Top Ten Tuesday #9 – Most Anticipated for First Half of 2019


Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (January 8th, 2019) topic is:  Most Anticipated for First Half of 2019.

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!




We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
This is based on ancient Arabia, I mean I feel so privileged that we are getting such amazing diverse worlds in fantasy finally.   I’m dying to read this.

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
Swati is coming to visit TBR and Beyond for a live chat in May and I asked her to come because this made it on both mine and Mireille’s most anticipated lists!

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire
Seanan is basically a goddess to me.  I worship this series.  One of my favorite series of all time and I plan on just doing a big reread on this series when this book is released.

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Isn’t this on everyone’s list? Finally we can focus on what’s important – NIKOLAI! Hopefully we won’t even have to hear Mal’s stupid name in this book!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi
I know this author has caused some controversy lately and while I don’t agree with what she did at all, I’m still excited as all hell to read this book.  Children of Blood and Bone was one of my tops last year.

Note: I did not include any books that I have already read the arcs for, which means A Curse So Dark and Lonely and The Girl King are not on this list, but only for that reason.

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MIreille 2019 most anticipated Jan to June

Oh my gosh guys this is so hard. 2019 is going to be so expensive, so many books are coming out and so many amazing debuts. I have more than five ones my Most Anticipated List but I decided to go with the Debuts I was excited for and than one that I truly can’t wait for.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
First of all, that cover Wow, love everything about this. The synopsis sounds really cool and I just love dystopian fantasies.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Read someone saying this was Raven Boys meets Stranger Things, like what???? I am so here for this.

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
Any books with a girl assasin gets a Hell Yeah! from me. I love that it’s inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
I am so here for this book. Loved that it’s set in a world inspired by ancient arabia. It sounds so amazing.

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta
My favourite legend is King Arthur, so this fantasy / sci-fi retelling is everything I ever wanted.




84 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #9 – Most Anticipated for First Half of 2019

  1. I’ve seen Leigh’s on many a list already today (and my Top Ten Tuesday visits are young!), so I can tell it’s HIGHLY anticipated. Makes me want to try one of Leigh’s books all the more. Also, “Once and Future” looks really interesting. Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit; I appreciate this! 🙂

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  2. We share The Tiger at Midnight as one of the books we’re looking forward to! Also I just discovered Once & Future thanks to you guys! I also love the Arthurian legend, but have only read some of the retelling from Marion Zimmer Bradley.

    I was intrigued by Children of Virtue and Vengeance, but what is this controversy you speak of? I’ve been out of the blogosphere for a while so please enlighten me!

    Great lists!

    Chelsey /

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  3. I got an ARC for The Devouring Gray, so I’ll get to read that one soon. Once and Future sounds interesting. 2019 is going to be great for books!

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  4. I’m curious to see where she takes things with Children of Vengeance and Virtue. Her first book was so beautifully written, I’m excited for the sequel.

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  5. King of Scars and We Set the Dark on Fire are on my list as well! And I have my eye on all the other ones as well haha. So many good releases coming up! If only I had unlimited time and money so I could read alllll of them

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  6. Love both your lists. I followed the drama (over Children of Blood and Bone) at the time. I suppose publicity is publicity, good or bad it certainly brought the book to my attention.

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  7. Awesome books you both got there!! Some I wasn’t familiar with yet so I’ll definitely check them out! I’m so excited about Once & Future. A King Arthur re-telling!!!! Cannot wait to read it!

    I really disapprove of what the author of Children of Blood and Bone did, but I keep hearing such awesome things about her book. I feel like boycotting her because its terrible how she acted and how she doesn’t show any respect to her fellow authors, which bothers me a lot. So I don’t know if I’ll ever pick up the book – it is on my shelves tho -, but who knows haha! Everything regarding the drama is definitely a turn-off for me and I’ve been less excited about reading the book now 😦

    We hunt the Flame looks so interesting! Ever since reading the Alwyn Hamilton books, I’ve been wanting to read more books with Arabian elements but I haven’t gotten around to do so yet. This is definitely one I’ll be adding to my wishlist!

    the Devouring Gray is on my wishlist as well. Looks so interesting!!

    I’ve preordered some books up until April and I’m so excited about all of them.
    – Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler
    – courting darkness by Robin Lafevers
    – the Triumphant by Lesley Livingston
    – the last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
    – Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
    – Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan
    – Once & Future
    – Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
    – the Red scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
    – Defy the Fates by Claudia Gray
    – Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

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    1. I definitely agree with you that what Adeyemi did was wrong, but I don’t know if I would boycott a debut author because I chalk it up to growing pains and that they’re still learning the industry. Now if it was someone whose been around for awhile, then I might consider it.

      Adeyemi did apologize after Robert’s team reached out and explained some things to her. So perhaps lesson learned. Albeit it hard one.

      If you don’t want to buy it, check it out from the library; but I definitely recommend reading it despite the controversy.

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