Somehow I’ve done really well this year with my reading challenge, letting me read a lot of great books! While 2019 may not have had any big new Cassandra Clare or Sarah J Maas books in store for me, it didn’t mean there weren’t some amazing reads, so this list as always was pretty tough. Here are my top releases for 2019, not in any particular order, but some of my favorites from a stellar year of reading!
1-Wicked King / Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
- Wicked King came out earlier this year, blowing all of the Cruel Prince fans away, and ending with a solid bang. Holly Black though, surprised us all further by releasing Queen of Nothing months earlier than planned, giving us both novels in one year. Unheard of, I know, but also very merciful given how we all felt after Wicked King. On their own both books are amazing, but partly because they are the best duo out there, and partly because I can’t choose they are together on this list.
- See Wicked King Review , See Queen of Nothing Review
2-Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
- I think most of this is a Fantasy list, so I’m very sorry for that. Sorcery of Thorns was Margaret Rogerson’s second book, and my second addiction from her work. This one is focused not on the Fae, but on Elisabeth as she is accused of releasing a dangerous magical book, and has to work with a young sorcerer. She’ll have to rely on her sworn enemy to save the libraries and the magical books in them as someone is releasing books at the different libraries across the country. One of my five star reads of the year, this one was even better than An Enchantment of Ravens, and hooked me in immediately.
- See Review
3-Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
- The finale to the Stalking Jack the Ripper Series, this one left me happy, but nevertheless mourning another series gone. Even if said series was binge read this year. Interested in reading the Series Review? Click here. If you haven’t read Stalking Jack the Ripper, and you like murder mysteries, and realistic female protagonists, this one was a runaway adventure, keeping me glued from beginning to end. I even bought the rest of the series after book one, taking out my original plan of waiting. Read it, please!
- See Review
4-King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
- There’s nothing like another Leigh Bardugo series to make a person excited, and worried at the same time. Excited, because it’s Nikolai, worried because you know he’ll be put through a lot if it’s all about him (Not that he never was put through scary stuff). Nikolai was my original pairing with Alina, I won’t lie, but this series was definitely something that needs to be read since Nikolai’s story was not done in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. If you’ve loved the other Leigh Bardugo books, please pick this one up! It deserves to be read, and it’s cover is so golden!
- See Review
5-Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
- I fell in love with Roshani Chokshi’s writing with her Star Touched Queen novels, it’s beautiful and draws you in each time. So when she revealed that she had a new series I knew I needed it, and wished I had it when she signed my other books. Gilded Wolves though, was an amazing mystery of high class Parisian society mixed with magic, and a little DaVinci Code or National treasure (depending on which floats your boat). Severin was of course my favorite of the characters, but the whole cast is fun, and gives me a Six of Crows vibe.
- See Review
Here were some other 2019 releases that were a part of my top picks for the year:
-The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (Review)
-American Royals by Katherine McGee (Review)
-A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Review)
There were a lot of really great releases this year, which surprises me at this point, since usually my lists are dominated by Cassandra Clare and Sarah J Maas. It makes me really excited for the 2020 releases I’ll get to enjoy next year! What books were your favorites of the year? Let me know in the comments below!