Most Anticipated Novels of 2015 (By Publication Date)
A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd (January 27) – Shepherd’s Madman’s Daughter trilogy has the perfect creepy atmosphere, morally ambiguous characters, a touch of philosophy an engaging plot and a love triangle I actually enjoy. The Madman’s Daughter started off a little shakily, but the follow up, Her Dark Curiosity, was dark and thought provoking. I really really want to know how Shepherd will end the trilogy and this line from the summary makes me all the more excited: With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.
The Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull (March 1) – Sooo I haven’t read Fablehaven yet (I know, I know) BUT I have read The Beyonders and loved all three books. And the first two Five Kindgoms books have been wonderful. Mull has the ability to create unique, imaginative worlds and then fleshes out those worlds with all the necessary details. The plots are action packed, filled with plot twists and are impossible to put down. Oh and Mull stated that the final books in the Five Kingdoms series “will contains some of [his] best work”. Want.
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (March 31) – Code Name Verity was one of the smartest and best executed books I’ve ever read. Rose Under Fire was the hardest book emotionally I’ve ever read and there is no adjective powerful enough to describe it. To be totally honest, I don’t even care what the summary says, I just want it.
The Golden Specific by S.E. Grove (July 14) – The Glass Sentence blew me away with it’s imaginative fantasy world, clever plot and memorable characters. And the fact that is was a debut made it all the more impressive. I really hope book two lives up to my expectations.
Untitled (The Fifth Wave #3) by Rick Yancey (August) – The Fifth Wave and it’s follow up The Infinite Sea are amazing dystopian novels that border on the metaphorical and exist in the gritty, real word. Yancey’s writing is gorgeous and evocative and the stories he writes are fast-past and intense. I honestly have no clue how he’ll end the trilogy – one thing is for sure though, it will mess with my head. And it will be brilliant.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick (September 15) – Brian Selznick is my idol and his debut novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret is my favourite book and has literally been my life since I was ten years old. Wondersturck was brilliant as well and I’ve been dying to see what he will come up with next. Selznick is such an innovative writer, and has pushed the boundaries of what a novel and storytelling are. Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade called The Marvels “a major global publishing moment” and “bookmaking at its finest”. There are no words to describe how badly I want this book.
Untitled (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater – The Scorpio Races is counted among my favorite books of all time, and Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle books are a testament to her lovely, poetic writing and ability to craft characters that leap off the pages. Throw in a quest to find a Welsh King, ley lines, a forest that’s alive and a crazily intense friendship and though I want book 4, I don’t want it to end…