#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their blog and join in the TOP TEN TUESDAY FUN!

This week, we’re sharing the Top Ten Books We’re Looking Forward To in 2015. A few weeks back we shared sequels we’re looking forward to, so I’m not going to include all of those on this list, but I have to mention a few I’m REALLY EXCITED about.

These are a mixture of middle grade, young adult, and adult. It was difficult to narrow it down to ten, but we’ll be sharing our Top Ten Debut Authors for 2015 in the near future, so stay tuned.

fortuneA Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley: April, 2015

I discovered Susanna Kearsley’s beautiful historical fiction several years ago when one of her books was recommended to me by a friend. I’m so excited to see she has a new book coming out—and this one looks like it has plenty of adventure, intrigue, and romance!

courtA Court of Thorns and Roses: May, 2015

Sarah Maas has a new series releasing next year!! If you loved Throne of Glass, you probably have this on your radar, and I expect it’s going to end up on a lot of TTT lists today.

cage The Cage by Megan Shepherd: May, 2015

So Megan Shepherd has a new series releasing in 2015!! Don’t despair since The Madman’s Daughter trilogy is finishing. Something new is just around the cover. This has got a desert setting, a character named Cora, black widow spiders, and an “otherworldly zoo”!!

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver: March, 2015

Lauren Oliver is one of my favorites—ever since I read Before I Fall. What I’ve read so far about Vanishing Girls means I’ll be eagerly waiting for its release next year.

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The War That Saved My Life by

Kimberley Brubaker Bradley: January, 2015

She wrote the award-winning Jefferson’s Sons, and middle grade historical fiction is always going to be a genre I read a lot of—I won’t have to wait long for this one. It’s set during World War II and suggested for fans of Number the Stars.

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Rook by Sharon Cameron: April, 2015

How cool is that cover? Read the GoodReads blurb, and tell me you’re not interested!

blood and smokeConspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman: 

April 2015

Yep. You know the first book in this series is one of my faves for 2014, so I have to include this one on the list as well.

cold legacyA Cold Legacy: January, 2015

If you read my review of The Madman’s Daughter, you will know that I love this series. Set in Victorian era Scotland, this conclusion to the series is sure to be thrilling with its Frankenstein bent!

winner's crimeThe Winner’s Crime (Winner’s Curse #2): March, 2015

How many times have I said how much I LOVE The Winner’s Curse?? Need I say more?? Just look at that cover!

red queenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard: February, 2015

So here’s another high fantasy coming out from Harper in the new year, and I’m glad it’s going to be out in early 2015. From the GoodReads reviews, it sounds like a fantastic and gripping first book in a trilogy. Steph from Cuddlebuggery Book Blog said, “It’s like an X-Men dystopia stuck in a high fantasy world on crack.” Sounds good to me.

Are any of these on your list of Anticipated Reads for 2015?? There’s a lot of splendid-looking titles getting published in 2015. One challenge I have is that there are still many books I need to read from 2014…What’s one to do?!? So many books and so little time!

Happy December!

#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Books To Read for Winter

Who thinks that cold weather, tea, maybe a piece of chocolate cake, a fire, and a good book is the perfect combo?? That’s why we’re all probably going to get a lot of reading done this winter. I’m EXCITED!

anigif_enhanced-buzz-5175-1390795268-5This week, we’re sharing the Top Ten Books on My Winter To Be Read List. I’ve got a mixture of new releases as well as some books that have been on my TBR for awhile.

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NEW RELEASES

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Fairest: January, 2015

As you read in my list for last week–I’m really excited about Fairest!

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Red Queen: February, 2015

There’s already a lot of talk about Red Queen, so February can’t arrive fast enough. This cover is definitely intriguing.

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A Cold Legacy: January, 2015

I loved The Madman’s Daughter and I’m currently reading Her Dark Curiosity. In my opinion, Megan Shepherd can do no wrong, so I’m quite excited about the third book in the trilogy.

