Most Anticipated Spooky 2019 Reads – Part 2

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You can read part 1 of this here, and add those spooky or spoopy books to your TBR, along with these!

These are books that as of writing this post, have no covers and I can’t wait to see them once they reveal them.


Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Simon Pulse has acquired Shea Ernshaw’s new YA novel, Winterwood, about an eerie forest deep in the snowy mountains, haunted by mystery and magic, where a boy thought dead suddenly returns. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019.

I’m currently reading The Wicked Deep and I’m enjoying it thus far and I’m already hyped for this one.

Here There Are Monsters by Amelia Bérubé

The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of sisterhood turned toxic, imaginary monsters brought to life, and secrets that won’t stay buried.

Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over. Maybe even build a normal life.

In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.

Then Deirdre disappears.

And when something awful comes scratching at Skye’s window in the middle of the night, claiming she’s the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for a YA horror with Blair Witch vibes.

The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams

Pitched as Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the book follows witchy teenage babysitters Esme, Pearl and Cassandra Heaven as they protect the innocent and prevent evil from taking over their small Kansas town.

This sounds fun as hell. Adventures in Babysitting is one of my favorite 80s movies and combining that with Buffy is the perfect mash-up.

Beyond the Black Door by AdriAnne Strickland

Kamai Nuala can visit other people’s souls, but her own remains a mystery—as does the ominous black door which follows her from soul to soul and hides a dark world of seduction, control, and royal intrigue.

This sounds dark and cool and very vague. Can’t wait to find out more! 

Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal

A dark fantasy about two friends who escape from a religious temple that they believe serves a false god, only to discover the god is quite real and is bent on revenge, in a story that weaves layers of religion and faith, tattoo magic, artist-anarchists, and eccentric theater.

Dark fantasy with an intricate religion and magic system??? YESSSS 

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson 

From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

A group of high school girls face up to the consequences of a disastrous magical accident resulting in a dead boy on prom night.

Short but sweet synopsis. I can’t wait to see if the blurb will be expanded upon but this does sounds intriguing.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Razorbill has acquired Isabel Sterling’s These Witches Don’t Burn. The contemporary fantasy features a teen witch living in modern-day Salem who discovers that the tension with her ex-girlfriend doesn’t much matter when there’s a Blood Witch on the loose. To stop the attacks and score a second date with the new girl in town, she must uncover who’s causing the deadly fires before her coven is destroyed. The first book is scheduled for summer 2019.

SAPPHIC WITCHES. 2019 is the year for queer witches.

Children of the River Ghost by Alexandra Aceves

A YA horror novel in which 16-year-old Katie, reeling from bullying after her last relationship, moves to New Mexico and falls for a mysterious, beautiful girl who may be the ghost La Llorona. Publication is set for spring 2019.

EVEN MORE QUEER STUFF HAPPENING IN YA HORROR IN 2019. Bring it on.

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler

Dahlia Adler (ed.)’s HIS HIDEOUS HEART, a collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s most unsettling and surprising short stories reimagined by authors Kendare Blake, Rin Chupeco, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Tiffany Jackson, Stephanie Kuehn, Amanda Lovelace, Emily Lloyd-Jones, Hillary Monahan, Marieke Nijkamp, Caleb Roehrig, and Fran Wilde, with the original tales also included, to Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books, for publication in Fall 2019, by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Agency (world).

I see some great authors in here and I can’t wait to see what they do with Edgar Allen Poe’s works.

Clockwork Curandera by David Bowles & Raul Gonzalez III 

A YA steampunk graphic novel reimagining of Frankenstein set in an alternate colonial Mexico.

I haven’t read much steampunk in YA yet and I love Frankenstein so I can’t wait to see this twist with Mexican influence. 

Wolf-Light by Yaba Badoe

Born in wolf-light, the magical dusk, in Mongolia, Ghana and Cornwall, Zula, Adoma and Linet are custodians of the sacred sites of their homeland. When copper miners plunder Zula’s desert home in Gobi Altai, and Adoma’s forest and river are polluted by gold prospectors, it is only a matter of time before the lake Linet guards with her life is also in jeopardy. How far will Zula, Adoma and Linet go to defend the well-being of their homes? And when all else fails, will they have the courage to summon the ancient power of their order, to make the landscape speak in a way that everyone will hear?

YAY for more African inspired fantasies and this one sounds pretty dark. 

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