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Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019

Posted December 10, 2019 by Kait in Bookish Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a Bookish Meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s theme is FREEBIE!

I’m so excited for Freebie Week! I had a couple different ideas brewing for what I was going to post today, and I decided to go with 2019 Releases I Was Totally Hyped For… But Still Haven’t Read. These books have been limited to books I have access to (aka purchases, arcs, or books available at the library), because otherwise this list would be ten miles long! And now without any further ado, here’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Published on February 12, 2019 by Roaring Brook Press
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 340
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Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn't have enough to worry about, Miriam's life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam's grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.
In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
Published on February 12, 2019 by Bloomsbury YA
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 368
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Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Published on February 26, 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Queer
Pages: 364
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In this daring and romantic fantasy debut perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Latinx authors Zoraida Córdova and Anna-Marie McLemore, society wife-in-training Dani has a great awakening after being recruited by rebel spies and falling for her biggest rival.
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children. Both paths promise a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class.
Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society.
And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio.
Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Published on May 14, 2019 by Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 336
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Rosa 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?

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
Published on May 21, 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Queer
Pages: 608
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Rielle Dardenne has View Spoiler »The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is View Spoiler » or rejecting it forever.

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Published on August 13, 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA
Pages: 384
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By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie." When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.
While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan
Published on September 10, 2019 by Blink
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 336
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From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess as she fights to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story “The Lady, or the Tiger?”.
In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an old law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena against twelve suitors to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, losing is not an option because in order to fulfil her promise to her late mother, she must win to keep her crown and lead her people. The situation outside the palace is uneasy. The harsh desert is unforgiving, water is scarce, and Kateri’s people are thirsty. To make matters worse, the gang of thieving Desert Boys, the same group that killed Kateri’s mother and her new baby, frequently raids the city wells and steals water, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is the choice between two doors. Behind one door lies freedom and behind the other is a tiger.
The people of Achra are growing restless and distrustful of the monarchy, and when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In her desperation, Kateri turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. Her future now, too, is behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which will release the tiger.

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019Slay by Brittney Morris
Published on September 24, 2019 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 323
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By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the "downfall of the Black man."
But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for "anti-white discrimination."
Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
Published on October 1, 2019 by Greenwillow Books
Genres: Mystery, YA, Aspec, Queer
Pages: 368
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Zora Novak has been framed.
When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.
Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson
Published on October 22, 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Genres: Mythology, Retellings, YA
Pages: 352
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Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.
When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.
Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?

What are some 2019 releases YOU were really hyped for but still haven’t read? Let me know in the comments below and have a splendiferous week!

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15 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday | December 10, 2019

  1. I haven’t read Kingsbane yet either, although I’d like to. I read the first book on audiobook and it was a little confusing how the timelines skipped back and forth. I think this is one I need to continue as a printed book.

    Everybody says how good Slay is. I don’t know if I’ll get around to it. So many books out there.

    I do hope to read Descendant of the Crane this winter.
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  2. This is such a wonderful list! Also, your blog is so beautiful!! <3
    I…. haven't read any of these either! XD
    But, as every reader says, I WILL GET TO THEM SOON!
    I still haven't read, Aurora Rising, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, I had also wanted to start The Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black.
    I hope to read The Cruel Prince at least before the year ends!
    Happy Reading!!
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  3. Poinsettia

    Nice topic! I really like the sound of Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters.! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  4. This is a great list and topic for today’s freebie! There are also quite a few on here that I hoped to read this year but didn’t get around to 😅 I’m currently working through my own list of 10 books that I want to finish before the year ends–hoping that I can still at least get to those! Hope you enjoy all of these when you get to them 🙂
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  5. There are SO MANY books I wanted to read this past year and didn’t get the chance to. You know you’re a true bookworm when your TBR pile is eternally growing! LOL! Happy reading and happy Tuesday! 😀
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