Dec 7, 2014

2015 Book Releases I’m Excited About

2015 Book Releases I’m Excited About

It’s that time of the year again — when we look back on the stories we came across in the year that draws to an end and look forward to the ones that await us in the year to come, and media lists proliferate all over the blogging world. This year I’m contributing to a long and exciting list of over fifty 2015 releases over at Lady Business, but I wanted to maintain tradition by having a smaller one over here as well. You can consider this post a sneak peek of sorts, as many of my inclusions overlap with my contributions to that list.

I hope that in 2015 I’m as lucky as I was this year, when much of what I listed as anticipated releases ended up among my favourite reads of the year. Fingers crossed for another year filled with stories that don’t disappoint.

Without further ado, here they are — my most anticipate book releases for 2015 (all blurbs come from the links provided unless otherwise noted):

  • Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

  • Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
    The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

    As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
    Third time lucky? The publication date for the sequel to the wonderful Seraphina has been pushed back a few times, but hopefully 2015 is the year when I’ll get my eager hands on it at long last.

  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
    Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
    Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
    At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
    Until one day, he does…
    As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
    I loved Doll Bones and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and need more Holly Black in my life. As if that wasn’t enough, the blurb promises a story that plays with fairy tale conventions in interesting ways.

  • About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

  • About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
    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?
    First of all: there are no words for how much I adore this cover. About a Girl is the last in Sarah Mccarry’s trilogy of loosely connected novels inspired by Greek mythology; having loved the first two, of course I’ll get my hands on the third as soon as I’m able.

  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

  • What if you lived in a world a lot like a YA novel? Where people you know have already battled vampires and zombies and soul-eating ghosts and whatever this new thing turns out to be? What if you just want to go to prom and graduate before someone goes and blows up the high school again?
    Not much is known about this one yet, beyond the above and the fact that it’s a comedy. BUT NEW PATRICK NESS! Need I say more?

  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

  • Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
    Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
    The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
    But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
    New Naomi Novik series! With dragons! I’m a big Temeraire fan and there’s no way I won’t be checking out this one.

  • The Just City and The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton

  • Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future—all set down together on a Mediterranean island in the distant past.
    The student Simmea, born an Egyptian farmer's daughter sometime between 500 and 1000 A.D, is a brilliant child, eager for knowledge, ready to strive to be her best self. The teacher Maia was once Ethel, a young Victorian lady of much learning and few prospects, who prayed to Pallas Athene in an unguarded moment during a trip to Rome—and, in an instant, found herself in the Just City with grey-eyed Athene standing unmistakably before her.
    Meanwhile, Apollo—stunned by the realization that there are things mortals understand better than he does—has arranged to live a human life, and has come to the City as one of the children. He knows his true identity, and conceals it from his peers. For this lifetime, he is prone to all the troubles of being human.
    Then, a few years in, Sokrates arrives—the same Sokrates recorded by Plato himself—to ask all the troublesome questions you would expect.
    Jo Walton has been a presence on my my favourite books of the year lists for several years running: first as I explored her back catalogue, and this year again with her wonderful 2014 release My Real Children. You won’t be surprised to hear, then, that I’ve already pre-ordered The Just City, and will be doing the same for the second instalment in this new series come June.

  • March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

  • The award-winning, best-selling series returns, as John Lewis' story continues through Freedom Rides and the legendary 1963 March on Washington!
    March: Book One was wonderful, and I can’t wait to read the rest of John Lewis’ moving story of being at the centre of the Civil Rights movement.

  • Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

  • Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
    Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.
    I’m so excited there’s a title, cover and release date for the third book about the Gaither sisters!

  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
    The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.
    Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.
    The blurb doesn’t tell us much, but as with Patrick Ness above, I don’t need much. It’s a new Ishiguro — his novels never fail to move me and I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

  • Lord Ballister Blackheart has a point to make, and his point is that the good guys aren't as good as they seem. He makes a comfortable living as a supervillain, but never really seems to accomplish much - until he takes on a new sidekick, Nimona, a shapeshifter with her own ideas of how things should be done. Unfortunately, most of those ideas involve blowing things up. Now Ballister must teach his young protégé some restraint and try to keep her from destroying everything, while simultaneously attempting to expose the dark dealings of those who claim to be the protectors of the kingdom - including his former best friend turned nemesis, Ambrosius Goldenloin.
    This is 100% Memory’s fault.

  • All the Rage by Courtney Summers

  • The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 
    I read my first Courtney Summers this year (the wonderful Cracked Up To Be) and still have several titles from her backlist to catch up on, but I really like the sound of this one.

