Hi everyone! Happy New Year…on the 4th January (oops!). I was going to write a bit of a post for the new year but I started writing it and my tablet deleted it all and because I had almost got to the end of the post I couldn’t be bothered writing it again. So I decided that this would be the best post to kick of the new year with. Before last year I didn’t pay much attention to new releases in honesty but over the last couple of years possibly from around the back end of 2017 in honesty I’ve started to pay more attention to new releases and have more authors that I know I have to have their book as soon as it comes out. I wrote a similar post last year and there are a lot more books released this year that I am excited about so I thought I would do it again.
A girl called shameless by Laura Steven
‘It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn. Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?’
Release date: 7th March 2019
I am so excited for this release! I read the first book The exact opposite of okay on the day it came out and it was honestly the best book that I read last year so when Laura announced that there was going to be a sequel I honestly couldn’t have been more excited about it.
Two can keep a secret by Karen M. McManus
‘Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself. ‘
Release date: 10th January 2019
So I read Karen’s debut novel One of us is lying last year which I really enjoyed so when I saw that she had a second novel coming out this year I just knew I had to read it. I definitely knew it was one of the books that I was going to read this year as I’m quite into YA mysteries so when I saw the description for it I just knew it was something I would love. I already have it on pre-order and cannnot wait for it to arrive on my kindle next Thursday!
Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard
‘Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She’s back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they’re about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you’re the one left behind?’
Release date: 7th February 2019
Ok so I will admit that I was lucky enough to read this book last year thanks to netgalley and there will be a review coming but I wanted to include it on my list anyway. When I heard there was going to be a sequel to beautiful broken things I was so excited especially as Sara Barnard is one of my favourite YA authors and I’ve read all of her other books.
Opposite of always by Justin A. Reynolds
‘When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over. But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.’
Release date: 7th March 2019
So again I’ve actually read this book thanks to netgalley so there will be a review for it. I saw this book by chance actually and it’s a debut novel for Justin but when I read the description I thought it might be worth a read as it wasn’t like anything I had read before.
The paper and hearts society by Lucy Powrie
‘Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in with her classmates. She doesn’t want to go to parties at the weekend – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book. It’s like she hasn’t found her people … That is until she moves to a new town where a book club, The Paper & Hearts Society, is recruiting. Tabby might just be in luck. Enough of her old “friends” who only talk to her when they need something. It’s time for Quidditch themed fancy dress parties, games like “shut up and Shakespeare” … and LOTS of chocolate.’
Release date: 13th June 2019
So this book is a debut for Lucy but honestly when I read the description I knew this book was for me. I don’t think there is anything better as a bookworm than a book about a bookworm. I am pretty much Tabby so I know I will really be able to relate to this book. I’m quite sad that I have to wait as long as June to read it to be honest.
A good girls guide to murder by Holly Jackson
‘The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone. Having grown up in the small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi chooses the case as the topic for her final project. But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip’s dangerous reality . . . ‘
Release date: 2nd May 2019
Another debut novel that I actually heard about on twitter as someone had received an ARC from YALC in the summer and when I read the description I was really intrigued. Again its a YA mystery so I knew it would be quite up my street.
In the time we lost by Carrie Hope Fletcher
‘Luna Lark used to love her name, but that was before people started saying it differently.
I’m so sorry, Luna.
Are you alright, Luna?
Everything will be okay, Luna.
Now Luna is taking back control by starting again in the most remote place she could find: Ondingside, a magical little town with barely a hundred and fifty people in the middle of nowhere important. She’ll finally finish her latest novel, get herself back to normal, maybe even find love (and continue being a hopeless romantic). But on her first night in Ondingside a freak July snow fall freezes the town. Snowed in, the town stands still. Can Luna break out of the monotony and do what she came to do?’
Release date: 17th October 2019
So I am a huge Carrie Hope Fletcher fan. I have read all of her books so when I heard she was releasing a new book later this year I was really excited. She is definitely one of my favourite authors so whenever she has a new book coming out I just know I have to read it. Her books are always quite different too so you don’t feel like you’re just reading the same thing over and over but you also know you’re reading a Carrie Hope Fletcher book.
So there you have it! It’s actually quite a mix of books, some by authors I already really like and a few from debut authors which I am especially excited about as although I love reading a new book by my favourite authors I love discovering new authors. What books are you looking forward to this year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for reading!