Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Back in December I shared my Winter TBR, which was made up of ten books due for release during the Northern Hemisphere’s astronomical winter which covered the period from 20th December 2018 to 20th March 2019. Out of the ten books I listed I’ve read a grand total of two, but I do own all ten of them! I figured I would do the same for Spring which covers the period between the Spring Equinox on 20th March and the Summer Solstice on 21st June. So here are ten books due for release that I’d like to get to soon!

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Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

The Antidote – Shelley Sackier

Magic is not allowed, under any circumstances — even if it could save someone’s life. Instead, there are herbal remedies and traditional techniques that have been painstakingly recorded in lieu of using the mystical arts. Fee knows this, so she keeps her magic a secret.

Except her best friend, Xavi, is deathly ill. He’s also the crown prince. Saving him is important, not only for her, but for the entire kingdom.

Fee’s desperation to save her friend means she can barely contain the magic inside her. And after the tiniest of slips, Fee is thrust into a dark and secretive world that is as alluring as it is dangerous.

If she gives in, it could mean she can save Xavi. But it also means that those who wish to snuff out magic might just snuff her out in the process.

I’ve really got into YA fantasy over the past year or so thanks to books like Everless and Gilded Cage so I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this!

We Are Blood And Thunder – Kesia Lupo

In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.

On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke’s Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.

A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine … Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within

More YA fantasy that sounds absolutely fantastic!

Opposite Of Always – Justin A. Reynolds

Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . . 

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

Moving on to some YA contemporary this sounds like such an interesting concept I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

SING (Like No One’s Listening) – Vanessa Jones

Since her mother died, Nettie Delaney hasn’t been able to sing a note. This wouldn’t be a problem if she wasn’t now attending Dukes, the most prestigious performing arts college in the country, with her superstar mother’s shadow hanging over her. Nettie has her work cut out for her and everyone is watching.

But one night, in an empty studio after college, Nettie finds herself suddenly singing, as someone behind the curtain accompanies her on the piano. Maybe all is not lost for Nettie. Maybe she can find her voice again and survive her first year at Dukes. But can she do it before she gets thrown out?

A novel about dreaming a dream, finding and raising your voice, and not throwing away your shot!

This sounds like a really uplifting book, so I’m hoping it meets my expectations!

The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

Switching to a little adult contemporary, this seems like a really interesting idea, I don’t read a lot of adult contemporary but this really caught my eye!

Up For Air – Laurie Morrison

Thirteen-year-old Annabelle struggles in school, no matter how hard she tries. But as soon as she dives into the pool, she’s unstoppable. She’s the fastest girl on the middle school swim team, and when she’s asked to join the high school team over the summer, everything changes. Suddenly, she’s got new friends, and a high school boy starts treating her like she’s somebody special—and Annabelle thinks she’ll finally stand out in a good way. She’ll do anything to fit in and help the team make it to the Labor Day Invitational, even if it means blowing off her old friends. But after a prank goes wrong, Annabelle is abandoned by the older boy and can’t swim. Who is she without the one thing she’s good at? Heartwarming and relatable, Up for Air is a story about where we find our self-worth.

I’ve read a few YA contemporaries where swimming plays a pretty important role in the plot. This one sounds great though, and in amongst all my dark and twisty I like to sneak in a nice heartwarming feel good book!

The Words That Fly Between Us – Sarah Carroll

Lucy’s father is a successful lawyer making a killing on the property market. She and her mother want for nothing. Nothing, that is, that can be bought.

But money cannot buy Lucy the words she needs. The words to stand up to her bully of a father. The words to inspire her mother to do something about the family life that is suffocating them both. The words to become the person she wants to be.

Then Lucy finds something else: An escape route…

Soon she discovers that every building on her row is connected, through the attic, to the next. As she explores the inner lives of those who live on her street, Lucy realises that she is not the only one to suffer in silence. She also sees ways she can help some, and ways to punish those that deserve it.

But as the mighty fall, Lucy is forced to realise that while she can affect the lives of others from the safety of the attic, she will need to climb down to face her own fears.

I’m not sure exactly where this book is being pitched in terms of how dark / hard to read this will be, but the premise sounds so interesting so it’s making my list

The Gifted, The Talented And Me – William Sutcliffe

Laugh-out-loud funny and instantly recognisable – not since The Inbetweeners has a coming of age story been so irreverent and relatable.

Fifteen-year-old Sam isn’t special. He’s not a famous vlogger, he’s never gone viral, and he doesn’t want to be the Next Big Thing. What he likes most is chatting to his friends and having a bit of a kick about.

None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mum made the whole family move to London. Now Sam is being made to go to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where every student is too busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands or making clothes out of bathmats to give someone as normal as him the time of day. Can Sam navigate his way through the weirdness and find a way to be himself?

A brilliant modern satire about fitting in, falling out and staying true to your own averageness.

I love a bit of satire and I think this sounds like it has the potential to be a really great fun read

The Paper & Hearts Society – Lucy Powrie

Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.

It’s like she hasn’t found her people …

Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.

But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself …

Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?

This is the debut novel from UKYA Chat’s on Lucy! I love the concept for the book and I have it pre-order so I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

The October Man – Ben Aaronovitch

Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth.

Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.

Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he’s quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men – and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history.

. . . so long as that history doesn’t kill them first.

I absolutely love The Rivers of London series which focuses on PC Peter Grant. The October Man widens The Rivers of London universe and introduces Tobias Winter. I’m slightly torn because so much of my love from this series comes from my love of the central characters, especially Peter and Nightingale. From the blurb I get the impression this book focuses more on a new central character, that said it’s only a novella so I’ll definitely give it a try and hope for the best.

Those are ten books that are making my spring TBR! Would any of them make yours? What books are you hoping the pick up in the next couple of months? Let me know in the comments!

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

  1. Louise

    I’m really intrigued by The Antidote too and I’m always thrilled when a new Rivers of London book comes out! Like you, I was a little conflicted about it being a spin-off but since it’s short I’m ready to risk it and cross my finger that I love these new characters just as much. Enjoy!
    TTT: Books on my Spring TBR.

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    1. Sarah - SWB

      Ben Aaronovich just did such a wonderful job with the original so I’m hopeful for the new ones! Although I’ve just noticed Kobna Holdbrook-Smith isn’t narrating the audio-book and I LOVE his narration of the main series!

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  2. goldenbooksgirl

    I have the Flatshare on (pre) order at the library, very very excited for it! SO excited for the Paper and Hearts Society. I may well end up reading We are Blood and Thunder/Opposite of Always at some point, but they’re not on my definite want to read list yet (yes, this is a literal list; I have one for each month of anticipated releases and then sometimes things I don’t plan on religiously get bought/borrowed/otherwise added too…).
    Amy x

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