T10T: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m happy to say I’ll be participating in T10T once again, and I am so excited for some of the upcoming topics! This week is most anticipated releases of 2019 January to June! Here we go – in more or less chronological order

  • 1. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – this was a really great read!
  • 2. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – so compelling! Very good story.
  • 3. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I’m in love with the Grishaverse, so very excited to get this story!
  • 4. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – ugh, she killed me with this story!
  • 5. The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I got to read the excerpt, which was good. I just love her style of writing.
  • 6. The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman – looks phenomenal, so of course!
  • 7. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – what can I say about this, except WOW! I just completely loved this book!
  • 8. The Wise and The Wicked by Rebecca Podos – Russian-inspired is EVERYTHING!
  • 9. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – definitely excited for an Arabian novel!
  • 10. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – GIRL ASSASSIN and Indian-inspired, so obviously!
  • We’re getting such wonderful stories in the genre this year and I am so excited!
  • Go preorder these ASAP! Totally worth it 😊 Have you read any of them yet? Tell me in the comments which is your most anticipated!

    eARC Review | White Stag by Kara Barbieri

    Title: WHITE STAG



    Genre: FANTASY (marketed as YA, but I wouldn’t recommend for younger than 16; trigger warnings apply)

    White Stag, the first book in a brutally stunning series by Kara Barbieri, involves a young girl who finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

    A Wattpad break out star with over a million reads! Now expanded, revised and available in print and eBook.

    As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

    Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

    Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

    This was a strangely interesting story with some unique aspects that were unexpected. I really enjoyed the new take on goblins, as you usually see them being portrayed as revolting beings. In this, they were more appealing and very like most fae descriptions. I’ve never read a story about goblins who were beautiful in their usual form… So that was kinda cool. I also enjoyed Janneke’s relationship with both Soren and Seppo. It was nice to see that she wasn’t subjugated to their culture entirely. She did have some freedom with being a thrall. Though, the slave culture put me off… The Hunt was interesting and the bulk of that kept me reading, alongside her journey to figure out what made her different.

    Something that did bother me was the use of rape to elicit sympathy for the MC. I did enjoy her as a character, but felt the assault she endured could have been any other type aside from sexual and fulfilled the same purpose. In any case, there should be a content warning for readers who are sensitive to this type of material. I’ve a few friends who wouldn’t be able to read this because of the content.

    Also, very early on on the story it talks about how wolves are always fighting for dominance amongst themselves, which is verifiable untrue. Wolves do not fight for dominance within their pack, as it is a family unit and they help each other to survive. Quite often, the young will stay in the pack to help look after the next year’s litter and learn how to raise pups, etc., then the adult will chase them away to start or join a new pack and help diversify the genetic pool. The scientist who stated wolves vie for dominance was studying captive wolves who do not behave the same as in the wild…and he subsequently retracted his claims after studying wolves in the wild.

    So, all in all, I didn’t love this novel, but I probably will give book 2 a chance. Who knows…it could be mind-blowing. Anyway, I gave this THREE STARS because of the triggering (in my opinion, unnecessary) content, as well as the inaccurate portrayal of wolf behaviour.

    Will you be reading it?

    Sadie by Courtney Summers (eARC review) and an excerpt!


    TITLE: Sadie

    AUTHOR: Courtney Summers

    RELEASES:September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books

    GENRE: YA Contemporary

    Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

    But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

    When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

    I can’t take another dead girl.

    This book broke me apart. It is absolutely one of my most anticipated releases for the year and probably in my top 5 favourite reads this year. It was so compelling and beautiful, yet gut-wrenching. I read this more than two weeks ago and it’s still lingering in my mind. I don’t think I’ll be letting this fade anytime soon. I honestly do not have the words to properly review this novel because it was just that devastating to my soul. I must have cried at least 4 times. I remember I was only 3% into it when I first got emotional…

    Except it’s not in my head, it’s in my heart and she’s the same woman who told me if you’re going to follow anything, it might as well be that.

    Sadie is for all the lost girls seeking to make the world a better place. This is one of those novels that sinks into you, grips you by the feelings, and refuses to let go. It has really changed me as a person for many reasons. With the upbringing I had, I wasn’t too far off being Sadie. Courtney Summers has written a book for the lost girls and the ones who feel they never quite fit, but still believe in good and love and loyalty.

    It all suddenly, and belatedly, felt too real, the things these girls had gone through, what can happen to missing girls.

