Top Ten Mid-2019 Releases in the “Maybe” Pile
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This week’s topic: Top Ten Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About (Mid-2019)
Instead of doing today’s official topic, I’m switching up this week to call back to an earlier one that we did this year, Top Ten Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About, in which I featured some titles that didn’t quite make it to my “Must-Read” pile but that I was curious about nonetheless. I liked the idea so much, I’ve decided to do it again, this time for upcoming releases of mid-2019. These are ten books I’ve been hemming and hawing over for a while now, but if you think there are any that I should change from a “maybe” to a “must”, please let me know!
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, the first novel in a new YA fantasy series.
In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.
A PIRATE WITH A WILL OF IRON
Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.
A SOLDIER WITH A SECRET
Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.
A DANGEROUS QUEST
When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in this fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey.
Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.
But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.
Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre
A dark, romantic YA suspense novel with an SF edge and plenty of drama, layering the secrets we keep and how appearances can deceive, from the New York Times bestselling author.
In this tiny, terrifying town, the lost are never found. When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to live with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She’ll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won’t be exciting, but she’ll cope, right?
Wrong. From the start, things are very, very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don’t talk about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying to drive her out of her mind. To solve these riddles and bring the lost home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but some secrets fight to stay buried…
The Warehouse by Rob Hart
Gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the United States beyond recognition.
Amidst the wreckage, an online retail giant named Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront, but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior, lurks something far more sinister.
Paxton never thought he’d be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he’d be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what’s left outside, perhaps Cloud isn’t so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future.
Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket.
As Paxton and Zinnia’s agendas place them on a collision course, they’re about to learn just how far the Cloud will go to make the world a better place.
To beat the system, you have to be inside it.
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry
The ultimate book-lover’s fantasy, featuring a young scholar with the power to bring literary characters into the world, for fans of The Magicians, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and The Invisible Library.
For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob — a young lawyer with a normal house, a normal fiancee, and an utterly normal life — hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his life’s duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other. But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world… and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing.
There’s someone else who shares his powers. It’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them, before these characters tear apart the fabric of reality.
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace
A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.
They thought the ship would be their salvation.
Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.
But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.
And then they woke it up.
The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe
New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe returns to the world of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane with a bewitching story of a New England history professor who must race against time to free her family from a curse
Connie Goodwin is an expert on America’s fractured past with witchcraft. A young, tenure-track professor in Boston, she’s earned career success by studying the history of magic in colonial America—especially women’s home recipes and medicines—and by exposing society’s threats against women fluent in those skills. But beyond her studies, Connie harbors a secret: She is the direct descendant of a woman tried as a witch in Salem, an ancestor whose abilities were far more magical than the historical record shows.
When a hint from her mother and clues from her research lead Connie to the shocking realization that her partner’s life is in danger, she must race to solve the mystery behind a hundreds’-years-long deadly curse.
Flashing back through American history to the lives of certain supernaturally gifted women, The Daughters of Temperance Hobbsaffectingly reveals not only the special bond that unites one particular matriarchal line, but also explores the many challenges to women’s survival across the decades—and the risks some women are forced to take to protect what they love most.
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall
In this charming, witty, and weird fantasy novel, Alexis Hall pays homage to Sherlock Holmes with a new twist on those renowned characters.
Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation.
When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark.
But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Ms. Haas’ stock-in-trade.
Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe
Dazzling space battles, intergalactic politics, and rogue AI collide in Velocity Weapon, the first book in this epic space opera by award-winning author Megan O’Keefe.
Sanda and Biran Greeve were siblings destined for greatness. A high-flying sergeant, Sanda has the skills to take down any enemy combatant. Biran is a savvy politician who aims to use his new political position to prevent conflict from escalating to total destruction.
However, on a routine maneuver, Sanda loses consciousness when her gunship is blown out of the sky. Instead of finding herself in friendly hands, she awakens 230 years later on a deserted enemy warship controlled by an AI who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe.
Now, separated by time and space, Sanda and Biran must fight to put things right.
The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda
From an Aurora Award-winning author comes a new fantasy epic in which one mage must stand against a Deathless Goddess who controls all magic.
Only in Tananen do people worship a single deity: the Deathless Goddess. Only in this small, forbidden realm are there those haunted by words of no language known to woman or man. The words are Her Gift, and they summon magic.
Mage scribes learn to write Her words as intentions: spells to make beasts or plants, designed to any purpose. If an intention is flawed, what the mage creates is a gossamer: a magical creature as wild and free as it is costly for the mage.
For Her Gift comes at a steep price. Each successful intention ages a mage until they dare no more. But her magic demands to be used; the Deathless Goddess will take her fee, and mages will die.
To end this terrible toll, the greatest mage in Tananen vows to find and destroy Her. He has yet to learn She is all that protects Tananen from what waits outside. And all that keeps magic alive.
I love love love the sound of Salvation Day lol!
Okay, maybe I’ll be bumping that one up the TBR, lol!
OMG Mogsy! I didn’t know Ann Aguirre had that book coming! THank you!!!
Yep, she does! I am a bit worried that this one will be too romance heavy, but I do love the mystery/suspense of it!
