Catching Up: Teens Read Preview

Hey all! Have I been away long enough? 😛

I have some more posts in the works before the year is up but school has most of my attention at the moment. However, I did want to share some highlights from Raincoast Book’s Teens Read Preview from last month! We got to spend the afternoon in a library hearing about upcoming releases for Winter and Spring, served up with delicious donuts and pie 🙂

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Yes I had both and I’m not ashamed by it

I detailed my last trek out to a publishing event – Frenzy Presents in the summer, which had a bit of a disastrous start, but I managed to get to this preview without incident, on time, no detours. Miracle of miracles.

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Here are some of my stand-outs from the line-up but you can find even more of the books they mentioned by checking out the hashtag #TeensReadFeed on Twitter!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 29th, 2019

This one is an upcoming fairy-tale retelling, taking on Beauty and the Beast, which you all probably know by now that I’m always intrigued by. Best part though –  MC disability rep as one of the main characters has cerebral palsy. I’m very excited to see that figured prominently in this story, especially with the ‘princess’ character.

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Genre: YA Romance | Contemporary
Release Date: February 12th, 2019

This one was pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets a modern-day comic romance. The two MCs are at odds over the rightful owner of a comic series. Sounds like a cute romance, without the plentiful deaths of Shakespeare’s work, with a big focus on family.

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
Genre: YA Fiction
Release Date: February 12th, 2019

I got this one in my swag bag from the event and I really love the cover. Definitely sounds like a timely book as it follows two teenagers who start a Women’s Rights Club at their school but face backlash from peers and online trolls. It seems like the two authors, one new to novels, have included a lot of themselves in this story and I’m really curious to see how their voices blend on the page.

What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: February 26th, 2019

Stories with siblings are definitely on the rise. The two in this story hate each other and hate their parents, which is the only thing they have in common. Admittedly the other sibling/family stories I’ve heard about lately sound a little more loving than this one but when their parents go missing, the two start out on a road trip that sounds incredibly suspenseful and tense. I haven’t read many YA thrillers but this one is top of my list.

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott
Genre: YA Biographical | Poetry
Release Date: March 26th, 2019

So, Joan of Arc seems to be another trend on the rise as this was one of 2 of Raincoast’s features. Not sure why but I’m definitely not going to complain. This one sounds SO cool – it’s told through a series of medieval poems, all from different voices including inanimate objects! What?! We hear from the people in her life, and trees, candles, and cows! Cows!! I love it! It sounds hilarious but I think it’s going to sneak up on us and be a really powerful and meaningful read and I can’t wait!

Is that enough exclamation points? I’m super excited, guys, this sounds so fun

The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey
Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: April 16th, 2019

Mysteries will always be my first love. This one was set up as a combination of the styles of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, both of whom I read for the first time last year. What could be better than those two together? Another stunning cover, more sibling relationships, I’m all in.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau
Genre: YA Graphic Novel | Romance
Release Date: February 12th, 2019

One last feature on my list, from Raincoast Books’ honourable mentions. An upcoming graphic novel, it sounds like a really sweet story with an LGBTQ romance and a look at growing up and family responsibilities. Looks like some really beautiful illustrations and I love the colouring! Plus, the blurb mentions bread as one of the MCs works in a bakery so .. yum. Of course I’m gonna read this book

Some really great books coming out soon and absolutely beautiful covers!
Which 2019 releases are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below!

Hopefully I’ll be able to drop in with a few reviews or life updates before the new year! I haven’t forgotten about the Lovely Library series either, it’s just on the back burner for the time being. Best of luck to those with school assignments/exams looming and any others feeling the struggle of year-end deadlines! And as always, happy reading 🙂

Book cover images from Goodreads



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