Thursday, January 22, 2015

highly anticipated books of 2015

it only feels natural to follow up a 2014 wrap up with a 2015 look ahead. there are so many books that I am looking forward to this year, so this is just a sampling of the ones that I am biting my nails until the release date.

I've put this under the cut because I think I have close to 40 books on this list... sorry?
I'll start with series continuations. This includes prequels, sequels, and third or fourth installments of series that I've already started. Though I haven't put it under every single one, do be aware that if these books have a synopsis, they are likely to have spoilers!! Read with caution!

  1. Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4) – Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10 
This is probably my most anticipated book of 2015. However, there's no cover and not even a blurb up on Goodreads :( The day this comes out will be the happiest day of the year for me.

2. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) – Sarah J Maas
Release Date: September 10
This book has no cover, no blurb, and we only just got a title today. I believe it is supposed to come out sometime in the early fall. This is one of my favorite series ever, and I am so so excited for the 4th of an eventual 6 books! 

3. P.S I Still Love You (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #2) – Jenny Han
Release Date: May 26
Though this book has no cover, it does have a synopsis. I adored 2014's To All The Boys I've Loved Before, so I cannot wait for this follow up!
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

4. Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #0.1) – Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 27
This, I believe, is technically a prequel. It tells the back story of a very important character in the Lunar Chronicles. However, I think it is also supposed to be read after Cress (book 3) and before Winter (book 4), perhaps to lay the groundwork for the events that will take place in Winter. Whatever it is, I am beyond excited we will be getting to read two installments from the Lunar Chronicles world in 2015. 
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. 

5. Invaded (Alienated #2) – Melissa Landers 
Release Date: February 3
I read Alienated last year and ended up completely loving it, so I am waiting anxiously to read the second installment in this epic story of two (literal) star-crossed lovers. 
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.
Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.
Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.
The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

6. The Land of Stories #4 – Chris Colfer 
Release Date: Sometime in 2015
Though this doesn't have any kind of information available about it yet, I love this series, so I was beyond excited to see that the fourth book is to be released in 2015!! Definitely check out the first three if you like clever fairy tales. 

7. The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick 
Release Date: June
I'm counting this under series continuations because, while it isn't a sequel, it is a companion novel to a fabulous book that I read last year, My Life Next Door. I can't wait to go back to that world and see the familiar characters, while also getting to know some new ones!
Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
- need a liver transplant
- drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.
Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.
And Alice is caught in the middle.
Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

8. Starbound #3- Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Release Date: December 
I loved the first installment in this series of companion novels, These Broken Stars.  I have yet to read the second book, This Shattered World, yet, but it is next on my list, I love these epic sci-fi love story premises, and I can't wait to see what will surely be another gorgeous cover and engaging synopsis. 

9. The Fifth Wave #3 – Rick Yancey
Release Date: August
This is an amazingly engaging series about the struggle between aliens and humans. I fly through these books, they're so enthralling and quick, and so I cannot wait to see what happens to my favorite characters in the third installment. 

10. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) – Marie Lu
Release Date: October 6
Last year's The Young Elites was so different from anything I'd read before, I was immediately captivated by the world and the characters. It's very dark and sinister, but there's also something captivating about it as well. I am really looking forward to see where the story goes in the second book! 
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

11. Lion Heart (Scarlet #3) – A.C. Gaughen
Release Date: May 19  
This book is the conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy, which is centered around the story of Robin Hood and his merry men... and in this case, woman, as well. These books have a very unique language and style, which takes some getting used to, but I love the story and I am excited to read this conclusion.
Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.
Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

12. Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2) – Rachel Hawkins 
Release Date: April 7 
I was skeptical when I began Rebel Belle last year, just because it didn't seem like something that I would normally enjoy. However, I ended up really loving the book, and I'm hoping the second one is as laugh out loud funny and engaging as the first one! 
Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.
Now we move on to standalones, contemporaries, and first books. These are books that aren't connected to any others, or are the first book in a new, 2015 series. For the most part, you'll be safe reading these blurbs without fear of spoilers. 

1. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) – Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 6 
Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors. I love Percy Jackson, I love Heroes of Olympus, I love the Kane Chronicles, and I am beyond excited to see him delve into Norse mythology. May it come close to filling the Percy-sized hole left in my heart. 
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he's never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)  – Sarah J Maas
Release Date: May 5
Sarah J Maas is another author that I basically idolize. I would be excited for literally anything that she puts out, but it helps that this synopsis looks kick-ass. This is going to have to hold me over until the fall when Queen of Shadows comes out, which will be difficult, but it helps that the cover is absolutely gorgeous...
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

3. A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) – V. E. Schwab 
Release Date: February 24
Though I have yet to read anything by Victoria (or V. E., as is her pseudonym) Schwab, I have heard wonderful things about her, especially her book, Vicious. I've been wanted to read her for a long time, though, and when I read the blurb for this book, I knew this would be my first. It sounds absolutely incredible, and I hope it lives up to my expectations. 
 Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

4. The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1) – Melinda Salisbury 
Release Date: February 24
I am a huge fan of Kristin Cashore's Graceling, The Throne of Glass series, Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments series, and pretty much every other completely deadly female protag I can find. So, I was immediately drawn to this idea, which reminded me at first of Shatter Me, of a girl with a deadly touch. I'm a huge fan of the cover and blurb, so here's hoping this is something amazing. 
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

5. Magonia – Maria Dahvana Headley
Release Date: April 28
When you begin a synopsis with "Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green's The Fault in Our Stars," you're immediately going to have my attention. 
Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

6. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28
This is a debut fantasy novel that is supposedly set in an ancient Rome-like world. That fact alone immediately drew me towards this book. The blurb makes it sound absolutely fantastic, so I have high hopes for this debut. 
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

7. Armada – Ernest Cline 
Release Date: July 28
I read Ready, Player One by Cline last year, and it ended up being one of my favorite and most exciting reads of 2014. I am definitely on the edge of my seat to see what he comes up with next. I'd say he's definitely one of the most creative authors I've ever read, pulling in the smallest details to make a world crazy believable and engaging. 
Zack Lightman is daydreaming through another dull math class when the high-tech dropship lands in his school's courtyard-and when the men in the dark suits and sunglasses leap out of the ship and start calling his name, he's sure he's still dreaming.
But the dream is all too real; the people of Earth need him. As Zack soon discovers, the videogame he's been playing obsessively for years isn't just a game; it's part of a massive, top-secret government training program, designed to teach gamers the skills they'll need to defend Earth from a possible alien invasion. And now…that invasion is coming.
As he and his companions prepare to enter their ships and do battle, Zack learns that the father he thought was dead is actually a key player in this secret war. And together with his father, he'll uncover the truth about the alien threat, race to prevent a genocide, and discover a mysterious third player in the interplanetary chess game he's been thrown into.

8. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell 
Release Date: October 6
In my mind, Rainbow Rowell can do no wrong. I've adored every single one of her books. Fangirl, Rowell's second-to-latest release, is one of my favorite books ever. It was witty and heartwarming, which is pretty par for the course for Rainbow Rowell, and it did include some pretty spectacular fanfiction. When I found out that she was expanding the fanfiction into an actual book, I think I literally screamed. Can't wait to see what she does with this!   
 Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

9. The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) – Jodi Meadows 
Release Date: March 10
I loved Jodi Meadow's Incarnate, and I think she has a wonderful style of writing that really throws you into a story. When I read the blurb for the first book in this new series, I was completely blown away and definitely on board for this. Plus, I love the cover. It's very reminiscent of The Assassin's Blade by Sara J Maas.
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

  10. Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) – Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: October 6
We are (thankfully) returning to the Grisha world in this first book in a new series by Leigh Bardugo. I love the Grisha trilogy, and I think that universe is so interesting, so I am happy that we are getting a different perspective on it in this series. Plus, I love books where teams of kick-ass people team up to kick-ass. Especially if some of those people are cute boys. 
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

11. Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) – Amy Spalding
Release Date: April 14 
Books that combine music and romance will forever remain close to my heart. This books sounds like a whole lot of fun, and when "cute boys are popping up everywhere," you better believe I am going to be along for the ride. 
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.
After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.
While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she's been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for.

