Most Anticipated Titles of May 2019

Hello hello hello! Today I have a list of my Most Anticipated Titles of May 2019.

My “Most Anticipated Books of (Month/Year)” posts are a monthly post where I basically drool over, and talk a little about the books I’m excited to read that are going to be published very soon.

There were a handful of April publishings that drew my attention, but here are the ones worth mentioning.

The covers and synopsis’ for each of these books are from GoodReads.


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May 07

30075662The 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.

Release Date: May 07, 2019.

Aurora’s Rising in the first book in The Aurora Cycle trilogy.

Aurora Rising’s synopsis leads me to believe that Aurora’s Rising will be a fun read, with some seriousness sprinkled here and there. And honestly, I’m here for it.

I’m not going to read too much into the synopsis, nor do I want to begin thinking about what might happen. I’m planning to read Aurora’s Rising with only have read the synopsis once, that way (hopefully) I’ll be able to enjoy AR more.

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High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, a thrilling first novel in a fast-paced new YA fantasy series by USA Today bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen.

41438037In a world divided by meddlesome gods and treacherous oceans, only the Maarin possess the knowledge to cross the Endless Seas. But they have one mandate: East must never meet West.


Teriana is the second mate of the Quincense and heir to the Maarin Triumvirate. Her people are born of the seas and the keepers of its secrets, but when her closest friend is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Teriana breaks her people’s mandate so her friend might escape—a choice with devastating consequences.


Marcus is the commander of the Thirty-Seventh, the notorious legion that has led the Celendor Empire to conquer the entire East. The legion is his family, but even they don’t know the truth he’s been hiding since childhood. It’s a secret he’ll do anything to protect, no matter how much it costs him – and the world.


When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice

Release Date: May 07, 2019.

I’m looking forward to the different points of view that Dark Shores offers. Much like I mentioned before, I’ve only skimmed Dark Shores synopsis. What I read has me looking forward to getting my hands on Dark Shores.

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May 14

39821312Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.

Release Date: May 14, 2019.

I’ve been intrigued about The Candle and the Flame for a while now. On one hand, I’m really interested in the fantasy aspects of this novel. On the other hand though, I’m not too excited about the Historical Fiction parts. I generally don’t do well with Historical Fiction novels.

So I don’t know how I’m going to fare with The Candle and the Flame. I’m definitely going to try reading Fatima’s story though. That’s for sure.

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41717246Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat.

But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about.
As her college decision looms, Rosa collides-literally-with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

Release Date: May 14, 2019.

I honestly think that Don’t Date Rosa Santos is going to be quite the cute story—- romance wise. I also believe that Rosa is going to have a difficult time in choosing between her culture and the choices she will face.

Though I hope that Rosa discovers that she doesn’t really have to make a choice between the two. She can always choose both of them.

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WHTF_JKT_2p.inddPeople lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

Release Date: May 14, 2019.

How can I not be interested in reading We Hunt the Flame, when the synopsis starts like that?!

Ahhh there’s so much that I’m intrigued by. From Zafira disguising herself as a man (understandable), to Nasir, the Prince of Death. I’m keeping my eye on these two because even though they’re both legends, they don’t want to be. I’d like to know their reasons why (even though I understand why they don’t).

Honestly though, I’m looking forward to reading We Hunt the Flame….for all the aspects in this novel. I hope I end up liking it!

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May 28

43502260What if all our lives were mapped out before birth? Does anyone have the power to change their destiny?

Ella hates London. She misses her old life in Spain and is struggling to get over her past—until she meets Zac. He’s always loved her but isn’t meant to be part of her story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense. A world full of danger, lies and magic.

THE PATH KEEPER is a passionate tale of first loves, second chances and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?

Release Date: May 28, 2019.

The Path Keeper seems to have a trope that I’ve read from (about a million times before) so I hope that Simmonds manages to give this trope a fresh new look.

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40848323Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

Release Date: May 28, 2019.

I’m interested in Fake It Till You Break It because of how cute the synopsis is? I am all about stories where two people fake a relationship that ends up as a real one.

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Other Mentionable Titles Include:

  • The Ice House by Tim Clare (05/02/19)
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki (05/07/19)
  • Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan (05/07/10)
  • Running Start by J A Sutherland (05/11/19)
  • Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde (05/21/19)
  • How To Find Home by Mahsuda Snaith (05/23/19)

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Are there any titles that are coming out in May, that you’re interested in? 

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!

7 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Titles of May 2019

  1. Susan Crosby says:

    Oh my God yes! We have so many in common! AR better get to my library with a quickness. I know I shouldn’t complain being it hasn’t said no to one purchase request I’ve made yet. I’ve probably tripled the size of its YA dept lol. I am blessed to have ARCs of and WHTF and so excited to get to them!!!! Woo hoo!!!! Gonna be a great month! But we still have to fantabulous months in april!

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    • adeleisreading says:

      Yay! I’m glad. I L O V E suggesting books as a purchase to my local library. Before I started doing so, the library collection was kind of …. bleh. So I’m quite happy that my library has more of a up-to-date collection.
      AH, I’m jealous of ya! I adore receiving ARCs, but I’ve limited myself to one request every few months now. Haha.
      I hope you have a fantastic read count in April! 😀


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