I only have one talent in life, and that’s keeping track of new and upcoming releases and actually prioritising reading them before they become backlist books several years down the line. As a result, I managed to read a LOT of 2019 releases last year and I wanted to go over some of the ones I really loved that just… didn’t get enough hype. THESE BABIES DESERVE SO MUCH MORE ATTENTION, and sadly I can’t commit all of my time to convincing people to read them every single day.
Y’all have been working hard promoting Wicked Saints, The Merciful Crow (which don’t really deserve it), A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Crier’s War, Red White & Royal Blue, Spin The Dawn (which absolutely do) and The Devouring Gray (which I’m undecided on as I haven’t read it). Those are titles that have appeared everywhere and overshadowed some really diddly darn excellent books. But no fear, SilverWolfReads is here to correct that.
Please kindly prepare your bank card.
The Fever King by Victoria Lee
This one started with ALL THE HYPE and ALL THE TALK and then seemingly fell off the face of the freaking earth. As in, suddenly it was hush. People are barely talking about the sequel. At first, I thought maybe the author had done something problematic but no they are as sweet and adorable as ever and their ‘bestseller’ title is still well deserved. Only… no one is giving them ALL THE LOVE anymore, and it breaks my heart.
The Fever King is a paranormal queer YA with severe The Darkest Minds vibes. A plague is spreading – one that either leaves people or dead, or full of unknown, uncontrollable magic. Noam, our goofy and ever-loveable main character is the latter. He gets sent off to a training facility to learn how to avoid killing people. Things happen. He meets a boy. It’s ENEMIES TO LOVERS. It’s… well, perfection.
Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury
The lack of love for this one in the community is rude. The amount of time and effort Jessica put into writing a TRUE MASTERPIECE of a YA Anastasia retelling should generate 1000x the love. Her other book, The Forbidden Wish got ten times the amount of appreciation and it’s half as good. And THAT’S the tea.
Last of Her Name is a book with a gorgeous cover and gorgeous insides. It’s a gold mine of a retelling, with rich science-fiction world building, glorious spaceships and of course, a kick ass Anastasia equivalent who I’m “slightly” in love with. Sometimes a cast of characters manages to fill the void of real-life friendship failures, and these beautiful babies are exactly that. Sarcastic and humorous, Last Of Her Name needs to be read by everyone on the planet. And anyone else out there in the galaxies.
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G Drews
If you’re sleeping on Cait’s books, YOU NEED TO CORRECT THAT. She’s one of us. A book blogger extraordinaire with a beautiful feed and a bright, vibrant personality. She’s the kindest, most engaging blogger out there and not reading her books is a crime. A CRIME, I TELL YOU. (Although I’ll make exceptions to those of you who don’t like/don’t read contemporaries). But still, if you are ever tempted to push yourself out of your comfort zone, please support an adorable Aussie who I pray I get to accidentally meet every time I’m in Australia. I’d get more excited over meeting her than some of my other faves like Astrid Scholte or the Meagan Spooner/Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff trio. AND I LOVE THOSE GUYS. But they have nothing on the excitement I’d feel meeting Cait, which just goes to show how truly talented she is.
The Boy Who Steals Houses is about Sam and Avery, two boys with many houses but 0 homes. They move around the city, breaking into unoccupied homes when families are away on holiday, or the next empty house showing isn’t for several weeks. It’s not a fun lifestyle, but it’s their’s. They look after the places they break into, determined not to get caught out as a result of disturbing the crockery or breaking something. Sam has gotten good at navigating empty houses and knows exactly what to look for. But when a large family arrives home early from their holiday and finds him in their house, only to presume he’s a friend of an absentee sibling… He doesn’t know what else to do but go along with it.
I won’t say too much more because you need to read it to get the full warm gooey feelings but there’s a beautiful, staggering romance and Cait manages to break me into a thousand million pieces with absolutely everything she writes. She truly has a way with words.
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
The book community is so willing to accept 5000 Beauty and The Beast retellings (this isn’t shade, because I too read every single one that releases) but you choose to sleep on a LES MISERABLES RETELLING? What don’t you like?? Taste?? (Okay, that was mean but it HURTS MY FEELINGS not to have enough people to gush over this one with and I need that to change ASAP please!). Seriously though, if you like thieves on the run, adopted/found families and rebellions… why haven’t you read this? I know it feels like nothing can compare to the original, but this not only compares but raises the roof and knocks it out of the park! I said what I said.
Warrior of The Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Tricia is becoming one of those ‘big names’ in our community with her killer good duology, Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen. It had a slow start in life but more and more people are picking it up and realising what a masterpiece it is and then adding her upcoming release to their list, The Shadows Between Us. It helps that is has a gorgeous cover and some pretty enthusiastic marketing. But, as a result, people are accidentally ignoring this one. It’s being pushed to the back and it deserves to be at the front of the queue.
Warrior of The Wild is about a strong female warrior being exiled from the only life she’s ever known and being sent out to conquer the wilderness, all for standing up for someone. She had everything. A famous father, extensive fight training and the potential to be something more. Only instead she’s being sent out to die by the hand of an Immortal beast that reigns the ‘outside world’. And makes exceptions for no one, not even an axe-wielding kickass warrior. Although she’s certainly determined to be the exception.
It has super rich world building, vibrant characterisation and is told from the really intriguing inner-voice of our MC. Plus, who doesn’t want to battle with immortality?
And that’s my 5 recommendations finished for you! I hope I’ve touched a little on why each book deserves all the fame and glory and also explained the plot lines enough without spoiling them. It was really difficult narrowing down just 5, but I knew any more than that and I wouldn’t be able to focus properly on each book and give it the spotlight they deserve. Obviously this post is based on my opinion – but please trust me when I say I did read A LOT of 2019 releases and these were just my favourites. If you have different tastes to me, great! That’s what makes our community so amazing! Please do consider trying a few of these out as you might just surprise yourself.
I’m wanting to do a similar post for the 2018 releases too, and then maybe a ‘add to your backlist’ post for 2017 and below years – let me know if you’d be interested in reading those as I really do value your opinion. I wouldn’t be here without you guys and I hope my sass in this one doesn’t offend anyone – I’m just being very cheeky and I hope it shows. Also, let me know if you have read any of my recommended or are going to because of other people or even me, I’d love to hear your thoughts!