Top Ten Books Published In 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! This past year was pretty crazy and full of lots of great books, and looking back I think that 2015 was one the best years for my favorite series ending well and others commencing. I was very excited to look at my goodreads ‘read’ list and see that I had accomplished my 2015 goal of reading more than 55 books, and if you are interesting in seeing that list, follow this link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015/10577582. I In lieu of all of the amazing books that I’ve had the chance to read this year, I definitely do have favorites that were published in 2015, so here’s my top ten.

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“The Winner’s Crime” by Marie Rutkoski.

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“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renée Ahdieh.

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“Rook” by Sharon Cameron.

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“A Cold Legacy” by Megan Shepherd.

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“A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas.

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“The Fill-In Boyfriend” by Kasie West.

 

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“Nowhere But Here” by Katie McGarry.

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“Sweet Temptation” by Wendy Higgins.

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“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo.

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“Their Fractured Light” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Thank you so much for all of your comments and visits and for sticking with me this year, and I hope that you all have a Happy New Year!

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Fangirl Friday #13…Books that I’m Waiting (Impatiently) For

Okay, so this week’s Fangirl Friday has a few of the books that I am really forward to in 2015 and 2016. Here’s my top five:

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“Their Fractured Light” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Release date: December 1st, 2015

Goodreads summary:

“A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.”

I want this book to come out so bad, and I don’t know if I can wait another month for it!!!

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“The Rose and the Dagger” by Renée Ahdieh

Release date: May 3rd, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.”

Don’t even get me started on how much I need this book!!! *hyperventilates*

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“The Winner’s Kiss” by Marie Rutkoski

Release date: March 1st, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?”

This is another one to not get me started on with how much I want it. Why must March be so far away?????? *weeps*

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“Walk the Edge” by Katie McGarry

Release date: March 29th, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“One moment of recklessness will change their worlds

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.”

Uhhhh, can I please have this book, like, now?

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“My lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

Release date: June 7th, 2016

Goodreads summary:

“For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.”

“My Lady Jane” sounds really fun, and I love that they are comparing it to “The Princess Bride”! I am definitely looking forward to it!

I guess the theme of this post is that I REALLY want a time machine so I can go forward in time so I can read my most anticipated books without having to wait for them. *sighs* But maybe it’s all the waiting that makes them so sweet when you get your hands on a copy? I still want a time machine, but I do see the benefits of being patient…

Thanks so much for visiting me this Friday! Have a good weekend!

Cover Reveal: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

You all know how much I LOVE Katie McGarry and her books, so it’s probably no surprise to you that I would go full fangirl at any kind of news concerning her books. Tonight I entered that crazy fangirl zone because Katie McGarry just released her cover for “Walk the Edge,” the second book in her “Thunder Road” series!!!!! *shrill screaming* I wasn’t expecting for the cover to be released so soon, so I went a little crazy when I saw it pop up on goodreads…

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The cover is so amazing that I wanted to cry/dance when I saw it…

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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry (Thunder Road #1)

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“Nowhere But Here” by Katie McGarry

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Emily is happy with her quiet, peaceful life. She loves her mom and adoptive father, Jeff, and she doesn’t feel the need to explore her family ties on her biological father, Eli’s, side. Once a year he comes to visit, upsetting Emily’s comfortable routine, and then he leaves and her life returns to normal. After Eli goes back to his side of the tracks, Emily resumes her daily life of peaceful, safe predictability, and she is perfectly happy with the arrangement. But when a family member dies on Eli’s side, her parents take her to Kentucky to say hello and goodbye to someone she hasn’t met before.

What was supposed to be a short visit for Emily becomes a summer stay. The opposing motorcycle club across the tracks are after Emily for reasons unknown to her, and the only way to remain safe is to stay with Eli’s family. The unexpected shift in plans aren’t ideal, but the longer Emily stays in Kentucky, the more this off-beat family grows on her. Emily had always understood that family was more than blood, thanks to her adoptive father, but the bond between this group of people is fascinating to her. As long as she’s been separated from this half of herself, Emily wonders if she can somehow be accepted by this loyal family that has chosen to protect her?

But bigger problems are at hand than whether the Reign of Terror motorcycle club will accept her or not. Lies surround Eli’s and her mother’s past together, and Emily doesn’t know who she can trust. Despite all of her doubts towards the rest of the club, Emily feels drawn to Oz, as if she can, should, trust him. Caught between the Reign of Terror’s and the Riot Club’s age-old war, Emily desperately searches for answers concerning her past and a way to unravel the lies everyone has told her. With the Riot Club determined to see her hurt or worse, Emily wonders how she and the members of the Reign of Terror are going to survive the coming storm.

 I am such a huge Katie McGarry fan! She is such an amazing writer and really the only contemporary author that I like to read. I’m sure that there are other good YA contemporary authors out there, but Katie McGarry has been the only author who has continued to keep my attention and capture my heart as I read her books. For me, it has been basically Jenny Han’s “To All the Boys I’ve Love Before” duology and Katie McGarry’s series in the contemporary world that I have loved to read and reread. That being said, I was both anxious and excited about Katie McGarry starting a new series.