    I loved the way Sadie was written – part crime drama podcast, part Sadie’s narration. It was unique to me and hearkened to all of the crime dramas I find myself so addicted to so often. It was interesting to get so many perspectives throughout the novel – and to realise that no matter your upbringing or socioeconomic status, little girls (and all children, really) are vulnerable, even if we do our best to keep them safe always. That’s not to say we shouldn’t let them have experiences and do things, but pay attention! It’s important to make sure they know they have a voice. Go out there, friends, and be kind, but speak up when you need to do so. And hug your loved ones!

    Please go read Destiny’s review because she puts this all into words so much better than I ever could…find it here.

    TW: child abuse, sexual abuse, addiction, addiction-shaming, mental health issues, abduction, violence, death


    About the author:

    COURTNEY SUMMERS lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes AroundThis is Not a TestFall for AnythingSome Girls AreCracked Up to BePlease Remain Calm, and All the Rage.

    Summers, Courtney_CREDIT Megan Gunter

    Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for providing me with an eGalley. All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final release.

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    Scroll for excerpt:






    Welcome to Cold Creek, Colorado. Population: eight hundred.


    Do a Google Image search and you’ll see its main street, the barely beating heart of that tiny world, and find every other building vacant or boarded up. Cold Creek’s luckiest—the gainfully employed—work at the local grocery store, the gas station and a few other staple businesses along the strip. The rest have to look a town or two over for opportunity for them- selves and for their children; the closest schools are in Park- dale, forty minutes away. They take in students from three other towns.


    Beyond its main street, Cold Creek arteries out into worn and chipped Monopoly houses that no longer have a place upon the board. From there lies a rural sort of wilderness. The highway out is interrupted by veins of dirt roads leading to nowhere as often as they lead to pockets of dilapidated houses or trailer parks in even worse shape. In the summer- time, a food bus comes with free lunches for the kids until the school year resumes, guaranteeing at least two subsidized meals a day.


    There’s a quiet to it that’s startling if you’ve lived your whole life in the city, like I have. Cold Creek is surrounded by a beau- tiful, uninterrupted expanse of land and sky that seem to go on forever. Its sunsets are spectacular; electric golds and oranges, pinks and purples, natural beauty unspoiled by the insult of skyscrapers. The sheer amount of space is humbling, almost divine. It’s hard to imagine feeling trapped here.


    But most people here do.



    You live in Cold Creek because you were born here and if you’re born here, you’re probably never getting out.



    That’s not entirely true. There have been some success sto- ries, college graduates who moved on and found well-paying jobs in distant cities, but they tend to be the exception and not the rule. Cold Creek is home to a quality of life we’re raised to aspire beyond, if we’re born privileged enough to have the choice.


    Here, everyone’s working so hard to care for their families and keep their heads above water that, if they wasted time on the petty dramas, scandals and personal grudges that seem to define small towns in our nation’s imagination, they would not survive. That’s not to say there’s no drama, scandal, or grudge—just that those things are usually more than residents of Cold Creek can afford to care about.


    Until it happened.


    The husk of an abandoned, turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse sits three miles outside of town, taken by fire. The roof is caved in and what’s left of the walls are charred. It sits next to an apple orchard that’s slowly being reclaimed by the nature that surrounds it: young overgrowth, new trees, wild- flowers.


    There’s almost something romantic about it, something that feels like respite from the rest of the world. It’s the perfect place to be alone with your thoughts. At least it was, before.


    May Beth Foster—who you’ll come to know as this series goes on—took me there herself. I asked to see it. She’s a plump, white, sixty-eight-year-old woman with salt-and-pepper hair. She has a grandmotherly way about her, right down to a voice that’s so invitingly familiar it warms you from the inside out. May Beth is manager of Sparkling River Estates trailer park, a lifelong resident of Cold Creek, and when she talks, people listen. More often than not, they accept whatever she says as the truth.



    Just about . . . here.


    This is where they found the body.



    911 dispatch. What’s your emergency?

    Goodreads Monday 02/07/2018

    Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted at Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back to her blog and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

    Happy July, Wayfarers! I have big plans for this month, so I am excited to get started!!!

    Here’s one I’ve had on my bookshelf and TBR for ages….and it looks beautiful!

    the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

    Published October 3rd, 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

    From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

    Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

    this is the recipe of life
    said my mother
    as she held me in her arms as i wept
    think of those flowers you plant
    in the garden each year
    they will teach you
    that people too
    must wilt
    in order to bloom

    Have you read this yet? Should I read it soon or did you not enjoy this book? Leave a note in the comments!

    Goodreads Monday 25/06/2018

    Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted at Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back to her blog and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

    Hi everyone! I just discovered this meme via my friend’s blog over at Confessions of a YA Reader, so go check out her blog!!!