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye: February, 2015

This story looks like it will be a bit sad, but from what I have read on GoodReads, I think this story, though about loss and grief, will be one I definitely pick up.

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The Winner’s Crime (Winner’s Curse #2): March, 2015

As you know, this book was on my list for last week, so OF COURSE it’s on my Winter TBR!!

OTHER BOOKS I MUST READ

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Undertow by K.R. Conway

I just met this author last week, and though I don’t always pick up YA paranormal on my own, the reviews on GoodReads as well as what K.R. Conway said about her book, means that I have to read this! The second book is also out, which is fantastic, and the third will be out soon. I’m excited! One reviewer said that this is “Dawson’s Creek meets Jaws and The Goonies…” 

So, that’s a pretty cool combo, wouldn’t you say?

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Twinmaker by Sean Williams

This is the first in a series, and I own this book, so it’s going on my Winter TBR–especially because the second one is now out. A good science fiction YA is not to be passed up for the winter.

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We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Sure, this is 620 pages, but an epic story of the American Century?? You know how much I LOVE historical fiction, so I really want to tackle this one. Maybe in the midst of a snow storm….

i shall be near paperback-coverI Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe

This is another book I own that is historical fiction that I am dying to read, and it’s by an author from Northern California. And that makes me excited. So on the Winter TBR it goes.

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Greenglass House by Kate Milford

This looks like an enchanting middle grade novel that I just discovered on GoodReads. Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer, gave it 5 stars, and I take note of that…

What’s on your Winter TBR?? Which of these do you think I should begin first?? So many choices…it’s almost too much!!

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their blog and join in the TOP TEN TUESDAY FUN!

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read! (Top Ten Tuesday)

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again with the Broke & Bookish!

This week, we’re sharing upcoming sequels we REALLY want to read!

As you may know, many books in the world of YA (and even Middle Grade) are series books. There might be two or three or four or even more books in one series. Take Inkheart, for example. Girl of Fire and Thorns. The list goes on. So when you start a novel, you may not be saying goodbye to its characters at the end. That can be a good thing.

But it can also be a bad thing.

It can be frustrating to wait for the sequel to a book you absolutely love.

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Seriously. A year is a long time to wait.

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I can relate to this with the first two books I share below. I’m DYING to get to these sequels by Marie Rutkoski and Danielle Paige.

And those are just the beginning….read on to find out what other sequels I’m most excited about reading!

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

(The Winner’s Curse #2)

The Winner’s Curse was one of my favorite reads of 2014, and probably my favorite high fantasy read of the year.

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The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

(Dorothy Must Die #2)

Dorothy Must Die was one of my favorite debut reads of 2014!

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Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (Seraphina #2)

I just got the first book, Seraphina, and am already excited about the sequel!

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Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #4)

I just finished Cress a few weeks ago and I CAN’T WAIT for this to be out. The world needs Winter now!!! Reworked fairy tales are some of my favorite kinds of stories and I adore the Lunar Chronicles. Can’t wait for this one. We’re in trouble though. This isn’t coming out until November 2015. What is to be done??!?

 This is almost too much, so I’m not going to think about it.

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fairest2Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles 3.5)

Of course I can’t wait for this one too, which is out sooner than Winter, so that’s a good thing.

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Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

by Anne Blankman (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2)

The first book in this series was FABULOUS!! YA Historical fiction at its finest, in my opinion. This one is coming out soon so I will be jumping up and down when I get a hold of it.

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The Stars of Summer (All Four Stars #2)

by Tara Dairman

If you read my post about Tara’s book from The Midnight Garden’s Blog Tour, you will remember how much I loved All Four Stars #1! An ARC of this will be coming my way soon so I’m VERY EXCITED!

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And now for a few of the coverless sequels!

