Wednesday, January 28, 2015

the dreadful pain of to-be-released books

We all have that book this year. 
That book that we really want.

Bleh, who am I trying to kid. We got tons. 

In 2015 a LOT of great books are being released. How do I know that, you ask? Well, I have a freakish sixth sense so I know certain things. Like how much you're going to love these books. See? I just know. 

A few weeks ago I took part in a challenge on Instagram called the #hello2015bookchallenge which was created by @bookoverlooksx (Instagram page HERE). One of the challenges was to post a list or a collage of the books you're most excited to read in 2015. It was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done. There are so many books I want to read in 2015, it's ridiculous! (you can check out the list HERE)

But since I like to challenge myself I thought I'd do a SMALL list of some releases that are in the near future (January-March). So no november-releases this time. 

So, the book cover, a blurb from Goodreads, the release date and at last, the excitement level etc. 

I really need to get going or else I'll be sitting here, avoiding this altogether. cough

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Release date: 1st of January
Series: Stand-alone
Excitement level: yes, yes, yes, yes!
Blurb from Goodreads:
There are rules.
Never reveal where you’re from.Never be intimate with anyone outside the community.And never interfere with history. 
Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But Prenna didn't come from a different country, she came from a different time - a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules. Prenna does as she's told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan. 
She might be able to save the world ... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Release date: January 27th 
Series: stand-alone
Excitement level: HOLY SHIT!
Blurb from Goodreads: 
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.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Release date: January 27th
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5
Excitement level: I need to read Scarlet and Cress...
Blurb from Goodreads:
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. 

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Release date: January 27th
Series: The Bone Season, #2
Excitement level: HOLY CRAP!
Blurb from Goodreads: 
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard

Release date: February 10th
Series: Red Queen, #1
Excitement level: I've already read it... but still!
Blurb from Goodreads:
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Release date: Februaru 24th
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic, #1
Excitement level: Is it getting hot in here?
Blurb from Goodreads: 
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.

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Release date: March, 3rd
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #2
Excitement level: I'm currently reading The Winner's Curse but still, YES! 
Blurb from Goodreads: 
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Keep the Ends Loose by Molly D. Campbell

Release date; March 3rd
Series: stand-alone
Excitement level: YASYASYAS AND I GOT AN eARC
Blurb from Goodreads:
Miranda Heath is a quirky fifteen-year-old with cinematic dreams and a safe, predictable family. That is until she decides to pull at the loose end that is the estranged husband her aunt never divorced. What seemed like the best way to allow her aunt to get on with her life sets off a series of events that threaten to turn Mandy’s world upside down. Suddenly, she’s embarking on adventurous road trips, becoming the center of an increasingly unstable household, meeting surprising strangers, and seeing everyone she knows in new ways. Sometimes loose ends just want to stay loose. But what happens if they want to unravel completely?

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Release date: March 3rd
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Blurb from Goodreads: 
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Half Wild by Sally Green

Release date: March 24th
Series: The Half Bad Trilogy #2
Excitement level: HOTHOTHOTHOT
Blurb from Goodreads:
"You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

So, those are a few of the books I'm looking forward to reading this year. Some of them I already have eARC's of for review purposes. 

Are some of these titles on your TBR? Or will you be adding them? Which books are you excited for this year? Let me know by commenting, tweet me, email me, you do whatever and we'll talk! 

The Book Depository links:

The Here & Now
I Was Here 
The Mime Order
Red Queen
A Darker Shade of Magic
The Winner's Crime
Keep the Ends Loose
The Wrath & the Dawn
Half Wild

Contact me:

Goodreads: @forbiddenbooks
Thank you so much for reading, I'll talk to you next time. BYEEE


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