12. I Was Here – Gayle Forman 
Release Date: January 27
I absolutely adored the If I Stay/Where She Went duology. Gayle Forman has such a wonderful way of dealing with really difficult issues in a way that is both graceful and gritty. She doesn't shy away from things that destroy our lives, and I for one am thankful that she continues to tackle the tough issues with her next book. This is going to be a tough one, but I believe it will be unforgettable as well.
Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

13. Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) – Susan Dennard 
Release Date: Sometime in 2015
I wish to someday have a friendship like Susan Dennard and Sara J Maas. Though I have torn up Maas' Throne of Glass series as well as their collaborative online serial The Starkillers Cycle, I have yet to read anything by Dennard herself, though I've heard wonderful things. I cannot wait to get my hands on the first book in her new series sometime this year.
Garth Nix meets Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The series is set in a world where three empires rule and every member of the population is born with a magical skill set, known as a “witchery.
Now, as the Twenty Year Truce in a centuries-long war is about to end, the balance of power will fall on the shoulders of two young women, who must accept their fate, and themselves, to survive.

14. Mosquitoland – David Arnold
Release Date: March 3
My friend Violet told me to look up this book, as I had no idea of its existence before. I am a huge fan of roadtrip stories, and this seems like the perfect twist on one. I have a feeling that, just based on the small excerpt, this will be a magical and masterfully told story
"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking

15. Crimson Bound – Rosamund Hodge 
Release Date: May 5
Cruel Beauty was one of the most unique stories that I read in 2014. Rosamund Hodge is an amazing storyspinner- just enough mystery to keep you going without getting fed up, beautiful language and a couple truly stunning plot points. I hope her second fairy tale retelling is as lush and brilliant as her first.
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.
Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?
Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.
(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)

16. Illusionarium – Heather Dixon
Release Date: May 19
It was quite a few years ago when I picked up Entwined by Heather Dixon, but it has remained one of the books I often recommend to people, and also one of my favorite fairytale adaptations. Though Illusionarium is not set in a fairy tale world, I am still very excited to see what new adventures Dixon will bring to us this time.
From the author of Entwined, a brilliantly conceived adventure through an alternate London. This sweeping, cinematic tale of an apprentice scientist desperate to save his family—and his world—is The Night Circus meets Pixar.
Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that is breathtaking and wholly original.

17. Frostfire (Kannin Chronicles #1) – Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 6 (I have it! I have just yet to read it!) 
The world of Trylle is one of the only stories I've ever read about trolls, and I loved that triology, so I am happy to be returning to the troll tribes in a new trilogy by Amanda Hocking. The covers for these are gorgeous as well.
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.
Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

18. Finding Mr. Brightside – Jay Clark
Release Date: March 24
Mr. Brightside is one of my favorite songs, so even if this book has nothing to do with the song, the title makes me happy enough that I will enjoy it no matter what. I am attracted to the blurb though, so I hope this will be a good contemporary for this year.
Abram and Juliette know each other. They’ve lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don’t really know each other—at least, not until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad have a torrid affair that culminates in a deadly car crash. Sharing the same subdivision is uncomfortable, to say the least. They don’t speak.
Fast-forward to the neighborhood pharmacy, a few months later. Abram decides to say hello. Then he decides to invite her to Taco Bell. To her surprise as well as his, she agrees. And the real love story begins.

