So we’re doing something a bit different this week. Normally on a Friday we talk about books that we know and love, but for a bit of a change we thought we would share some books we can’t wait to read! Hopefully you’ll see something that takes your fancy.
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
I know what you might be thinking, this is another book I was drawn to because of the cover, and I have to say you would be absolutely right! Then I saw Neil Gaiman’s quote about the author and that was enough for me to read the blurb and decide this was firmly on my to read list.
‘Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?’
Due out April 28th 2015
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
I saw a review for this book with the tag line ‘Readers of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone will love this book.’ So of course I’m going to give this a read! After doing a bit of research on it, I’m excited to read it in it’s own right.
‘Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.’
Due out in April 2015
Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler.
Now religion is normally something I stay away from in most forms. I’m not religious personally but I’m not opposed to any religion in any way, it is just a subject that is very sensitive and can cause offense and upset very easily. This book has me intrigued though! I really want to find out which direction the story will take, and will approach it with an open mind.
‘Mina is seventeen. A virgin. And pregnant.
Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant—despite having never had sex—her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina’s claims of virginity. Her father assumes that her boyfriend is responsible; her boyfriend believes she must have cheated on him. As news of Mina’s story spreads, there are those who brand her a liar. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible—and that Mina’s unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all.’
Due out May 26th 2015
Twisted Fate by Norah Olson
This book has been dubbed the ‘We Were Liars’ of 2015. Sometimes I find myself in the mood for a book filled with suspense, but being a bit of a wuss I tend to go for the YA kind. This looks like it will it will do the job!
‘When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him.
As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney’s mind, Graham’s odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too.
And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.’
Due out January 2015
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
I love history and historical fiction, so when I saw that this book is set in 600BC I was instantly interested! I’m really looking forward to giving this a read.
‘In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.
Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.
Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.’
So these are my highly anticipated reads. What are yours?