I loved “Dare You To” and “Crash Into You” from Katie McGarry’s “Pushing the Limits” series because of how they made me cry and cheer for her different characters; I especially loved “Crash Into You” because Isaiah and Rachel were so great together, and I loved how each of them grew as individuals. “Crash In You” was one of those books that just completely melted my heart, and it remains a favorite of mine. As much as I love Katie McGarry and her previous books, I was a little scared about starting a new series with a completely different concept. I think that most dedicated book readers eventually feel that way when they are madly in love with a series/trilogy an author has written, but then something new and unfamiliar comes along and it makes them anxious as to whether the new series/trilogy will be as good as the previous one. I was there before I read “Nowhere But Here”; I was really excited for a new, fresh story from Katie, but I was also a little worried that I might not like it as much as her other books. I wasted a lot of energy worrying because “Nowhere But Here” was a fantastic new story to start off what looks to be a great series!

“Nowhere But Here” felt very different from both “Dare You To” and “Crash Into You,” and I kinda liked that. As much as I love those two books, it was refreshing to have the same caliber of writing from a beloved author while experiencing a new concept. I loved how the motorcycle club and the family it had formed was at the heart of this story, and that aspect did remind me a bit of a motorcycle version of “Crash Into You.” I definitely prefer cars, especially when they’re classic sport cars, but the motorcycles were very cool and interesting. As important motorcycles were to the people in this book, family meant more.

Oz was a very interesting male lead. When I first started reading “Nowhere But Here,” I assumed that he was going to be the bad boy character that the girl would help to redeem. I’ll admit it, I was completely wrong. My sister pointed out that Oz, if anything, was like Ryan from “Dare You To,” and I have to agree with that assessment. Yes, Oz was in a motorcycle club, but he was straight-laced, high school graduated, law-abiding citizen. Dare I say it, but he was kind of goodie-to-shoes in “Nowhere But Here”! Honestly, I thought that was smart of Katie McGarry because there are a lot of bad boy characters out there to the point that they are fairly unoriginal, and Oz felt pretty distinct from that stereotype due to his more straight-laced personality. Obviously there will come a book with the bad boy who will get redeemed, and definitely I’ll enjoy it, but I liked that the start of this new series ended up being a little from what I expected in both characters and approach. I ended up liking Oz as a character, and I thought that his loyalty to the club, which was his family, and it was quite interesting.

Emily reminded me a little bit of Rachel from “Crash Into You,” (I got to stop comparing these books!), and I liked her. She had her fears which were the result of some traumatizing events during her childhood, and I thought that it was interesting watching her grow as a person in “Nowhere But Here.” Despite all of the stuff she had gone through and the way everyone was lying to her in this book, she did not choose to cower and hide from what was happening. Emily had her moments of being afraid, but don’t we all? I enjoyed that she felt a bit more real than some of the female characters that I have read in contemporary fiction, and that was nice. Rachel from “Crash Into You” was the most relatable female character that I’ve read, but Emily was a close second.

I liked Emily and Oz together, but what really hit me in the feels about this book was the relationship she had with her adoptive father, Jeff. Jeff and Emily hurt my heart in a good way, and their’s is the best father-daughter relationship that I think I have ever read. They had a truly beautiful and heartwarming relationship, and I kinda wish that there had been more of them interacting in “Nowhere But Here” than with the other relatives on the motorcycle club’s side.

There a fair amount of side characters in this story, all with bit parts except for Eli and Olivia. I hate to say it, but I REALLY disliked Olivia. Maybe it’s because I was comparing my gentle, sweet, and spunky grandma to the very abrasive Olivia, but I did not like her. I felt really bad that she had cancer and I was so sad that she was suffering, but I still wasn’t a fan. Another thing that I didn’t like was that she was really judgemental of Emily’s mom and pushy with Emily when she really had no right to be. I especially didn’t like when she wouldn’t give her granddaughter the full truth, and when she did give her something, it was always in riddled pieces that took a lot of time to put together. Honestly, just be honest and tell Emily! I liked Cyrus, her husband, but the matriarch of this family bothered me. Now that I’ve rambled on about Olivia, I just want say that I thought Eli was a pretty good character. I disliked how much he lied to Emily, but I do get why he did it even though it was wrong of him to do so. Plus he was no Jeff.

This book was really enjoyable, and it was a fast read too! I sat down for an afternoon reading session and finished it just before dinner; considering the fact that it’s nearly 500 pages, it was definitely an addictive read. I really liked “Nowhere But Here” and I thought that it was just as good as Katie McGarry’s previous books while feeling really new and fresh. “Crash Into You” will forever and always remain my favorite Katie McGarry book, but I really liked the story of “Nowhere But Here,” and I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I have a feeling that Razor’s story will be a very interesting one!