    The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

    To be Published January 15th, 2019 by Wednesday Books

    Set in a darkly glamorous world The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

    Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts:

    An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

    Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive..

    Have you read this yet? Should I read it soon or did you not enjoy this book? Leave a note in the comments!

    Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (ARC review)

    93bd4-sitdTitle: Sky in the Deep

    Author: Adrienne Young

    Releases: April 24, 2018 by Wednesday Books

    Genre: YA Fantasy


    My Thoughts: Compelling, gripping, beautiful novel that I already see myself rereading for many years to come. I feel rent open by the love and loyalty Eelyn feels and how it shifts throughout the story in response to the things she discovers. This is an amazing telling of one girl going through many hardships to find out that her clan really isn’t all that different from the one she’s been raised to hate, and they have the same basic needs and desires as herself and her clansmen. How do you continue to hate a culture once you begin to view them as fellow humans? She feels betrayed by her brother’s choice, but, as much as she fights it, slowly comes to accept it and his newly claimed family. When the Herja attack, she realises more about herself and her life than she expected.

    “I was the ice on the river. The snow clinging onto the mountainside.”

    Eelyn’s journey drew me in from the first page and I absolutely loved every minute of it. This girl is a strong Viking badass who takes shit from no one and will cut your balls off for your trouble. I think I’ve developed a girl-crush! Of course, the protagonist wouldn’t be so interesting without some flaws, right? Well, hers are very relatable. She’s grown up in a culture who’s told her that the Riki are the blood enemy due to some god’s clash ages ago. She’s stubborn and believes in the tradition of her people…until she doesn’t. How can she continue to believe that these are the enemy after all she’s seen? Still, trust is hard won and it takes time to change thoughts you’ve been entrenched in from the time you’re young.

    Vegr yfir fjor – honor above life.”

    Fiske, her captor, is not all he seems from the beginning. I love his part in her story and I thoroughly enjoyed that even though he ‘owns’ her, he’s still fair and just. He protects her time after time when he really doesn’t have to do anything and I love him for it. Yes, partly because they share a brother, but also because he is just a good guy. He’s a phenomenal character who just gets better as their journey progresses.

    “Home felt an entire world away.”

    To be entirely honest, I wanted more of this story. simply because I never wanted to leave Eelyn’s world. To say I loved this book is an understatement. I was shocked to learn this was Adrienne Young’s debut novel. She has written an amazing novel that I can’t wait to dive into again and again. I’ve already bought a few copies to give to friends…




    Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

    Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

    She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

    Early Praise for Sky in the Deep

    “With Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young has brought to life fascinating, multi-dimensional characters in a starkly beautiful world. Everything is rich and evocative. The ice melts against your skin at the same time the adrenaline takes hold of your heart. This is a gripping story, richly told.”

    -Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn


    “Fearless in its exploration of family, forgiveness, loyalty, and love, Sky in the Deep is fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful. This book will wage a war with your heart as brutal and as bold as the battles inked in its pages.”

    – Stephanie Garber, New York Times Bestselling author of Caraval


    “Brutal and beautiful, with breakneck pacing and starring a heroine that will make you want to run into battle with her, Sky in the Deep is a stunning debut that will leave readers enchanted and breathless all at once.”

    – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Star-Touched Queen


    “A dangerous and brutal world navigated by an equally fearsome girl—Sky in the Deep is a delicious tale filled with fierce battles, shocking betrayal, and a slow-burn romance that’s as hard fought as the wars raging between the two clans. Readers will welcome this vivid gift to the fantasy genre, as will fans of darkly lush historical settings. Wholly unique and instantly addictive, I was captivated from its opening lines.”

    – Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times Bestselling Author of Stalking Jack the Ripper


    “Bleak, beautiful, and deadly, Sky in the Deep is both a gritty, gut-wrenching tale of war and a thoughtful meditation on identity, family, and faith–a story with the ferocity of its main character as well as her raw and tender heart.”

    – Traci Chee, New York Times Bestselling author of The Reader


    “Heartrending, heart-mending: this book broke my heart into a thousand pieces, then put it back together even stronger than before.”

    – Kayla Olson, author of The Sandcastle Empire

    Available for pre-order:

    Coming in 2018 from the following publishers:

    United States & Canada: Wednesday Books (April 24, 2018)

    Germany: Harper Collins

    The Netherlands: Unieboek Spectrum

    Czech Republic: Albatros

    Spain: Urano

    All quotes are taken from an ARC and may not match the final product. Thank you so much to Wednesday Books via Netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

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