Dark Shores sounds so good! I’ll have to check it out 👏🏻
A surprise review copy actually showed up on my doorstep earlier this week, so maybe I’ll check it out after all 🙂
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I’m interested in the new Sarah Gailey.
I wasn’t so enamored with her hippo western series, but yes, this one does look good.
The unlikely escape sounds fun. Added a few of these to my tbr… thank you 😊
That one is getting some amazing praise so far, I admit I am intrigued!
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Ooh nice topic change! Dark Shores is one I don’t think I can read. I wasn’t really fond of how she ended her last series. I mean, I understood the reasons and whatnot, but it just left me a little unhappy about it all in the end. So I feel hesitant to pick up her books again. The rest are all new to me ones, though The Heartwood Box sounds intriguing!!
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I can understand…I read that trilogy too and HATED the ending. At the time I was so mad I couldn’t possible imagine picking up another one of the author’s books. But enough time has passed that my anger has subsided…so I may look into this one, especially if the author has learned her lesson about endings 😛
I’m reading Dark Shores at the moment, it’s early days but It hasn’t totally wowed me at the moment, I think the world building feels a little thin but – like I said, might be too early to call.
Well, I can’t say that’s encouraging, but I did get a surprise copy in the mail this week, so maybe I will take a look at some point if I have time… I’ll be keeping my eye out for your review 🙂
Megan O’Keefe wrote the Scorched Continent fantasy trilogy. I read the first book and while I enjoyed it, for some reason I never searched out her later books. I should probably do that to see if Velocity Weapon is something I’d want to check out.
Thanks for the reminder 🙂
I heard about that trilogy, but never got a chance to check it out. I’m glad the first book gets the thumbs up from you though, gives me some confidence that I will enjoy her writing and storytelling, even though VW sounds very different!
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Oh yes I’m so curious about Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
I read an excerpt of it, and I enjoyed it! So I’m definitely considering reading it.
I see a few here I’m definitely interested in. The Ann Aguirre book is already on my wishlist as is Magic for Liars. I plan on reading The Affair of Mysterious Letter in June. Hope you find some new books to love here.
Thanks, I’ll watch for your reviews of those books!
I’ve been hearing good things about Velocity Weapon, but I’m on the fence with some of these too. Dark Shores sounds promising but there’s so much hype it worries me!
Yeah, hype always makes me nervous. And I had a bad time with the ending of Jensen’s last trilogy, so I’m a bit gun shy about starting anything new by her as well 😛
I’m curious about Magic For Liars, but probably won’t get to it soon. I managed to get an ARC of Velocity Weapon, so I’ll have thoughts in about a month! #TBRofDoom
Awesome, chances are if I decide to read VW, you’ll still get to it before me, so I’ll be watching out for your review!
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Dark Shores sounds amazing and I love the cover! 🙂 I would read that one haha, but that is just me! (I added it to my TBR 😉 )
It does sound amazing! I still can’t help but be wary though, because of the hype and because of past experiences with the author. I’ll have to check out some reviews before making my final decision!
It’s been a long time since I read anything by Ann Aguirre and her new novel seems very different from her other works I read, so this makes me quite curious about it… 🙂
I think I prefer her fantasy over her contemporary, but then, I’m willing to give another one a chance!
“The Unlikely Escape…” and “Salvation Day” are on my TBR list. I frequently use your reviews to make the move from ‘maybe’ to ‘yes’ so I’d love your input on those two!
Haha, sometimes I need help deciding too! Hopefully we’ll both read some awesome books this spring/summer. The more I read about Salvation Day, it is looking better and better 🙂
I’m on the fence about Velocity Weapon and Gossamer Mage as well. I’m not likely to read any of the others
Yeah, I’m especially curious about Gossamer Mage because I know mostly of the author’s sci-fi, though I know she’s written fantasy as well. It just sounds so intriguing.
The stuff I’m curious about goes on my wishlist on Goodreads then I go back a couple of months later and look up the reviews on each one before I decide what to delete and what to keep on wishlist or buy!
I should start culling my wishlist/tbr like that. It’s kinda out of control right now 😛
Octopus, want! LOL. They all sound good
I am very excited for both The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep and Velocity Weapon!!!
I gotta say, Unlikely Escape is sounding better and better, I’ve been seeing some early opinions from advance readers and it’s all been positive! Haven’t heard much about VW yet, but it seems a lot of people are excited about it!
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It sorta just slipped onto my radar and I am definitely intrigued by it, so I’m hopeful that it lives up to the hype. And Velocity Weapon, too, of course, though I’m confident in that one, since I loved O’Keefe’s previous trilogy.
aaagh, Salvation Day!!! I needs it! I love space horror, so people trapped on a spaceship with a lethal virus sounds AWESOME. are there zombies, I’mma bet there’s space zombiessss, hehe. I enjoyed Kali Wallace’s writing in Shallow Graves and I’m really intrigued by how wildly varying her books are, certainly can’t pigeon-hole her.
I’m definitely interested in a few of these myself. I’ve heard good things about Dark Shores so far!
I was kind of in two minds about Dark Shores until I read a review that mentioned some pretty interesting aspects to it. I’m really drawn to Magic For Liars though.
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