Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Exciting 2019 Releases (That I Haven't Talked About Yet!)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

I've already shared a lot of upcoming releases I'm looking forward to this  year, but a lot of the ones I've featured seem to be books (particularly fantasy) that I've seen mentioned by others many times as well, so I thought I'd feature some 2019 releases that I haven't talked much about already and/or I haven't seen other people talk about a lot yet, either! I am really looking forward to some of these, though I don't know when I'll have a chance to actually obtain a copy and read them--let's hope my library has copies! Are you excited for any of the following books?.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1)Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
About: "Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard. 

As Tracker follows the boy's scent--from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers--he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying? More"

Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository

The Glass WomanThe Glass Woman by Caroline Lee
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Betrothed unexpectedly to Jón Eiríksson, Rósa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkishólmur. Here, the villagers are wary of outsiders. 

But Rósa harbours her own suspicions. Her husband buried his first wife alone in the dead of night. He will not talk of it. Instead he gives her a small glass figurine. She does not know what it signifies. 

The villagers mistrust them both. Dark threats are whispered. 

There is an evil here - Rósa can feel it. Is it her husband, the villagers - or the land itself? Alone and far from home, Rósa sees the darkness coming. She fears she will be its next victim . . .More"

Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository

The Lost History of DreamsThe Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr
Publication Date: April 9th, 2019
About: "A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future, in this captivating debut novel in the gothic tradition of Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale. 

All love stories are ghost stories in disguise. 

When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead of a heart attack in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a historian turned post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh's remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained glass folly set on the moors of Shropshire, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne's last book, The Lost History of Dreams. 

However, Ada's grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle's story of Ada and Hugh's ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights...More"

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The BindingThe Binding by Bridget Collins
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
About: "Imagine you could erase grief. 
Imagine you could remove pain. 
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret. 

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. 

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored... More."

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Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
About: "WHEN Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk-weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel she thinks she is doing God’s will. Sara is not convinced being a maid is better than being a whore, but the chance to escape her grasping ‘madam’ is too good to refuse. 

Inside the Thorels’ tall house in Spitalfields, where the strange cadence of the looms fills the attic, the two women forge an uneasy relationship. The physical intimacies of washing and dressing belie the reality: Sara despises her mistress’s blindness to the hypocrisy of her household, while Esther is too wrapped up in her own secrets to see Sara as anything more than another charitable cause...More"

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The Wisdom of Bones
The Wisdom of Bones by Kitty Aldridge
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2019
About: "'To find a creature part eel, part African lion, who steps the tightrope, plays the viola, frightens the ladies and sings like a nightingale. This is my task. I must conjure, procure and invent, as a novelty is only novel once and no success succeeds as surely as failure fails. '

London 1879 - In a gloomy room on Islington's backstreets showman Percy Unusual George dreams of the miracle that will change his fortunes and that of his troupe of performing Remarkables. This waking dream will lead him to an infamous French dwarf, an exiled Polish king, and a superstar of the Enlightenment... and alter the course of his life forever. 

France 1746-1764 - At the court of Lunéville, in the Alsace region of Lorraine, exiled Polish King Stanislas hosts grand parties for the French nobility and luminaries of the Enlightenment. While Voltaire dotes on his lover, Émilie du Châtelet, the Polish king presents his horrified queen with a gift of an infant dwarf from the Vosges Mountains. King Stanislas names the child Bébé, and watches indulgently as his protégé becomes the most notorious and celebrated dwarf in France, until an unexpected guest arrives and unforeseen tragedy follows... More"

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The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Publication Date: February 19th, 2019
About: "Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again. None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor’s letter that carries a dire prediction: she will not survive another birth. By chance she meets a midwife named Alice Grey, who promises to help her deliver a healthy baby. But Alice soon stands accused of witchcraft. 

Is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Fleetwood must risk everything to prove her innocence. As the two women’s lives become intertwined, the Witch Trials of 1612 loom. Time is running out; both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other. 

Rich and compelling, set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th-century women and raises the question: Was witch-hunting really women-hunting? More"

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The Chef's SecretThe Chef's Secret by Crystal King
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
About: "A captivating novel of Renaissance Italy detailing the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, and the nephew who sets out to discover his late uncle’s secrets—including the identity of the noblewoman Bartolomeo loved until he died. 

When Bartolomeo Scappi dies in 1577, he leaves his vast estate—properties, money, and his position—to his nephew and apprentice Giovanni. He also gives Giovanni the keys to two strongboxes and strict instructions to burn their contents. Despite Scappi’s dire warning that the information concealed in those boxes could put Giovanni’s life and others at risk, Giovanni is compelled to learn his uncle’s secrets. He undertakes the arduous task of decoding Scappi’s journals and uncovers a history of deception, betrayal, and murder—all to protect an illicit love affair. More"

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The Stranger Inside
The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
About: "Kimber Hannon's belief that she has complete control over her life is shattered the night that she comes home from a trip to find her key no longer opens her front door. There is a stranger living in her house. A stranger who claims he has every right to be there, with the paperwork to prove it. When she confronts the man, he lets her get close enough to whisper, "I was there. I saw what you did." 

She doesn't know how he knows her, but with those words Kimber knows this stranger isn't after anything as simple as her money or artwork or charming Craftsman bungalow. She has to find out exactly what he wants and get him out of her carefully orchestrated life before he ruins it. More"

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The Night TigerThe Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
About: "Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin plunges into a dark adventure: a mirror world of secrets and superstitions. Eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy Ren also has a secret, a promise he must fulfill to his dead master: to find his master’s severed finger and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever. As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths wrack the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren’s increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes. More"

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The Beauty of the WolfThe Beauty of the Wolf by Wray Delaney 
Publication Date: February 21st, 2019
About: "What some might call beauty, I find monstrous' 

In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest. 

Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells: 

A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death. 

Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty. 

Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day. More"

Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository

Have you read any of these books? What are some 2019 books you're looking forward to?

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  1. Wow what great picks, these all sound so quirky and amazing. Look forward to their releases!

    Lotte | www.lottelauv.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Good job picking more under-the-radar releases. I've only heard of one of these, but they all sound intriguing. I'm definitely going to be adding some of them to my TBR list. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Happy TTT!

    1. Thanks, I'm so glad to hear that! Hope you have a chance to pick the ones you're interested in up!

  3. Ooh The stranger Inside sounds good. And Black Leopard does too- that one is new to me but it sounds very promising!

    1. I'm super intrigued by The Stranger Inside for so many reasons. I'm obsessed with the cover for Black Leopard.

  4. Yes to The Binding!! Love that cover!

  5. Blackberry and Wild Rose is one that I would definitely like to read. It sounds so good!

  6. Oh there are some GORGEOUS covers here eeep! I'm also very excited for Black Leopard, Red Wolf 😍😍😍

  7. A lot of these are new to me. The Glass Woman sounds really good, and I'll also be keeping an eye on Black Berry & Wild Rose😊