Here are 7 Anticipated Reads for November & December 2019

(Last Updated On: November 13, 2019)

The year is winding down and Publishing”s Assault on My Bank Account Balance is finally beginning to wane. Which is good, because I just made the appalling revelation that 2/3 of the books on my shelves I haven’t read yet. Expect a shame post on this at some point once I get my motivation to actually write posts.

As there aren’t many November and December releases, I decided to combine the rest of the year into this edition of Anticipated Reads. It is almost as if everyone is leaving December to the Children of Blood and Bone follow-up, but I’ll take it as I have a lot of reading to do!

๐Ÿ“ย In case you are wondering how I manage to keep track of upcoming releases and choose the books I am most excited to highlight, check out my Edelweiss 2.0 Guide!

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The Deep by Rivers Solomon
Adult, Science Fiction

The Deep coverYetu holds the memories for her peopleโ€”water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave ownersโ€”who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save oneโ€”the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilitiesโ€”and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own pastโ€”and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, theyโ€™ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identityโ€”and own who they really are.

ARC Review


The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White
Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

The Guinevere Deception coverFrom New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Pre-order Incentive


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Adult, Fantasy

The Starless Sea coverFrom the New York Times bestselling author ofย The Night Circus,ย a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.


A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price
Young Adult, Thriller
Debut author

A Thousand Fires coverShannon Price’s A Thousand Fires is a breakout contemporary debutโ€•think The Outsiders meets The Iliadโ€•that’s perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Veronica Roth.

10 Years.ย 3 Gangs.ย 1 Girlโ€™s Epic Questโ€ฆ

Valerie Simons knows the city’s gang wars are dangerousโ€”her own brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway her from joining the elite and beautiful Herons to avenge his deathโ€”a death she feels responsible for.

But when Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags, their charismatic and volatile leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie fights to stay alive as she races across the streets of San Francisco to finish the mission that got her into the gangs.

ARC Review to Come

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Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian
Young Adult, Dark Fantasy

Eight Will Fall coverIn a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.

But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

Sarah Harian crafts a thrilling, high-octane fantasy adventure that explores the often-thin line between light and darkness, good and evil.

ARC Review to Come

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Reverie by Ryan La Sala
Young Adult, Fantasy
Debut Author

Reverie coverInceptionย meetsย The Magicians, except with better wigs and a maniacal drag queen sorceress attempting to unravel the reality of Connecticut (yes, the state) and replace it with somethingโ€ฆwell something better than Connecticut.

Ryan La Salaโ€™s debut fantasy is an #OwnVoices story following Kane Montgomery, a gay teenager piecing his life back together after an attack robs him of his memories. As Kane searches for who he was, he uncovers a war for the creative rights to reality itself, each battle played out in an imagined world turned real: a reverie.

Reveries are worlds born from a personโ€™s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to resolution. Reveries have rules and plots, magic and monsters, and one wrong step could twist the entire thing into a lethal, labyrinthine nightmare. Unraveling them is dangerous work, but itโ€™s what Kane and The Others do.

Or did, until one of The Others purged Kane of his memories. But now Kane is back, and solving the mystery of his betrayal is the only way to unite his team and defeat realityโ€™s latest threat: Poesy, a sorceress bent on harvesting the reveries for their pure, imaginative power.

But what use might a drag queen sorceress have with a menagerie of stolen reveries? And should Kane, a boy with no love for a team that betrayed him, fight to stop her, or defect to aid her?

Reverieย is about the seduction of escaping inwards, about the worlds we hide within ourselves, and the danger of dreams that come true.

Pre-order Incentive


Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legends of Orรฏsha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi
Young Adult, Fantasy

COV&V_JKT_Trade_032819.inddAfter battling the impossible, Zรฉlie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orรฏsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they couldโ€™ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zรฉlie struggles to unite the maji in an Orรฏsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orรฏsha, Zรฉlie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zรฉlie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orรฏsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeanceย is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’sย New York Timesย bestselling debutย Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orรฏsha trilogy.


Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read any of them yet? What are the end of the year releases that you can’t wait to get your hands on?

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. Evelyn

    October 29, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    Ooh I can’t wait for children of virtue and vengeance!


    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:40 PM

      Ahh, me either! Although I probably won’t read it for quite some time… I am so behind on my ARCs and CoBaB is a chonker to need to re-read… some day!

  2. Phantom Paper

    October 29, 2019 at 1:18 AM

    I’m looking forward to Eight Will Fall ๐Ÿ˜ƒ But I just got back from the library yesterday with 6(technically 8) new books ๐Ÿ˜… I hope Eight Will Fall was good!

