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Twelve books we can't wait to read in 2019

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A new year for book lovers means one thing: even more new books to get excited for! Read on for a list of the most exciting new releases looking to grace our shelves in 2019.


Margaret Atwood. Image credit: Mauro Rico / Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación

1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Releases September 10th, Chatto & Windus

Possibly the most talked about book of 2019 already, this year sees the release of the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, over 30 years after the original book was published. Little is known about the sequel as of yet, only that it will take place 15 years after the end of The Handmaid's Tale and that it will feature 3 female narrators.

2. Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: Releases 26th February, Bloomsbury UK

Samantha Shannon takes on 2019 with a new fantasy epic, completely unrelated to her best-selling Bone Season series. Priory is set in an Elizabethan style fantasy world which is on the brink of war with dragons-and the women who must fight to save their world from ruin.

3. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: Releases 5th November, Doubleday

Erin Morgenstern's sophomore novel has been eight years in the making, and finally this November, the world will be able to read it. The Starless Sea follows Zachary Rowlins as he discovers a magical book which leads him into a secret underground world.

4. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas: Releases 7th February, Walker Books

The wait is almost over for the next book from sensation Angie Thomas, after her debut, The Hate U Give, made massive waves in the book community. On The Come Up follows rapper Bri, as she struggles to make it in the world of rap in order to save her family from homelessness.

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5. Crossfire by Malorie Blackman: Releases 4th July, Penguin Random House

The unexpected 5th instalment in Blackman's bestselling Noughts and Crosses series hits shelves this July. Inspired by Trump, Brexit and the rise of the far right in Europe follows both new and familiar characters in the Noughts and Crosses world and is sure to be as chillingly powerful as the previous instalments in the series.

6. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi: Releases 7th March, Macmillan Children's Books

After Adeyemi's debut Children of Blood and Bone made a massive splash, we return the world of Orisha this March to follow the continuing adventures of Zelie and Amari as the deal with the fallout from the events of the previous book.

7. The Hormone Diaries: The Bloody Truth About Our Periods by Hannah Witton: Releases 13th June, Wren & Rook

YouTuber Hannah Witton's intensely popular video series The Hormone Diaries is being given the novel treatment this year, so if you enjoyed her first book, Doing It, make sure to keep an eye out for this.

8. Enchantee by Gita Trelease: Releases 21st February, Macmillan Children's Books

Gita Trelease's debut has already received quite some hype in the blogging community and having been lucky enough to get an early copy, I can easily see why! Enchantee follows magician Camille Durbonne as she gets wrapped up in the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette on the eve of the French Revolution.

9. King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: Releases 29th January, Hachette Children's Group

Leigh Bardugo's bestselling Grishaverse series continues this January, with the start of a new duology, this time follow King Nikolai Lantsov as he struggles to rebuild his kingdom following the devastating war at the end of the original Grisha trilogy.


Cassandra Clare. Image credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

10. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare: Releases 19th November, Walker Books

Shadowhunters fans rejoice! Chain Of Gold, the latest instalment in the Shadowhunter world is being released next year. The book is the start of a new trilogy, following the children of Will and Tessa Herondale, set after The Infernal Devices, but before The Mortal Instruments.

11. The Wicked King by Holly Black: Releases 8th January, Hot Key Books

The Cruel Prince made a massive splash in 2018, so naturally, the follow-up, The Wicked King, is highly anticipated by many. The Wicked King follows Jude and Cardan on further adventures, as Jude attempts to keep the power behind the throne, whilst navigating her ever complicating feelings for Cardan.

12. Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus: Releases 10th January, Penguin Random House

After her debut novel, One of Us Is Lying made a splash in 2017, Karen McManus returns this year with a new thriller, this time following teens Ellery and Malcolm as they fight to solve a five-year-old murder in the town of Echo Ridge before the killer strikes again.

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