Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ohana Talks: Top 10 2015 Releases I Meant to Read but Haven't

  2015 is almost over and there are still so many books I have yet to read, including a rather large list of 2015 releases. Because of the large list, I've decided to put together a post with my top 10 that I've been looking forward to! So today I'm going to tell you about my top 10 releases of the year, that I haven't read yet but meant too!  

Red Queen 

Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen Trilogy, #1
Published: February 10th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

   The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

   That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

   Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

   But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...

   There was a lot of word about Red Queen before it was released, so much word that everyone was completely pumped within a month and dying to read it. I was one of those people, and even though months have passed I'm not dying to read it as much as I was in January, I'd still like to read it. 

The Wrath & The Dawn

Renne Ahdieh
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
The Wrath & The Dawn, #1
Published: May 12th, 2105

Description from GoodReads:

   One Life to One Dawn.

   In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

   Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

   Who doesn't want an Aladdin retelling? That is what drawer me in!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Cynthia Hand
Harper Teem
Published: February 10th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   There's death all around us.
   We just don't pay attention.
   Until we do.

   The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

   Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

   As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

   Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

   I adored Cynthia Hand's other series, Unearthly, so when I heard of this one I just knew I was going to love it!

The Stars Never Rise

Rachel Vincent
Delacorte Press
The Stars Never Rise, #1
Published: June 9th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

   When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

   To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

   Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

   The Stars Never Rise was another one of those books that I adored the authors other works, I've read all of Rachel Vincent's books except her recent releases from this year. That is going to change, starting with this one!

All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven
Published: January 6th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
   Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
   When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

   Every person that I know that's read All the Bright Places has cried, so I've felt like I need a good cry. So All the Bright Places is my go to for that! 


Dawn Metcalf
The Twixt, #3
Published: August 25th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   True evil is rarely obvious. It is quiet, patient. 


   Awaiting the perfect moment to strike. 

   Joy Malone finally knows who she is, where she comes from and how to live in two worlds at once. And now she can introduce her family and friends to her mysterious boyfriend, Indelible Ink. But when Ink's twin sister, Invisible Inq, calls in a favor, Joy must accept a dangerous mission to find a forgotten door between worlds—a door hiding a secret that some will kill to keep. 

   Unseen enemies, treasonous magic and an unthinkable betrayal threaten both the Twixt and human worlds as Joy races to expose an ancient conspiracy and unleash the unalterable truth—some secrets cannot remain secret forever. 

   After the ending in Invisible I'd just like to see more of that happy ending we got! 

An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes, #1
Published: April 18th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   Laia is a slave. 

   Elias is a soldier. 

   Neither is free.

   Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

   It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

   But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

   There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

   This was another one of those books that everyone was hyped for, so I obviously I became hyped too!

Every Last Breath

Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Dark Elements, #3
Published: July 28th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

   Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

   Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

   Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell… 

   This one I have a reason for not reading yet, the first two books are some of my all time favourite books but with the publishing house being bought over it caused a few problems. So by not reading Every Last Breath I'm low-key protesting the cover change and the height change. I will eventually read it though, once I get over my little protest.


Marissa Meyer
Feiwel & Friends
The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5
Published: January 27th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

   Mirror, mirror on the wall,
   Who is the fairest of them all?

   Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. 

   The only reason I haven't read this one yet is because I'd like to buy it and read it, and I just haven't gotten a chance at buying it yet!

Dead of Winter

Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
The Arcana Chronicles, #3
Published: January 6th, 2015

Description from GoodReads:

   Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

   Heartbreaking decisions 
   Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, the Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

   Uncertain victory 
   Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on the Lovers. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

   Two heroes returned 
   There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first...?

  My sister and I actually bought Dead of Winter together but she read it before me, and now she's obsessed and won't give it up! I'll eventually get it from her to read, but for now I'm out of luck!

   Those are the 2015 releases I haven't gotten a chance at reading yet! What about you? Are there any 2015 releases you haven't gotten a chance to read yet?


  1. First off, I love this post.
    Love youuuuu <3 ;)

    1. LOL, Red Queen is on the top of my list! I promise to read it soon!


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