Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Anticipated Releases
For The Rest of 2015
Hello all you kind readers of the world, welcome back to another week of me filling you in on what has my brains churning to be TBR’d. I have also provided you some (or all) of their blurby excerpts for the sole purpose of skewing your TBR piles (because I’m a jerk like that). All images link back to their respective Goodreads.
Hello, I Love You – Katie Stout (6/9/15)
Okay. So this one is actually released today and I’m actually pretty tempted to validate my feels to liking the negative reviews laden everywhere on Goodreads and picking up a copy this weekend (if I can find it). It is essentially a nightmare that I felt coming. You know what’s going to happen though? I’m going to read it and then yolo purchase tickets to the Big Bang concert when they visit Toronto just to fill the kpop void. (Yes, I’m slightly negative towards a book I have yet to read so who knows what will happen…)
Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.
She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Claudia Gray (11/3/15)
Wtf? Seriously…I need to stalk who makes these book covers for MAKING ME TBR THIS BOOK BECAUSE OF THE COVER (I HAVEN’T EVEN READ THE FIRST ONE WHAT THE HECK?).
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions. Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul.
Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (10/20/15)
This sounds so rad. I do have judgments regarding the protagonist’s skills in hacking (it’s just so convenient, yes?) but I can defer to that after (whenever?) I read this. But that cover tho…
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (8/27/15)
OF COURSE. (Should I place a preorder for the UK version? Ahhh. I have decided though I think I like the UK cover over the NA glow-in-the-dark version…maybe).
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.
Dreamstrider – Lindsay Smith (10/6/15)
YA Inception vibes, sort of. (Which is perhaps among my favourite movies of all time…)
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
Mechanica – Betsy Cornwall (8/4/15)
So the premise seems inspiring and though I haven’t read Cinder—it does feel different than Cinder (although I can’t be sure). But it is still a Cinderella retelling.
Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin (8/4/15)
Holla. I can join in on the Jemisin funsies as I haven’t read her Inheritance series but this one is surely up my alley as well (and perhaps more accessible than a trilogy). I have also come to accept that I love it when our world explodes in fiction.
This is the way the world ends. Again.
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Dreamland – Robert L. Anderson (9/22/15)
Oooookay: aside from the “new boy changes girl thing” (which I shall just say: OF COURSE….) I do enjoy anything that seems to juxtapose reality and otherworldly. Plus. Dat cover is reminiscent of a lot of things I enjoy about covers.
Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.
Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?
I Crawl Through It – A.S. King (9/22/15)
I will just let the blurb do the rest of my explanation:
Four talented teenagers are traumatized-coping with grief, surviving date rape, facing the anxiety of standardized tests and the neglect of self-absorbed adults–and they’ll do anything to escape the pressure. They’ll even build an invisible helicopter, to fly far away to a place where everyone will understand them… until they learn the only way to escape reality is to face it head-on.
Zeroes – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti (9/29/15)
This book feels very…me.
Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts – like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him – his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.
And in true Joey fashion, I will likely find time to read only one of these (and I’m sure you know who that one will be LOL).
What seems to have your attention this second half of 2015? Let me know or leave a link to your list below!