Most Anticipated Books | New Releases in May 2019

April is already over and it’s time for my most anticipated May releases! I don’t think my list has ever been this short (only three books? What’s going on?) but these are highly anticipated books of mine. Like, really. Probably some of my most anticipated reads of 2019. Please don’t disappoint.


Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Expected publication: May 7th 2019

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The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.


I have to be honest here… I am not a Jay Kristoff or Amie Kaufman fan (yet), so when this book was announced I didn’t really care. I tried their other book Illuminae, which everybody seems to love, but I just couldn’t get into it and DNF-ed pretty early on. But a few weeks ago, I read the synopsis of this book and… it sounds great? Really great? As in “could be absolutely amazing” great. So yeah, will definitely read this.


Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Expected publication: May 7th 2019

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Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.


I have only read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire but it was a lovely read and my kind of weird. Now this… this sounds even better. I don’t know how to put my excitement for this into words. I mean, I barely know anything about this book but I’m already gone for it.


Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Expected publication: May 7th 2019

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The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her…

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.


I’m a sucker for all things Russian and I’ve loved the movie Romanov since I was a child. The moment I saw this book, I knew that I had to read it. After months of looking forward to reading it, though, I’m trying to tone down my expectations because for some reason, I have the feeling that this could either be a really good or a really bad book. Let’s hope for the first.


Which book are you most excited for? Have you maybe even read one of these already? Let me know down below in the comments!

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