Blogmas Day 3: 5 series I want to start in 2019

Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor

I remember seeing this book back when I was in High School but never picked it up. Now it is one of those YA Fantasy books everyone says you have to read and Laini Taylor is like one of the biggest names in this generation of YA Fantasy books. I think it is passed time that I pick it up.

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

From Goodreads

Windy City Magic by Crystal Cestari

I haven’t heard anyone talk about this series but it seems so interesting and its been on my TBR for a while. I know my library offers it through Libby so maybe I will read it in January!

Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.

Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?

From Goodreads

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa

I love books about the fae and honestly I am suprised i havent already picked this series up! I feel like I might have read or attempted to read the first book years ago but who knows! I just know, whenever I ask someone for books about the fae, people recommend this series.

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

From Goodreads

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I have been so hesitant to start this series for 2 reasons. I read the first 3 books of the Mortal Instruments so many years ago and never read anything else I am afraid there will be a lot of information about this universe I am missing. Also, Cassandra Clare has so much hype in this community I am too intimidated to get involved with it. What if I don’t end up liking the books?! I’ll be ostracized!

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

From Goodreads

Shadow and Bones (Grisha Verse) by Leigh Bardugo

I haven’t read anything Leigh Bardugo yet and I would consider her another top name in the YA Fantasy world recently. I have heard this series was really good although I think I keep getting is mixed up with the Six of Crows series which I have started via Audiobook but couldn’t get into. Hopefully, this one is more to my speed?

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

From Goodreads

What series are you interested in trying out? Any on your 2019 TBR? Let me know!

Blogmas Day 3’s blog post recommendation is: Matilda’s Library’s post on popular books she has not read yet! Link

Thanks for reading!


  1. Oh, I love the idea of this post – might borrow it for one of mine, haha! [Promise to link back to you! :D]

    I can see why you’d feel intimidated about reading anything by Cassandra Clare. She’s become such a huge author and.. well.. that automatically pressures anyone wanting to read her books, I guess? In any case, if people should ostracize you for not liking them, they’re.. not worth it? There will always be books you feel differently about – but I do hope you end up loving them, haha. 😀 [I’m actually planning to reread all the Shadowhunter books in 2019 so I’m one of the “LOVE THEM” people, but I can totally accept it when someone thinks differently. 😛 ]

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  2. Let me know if you want to do a buddy read for Shadow and Bone at any point. It could just be a laid back one if you’d prefer, just checking in every so often!

    I also really need to get to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I loved Strange The Dreamer so I’m hoping I’ll like these ones as much!

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