Although, it’s a little later into 2019 than planned to be making this, I thought it was time to return to this Top Five. I’ve made a few similar before, but they’re by far the most enjoyable of posts to write. I just love researching into upcoming books!
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One | Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women Are Some Kind of Magic
Genre: Poetry, Feminism
Release date: 5th April 2019 (UK, Paperback)
The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.
It’s no secret that Amanda Lovelace is one of my all-time favourite poets, so naturally her next collection is immediately on my wish list. This series features some of the most inspirational poetry I’ve read, so I can’t wait to delve into another instalment.
These Witches Don’t Burn | Isabel Sterling
Series: These Witches Don’t Burn
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, Paranormal, Witches
Release date: 28th May 2019 (UK, Hardcover)
Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.
But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.
While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.
Gay witches? Sign me up! I can’t remember how exactly I initially discovered this title, but I remember being distraught after discovering it was yet to be released. Only a few months left to wait!
Alex In Wonderland | Simon James Green
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBT, Contemporary
Release date: 6th June 2019 (UK, Paperback)
In the town of Newsands, painfully shy Alex is abandoned by his two best friends for the summer. But he unexpectedly lands a part-time job at Wonderland, a run-down amusement arcade on the seafront, where he gets to know the other teen misfits who work there. Alex starts to come out of his shell, and even starts to develop feelings for co-worker Ben … who, as Alex’s bad luck would have it, has a girlfriend.
Then as debtors close in on Wonderland and mysterious, threatening notes start to appear, Alex and his new friends take it on themselves to save their declining employer. But, like everything in Wonderland, nothing is quite what it seems…
Simon James Green is one of my favourite authors at the minute, so of course, his next release deserves a spot on this list. Although, it’ll be hard to part with Noah for a while, Alex sounds like an interesting protagonist so I can’t wait to discover what he gets up to. Plus, the cover is so pretty, it’s impossible not to get excited!
Call Down the Hawk | Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Dreamer Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT
Release date: 5th November 2019 (US, Hardcover)
There’s so little information regarding this release right now, but I couldn’t not mention it in this post. The Raven Cycle is one of my favourite YA series, with Ronan being by far the most entertaining character, so I can’t wait for a trilogy revolving around him!
Swipe Right for Murder | Derek Milman
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT
Release date: 6th August 2019 (UK, Hardcover)
On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority.
Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do—he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone—faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him.
He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him—including himself.
I found this title while researching more into upcoming young adult releases and this immediately caught my eye. Anything involving crime or mystery is already pretty high on my wish list, yet with the added LGBT representation, it seems like it could be a potential future favourite!