Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is your most anticipated releases of the second half of 2019. (My first half anticipated releases are listed here, and my most anticipated LGBT+ releases I listed last week.) There is a linkup on Artsy Reader’s page so you can see what everyone else is looking forward to as well!
Well first, I screwed up and had this one on my first half release list, and it’s coming out in August, so it belongs here. The Dragon Republic is the sequel to The Poppy War, which was an amazing blend of fantasy and military fiction. People who were lucky enough to get ARCs have been raving about it, so I’m definitely looking forward to that!
Continuing my primal/predatory mermaids kick, The Deep should be coming out in November. The mermaids in The Deep are descended from pregnant black women that were thrown off of slave ships. It’s an interesting premise, based off of a song. I cannot wait to read it.
The Testaments is the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale that we never knew we were getting. I don’t know if it was the success of the show, or the current state of politics that inspired Margaret Atwood, but either way, I will be reading this. I hope it doesn’t destroy me. It should be out in September.
House of Salt and Sorrows, due out in August, looks to be a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and I’m rather interested.
The Storm Crow is the beginning of a series focused on magical, elemental crows. I’m intrigued. Out in July.
The Rage of Dragons looks to be an interesting world, where women can call down dragons and men can…become dragons? Maybe? I’m not sure, but I want to read it! Due out in July.
I think I’ll be reading The Starless Sea around Christmas time – it comes out in November – because a love story set in a secret underground magical library that spans time and space sounds AMAZING.
Spin the Dawn has made a huge splash among my Twitter friends, and it looks right up my alley. I can’t wait for July! (And that cover – WOW.)
And I haven’t seen much buzz about this one, but Fireborne looks really interesting. It’s billed as “Aegon Targaryen and Hermione Granger with dragons” and if that’s not an attention-catching sentence, I don’t know what is! (October)
Slay combines online gaming and racial tension, with a black woman programmer, and I am here for this. (September)
Coming in at eleven – because I can never keep these things to just ten – is Color Outside The Lines, a YA anthology about interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships. It will be another holiday read, since it’s out in November.