2015 release

I might be coming back…?

So I’ve been thinking about coming back to book blogging. I miss it a lot! I stopped mostly because of a bad book slump that lasted roughly 8 months. Like holy cow! But in the past two months I’ve read over 50 books! It’s crazy. Reading so much again makes me miss book blogging. We’ll see. I’m gonna tinker around with my website and maybe change the name of my blog. Not sure yet. Either way, I really miss book blogging and the community.

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Top 5 November 2015 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

So it’s come to my attention that just because I’m excited for books doesn’t mean I will necessarily bother to buy or get the book from the library. That being said, I like this series so I will continue to do it even though it feels like a waste. lol. Enjoy!

#5 A Talent for Trickery by Alissa Johnson

a talent for trickery alissa johnson

Expected Publication: November 3rd

Summary (Via Goodreads):

The Lady is a Thief

Years ago, Owen Renderwell earned acclaim—and a title—for the dashing rescue of a kidnapped duchess. But only a select few knew that Scotland Yard’s most famous detective was working alongside London’s most infamous thief…and his criminally brilliant daughter, Charlotte Walker.

Lottie was like no other woman in Victorian England. She challenged him. She dazzled him. She questioned everything he believed and everything he was, and he has never wanted anyone more. And then he lost her.

Now a private detective on the trail of a murderer, Owen has stormed back into Lottie’s life. She knows that no matter what they may pretend, he will always be a man of the law and she a criminal. Yet whenever he’s near, Owen has a way of making things complicated…and long for a future that can never be theirs

Thoughts:

Honestly, the blurb isn’t very good. It’s all over the place and it doesn’t seem to tell you what it’s really about. But, the reviews on Goodreads seem promising and this cover is gorgeous. I know I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but I can’t help it.

#4 The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

the lies about truth courtney c stevens

Expected Publication: November 3rd

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she’s unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past.

Thoughts:

I’ve heard some really great things about this novel. Also, I’ve been really feeling contemporaries recently so I’m excited to maybe get this from the library. Also this cover is gorgeous. I will probably end up buying it if the paperback is the same.

#3 November 9 by Colleen Hoover

november 9 colleen hoover

Expected Publication: November 10th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Thoughts:

I’ve only ever read a small novella by Hoover but this book sounds SO interesting. It’ll be fun to see how she does a plot twist when you know a plot twist is probably coming. Also, I’m already interested in the relationship between the characters and exactly how it will play out.

#2 Half Truths by Sally Green

half truths by sally green

Expected Publication: November 3rd

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Half Truths follows Gabriel’s story from the time he arrives Switzerland, seeking help in recovering his magical powers from the conniving Black Witch Mercury, and goes up until the moment when he first meets Nathan and their paths become forever intertwined.

For the new reader, this is the perfect bite-sized introduction to the world of Half Bad, where witches and humans live alongside one another. And for the returning reader, this story sheds new light on one of the trilogy’s most beloved characters.

Thoughts:

Anyone who has read my reviews of the first two books in this series (Half Bad and Half Wild) knows that these books have completely taken me. I CAN’T WAIT until the third book comes out but hopefully this novella will help to tide me over. 🙂

#1 Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

winter by marissa meyer

Expected Publication: November 10th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Thoughts: 
I mean, do I even have to say why I’m super duper excited for this? This is the only book this year I’ve been constantly thinking about and I *almost* wish I liked hardbacks just so I would be able to buy this right away but alas I will wait for the paperback before buying and just get it from my library.

2015 release, book releases

Top 5 October 2015 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

There are a lot of books I’m excited for this coming month. I just wish I had the money to buy them and that books released in paperback as well as hardcover when they are first published. Alas, the plight of preferring paperbacks.

#5 The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Expected Publication: October 6th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

Thoughts:

I keep seeing good reviews of this from people who received ARCs for it. And aside from that, I think everyone is fascinated by the “not” chosen one. There are so many books with people who are destined to change things that I think the demand for books like this is higher.

#4 What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

Expected Publication: October 27th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

From the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love isn’t enough to conquer all.

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won’t understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

Thoughts:

The instant I read the summary for this book I was hooked. We need more books that give this kind of diversity to sexuality and I’m super excited to see how the author handles it. Also this cover is gorgeous.

#3 The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan

Expected Publication: October 6th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

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 a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man 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 . . .

Thoughts:

I am grossly behind in all of Riordan’s series aside from the original Percy Jackson series, never the less, it doesn’t lessen my excitement for this new series. I’ve already heard some amazing things about it and I can’t wait to see what he does.

#2 Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Expected Publication: October 6th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow.

Thoughts:

My love for fairytale retellings is pretty obvious which is why my excitement for this novel isn’t surprising. I’m super excited to see how Lewis will adapt this story to the setting.