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:41 PM

      Look at you with all those books, hope you have the happiest of reading!

  3. Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

    October 29, 2019 at 1:19 AM

    I have a couple books I want to read and series to finish before the year ends, but for new releases, I think I’m good ahaha. The Guinevere Deception looks really good though!

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:42 PM

      I feel you 100%, I am so behind on 2019 reads and series – I am kind of glad that the rest of the year is light so I have some time to catch up!

  4. Laurie

    October 29, 2019 at 1:34 AM

    Is Children of virtue and vengeance still going to be out there? Becasue I heard that it has been postponed again. I think I might wait for its Dutch translation as I read the first one in dutch too, however I’m unsure whether it will be translated.

    The Starless Sea audiobook is pre-ordered as it will be a full cast audiobook so I think it will work better for me than an ebook. I haven’t read The Night Circus yet anyway.

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:44 PM

      The US Release definitely is December, Tomi Adeyemi is doing a launch tour next month. I don’t know if international publication was pushed back or not, though, as I live in the US.

      I didn’t realize Starless Sea is fullcast, that makes me SO HAPPY! I received an audio listening copy from the publisher but am waiting for my hardcover copy to arrive so I can read along. Even more excited!!!

  5. Kelly

    October 29, 2019 at 2:42 AM

    I always tell myself I’m not gonna look at anticipated releases posts because my bank account cannot handle this and yet here I am. I’m so excited for Children of Virtue and Vengeance – I absolutely adored the first book. The Starless Sea is one I’ve heard so much about and, even though I haven’t read The Night Circus yet, I’m super hyped for this book. And now to go add the others to my TBR…

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:51 PM

      I know what you mean, these posts are my kryptonite because I have no self control & my owned TBR is a literal monster. Starless Sea is a standalone, so your not reading Night Circus is a good thing – especially since you won’t have anything to compare it to… hype sometimes can be a bitch. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly! xx

  6. Lotte Han

    October 29, 2019 at 4:29 AM

    Oh these look super interesting!
    Lotte |

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:55 PM

      Thank you!

  7. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    October 29, 2019 at 6:26 AM

    It’s amazing that there are still so many new releases coming up this year that I want to read! I have almost all of these on my TBR, and I hope to start The Deep tonight๐Ÿ˜

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:56 PM

      I know, last year November and December were fairly quiet for me! I finished The Deep last night and… WOW is all I can say!

  8. Naty

    October 29, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    So exciting!! I love posts like these. I’m so hyped for Starless Sea, Children of Virtue and Vengeance and The Deep!

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:57 PM

      This is my public service announcement:
      I read The Deep in one sitting yesterday and it was amazing and I can’t stop thinking about it.

  9. Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical

    October 29, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    From your list I’m super-excited for Children of Virtue and Vengeance and Reverie. Besides these, I’m super excited for Talia Hibbert’s Get a Life, Chloe Brown – it’s coming in November, and while I read, reviewed and loved the e-ARC, I can’t wait to get my hands on the actual published book, especially because this is her first traditionally published title! The Bromance Book Club is another romance I’m looking forward to, and Nalini Singh is publishing her first mystery-thriller called A Madness of Sunshine which I’m also stoked for. I’m tentatively looking forward to Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, even though The Wicked King was a disappointment for me. Great list, and I hope you’ll enjoy all the books you’re excited for! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:58 PM

      Ahhh, I hadn’t heard about Get a Life, Chloe Brown but it sounds so good?

  10. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    October 29, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    The Gueneviere Deception wasn’t on my radar before but I’m starting to see reviews and more mentions of that one and I have to admit I’m interested now. I also really want to check out The Starless Sea. We’ll see how it goes though. I better get in all the book buying in the next two months before I ban myself in the new year LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 2:59 PM

      I am also considering a 2020 ban of sorts. Gotta get our buying in now, muahaha!

  11. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    October 29, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    I’m looking forward to The Guinevere Deception as well! As soon as I saw Changelings I was sold!

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM

      I swear, even though I have yet to read any of Kiersten’s books, they all sound so good and I can’t stop myself from buying them. I’ll be going to a signing for Guinevere Deception… next week? IDK soon lol

  12. Pam Zaragoza

    October 29, 2019 at 9:09 PM

    The Guinevere Deception’s cover looks fantastic!!! wow

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM

      Oh my goodness, I KNOW! That and Reverie has me wanting to buy the book based on cover alone (but also content)!

