Hi everyone! We’ve gotten quite a few amazing cover reveals lately, and while I was scrolling through my 2019-releases shelf on Goodreads and seeing all the books with not-yet-released covers, I thought that doing a post all about the cover reveals I’m excited about might be a good idea! I get to rant about books and covers for a little while, and you get to learn about amazing upcoming titles, yay!
There are a lot of 2019 cover reveals I’m excited about so I might do another one of these posts in the near future, but for now, let’s dive into these books!
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
Simone Garcia-Hampton is a black teen born HIV-Positive. Raised by loving queer parents who assure her that her diagnosis doesn’t define her, Simone must navigate a whole new world of fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love—and lust—for the first time. Simone’s journey to share her secret while still protecting her heart is a thoughtful, compelling, and heartwarming look at the particular challenges of adolescence, written as only a teen could.
I am so incredibly excited about this book. I’ve been following Camryn on Twitter for quite some time now and I honestly really admire her. She’s just that type of person you know is going to be big someday. This is one of the 2019 books that I hope is going to hit the NYT bestseller list most, next to Internment by Samira Ahmed and I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver.
I’m honestly not sure how I want this book cover to look. I hope there’s a person on the cover, because seeing black teens on covers is incredibly important (I’d also really recommend you read this Patreon post by Jen), and I also hope that it conveys the “radical self-acceptance” and overall hopefulness that I feel like this book will focus on most, and not just have that “very serious book” look with a person sitting on the floor, arms crossed, and staring sadly to the side.
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
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.
I read my first Stacey Lee book, Under a Painted Sky, last month and I loved it a lot. I’m never a huge fan of historical fiction but I adore the way she writes it, and the fact that this is also a historical fiction is so incredibly exciting to me. And this synopsis sounds absolutely incredible. An advice column challenging ideas about race and gender? A notorious criminal? YES.
I am sure this cover is going to be amazing. All of Stacey Lee’s book covers are, and the cover of Under a Painted Sky might honestly be one of my favorite covers ever. I usually try to imagine what a book cover will look like, but I’m honestly not sure on this one. I kind of just want to be surprised.
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.
The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?
Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.
Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.
Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?
I love Sandhya Menon’s books a lot, and I’ve been following her on social media for a while and she’s just the best person. And the fact that she’s written a book about a fat, Indian-American athlete? And is probably going to give her the cutest romance? PLEASE.
I really hope they’ll keep the style that Sandhya Menon’s other books have been in for this one. They’re such happy covers and bring me so much joy. And the fact that we might be able to see a cover of a super happy, smiling, Indian-American girl who also happens to be fat on the cover? Am I tearing up at the idea? Maybe. You’ll never know.
(ALSO!!! Sandhya Menon announced a new book yesterday! Her first adult romcom!! You should totally check out the Goodreads page!)
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
In MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW readers are swept away on a literary mystery on the streets of Paris with Khayyam, a Muslim teen who summers annually with her parents in France, and a teen boy named Alexandre Dumas, who yes, is related to the person he shares a name with.
As they try to unravel the secrets behind the story of cherchez la femme– a mysterious raven-tressed lady who first appears in letters between the classic author and his friend, the painter Eugène Delacroix, they are wrapped up in questions about poetry, literature, and art.
And as the mystery surrounding Leila, the girl in the painting, unravels… her story as a Muslim woman living in Paris in the 1840’s is mirrored with Khayyam’s as a Muslim teenager in the present day. And as Khayyam explores a Parisian world full of literature, history, poetry, art, and forbidden love, she wrestles with her feelings for Alexandre… and the boy that may or may not be waiting for her back home.
Can we just talk about how amazing this synopsis sounds for a second? Because, YES. Honestly, Samira Ahmed is really becoming the new Queen of YA and I’m 100% here for it!
Like Sandhya Menon, Samira Ahmed already has a certain style to her covers that I love a lot and I really hope they’ll keep that going. I’m just a sucker for illustrated covers, okay? Also, I just read the synopsis again to kind of get a feel of what I want the book cover to look like and I shouldn’t have done that because now I want to read the book even more. And I have to wait another year??? I could cry.
But yes, I honestly don’t really mind what this cover is going to look like, because I want to pick it up no matter what it looks like. But this book really deserves the best cover, and I really can’t wait to see what it’ll look like.
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
In 2099, the world is submerged a thousand feet beneath the ocean’s surface, and in Great Britain an undercurrent of fear courses through everyone’s lives. Fear that must be maintained at all costs.
Sixteen-year-old British Muslim Leyla McQueen loves blasting punk rock and racing in her submersible. But when Leyla’s innocent papa is arrested, she must use her racing prowess for more than just thrills. Leyla must participate in the challenging London Submersible Marathon for the chance to win her papa’s freedom.
The submersible race takes an unexpected turn, though. Then when new information about her papa’s situation comes to light, Leyla must face her own fears, and act. If she wants to find and rescue her papa, Leyla will have to venture outside of London for the very first time. To make matters worse, the hotheaded and maddening teen, Ari, thinks he’ll be accompanying her—no bloody way.
Leyla must remain defiant and cling to hope. She will have to brave the unfathomable waters, defy the oppressive authorities, and learn to work with the ever-secretive Ari, who is slowly working his way into her heart. But as she discovers a world drowning in lies, how much longer can Leyla hold out hope for the truth? If her faith in her quest wavers, she risks capture—or worse. And her beloved Papa could be lost forever.
I haven’t been in the mood for SFF books for some time now, so if I read the synopsis of an SFF book and I think “I want to read that RIGHT NOW” I know there’s something special about it. That synopsis just sounds amazing? And I also just noticed that I’ve had this book on my Goodreads shelves since December 2017, meaning that I’ve already waited almost a year and I have yet another year to go. Book blogging really is a special kind of torture.
London Shah has already posted a few aesthetics of the book on Twitter (here and here) which already convey really well what my dream cover for this book would look like. I want the entire cover to be set underwater, have this kind of eerie-feel to it with different sorts of sea-animals and a city in the distance and the MC in a submarine. I’m probably not describing it very well, but it looks great in my head, haha.
So, those are a few of the cover reveals I’m incredibly excited for! I’d love to know all about your anticipated cover releases, so please tell me about them in the comments!