In case you missed my last post, I already chose my favorite backlist books I read this year (meaning, books that published in 2014 and before). This time around, I'm going to be sharing my favorite reads that released this year.
There was a lot of good ones, y'all.
So I won't delay any longer. Here are the books that came out this year that stole my attention, my imagination, and my heart:
For the Record, by Charlotte Huang
This book is just so much fun. I read it in one day. It's the perfect light contemporary for music fans. There's a dash of romance, but mostly, the interesting part of the book is Chelsea's budding music career. I was especially fascinated by all the details of life on the road, which Charlotte is a great person to write about, since her husband works in the music industry. This is one I would put in the hands of YA contemporary fans who are ready to break away from the dark, depressing reads.
Salt & Stone, by Victoria Scott
I absolutely loved Fire & Flood last year, the first book in this series, so I was really looking forward to this one. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint. The action is there, the romance is there, the characterization is there - everything is on point with this book. No wonder Kirkus gave it a starred review!
Of Dreams and Rust, by Sarah Fine
I mentioned the first book in this duology, Of Metal and Wishes, in my previous post (about favorite backlist titles), but I think I actually liked this one even better. The drama came to a perfect head, and because it was less based on Phantom of the Opera than the first novel, it was less predictable. I also really shipped this romance, like whoa. And the characters are all so flawed and wonderful. This is one of my favorite YA duologies.
Oblivion, by Kelly Creagh
FEELS, y'all. Feels. I've waited so long for this book. The publication date kept getting pushed back and back, and I was starting to think it would never release. But I have to say that it was totally worth the wait. This is a huge book, with a ton going on, and it absolutely delivered. It's an amazing series ender, and I was happy with everything. This is SUCH a good series!
The Wrath & the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh
I'm pretty sure this is going to be on a lot of favorites lists this year. It's gorgeously written, with vivid descriptions and flawed characters that you really root for. I was completely hypnotized by this book, and I'm dying for the sequel. More Shazi and Khalid please!
Lion Heart, by A.C. Gaughen
This is another series ender that I actually started reading the series this year. I devoured this trilogy, reading them all back-to-back, which never happens with me. But I couldn't get enough of these characters and this world. I'm dying for any new books by Gaughen. Seriously. This woman could make anything and anyone interesting, I'm pretty sure.
I Am Her Revenge, by Meredith Moore
Daughter of Deep Silence, by Carrie Ryan
The Winner's Crime, by Marie Rutkoski
OMG this book. Has there ever been a more painful book than this one? Maybe Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare. But that's it. Rutkoski slaughtered me with this book, and I'm still reeling. The Winner's Crime was *almost* my favorite read of the year, but it was edged out by one of my most anticipated books of all time, which was...
Favorite Book of 2015
Winter, by Marissa Meyer
This book is perfect. The end. Marissa's series is probably my favorite YA series ever. She pulls together all these plots and all these characters, and they come together in a way that both makes sense and is also exciting. I bow down to Marissa's amazing author skills.
That being said, I'm SO sad that this series is over. Like...what about Scarlett and Wolf and Cress and Thorne and OMG I'M GOING TO MISS THEM SO MUCH!
This book is so much win.
Those were my favorite 2015 books!
Hope you read some good books this year, too.
Can't wait for 2016!