Friday, December 5, 2014

Most Anticipated New Releases: Top Ten of 2015

We are so close to 2015, and the release of numerous books that I've been so looking forward to! This is my top ten most anticipated new releases for 2015 post!

10.) Ensnared by A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 6, 2015
The Splintered Series #3
Related Reviews | Splintered Series |

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She's determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world--a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that's gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

Gah! I love this crazy series so much. Mad, you say? It is definitely a twisted twirling vortex of pure madness. I cannot wait to see how Miss Howard wraps everything up into a neat little, rabbit-sized package! Will Alyssa end up with Morpheus or Jeb?! Can she defeat the evil Queen Red, or will she be stuck in Wonderland forever?

9.) Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
Release Date: January 6, 2015
The Arcana Chronicles #3
Related Reviews | Poison Princess | Endless Knight |

Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book in the Arcana Chronicles. 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. Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers and the vast army they command. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them once and for all 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. 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?

Miss Cole is a literary genius, seriously! I love this series, everything about it. The idea is so fresh and original, with tarot cards represented as physical people. The game is so twisted; raising teenagers to murder one another for a chance at immortality. And the characters, sigh. One of my most anticipated TBRs EVER!

8.) The Return by Jennifer Armentrout
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Titan #1
Related Reviews | Covenant Series |

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet. Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her. But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all. Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

*This is a spin-off to the wonderful Covenant Series, and I am beyond excited about this book! Covenant was a phenomenal series full of mythology; gods, goddesses, and demi-gods walk the Earth. JLA is a fabulous author, and I am looking forward to reading this new series!

7.) Fall With Me by J. Lynn
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Wait for You Series #4
Related Reviews | Wait For You | Be With You | Stay With Me |

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice. Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already. But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

I am not a huge fan of solely romance novels, but anything written by Miss Jennifer Armentrout is worth a read, IMHO. The first three in this series were fantastic. I laughed, I cried, and those male characters she writes are swoon worthy, for sure! I cannot wait to get to know Reece in this latest addition to the Wait For You Series!

6.) End of Days by Susan Ee
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Penryn & the End of Days #3
Related Reviews | Penryn & the End of Days Series |

The only synopsis that I've found available so far is- Susan Ee stated: "I’m super excited! The third book is END OF DAYS. It will be the finale of Penryn’s story!" The final book in Penryn and the End of Days series.

I am super excited for the release of this book! Penryn, the antagonist in this series is a 17 year old girl with more than the world on her shoulders. Her sister is paralyzed and is confined to a wheelchair permanently. Her mother is a paranoid schitzophrenic that caused her sister's condition; she is violent and suffers from delusions about the devil coming for her and her children. Penryn's father left a year earlier, and her life revolves around taking care of her family full time. And then there is the whole Apocalypse situation happening on Earth. Armies of angels have come to take over Earth, bringing with them earthquakes, tsunamis, and asteroids. The planet is completely destroyed, with humans either dead or struggling to survive. Food is scarce, gangs are rampant, and the angels want all humans dead. At least most angels do. Penryn meets Raffe, an angel who has had his wings cut off by his fellow angel buddies. Her sister gets kidnapped by the angels that removed his wings; now Raffe and Penryn are on a mission together- revenge and rescue, what could go wrong? Follow these two on their journey to save her little sister, and Raffe's wings through the wild of western America.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series so far! I loved the new take on angels, often portrayed as the white winged saviors Christians believe them to be. In this series, they were the villains, sent to destroy the human race and earth itself. I hope that Miss Ee forces Raffe to make his move already, dammit!!