  • The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

  • Pretty book is pretty. Source.
    North and her bear live on a circus boat, floating between the scattered archipelagoes that are all that remains of the land. To survive, the circus must perform for the few fortunate islanders in return for food and supplies. Meanwhile, in the middle of the ocean, Callanish tends the watery graves along the equator, as penance for a long-ago mistake.
    All I know about The Gracekeepers is that it’s meant to be “a bewitching debut novel about a circus boat in a flooded world”. I’ve yet to read anything by Kirtsy Logan, but she’s been on my radar for ages and this sounds like a great place to start.

  • Lumberjanes Vol 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen

  • 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!
    You had me at “friendship to the max”. There’s been a lot of buzz about this comic book series among people whose taste I trust. I rarely manage to keep up with single-issue comics, so I eagerly await the publication of the first collection next year.

  • Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy

  • Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean
    Be transported into dystopian cities and other-worldly societies. Be amazed and beguiled by a nursery story with a reverse twist, a futuristic take on TV cooking shows, a playscript with tentacles - and more, much more. Plunge in and enjoy!

    A collection of sci-fi and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcasing twenty stellar writers and artists from India and Australia: Isobelle Carmody, Kate Constable, Penni Russon, Margo Lanagan, Mandy Ord, to mention only a few.
    I love the premise of this anthology, plus new story by Margo Lanagan! Say no more.

  • Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

  • The eight exquisite examples in this collection show [Link] in full command of her formidable powers. In "The Summer People," a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In "I Can See Right Through You," a onetime teen idol takes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In "The New Boyfriend," a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll.
    Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, "The Wizard of Oz, " superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty—and the hidden strengths—of human beings.
    And speaking of brilliant short story writers, new Kelly Link!

  • Binny in Secret by Hilary McKay

  • Binny in Secret by Hilary McKay
    Binny’s blissful summer is over and school is beginning. And it’s horrible. From the awful secondhand uniforms to the stuck-up kids, who call her a “grockle,” Binny hates everything about school and the kids who torment her.

    When a storm damages the roof of their home, Binny and her family must move to a rental home out in the country. Binny, her sensible older sister Clem, and her rambunctious brother James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to a new household. Then one of James’s beloved chickens vanishes. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth? And does it need Binny’s protection.
    Sequel to Binny for Short! I adored that book, and earlier this year I had a lovely/heartbreaking conversation with a girl in the reading group I run, in whose hands I’d put it after our previous session. The UK paperback edition has a small thumbnail of the sequel in the back cover (with cover art I prefer, but couldn’t find online), and when she saw me next she pointed to it excitedly and said, “This! Where is it? Can I borrow it now?!” I had to explain it wasn’t out yet, and in fact at the time I hadn’t even been able to find a publication date — then we wailed together in agony for a few minutes. I feel your pain, kid. I feel your pain.

  • The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

  • NEW TIFFANY ACHING. This is all I know for now, but again, nothing more is necessary for me to reach maximum levels of excitement.

  • The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel

  • The Lola Quarter by Emily St John Mandel
    Jack, Daniel, Sasha and Gavin, four talented musicians at the end of their high school careers. On the dream-like night of their last concert, Gavin's girlfriend Anna disappears. Ten years later Gavin sees a photograph of a little girl who looks uncannily like him and who shares Anna's surname, and suddenly he finds himself catapulted back to a secretive past he didn't realise he'd left behind.

    But that photo has set off a cascade of dangerous consequences and, as one by one the members of the Lola Quartet are reunited, a terrifying story emerges: of innocent mistakes, of secrecy and of a life lived on the run.
    This is not really a new book, but rather one that will be newly released in the UK next year with the gorgeous cover above. I loved Station Eleven and definitely want to explore Emily St John Mandel’s backlist. All of her books sound great, but The Lola Quarter is the one whose blurb appealed to me the most.

  • Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce

  • Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce
    Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok—and they often go amok—Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge—it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are—Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.
    Creatures! Also Maggie Stiefvater.

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender — Smoke and Shadow by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru

  • In the Fire Nation, Iroh still awaits the return of Fire Lord Zuko, who is bringing home Ursa and her family for the first time since her banishment. However, the capital city faces a new uproar caused by the New Ozai Society, who aim to dethrone Zuko in favor of his father, forcing Zuko to protect his family against the legacy of Ozai. Beside the political turmoil, the Fire Lord also needs to face his ex-girlfriend, Mai.
    Moar Avatar: The Last Airbender comics by Gene Luen Yang! I love what he’s done with these characters so far and can’t wait for this new story. Also, that cover! I still have a lot of feelings about Zuko and Aang.

