to be ambivalent to this to. The best thing about this book was the final chapter. I will be reading the next on though, so probably a middling book.
Find Me by Andre Aciman
I love Aciman’s writing style, and his themes so I dis enjoy this book. However, as a sequel to Call Me by Your Name it doesn’t quite work which was a bit disappointing. Buy it if you like Aciman, not if you like Call Me By Your Name.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
If you like Tolkien-style fantasy then this is the book for you. As someone who struggled to get though The Hobbit this was not my favourite, but I can appreciate it as a really important book in the genre. Let’s not forget that it created a fantasy world which is not euro-centric, and includes LGBTQ+ relationships and characters.
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
It was okay. If you’re reading the trilogy then you ought to finish it but this book did not reach the heights of its predecessors. The ending felt rushed, and plot points were brushed over for sake of convenience.
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Yes. Yes. Yes. This is a must read if you liked The Cruel Prince. Just everything about this book was amazing.
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Wayward Son was everything. It was fast paced. It was fun. It was full fo magic, and most importantly the relationship angst was off the scale. I’ll take ten of these please!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
I really struggled to get into it at first, as it was a little slow and the chapters alternate timelines. By the end I was really invested, and I need more Darlington. All the trigger warnings.
King of Fools by Amanda Foody
You thought Ace of Shades was good? The prepare to be blown away by King of Fools. Imagine Peaky Blinders, with a bi-wannabe-Tommy set in Atlantic City with magic. Seriously you need to pick this series up.
So those are my good, bad, and ugly releases of 2019. I should point out that other than The Deathless Girls I did enjoy everyone of those reads despite my ratings, and this was a bit of fun more than anything else.
Do you agree with my ratings? What are your good, bad, and ugly releases of 2019? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?