15 books I want to read in ’15

As a follow up to my post on my favourite books of 2014, here are all of the YA books coming out in 2015 that I haven’t been able to resist preordering, or that I have already read and loved. Some of them don’t have covers yet, but all are on goodreads, and most are on amazon!

15. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (Harpercollins, 28th April)

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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?

Invisible sky ships, oh my god. This sounds a bit like Otherbound, which was amazing (my review here), so I can’t wait to see how this goes. Anything about ships in the clouds and I’m automatically in.

14. The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell(Bloomsbury, 4th June) 

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Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

Katherine is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met, and if you haven’t yet read Rooftoppers, you’re missing out. It’s a wonderfully whimsical adventure with a great father-daughter friendship. Every line of Katherine’s writing sings and I can’t wait to read more.

13. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (Balzer + Bray, 5th May)

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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.

Yeessssss, give me all of the fairy tale retellings. All of them. I love, love the sound of this.

12. About a Girl by Sarah McCarry (St. Martins, 14th July)

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Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There’s no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past—and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger—and more complicated—than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family—and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequences?

Just take a minute to appreciate that cover. That, and the fact that a main character is a scientist, and I’m so ready. I think this is a retelling too! Give it me now.

11. Captive by A. J Grainger (Simon & Schuster, 29th Jan)

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I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a splice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope. Dad isn’t here. No one is, but me.
Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world’s most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.
Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit – and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all . . .

This is written by my wonderful editor ajgrainger, who you should all follow! I’ve been lucky enough to sneak a read of this, and it’s brilliant. A great prisoner-guard romance with an excellent twist, with suspense that never lets up. Put it on your wishlists!

10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic, 24th Feb)

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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?

melsalisbury is my bro, and everything she does is filled with flair and showmanship. This book is no exception. With enough twists to make you dizzy, and an incredibly detailed fantasy world, filled with rich myths and tales, this is a story to treasure!

9. Remix by Non Pratt (Walker, July)

Kaz is still reeling after being dumped by the love of her life.

Ruby is bored of having to hear about it. Time to change the record…

Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of anything going to plan.

Trouble by nonthepratt was one of the coolest and most true to life YA books I’ve read in a while, so I am dying to read this. I’ve put in my request at Walker to get a proof copy as soon as they come off the press. I need it.

8. Carry on by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martins, 6th October)

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. 

A Harry Potter satire spin-off from Fangirl, I’m so intrigued by how Rainbow is going to pull this off. I can’t wait to see how it goes!

7. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle (Chicken House, 1st Jan)

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When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.
When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

Another of my best best bros, catherine-doyle‘s debut is OUT IN FOUR DAYS. FOUR. It’s already available on amazon. Hurry up and get it! It’s excellent, the perfect mix of hot boys to ship and mafia intrigue to savour. I want a musical of this book more than most things in life. I can see the ensemble finger clicking songs now.

6. First & Then by Emma Mills (Henry Holt, 29th September)

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Devon has life pretty much figured out: she’s got her best friend Cas, her secret crush (also Cas), and her comfortable routine (mostly spent with Cas). New experiences: not welcome here. But as she enters her senior year, her parents take in her cousin Foster, an undersized weirdo who shows an unexpected talent for football, and star runningback Ezra takes Foster under his wing. Devon can’t figure out how she feels about Ezra. He’s obviously stuck-up, but Foster adores him. Ezra has nothing to say to her, but he keeps seeking her out. And . . . Devon might actually like him. But only if she can learn to stand him first. Devon may have to reconsider her position on new experiences.Funny, fresh, and layered, FIRST AND DOWN remixes Austen’s spirit into a captivating modern story.

I’ve been watching elmify‘s videos for a while now, and I can’t wait to read her debut novel. Modern day Austen? Yeeeeeeeeeees.

5. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (Corgi,  2 July)

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It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

As well as having what has to be the best title in the entire world, this sounds incredible. An accident curse? I’m ready.

4. Weightless by Sarah Bannan (Bloomsbury, March 12th)

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Adamsville wasn’t a place that people came to. It was a place you were from, where you were born, where you were raised, where you stayed…

Before Carolyn Lessing arrived, nothing much had ever happened in Adamsville, Alabama. Each week, at dinner tables and in the high school assembly, everyone would pray for the football team to win. Each year, the Adams High hotlist would be updated, and girls would rise and fall within its ranks. Each day, everyone lived by the unwritten rules that cheerleaders did not hang out with the swim team, seniors did not date freshmen and the blistering heat was something that should never be remarked upon. But then the new girl came.

All Carolyn’s social media could reveal was that she had moved from New Jersey, she had 1075 friends – and she didn’t have a relationship status. In beach photos with boys who looked like Abercrombie models she seemed beautiful, but in real life she was so much more. She was perfect.

This was all before the camera crews arrived, before it became impossible to see where rumour ended and truth began, and before the Annual Adamsville Balloon Festival, when someone swore they saw the captain of the football team with his arm around Carolyn, and cracks began to appear in the dry earth.

This? This is exactly my jam. Online celebrity thriller? Yep. Yep. My jam.

3. Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters & Noelle Stevenson (Boom!, 30th May)

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Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp… defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons… what’s not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

Noelle’s webcomic Nimona was my favourite read of 2014, so I’m desperate for the collection of her new comic to be published. With a killer title and what looks to be an excellent female ensemble, I can’t wait.

2. House of Windows by Alexia Casale (Faber, 2nd July)

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‘The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.’ Robert Louis Stevenson

Nick hates it when people call him a genius. Sure, he’s going to Cambridge University aged 15, but he says that’s just because he works hard. And, secretly, he only works hard to get some kind of attention from his workaholic father.

Not that his strategy is working. When he arrives at Cambridge, he finds the work hard and socialising even harder. Until, that is, he starts to cox for the college rowing crew and all hell breaks loose..

Oh, yes. Yes, yes. I may have sent Alexia more than one email asking to read this, to no avail (yet). This sounds….amazing.

1. The Next Together by Lauren James (Walker, 3rd September) 

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You don’t need to be a hero to change the world. You just need to care enough to stand up and be counted.

Teenagers Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different.

My own, OF COURSE. I am more excited about this coming out than about almost anything, ever. MY BOOK, GUYS. It’s gonna be real.

Once again, the cover isn’t ready yet (#soon.) but I am DYING TO SHOW IT TO YOU. For now, know that it has….colours on it. Several.

+1 bonus: Royal Wedding: Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (William & Morrow, 2nd June)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding–but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone–especially herself–that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

Uhuh, you read that right. An adult spin off of The Princess Diaries. The publishing industry knows exactly how to get my money off me, because I will pay a significant amount of this book. Now. I need it.

So that’s 15 16 books I want to read in 2015! I was going to rec 2015 books, but….that’s more formatting that I’m willing to do on this fine Boxing Day.

What books are you looking forward to in 2015? Give me your recs so I can preorder, because that doesn’t actually count as buying a book. Right?

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