  • Veronica Mars: Mr Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

  • The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story.
    The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?
    Lastly, another Veronica Mars book! To be honest I still haven’t read the first one, even though I’ve owned it since it came out, but no matter — I’m just thrilled that another one exists. The above blurb is the sort of thing that tends to make me suspicious, but it’s Veronica Mars. They won’t get it horribly wrong, right?


    What about you — what are you looking forward to in 2015? Anything I missed?


    1. Oh my goodness, what a year! I'm so excited for Uprooted, and The Just City sounds fascinating -- isn't Jo Walton amazing?

    2. JO WALTON. JO WALTON. JO WALTON. I haven't looked that far ahead in 2015 yet, but any Jo Walton is good Walton.

    3. That's a lot of great looking books.

      I got my hands on a copy of The Just City from netgalley and loved it, right up until the end. But only then did I discover that it was part of a trilogy. I was so relieved that I could go learn what happens next.

    4. That is a great list of books! Most of them are on my list too, and the ones that weren't I'm going to check out. You always recommend excellent books.

    5. Love the list and it overlaps a lot with mine (with even more overlap as I added things from you list to mine!)

      I do want to give you a Veronica Mars tip--the audiobook is FANTASTIC. Kristen Bell reads it, and she does an amazing, amazing job. I recommend it very highly, if you love the show--her performances of all the characters are just wonderful.

    6. Tiffany Aching! Jo Walton! Lumberjanes! Seraphina! Ah, so much to read next year.

      Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean also sounds AMAZING. (India and Australi? What a random combination but I'm ok with it.)

    7. Wow, what an amazing list! I hadn't realized there was so much reading goodness to look forward to in 2015.

    8. That's an amazing list! I'm having mixed feelings about 2015, because of changes with regard to uni, jobs etc, but one look at your post and I'm comforted that at least book-wise 2015 will be great! :)
      I look forward to The Lumberjanes, the Jo Walton books, the Ishiguro and Gone crazy in Alabama!

    9. Hooray, a new novel by Ishiguro! This is a terrific list. I finally bought my first Jo Walton book (Farthing), which I added to my list, based on your recommendation, years ago. :-)

    10. I forgot the new Rachel Hartman book was coming out next year! Yay to that! And I forgot about the Patrick Ness book as well -- that should have been on my list.

      As far as Sarah McCarry goes, I am really pleased that she'll finally be writing a story that's a proper love story between girls. Maybe even this one will have a happy ending! Right? That could happen! (That will probably not happen.)

      AND I did not know Binny in Secret was happening. My wonderful Hilary McKay. I wish she would release twelve new books every year, and I would read them all and it would be the best.

    11. Yes yes yes to all of these! Kelly Link! Patrick Ness! Jo Walton! And totally can't wait for the Rita Williams-Garcia.

    12. Yes! Yes! Jo Walton! Nimona! Shadow Scale! BINNY!!

      I really need to catch up with Sarah McCarry--I've been hearing such good things about her.

    13. I've also pre-ordered The Just City! And the Veronica Mars book is fun; I look for the second one to be just as fun.
      In case you need more VMars in the form of fanfic, my daughter has a great mashup of VMars with Supernatural, and she gets that rapid-fire VMars dialogue just right.

    14. Wow. What an awesome, exciting list, Ana. I haven't looked yet to see what's coming out, so this is my first glimpse of the upcoming books, and I am so excited. The sequel to Seraphina!! Uprooted sounds so very good. Pip Bartlett's Guide would be for my daughter. And a new Veronica Mars novel - though I haven't read the first one yet either, surprisingly! The Holly Black sounds very good too.

    15. I love the title 'The Darkest Part of the Forest'. The new Kazuo Ishiguro looks quite interesting - looks like the master has decided to write a fairytale. Can't wait to find out how it is.

    16. OMG. A new Patrick Ness!?!?! You just made my night!!

    17. Oh my goodness! So many books that look so good on your list! I love the About a Girl cover. Thanks for single handedly adding many new books to my TBR!

    18. This wishlist has so many books I would like on it. Kazuo Ishiguro's new book is at the top of my list, although there are plenty of next book in series and sequels I am looking forward to as well (including the sequel to Seraphina which like you I am hoping happens this year!).

    19. I'm looking forward to most of these books, too! I've read the Holly Black, and while it's different from her Curse Workers trilogy (I've yet to read Coldest Girl in Coldtown, so I can't compare) and more like her Modern Faerie Tale books, it ended up being one of my favourite YA fantasies this year :D

    20. Thanks for the list! I"m actually reading the Holly Black one rn, I like it quite a lot. Hope your 2015 reading pleases in every way!

    21. Ok so this is just plain CRUEL. Some of these were already on my list, but now .... just added several more.

    22. How did I miss this post? How, how, how?

      I'm crazy excited for you to read NIMONA. It's awesome.


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