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The Ninja Librarians #2

by Jennifer Swann Downey

Ok, so there isn’t even a GoodReads entry for a sequel for this middle grade fantasy, but there must be one soon!! I loved the first installment in what I expect is going to be a series, so we need #2!!! Time traveling Librarians who are ninjas. That’s all I need to say.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife #2 by Audrey Niffenegger

Somewhere out there, Niffenegger has said something about a follow up to TTTW in which we find out more about Henry and Clare’s daughter, Alba. I need this!! But I may not be getting it anytime soon because GoodReads doesn’t even have an entry and my only evidence was a segment of the book that was published in a special edition of TTTW.

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The 5th Wave #3 (The 5th Wave Series)

This is coming out in August 2015. I just finished the second book in the series, but I really can’t wait to find out what happens to Cassie and her band of friends and whether they survive the alien invasion.

What sequels are you most looking forward to? Share your links as I want to know!

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their fabulous blog if you haven’t yet.

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

**Thanks to What Sarah Read for reminding me how much I enjoy using gifs in my posts!

 

 

The Infinite Sea [The 5th Wave #2] (2014) by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea [Book #2 in The 5th Wave Series] by Rick Yancey (2014)

Suggested age range: 14 and up (Putnam, 480 pages)

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Source: Kindle

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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The Book: The sequel to The 5th Wave, this second book in Rick Yancey’s gripping series continues the story of Cassie as she attempts to survive on the earth in the midst of an alien enemy. But who and where is the enemy? The first book raised this question, and it’s asked again in the second. The stories of Ringer, Razor, and Teacup also continue, giving readers chapters in different perspectives. Ringer and Cassie are both given large chunks of the narrative to tell their story, and even if readers are jarred by the shifting perspectives, they should be familiar with the novel’s twists and turns. Who will triumph: aliens or humans? There are strong odds stacked up against the humans, but the aliens didn’t count on Evan Walker, whom we meet in Book 1.

Spirituality in The Infinite Sea: Hope, Despair, Love, Hate—these emotions are threaded throughout the experiences of the characters in the novel, and the story grapples with that age old tension between giving up and persevering/hoping that something good will come out of what seems to be a very bleak situation.

Can a world overrun with aliens get better? Can it be saved?

There are points in the story where you might think it can’t (as there are times in our own lives where we think, how can I get through this or how can anything good come out of this situation?!) but I think Yancey successfully shows how hope is powerful and the tiniest bit of light makes a difference. There isn’t any doubt that love is going to win—at least that’s my take, but we’ll have to see what happens in Book 3.

Who Should Read This Book: If you read Book 1 of The 5th Wave, you’re going to want to read the sequel. If you haven’t read Book 1, and you like post-apocalyptic reads with aliens and a strong female lead, I would recommend Book 1 for sure. Obviously you’re then going to want to pick up Book 2. Book 2 draws the readers inside the mind of another strong female, and I think Yancey gives really interesting portrayals of these two girls caught up in a very cruel and dangerous world. If you like unpredictable turns in a book, this is one for you. I did not see that coming at the end of Book 2 (no spoilers here).

Warning: There is some strong language in the book! (remember this is the end of the world with aliens–but if strong language is an issue for young readers you might be giving this book to, etc., take a look at the story first)

The Final Word: I didn’t like Book 2 as much as Book 1, and one reason for that was the shifting perspectives. I can understand why Yancey chose to give us Cassie’s perspective as well as Ringer’s. He even gives us a glimpse into the minds of several minor characters, which I actually liked. I think I’m just more interested in Cassie’s story, and that may be why I didn’t like it when the narrative switched to Ringer. Though, at the end of the book, I think I understood more why a good chunk of the narrative belonged to Ringer. At the same time, I also felt like a lot of questions and issues were raised, but weren’t really answered. I didn’t expect Yancey to wrap things up neatly, but I felt more satisfied at the end of Book 1 than I did at the end of Book 2. I’m looking forward to Book 3, to see how it all goes down. Now, how long will we have to wait?

Did you read the sequel to The 5th Wave? What did you think?