5.) Every Last Breath by Jennifer Armentrout
Release Date: July 28, 2015
The Dark Elements #3
Related Reviews | White Hot Kiss | Stone Cold Touch |

The third and final book in the series. Layla is caught between Zayne- her long time best friend and crush, and Roth- the sexy crowned prince of hell. Roth sacrificed his life for Layla, choosing to enter the pits of hell to save her and Zayne's life. Now he is back, but he isn't interested in a relationship. At least that's what he lets Layla think. Zayne is, though, and Layla has always had feelings for her best friend. But with her unique powers, her kiss could kill him in an instant. Now, she is stuck between two men who are both in love with her. Who will she choose?

Readers actually got to pick who Layla would end up with through voting on JLA's site! It had better be Roth! If she ends up with that douche-canoe Zayne, I do not take any responsibility for my actions in my review. Seriously! I am totally excited for this final book in The Dark Elements Series to be released!

4.) Untitled by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes #2
Related Reviews | Snow Like Ashes |

No name, no release date, no synopsis, yet!
Gah! I loved the first one in this series so much. The idea was so original and refreshing. Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I cannot wait for the second in this series to be released! The first one left off with the Winterians being able to reclaim their long lost city. I hope that the relationship between Mather and Meira develops further- he is a wonderful character!

3.) The Forgotten Crown by Julie Kagawa
Iron Fey #7; Call of the Forgotten #3
Related Reviews | Iron Traitor | Lost Prince | Iron Fey Series |

No cover, release date, or synopsis yet, dammit! The Iron Traitor, released 2 freaking years ago, (ahem, Miss Kagawa) ended with the worst possible cliffhanger in the history of cliffhangers! Two years, you've got to be kidding me! And there's STILL no release date?! This is an excerpt from my review of The Iron Traitor: "Holy hell Miss Kagawa. I honestly loved everything about this book, and would probably have given it a much higher rating, but how the hell could you end it like that?! I was really starting to fall in love with Keirran, but damn. I kind of want to punch him in his sexy Fae face right now. I don't want to give anything away, but this ending is the worst possible outcome in the history of endings. Period."

I am in complete suspense waiting for the release of this book. Miss Kagawa's fae world is one of my favorite book worlds of all time! Come on lady, write this freaking book already!

2.) Seducing Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
The Fae Chronicles #4
Related Reviews | The Fae Chronicles |

Originally, this book was set to release in the summer of 2014. Due to unforeseen circumstances in Miss Hutchins life, she had to postpone the release. It has yet to receive a new release date. -Insert sad face here- The final one left off with a bit of a cliffhanger. Syn is pregnant with twins, and Ryder has finally agreed to kind of marry her. Sigh. I love the twisted relationship between the two of them. Ryder is one of the sexiest characters that I have ever read. He reminds me a lot of Barrons from the Fever Series; with his humor and ability to be a complete asshole! This series is a must read for any urban fantasy fan over the age of 16. Due to some incredibly steamy sex scenes that I wouldn't let my mother read, please do not read this if you are looking for a YA novel! It feels that I have been waiting forever for the release of this novel. Come on Miss Hutchins, get your shit together and give me this book already!!

And finally.... dun, dun, dun...

1.) Untitled by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle #4
Related Reviews | Raven Boys | Dream Thieves | Blue Lily Lily Blue |

Eek! This is my most anticipated book ever, hands down, for sure, most definitely! I am dying to know what happens, yet dreading the actual events that will take place. I have built this book up in my mind so much, I will probably end up completely hating the ending. Sigh. Will they find Glendower? Will Blue be able to kiss Gansey without killing him? Will Gansey die? Ugh. Miss Maggie insists that she will kill him. Can he come back to life? haha I have a million questions about this final book, and I HATE not knowing! There is no set release date yet, as well as no cover or name for the book. That doesn't make me want it any less, though. If you haven't read this series yet, I totally recommend it to everyone, everywhere! Read it! You will not be disappointed, I promise! (:

This wraps up my Most Anticipated TBRs for 2015 so far. It looks like next year will be another wonderful year for me and my fellow book nerds. What are your most anticipated new releases for the new year? Are there any brand new series coming out that you guys are looking forward to? Muah!