The 2019/2020 Book Look

Now that many books that we've been looking forward to (Finale by Stephanie Garber, Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard, Romanov by Nadine Brandes) are finally out, it's time to reset the countdown to the books coming later in 2019 and early in 2020.

Since it's summer vacation for me (woohoo!! sunshine & reading time here I come), I actually had the time to get together my most anticipated reads for the rest of 2019 and early in 2020.

There's so many to look forward to!! Here we go:

10. The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

I was researching future reads when I stumbled across this on Goodreads. It looks fascinating! Here’s what it’s about:

A race for the crown. A girl destined to die. And a weapon far more effective than any blade.

In the fantastical world of Talassa, sixteen-year-old Zahru finds herself chosen as a human sacrifice in a dangerous race across the desert between the king’s three heirs.

Expected release: 2020

9. Untitled [A Court of Thorns and Roses #4] by Sarah J. Maas

This next book in the ACOTAR series follows Nesta and Cassian—but none of us really know why we’re following them. Sarah’s mentioned several times that she’ll tell us later, so until then, we will wait with bated breath!

Expected release: 2020

8. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

I don’t know much about the book except this blurb:

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she's been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.

Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had.

But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception-and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she's plotting to bring down--the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one.

Expected release: January 7, 2020

7. One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

This much-awaited second book in the One of Us is Lying series will follow the four Bayview students found innocent in the death of Simon Kelleher.

But one year later, a deadly game arrives on the Bayview campus…and the Bayview four are probably the targets.

One of Us is Lying was a book that I felt incapable of putting down, and I have such high expectations for One of Us is Next!

Expected release: 2020

6. The Toll by Neal Shusterman

My brother and I have loved the Scythe series, and meeting with and speaking to Neal Shusterman at YALLFest made me even more excited for The Toll.

All of Shusterman’s books deal with the “what if?” questions that have plagued humanity for ages. Scythe answers the question: What if humanity defeated death itself?

The Toll will delve into the world ruled by Scythe Goddard three years after Rowan and Citra disappeared and since the Thunderhead shut itself off from everyone…except Grayson Tolliver.

Expected release: September 3, 2019

5. Untitled [An Ember in the Ashes Quartet #4] by Sabaa Tahir

Confession: I haven’t read A Reaper at the Gates, so I’ve been rereading An Ember in the Ashes to get back in the game. Though we don’t know what the fourth book is called, and I still don’t know what’s happened, I HAVE to figure out what happened to Elias, because this boy is putting me under way too much stress.

Expected release: April 2, 2020

4. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone was one of my favorites of 2018, and Tomi Adeyemi’s been pushing back the publication date, which was originally March, then June, and now December, because she wants it to be perfect. I’m ready to figure out what happened to Zélie!! I miss my white-haired girl.

Also, if you haven’t gone to Adeyemi’s blog, you should check it out! Her For Writers advice is so helpful!

Expected release: December 3, 2019

3. Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

It’s the final book of the Shatter Me series, and I really need to catch up. Still, despite not having read Defy Me out of fear, I’m counting down the days.

What’s going on with Warner and Juliette? How’s Kenji? And will Adam come back?

I’ve accidentally read spoilers about Juliette’s new…position…as a leader and it’s making me nervous. I just want my sweet girl to be okay. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

Expected release: March 3, 2020

2. Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

I’m so excited for this, even though I’m basically running on no knowledge except for this:

It follows Bryce Quinlan, an antiquities dealer by day and a high-life partier by night. She’s half-human and half-fae living in the Crescent City, or Lunathion, but her world is stopped by a ruthless murder.

And two years later, the murderer strikes again. Bryce teams up with Hunt Athalar, an assassin, to solve the murder, even though he wants nothing to do with her and she just wants to party into oblivion.

But what they don’t realize is that solving this murder would mean crossing some serious lines, and waking up some monsters that have been sleeping for quite some time.

Since it’s SJM, I have crazy high expectations. And I’m ridiculously, insanely excited. T-minus…245 days? Let’s get this party started! (Surely Bryce would want to join, right?)

Expected release: January 28, 2020

1. Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Hopefully I won’t have to explain why this is #1.

But since I probably will, here it is:

In this thrilling conclusion to the Faerie fantasy trilogy, Jude realises that Cardan will always be the more powerful. To escape him, she will have to leave behind everything she knows and everything she has worked for...

What happened to Jude? How is she going to get back into Faerie? And WHY WILL SHE HAVE TO ESCAPE CARDAN?!?

Expected release: November 19, 2019

Didn't see the book you were looking for/are seriously looking forward to? Send me a DM (@maevesbookshelf) or an email ( and try to convince me, or just tell me why you're looking forward to it! Thanks for reading my blog, and, as always, keep reading! There are so many wonderful worlds to stumble upon if only you take the time to do it.

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