  13. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    October 30, 2019 at 6:34 AM

    Aaaaah Children of Vice and Virtue is def on my TBR, I loved the first book and I also loved meeting Tomi at her book signing last year. I remember seeing A Thousand Fires somewhere, it was probably on your blog to be honest, but now it’s added to my TBR and I’ll just sit and wait for the paperback to be released *sniffs*

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 3:01 PM

      I didn’t know you met Tomi last year!!! She is coming to San Diego next month and I am trying to decide if I want to buy a ticket or not… it is her only West Coast stop and it is sure to be anxiety-inducing for me, so probably now ๐Ÿ™

  14. Macey @ Brine & Books

    October 30, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    The Starless Sea is the read I think I’m most interested from this compilation!! I love the concept x

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 3:02 PM

      I am also really excited for it, the concept sounds so magical!

  15. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    October 30, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    I really enjoyed the excerpt of The Deep that I read. I wonder how it ends so I may take a look if it lands in my library. The Starless Sea sounds intriguing and I’ve always wanted to read that author. I need to check it out after it comes out. โค๏ธ Thanks for sharing these Kal! Actually there are quite a few good Nov and Dec reads coming out.

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 3:07 PM

      I read The Deep in full yesterday and loved it, so I hope you will have a chance to pick it up from the library! It went in a direction I wasn’t expecting from the excerpt but it works so well. I can’t stop thinking about the book, but can’t write a coherent thought about it.

  16. Caitlin Althea

    October 31, 2019 at 1:23 AM

    Wait, why did somehow think that Reverie would release next year? My bad, but I’m so grateful to this post for informing me! I’m so excited to read it! If it’s anything like its author, it’s gonna be a wild ride. I’ve also yet to read a review that isn’t a 5-star review for The Starless Sea, so my expectations for it are high!
    Fortunately, I got to read an arc of A Thousand Fires, but unfortunately, I didn’t like it very much. I’m excited for your arc review, and I wonder if we’ll have the same thoughts!

    1. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 3:09 PM

      Reverie was originally going to come out in 2020, but it was pushed up to December! JOYOUS DAY! Based on Ryan’s shenanigans on Twitter, I am really excited to read the book hahaha.

      I am sorry you didn’t enjoy A Thousand Fires, Caitlin! I wound up devouring it in one sitting and enjoyed it quite a bit, even though I think the publisher miscategorized the genre… it isn’t a thriller, lol. My review goes up next week!

  17. Jess

    October 31, 2019 at 4:46 PM

    I love that the next two months are slower. It’s the greatest for my wallet seriously!

    1. Siham

      November 1, 2019 at 4:54 AM

      These all sound so good! I’m most excited for The Guinevere Deception but I think the starless sea could be my next choise ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Kal

        November 6, 2019 at 3:22 PM

        I think those 2 are my top as well! Happy reading!

    2. Kal

      November 6, 2019 at 3:14 PM

      Oh my goodness, hard same! I need to catch up on my reading before buying more books!

  18. Anthea

    November 1, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    I think you’ve just added a couple of books to my TBR! I’ll see how I go. But at least I know I can keep coming back to find more new reads

  19. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    November 2, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Ahh, I can’t wait to read The Starless Sea either, so, so very curious about that one, it sounds incredible and the author’s writing is so beautiful <3

    1. Kal

      November 14, 2019 at 11:55 PM

      Ahh, hard same! I need to drag myself to the bookstore so I can pick up my copy!

  20. Haley

    November 6, 2019 at 3:19 AM

    I’m about to go pick up my copy of The Starless Sea and I definitely want to read The Guinevere Deception! I also preodered Children of Virtue and Vengeance, so, we’re pretty much excited about the same booooooks woooo and I have to read my earc for Reverie for sure, think I’ll read it on the plane ride home next month. I’m also already getting so hyped for 2020 books lol

    1. Kal

      November 19, 2019 at 3:08 PM

      I picked up signed copies of The Starless Sea and The Guinevere Deception on Sunday, can’t wait to read them! Ugh let’s not talk about 2020 books, my arc list for next year is already a MESS.

  21. Olivia Roach

    November 6, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    My most anticipated read in Nov is Call down the hawk by Maggie Stiefvater! But for Dec I am also anticipating the next in the Orisha series too D: I am so very excited, especially as the release date was pushed back a bit. I have seen a lot of people excited for The Starless Sea! I need to read her debut soon DD:

    1. Kal

      November 20, 2019 at 7:44 PM

      Ahhh so many of my friends were SO STOKED for Call Down the Hawk! I haven’t read the Raven Cycle yet, but I need to!!! And I have been waiting for the next Orisha book for so long, I was bummed when the book got pushed back twice but am glad Tomi got the time she needed to get the story right. Happy reading!

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