December is finally here and that means there is less than a month left before New Year’s Eve. With the new year comes anticipated release dates for our favorite books and series. As any normal book lover, we mark those dates down on our phones and calendars and wait for the new year and hype to takeover. Even if all the books you planned to read in 2018 continue to sit quietly in an unkempt pile in the corner of your bedroom (and we all know we have more books in our TBR piles than we should) we still await the day that the new book from Sarah J Maas releases. I know I do. From murder mysteries to psychological thrillers to the overdone tropes of love stories you want to despise, but simply can never get enough of, we know that’s what you truly need. Here are a few books you can look forward to cracking the spine and dog earring after the holiday season ends and the new year begins.
1. The Wicked King by Holly Black
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Jude must keep her younger brother safe and to do so she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her and made herself the power behind the throne. Holly Black’s second book to The Folk of the Air series will be released right in the beginning of 2019! The Wicked King releases in January 8, 2019.
2. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
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A ruthless young assassin’s journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy. The third in The Nevernight Chronicles will be released September 2019. Although the wait is long it’ll give you a chance to finally pick it up from your TBR pile and catch up on the hype before its release.
3. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
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Now this one doesn’t even have a blurb yet because it’s still in the first draft stages, but Kerri Maniscalco officially announced the name of the fourth and final installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series on November 26 and I am both sad and excited for it! From where the last book left off, this new book will follow Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell in America, most likely in New York. Being absolutely fascinated with serial killers (creepy, I know) I feel like I have a pretty good hunch on what the story will take place on. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it. The expected release date will be September 26, 2019.
4. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
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The sequel to Ash Princess, this story is about a tale of a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people. Ash Princess was an instant New York Times Best Seller so no doubt this second book will do just as well as the first one. Lady Smoke will be released February 5, 2019
5. Finale by Stephanie Garber
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The third and final installment to the Caraval series will be released May 7, 2019. In the third and final book, two months after the last Caraval game concluded and the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, Tella is determined to to stop Legend’s coronation. I won’t say much more than that because there are a lot of good details that will spoil the second book, but the third book promises to be the grand finale of the series. Hopefully its name will live up to it!