19. The Cage (The Cage #1) – Megan Shepherd 
Release Date: May 26
I am both totally interesting and completely terrified by this book. I think its something that is so different, something that I'd never considered before, and I can't wait to read it. I hope it's a little bit dark, and that maybe it makes us examine the animals we keep in cages. 
 When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.
Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.
As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

20. The Girl At Midnight (The Girl At Midnight #1) – Melissa Gray
Release Date: April 28
The description of this book reminds me of The Mortal Instruments mixed with daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I love the sound of that. Pickpockets and a magical secluded race? I'm here for it.
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
21. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler
Release Date: June 2
I love the idea that this is a comtemporary version of The Little Mermaid. I love that the female protag comes from an island in the Caribbean to Oregon. I love that it seems cute and fun but also like it deals with tragedy and heartbreak as well. I can't wait for this book to come out and become my summer read. 
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

22. The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West
Release Date: May 5
I just recently read Kasie West's On The Fence, and I really enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to reading another contemporary by her! The premise of this seems so cute and just like something you can pick up and gobble down in a day or less.
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

23. Finding Paris – Joy Preble
Release Date: April 21 
At first, I thought this book was going to be about finding the literal Paris, and I must say that I wasn't disappointed when I read the synopsis and saw what it is really about. I loved Morgan Matson's Since You've Been Gone and Maureen Johnson's Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, so I am curious to see another, perhaps a little darker version of this type of book, one with a list and a mysterious person to follow.
A page-turning, evocative novel for fans of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and SPEAK, about a girl who must follow a trail of mysterious clues to discover what happened to her sister.
Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind—going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love.
But Leo isn’t going anywhere yet… until Paris ditches her at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris—a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared?
When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is a not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold tightly.

24. We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach
Release Date: March 31
I absolutely love the premise for this book. I love that it seems like it deals with real issues that high school seniors face, combined with the sheer horror of an asteroid hurtling towards earth, hell-bent on destruction. I am interested to see what path this novel takes in its execution of the topic of life in the face of imminent death.
Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.
They always say that high school is the best time of your life.
Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.
Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.
25. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between – Jennifer L. Smith
Release Date: September 1
I have read three other books by Jennifer L. Smith, and I think she is a wonderful contemporary novelist. Her books leave me feeling warm and happy, and I truly think they've gotten better as they've been published. Her newest contemporary, The Geography of You and Me, was my favorite book written by her, so I have high hopes for her release of this year.
One night. A life-changing decision. And a list... Of course Clare made a list. She creates lists for everything. That's just how she is. But tonight is Clare and Aidan's last night before college and this list will decide their future, together or apart. It takes them on a rollercoaster ride through their past - from the first hello in science class to the first conversation at a pizza joint, their first kiss at the beach and their first dance in a darkened gymnasium - all the way up to tonight. A night of laughs, fresh hurts, last-minute kisses and an inevitable goodbye. But will it be goodbye forever or goodbye for now?

26. Valiant – Sarah McGuire
Release Date: June 9
 You don't see many retellings of The Brave Little Tailor, and this one sounds just about as whimsical and fun as you can get. I love the idea of a reluctant hero, and Saville seems like a great one. Plus, the cover is completely adorable.
A debut fairy tale retelling featuring a strong female character and a daring quest just right for fans of Shannon Hale, Jessica Day George, and Gail Carson Levine.
Saville despises the bolts of velvet and silk that her father loves- he's always prized them more than he's ever loved her. Yet when he's struck ill, she'll do anything to survive, even donning boys' clothes and begging a commission to sew for the king.
Piecing together a fine coat is far simpler than unknotting court gossip about an army of giants led by a man who cannot be defeated. And they're marching toward Reggen to seize the throne. But Saville knows giants are just stories, and no man is immortal.
Then she meets them, two scouts as tall as trees. She tricks them into leaving, but tales of the daring tailor's triumph quickly spin into impossible feats of giant-slaying. And mere stories won't deter the Duke and his larger-than-life army.
Now only a courageous and clever tailor girl can see beyond the rumors to save the kingdom again.
Valiant richly reimagines "The Brave Little Tailor," transforming it into a story of understanding, identity, and fighting to protect those you love most.

Whew! Ok, I didn't mean to make the post this long, but I guess I got a little carried away. There are just so many wonderful books that I am so excited about getting my hands on this year! Let me know what your highly anticipated books of 2015 are in the comments :) 



  1. This is an awesome list! Glad you liked Mosquitoland. We should do a readalong for Frostfire or This Shattered World sometime!

    1. yes!! I would love that! i have them both so just let me know if you want to do either one of those :)


80% Read the Printed Word!