#1 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Expected Publication: October 20th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes..

Thoughts: 
I’ve had my eye on this book for MONTHS. It sounds so interesting. I’m hoping it will be a breath of fresh air.

2015 release, book releases

Top 5 September 2015 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

It’s funny that I do this series because I didn’t read any of the books on it last month. I will eventually but they haven’t come to my library and I wasn’t into any of them enough to suffer buying a hardcover. That being said I might just suffer buying hardcover for a few of the books on this month’s list.

#5 The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen

Expected Publication: September 15th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

A haunting, contemporary love story from the New York Timesbestselling author of Conversion

It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose petal lips and her entrancing glow. But there’s something about her that he can’t put his finger on that makes him wonder about this intriguing hipster girl from the Village. Why does she use such strange slang? Why does she always seem so reserved and distant? And, most importantly, why does he only seem to run into her on one block near the Bowery? Annie’s hiding something, a dark secret from her past that may be the answer to all of Wes’s questions . . .

Thoughts:

This book’s summary has me completely hooked. I think I might even ask my library to buy it. Something I don’t typically do because my library is super tiny so I don’t like putting pressure on it. I think it’ll be great to read in October for good spooky fun.

#4 Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Expected Publication: September 15th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Thoughts:

I’ve had my eye on this since before I did my August top 5 releases. It looks so interesting and the reviews that have been everywhere the past few weeks only confirm me wanting it. I love what it’s about and what it represents. This is one of the few I might actually buy in hardcover.

#3 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Expected Publication: September 1st

Summary (Via Goodreads):

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Thoughts:

I’ve been seeing mixed reviews for this but it hasn’t stopped me from really wanting to read it. I think the premise is super intriguing and original. I probably won’t be buying it but I’m still looking forward to reading it soon and perhaps buying paperback whenever that may come out.

#2 Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Expected Publication: September 22nd

Summary (Via Goodreads):

The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

Thoughts:

While I’ve never actually read anything by Rae Carson, I’m super hyped for this book. It’s definitely unique and I’m excited to see how she portrays gold rush America. I haven’t seen my YA books set in this period and if done well this can be amazing.

#1 Zeros by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Expected Publication: September 29th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts – like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him – his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.

Thoughts: 
To be honest, Scott Westerfeld is almost an automatic buy for me. I have to like the premise but I love everything he’s written. I’m hoping this is as good as the summary on Goodreads makes it out to be.

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Top 5 August 2015 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

I’ve gone back and forth about deciding to do a series where I post the releases I’m looking forward to. It was a lot of work and finding the information was a bitch but I did it! Woo! That counts for something. Oddly I found more stuff for October and September but a lot of things released for August seem to be sequels to things I haven’t read. Let’s dive in shall we!

#5 Air Awakens by Elise Kova

air awakens

Expected Publication: August 27th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

Thoughts:

Landing number five just because it’s slightly out of my comfort zone and the second paragraph is written so awkwardly it physically makes me cringe, is Air Awakens. I like the premise well enough and I think it could be a really good read. I just hope the that second paragraph wording doesn’t make an appearance in the novel anywhere. :/

#4 The Veil by Chloe Neill

the veil

Expected Publication: August 4th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

Thoughts:

This one really caught my eye. I haven’t seen anything similar to this concept regarding magic and I’m really excited to see how Neill fleshes it out.

#3 The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

the creeping

Expected Publication: August 18th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

Thoughts:

So far I’m not sure the title matches the book well based on the description. I wasn’t going to really look at this book because the title didn’t really get me. It reminds me of gross horror movies from the 80s, and the description definitely does not. Which is why I’m pretty excited for it, the description gives me high hopes, I just hope they aren’t in vain.

#2 Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson

dead upon a time

Expected Publication: August 25th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

It’s a fairy-tale nightmare . . .

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she’s given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles — and if she pricks her finger, she’ll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .

A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate’s world. She’s not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother’s house in the woods — and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can’t get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what’s happened.

Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention — even though the girl’s stepmother would rather he didn’t. It’s up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that’s far from happy.

Thoughts:

You don’t have to be on my blog long to realize I have a major weakness for fairytale retellings. I have mixed feelings about Dead Upon a Time. I really love the concept and obvious the fairytale thing is well, my thing. But this description leaves a lot to be desired to be honest. This novel is number 2 mostly because I really love the concept. I’m just hoping it’s executed well.

#1 Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

mechanica

Expected Publication: August 25th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Thoughts: 
Surprise! Another fairytale retelling. Have I mentioned my weakness? Which is why Mechanica is number 1 on my list. It sounds a little too close to Cinder but I’m hoping the description doesn’t do it justice.