Food for thought…

Now my sister was reading “Crash Into You” earlier tonight, and she recognized a name in it from “Nowhere But Here.” McKinley was the family name of Eli, Emily’s biological father, and in “Crash Into You,” Isaiah talked with his mom about his dad and they went to the cemetery where his dad was buried. The name on the headstone was “James McKinley.” Isaiah’s mom told him that James was a great guy, came from a big and good family, and that he died in a car crash before Isaiah was born. The real kicker (besides the same last name) was when Isaiah’s mom said, “James loved motocycles…”—“Crash Into You” (page 456). My sister literally blew my mind with this connection of the two series, and I read that scene for myself to fully let it sink in. I am really hoping that there might be a possible crossover of Isaiah in the “Thunder Road” series.

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So far I haven’t read any review that have made this connection, so I am really curious if anyone else picked up on this subtly hint like my (observational genius) sister did. Thanks for reading!

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

I had entered a giveaway about two months that was posted by a blogger who hosted an interview with one of my favorite authors, Katie McGarry. Nova and Katie McGarry are fabulous ladies, and I was so excited when I got an email from Nova a week ago telling me that I had won the giveaway! The prize was a Katie McGarry book of my choice, and so I asked Nova if I would be able to choose “Nowhere But Here,” which wasn’t slated to release until May 26th. I kind of put it out there knowing that it wouldn’t happen, and I ended up writing that if “Nowhere But Here” wouldn’t work out, then I would love “Crash Into You.” I didn’t expect my prize to be “Nowhere But Here” and I was personally just excited to have won a Katie McGarry book in a giveaway, but lo and behold, the mail lady came and dropped off a yellow bubble envelope with this heavenly item inside of it.

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When I began unwrapping it, I could see the ‘n’ peeking out from behind the yellow paper and the tape, and I immediately started to shriek as only a fangirl can.  

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I was in shock that Katie McGarry had sent me “Nowhere But Here,” which isn’t out for two more weeks, and she even signed it!! *faints* I ended up running into my sister’s room screaming, shouting, and jumping up and down! (I honestly did not know I could jump that high…) Once the shock wore off, I was kinda just like,

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Thanks for reading, and hopefully I will have a review to share with you all soon!

Books I’ve Pre-Ordered

Alright, here is a list of my pre-orders for 2015 that I will (hopefully) be reviewing soon.

April Pre-Orders:

23399192“Rook” by Sharon Cameron

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May Pre-Orders:

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18798983 The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh“The Wrath and The Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh

23215450 Megan Shepherd The Cage“The Cage” by Megan Shepherd

20698530 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han“P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han

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October Pre-Orders:

15724396 The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan“The Sword of Summer” by Rick Riordan

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December Pre-Orders:

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“Their Fractured Light” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

So far, these are all of my pre-orders. I am hoping to keep all of them and add a couple more as the year progresses, but since I’m not made of money, we’ll see what I end up buying.

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Thanks for taking a look!

10 Best Books of 2014

Alright, let’s start the New Year off by recounting the good books that I had the pleasure of reading this year. They were diamonds among the rough, but well worth the search!

 

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“Deliverance” by C.J. Redwine

I adore this author so much! This book was beautiful and a well-rounded and resolved final book. Logan, Rachel, and Quinn will forever be dear to me. LOVED IT!

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“This Shattered World” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I loved this book so much because of how beautifully put together it was. It was different from the other science fiction stories that are out now; the world was so well-developed and intricate, and I ADORED the characters! Definitely in my top five favorite books ever!

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“The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski

This book blew my mind. It is so well-plotted and intriguing, and the relationships between the characters were all so amazing. This was one of the “surprise” books of 2014 that I ended up LOVING!

 

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“The One” by Kiera Cass

I loved how resolved and put together this book was; all the things that I had questions about were resolved and it was a good end to a series (I kinda wish it was over because this book ended so good, but we’ll see how “The Heir” goes). I loved America because she was such a strong and beautiful character who was so different from the other heroines in YA books right now. She was strong and courageous in a quiet way, and I personally think that she was one of the bravest heroines of 2014 because she faced those trials and hardships with a smile and stood her ground. Sometimes it takes more courage to do that than anything else.

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“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han

Almost everything about this book is perfect. I loved Laura Jean and her family, I loved the dynamic between sisters that was in this book because only someone with sisters can understand that kind of relationship, ans I loved Laura Jean Peter. So cute and heartwarming and funny! LOVED IT!

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“Cress” byMarissa Meyer

Adorable, fun, and well-written. Loved Thorne and Cress, and this book!

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“Her Dark Curiosity” by Megan Shepherd.

CRAZINESS!! This book is so interesting, well-written, and plane old insane: so much happened and I have so many questions that I hope “A Cold Legacy” will be able to answer! P.S. I adore Montgomery and I hope you-know-what doesn’t hit the fan concerning him in the third book.

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“Chasing Shadows” by Ashley Townsend

I loved it! Great time travel, dynamic characters, and an intricate plot that is leaving me guessing as to what’s going to happen in the last book.

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“Red At Night” by Katie McGarry

I loved this novella with every fiber of my being, and my only regret is that it wasn’t longer. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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“Outcast” by C.J. Redwine

I loved this novella as well. Quinn ended up being one of my favorite characters in this trilogy, and this novella only made me love him more. So good!

These are 10 of the best books of 2014  and all of them are 5 stars to me! Happy New Year, everyone!