top discoveries of 2015

Hello and Happy New Year! Since it’s the new year, I’ll start by listing my top new reads of 2015! Bare in mind that some of these were published ages ago, but last year would’ve been my first time reading them. Dude, it already sounds weird. “Last year.” That sounds like ages ago. Anyways, the list will also include books that have come out recently too. Normally the list would have 10, but sometimes I can’t think of enough to add onto the list or the stuff I thought of ain’t worthy of credit so….here’s my Top 9…

9. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

“Rife with psychological twists exploring themes of revenge, misogyny, and familial duty” (Publishers Weekly), Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

I know the book’s been out for a year but I only discovered Becca Fitzpatrick last year, and in January, a friend was holding this book and I was like, “New Book?! 😱” This book was a bit of a disappointment compared to her earlier books and the characters were just annoying…

8. Demon Road by Derek Landy

For anyone who ever thought their parents were monsters…

Amber Lamont is a normal sixteen-year-old. Smart but insecure, she spends most of her time online, where she can avoid her beautiful, aloof parents and their weird friends.

But when a shocking encounter reveals a horrifying secret, Amber is forced to go on the run. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers and red-skinned, horned demons – Amber hurtles from one threat to the next, revealing the terror woven into the very fabric of her life. As her parents close in behind her, Amber’s only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…

Witty, action-packed and heart-stoppingly thrilling, Demon Road will take you on an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America.

As you may know, I am a huge fan of Derek Landy’s works and this book was one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2015 for me. Despite it being 8th and is next to Black Ice on the list, this is so much better compared to it. I guess you could say there’s a huge gap between the two books. This book contains quite a bit of gore in it and I’m surprised it’s in the children’s section in shops.

7. When Marnie Was There

Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises – and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays – and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed…

After watching the film, I just had to read the book. The film was released in 2014 by Studio Ghibli and their films are beautiful. 

 Notice how the cover of the book has reflections in the water…😉

Anyways, the book was a bit old fashioned sounding for me and didn’t quite have the atmosphere the film had…This is seriously one of the cases where the movie is better than the book.

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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 …

I’m juggling between The Mortal Instruments and Red Queen for 6th place. Currently, I’ve decided on 6th for Red Queen, placing it beneath The Mortal Instruments. A few days after reading this and I’ve already forgotten what was good about this book. I think of Grisha and I really don’t think it’s that original yet I still really liked it. Here’s a link to my full review.

5.  The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret group of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

That cover is ugly. 

I finally got round to reading the series in November and they’re really not that bad. Forgive my prejudice but before, I simply assumed then to be some crappy romance between two boring characters. The characters aren’t boring. Especially Sebastian. I really liked the Shadowhunter world and it was quite different from anything else I’ve read. Read my full review of the full series here.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Meet Celaena Sardothien.

Beautiful. Deadly.

Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

This is getting harder. Assassins. I can’t get enough of them. This book didn’t quite meet my expectations in terms of gore but I guess that’s not the selling point of it. Full review coming up!

3. The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy

 THE GRAND FINALE! I’ve been waiting for this book for ages and when it finally came out, I didn’t want to read did while at the same time I couldn’t wait to get started. I had it on preorder at Waterstones and it came in the post on the day! Derek had 2 limited editions of the book released and while one of them could be preordered, the other couldn’t and was limited to 1000 copies. They were distributed to all UK Waterstones shops and each shop only had a few copies. Fans got up early and waited outside for Waterstones to open to get these. The first copy I mentioned was also signed! I am proud to say I own both copies ✌️

Signed Negative Edition – 5000 Copies

 

Unsigned Black Editon – 1000 Copies

There was just so much hype for this book! Derek put so much effort into this, and there were parties on the day, special events hosted by him etc. There were some party packs being distributed too and I luckily got my hands on one. I swear there was more hype for this book than there was for Christmas!

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Leigh is one of my favourite authors and damn, she does not disappoint. I was so excited to hear that a new Grisha book was coming out. I had it on preorder on Amazon it came a week later…I don’t think they get what “preordering” is. You’re meant to get the items on the day, not have it prepared on the day. They didn’t even dispatch my items on the day.😒😒 Needless, to say, I’m never preordering from them again. Anyways, I went to see Leigh on her U.K tour and she was so nice! I got some goodies as well as all my books signed. She even signed the bookmarks I made.🙃 Read my full review here.

1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

The mists rule the night…The Lord Ruler owns the world.

For a thousand years the ash fell. For a thousand years, the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Every attempted revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow hope survives. A new kinds of uprising is being planned, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant mastermind and the courage of an unlikely heroine, a Skaa street urchin, who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

What’s is the prophesied hero had failed to defeat the Dark Lord? The answer will be found in the Mistborn trilogy, a saga of surprises that begins here.

OMG I can’t get enough of it. I discovered him while I was looking up info of the event I was going to to see Leigh Bardugo. I was planning my trip to Nottingham and was reading the event page when I realised that there were 2 other authors at the event. You guessed it. BRANDON SANDERSON WAS THERE. So was Bradley Beaulieu. I wanted to check their books out before actually going to the event and while asking the staff at the bookshop, I realised I couldn’t say Bradley’s name…so I went with Brandon Sanderson instead. No regrets. I started reading the first few pages at the shop and found that it was really easy to read and was actually quite exciting. I bought it on an impulse and I was bloooooown away. The world was fantastic and the fantasy elements of it were unique. Allomancy is a power in which one ingests metals and “burns” them. Not all metals can be burned and different metals can give you different powers. The book may sound like a heist but it’s more about Vin’s journey and the heist is more of a background.


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