Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a wicked awesome weekly meme from the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.



     There are so many books that have already been released this year that I haven't read yet, so I'm a little daunted by the quality of the books scheduled for release in the latter half of this year. It was really hard to narrow the list down to only 10 favorites, and it would be really hard to list them in any order other than the one in which they are scheduled for release. And here they are!






 6/23 - Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.


Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?



6/23 - In the summer of 1966, Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November.


But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life: her volatile sister Pepper, an envelope containing incriminating photographs, and the intimidating figure of Frank’s cousin Vietnam-war hero Caspian, who knows more about Tiny’s rich inner life than anyone else. As she struggles to maintain the glossy façade on which the Hardcastle family’s ambitions are built, Tiny begins to suspect that Frank is hiding a reckless entanglement of his own…one that may unravel both her own ordered life and her husband’s promising career.


7/14 - Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right. 








7/21 - Raised by her widowed mother in genteel poverty in an isolated English village, for the past six years Rachel Woodley has been working in France as a nursery governess. When her mother unexpectedly dies, she returns to England to clear out the cottage, and finds a scrapbook full of cuttings from London society pages—all pictures of her supposedly deceased father, very much alive. He's an earl, socially prominent, with another daughter who is living a charmed life: a debutante, much photographed, and engaged to a rising Tory MP. Rachel's cousin confirms the horrible truth: her father is alive, with a legitimate, acknowledged family. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past—even her very name—is a lie.



Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel enters into an uneasy alliance with a mysterious man-about-town, who promises her access to her father. With his help, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity and insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his—and her half-sister's—charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and that Rachel herself might just be falling for her sister's fiancé.


8/4 - Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact. He does not expect to be paired with a woman—especially not the legendary Pink Carnation.


All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon. Only the English government knows that mad seventy-three-year-old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance. But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it’s only a matter of time before she’s found and taken.
It’s up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety. But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language. Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower. Operating alone has taught her to respect her own limitations. But she knows better than to show weakness around the Moonflower—an agent with a reputation for brilliance, a tendency toward insubordination, and a history of going rogue.


9/1 - Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past...

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.





9/29 - Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...



A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.



10/6 - 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.




10/13 - In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.


However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?



11/3 - Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler's problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, she thinks she's finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician. 

But the car's new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. As the many threads of Annabelle's life from World War II stretch out to entangle Pepper in 1960s America, and the father of her unborn baby tracks her down to a remote town in coastal Georgia, the two women must come together to face down the shadows of their complicated pasts. 





22 comments:

  1. This is a fabulous list of books and a couple I have added to my TBR list. Have a wonderful week! :)

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    1. Why, thank you! And you as well!!

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  2. Emmy & Oliver is DEFINITELY one I'm dying to read--as well as Queen of Shadows (duh!)--but I limited myself to picking only releases starting in July.

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    1. I think I only saw a single list that didn't have Queen of Shadows on it... Sarah J. Maas is definitely doing something right!

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  3. Fantastic List! You have a few books I totally should have included! I am very excited for the Other Daughter, Tiny Little Thing and Carry On!

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    1. Thanks! Beatriz Williams & Lauren Willig are two excellent authors, so in addition to their own books, I'm also really looking forward to the book they wrote together (with Karen White), The Forgotten Room.

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  4. Great picks! A few of these would definitely make my list as well. I'm so excited about the next Throne of Glass book I can hardly stand it!

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    1. Thank you :) I read the first three or so chapters in a teaser compilation, and it's made me more excited than ever! Ugh I hate to wait!

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  5. I'm super pumped for Carry On too! I loved Fangirl and can't wait to hear more about Simon Snow.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. I listened to the audiobook of Fangirl, so the Simon Snow excerpts really threw me off at first. Now, of course, I'm wicked pumped for Carry On!

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  6. Ah!! I need Six of Crows, Queen of Shadows and Carry On right now!!!

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    1. My plan is to stay up until midnight the day before Queen of Shadows is published, so I can start reading it right away!! Might even take the day off work to really enjoy it!

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  7. I'm also waiting for a few of these myself! The Immortal Heights was epic! I hope you love it :)

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    1. I'm still in the middle of The Perilous Sea, so I know as soon as I finish it, hopefully in the next day or so, I'll be even more antsy to get my hands on it!

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  8. Emmy & Oliver and The Immortal Heights are fantastic! I hope you love them! I'm also looking forward to Go Set a Watchman, Six of Crows, Carry On, and The Lure of a Moonflower. :)

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    1. Good to know! I hate waiting, but at least Emmy & Oliver's pub date is coming right up!

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  9. These books sound great! I love the cover of Tiny Little Thing!

    Serena / www.ramblingsofanotherunistudent.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! Her books always have great covers :)

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  10. I'm so excited for Queen of Shadows!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/top-ten-tuesday-8/

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    1. September just seems too far away!

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  11. Fabulous list! Emmy & Oliver is (so far, I am almost done!) fantastic, I think you'll love it! And Queen of Shadows!!! YES. Also much yes to Six of Crows! Hope you enjoy all of these when you get to read them :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad Emmy & Oliver is so good; I hate when there's a book I really really want to get my hands on that just doesn't meet expectations.

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