Scar by Alice Broadway is pretty much at the top of the list. This is the third in Broadway's 'Ink' trilogy of books. I read the first one last year, immediately downloaded the second to my kindle and I've wanted to get my hands on the third ever since.
The series is a set of fantasy novels set in a town where everybody's life stories are tattooed on their skins, and no one can truly keep secrets (or so they say ...).
There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. Can we just take a minute to discuss that there's another book in the Rishi/Dimple world?! I cannot cope. When Dimple Met Rishi was one of my favourite books of 2017, and I still need to get around to From Twinkle, With Love.
After being dumped, Ashish finally agrees to let his parents set him up with someone they think will be his perfect match. Sweetie is determined to shake off the stereotypes that have followed her throughout her whole life, and being forced to see Ashish by her parents is the last thing she wants. But maybe, they both might find who they need to be ...
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams has the most BEAUTIFUL cover, doesn't it? This has been all over my insta and twitter feeds, and a bookish person whose recommendations I trust blindly has said it's fab, so I'm expecting incredible things.
Queenie is a 25-year-old Jamaican-British woman living in London. After breaking up with her white boyfriend, she comes face to face with the fact that she's been straddling two cultures, and must ask herself questions we all ask: what am I doing, why am I doing it, and who do I want to be?
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi has been recommended to me a few times by Goodreads, but I haven't seen that many people talking about it yet. This has a bit of a fantasy aspect to it, with ties back to Hansel and Gretel.
Perdita Lee and her mother Harriet find that no matter what happens in their lives, they can always come back to the old gingerbread recipe that Harriet grew up with. When Perdita adventures out to find her mother's long lost friend Gretel, everything takes even more of a mystical turn.
Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard is her second book set in the same world as Beautiful Broken Things (I love all this alliteration). BBT was the first YA book I've read in my memory that has focused solely on teen female friendships. A couple of crushes flitted in and out but that was it. We need more of this in YA fiction pls. This was a Feb release, but I'm totally counting it as Spring.
2 years on from BBT, Suzanne is starting at rock bottom after a massive downward spiral. She needs her best friends Caddy and Rosie at her side, but with them about to leave for university, things are tougher than ever.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas is probably my most anticipated release for the whole of 2019. I can't even begin to explain how incredible The Hate U Give was, but we should all read it.
A homage to hip-hop, a large part of Thomas' writing inspiration, On the Come Up tells the story of 16-year-old Bri, determined to become a rap legend. Bri wants to fill the shoes of her father, who passed away before making it big. But when her mum loses her job, and homelessness stares Bri in the face, she realises she HAS to make it big.
And that's a wrap! Let me know what new releases you really want to try too - I need a little addition to my TBR pile!