2015 Book Hankerings: YA & NA

Sure, we’ve all got a lot to look forward to, with the holidays so near. Presents! Cookies! New Year’s! But as vigilant bibliophiles, we’re also looking further ahead: to what great books 2015 will bring us! All this week the RT team will be presenting you with our most-wished for titles of the new year. Today, we start with that most angsty of genres, YA, and it’s oft-naughty older sister, New Adult!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
(January)

Black’s publisher has been touting the awesomeness of this book for months, and now we’re really salivating for it. For one, we love Holly’s books. For two, fairy tales and fae! (Or is that three?) No matter, we want this book. Real bad.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer 
(February)

We’re mega fans of Meyer’s amazingly imaginative futuristic fairy tale spin, the Lunar Chronicles, so we’re considerably pumped that there are two titles on the docket for 2015. First up is February’s Fairest, Queen Levana’s story, a prequel that lets us know how the queen became a glamour-happy powermonger. And then, if you can wait until November, Winter will be upon us. Details are scant as yet, but consider it an auto-buy if, like us, you’re a series fan. 

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
(February)

Mead has a talent for writing wonderful, nuanced protagonists and long-running, exciting series. Sydney is a favorite in the YA paranormal world, and readers have loved watching her deal with the Alchemists, the Moroi — and Adrian. February marks the end of the Bloodlines series … let’s enjoy it and then be sad it’s over.

I was Here by Gayle Forman
(February)

Forman is known for writing All. The. Feels. We got a sneak peek at this title, so we know you’ll need a lot of tissues as you tackle this look at teen suicide. Our RT reviewer said this was better than If I Stay. Fighting words?

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
(March)

All right, here’s where being an RT editor pays off, big time. We’ve already read Bone Gap, and it is so, so, so good. Ruby’s tale is full of magical realism, giving it a dreamy, almost fable-like quality. Trust us, you want to read this one, about a small town where sometimes people fall through the gaps.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
(March)

Lauren Oliver is on a roll, making us so excited for her thriller-esque Vanishing Girls. We’re convinced this story about two sisters and the aftermath of a devastating accident is sure to be yet another fantastic read!

Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano
(March)

Perfect Ruin left us jaw-slacked and ready for more, so we can’t wait until we have this sequel in our hands. We’re kind of growing tired of the dystopian craze, so this utopian world is super refreshing. And Basil is swoonworthy. Seriously, we need more Basil in our lives.

Hold Me Closer, the Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
(March)

Here are a few tidbits about David Levithan’s latest title to make you freak out: A musical novel. Companion piece to Will Grayson, Will Grayson. There will apparently be jazz hands. Basically, best we can tell, it’s the script from the musical in WG, WG, about Tiny’s life, “the world’s largest person who is also really, really gay.” We. Are. In.

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
(April)

We’ve been waiting for this title ever since the cliffhanger ending of last year’s break out, Dorothy Must Die. Paige left poor Amy Gumm on the run, in dire straits, flying monkeys everywhere, and, boy, was Dorothy pissed. Follow the yellow brick road, Amy! We’ll see ya in April!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
(April)

Suma has become known for her dreamy, deep novels, and this latest sounds as excellent as her previous two offerings. A ghost story with multiple perspectives, we can’t wait to find out more.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
(May)

We’re all a bit in love with Sarah J. Maas, especially DJ. And there’s something magical about her new offering, A Court of Thorns and Roses, that has made it one of our most anticipated 2015 releases. A retelling of “Tamlin” with hints of “Beauty and the Beast” and Game of Thrones? Count. Us. In.

End of Days by Susan Ee
(May)

Yes, Susan Ee’s Penryn and the End of Days series has it all: a strong, yet flawed heroine; gorgeous writing; a terrifying setting; and crackling plots that are full of action. Most importantly, there’s Rafe, the super hot angel. So you bet your booklovin’ heart we’re dying for the third book!

In the Unlikely Event by JUDY FRICKIN’ BLUME
(June)

Oh, hey, did you know Judy Frickin’ Blume (that’s what we call her) has a new book out next year? BECAUSE SHE DOES. She announced it as we were about to pub this post and we (almost literally) had to stop the presses. It’s about three generations dealing with the ramifications of a plane crash. We seriously don’t care what it’s about — we’d read Judy’s grocery list. We bet it’s awesome. 

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
(July)

According to Amazon, Bray’s long-awaited second Diviner’s title clocks in at 608 pages. We can’t wait to revisit with Evie and her Roaring 20s crew, and we don’t care how long it took to get to us. As Bray has been open about her writer’s block, we’ll just celebrate that the book will hopefully be in our hands this summer. We’ll drink some moonshine and rock our flapper dresses in the meantime. 

The Raven Cycle Book Four by Maggie Stiefvater
(hopeful conjecture on our part — sometime in 2015)

We have basically been waiting for the final title in Maggie Stiefvater’s magical realism series since we finished the first one in 2012. We’ve been very patient, Maggie. Here’s the thing: Gansey’s fate has been hanging in the balance since Blue foresaw his death at the very beginning of the series. Will Maggie really kill him? Here’s what she had to say on Twitter awhile ago. It’s not looking good for our Golden Boy.

And now for the New Adult …

Rebound by Noelle August
(February)

Boomerang was ridiculously adorable and hilarious, and we’re ready for yet another rousing read, this time focusing on Adam Blackwood, the founder of the Boomerang website. The duo behind this fun series sure knows how to heat things up while having fun, so be sure to catch up before Rebound hits shelves!

Confess by Colleen Hoover
(March)

Colleen Hoover’s NA titles are always angsty and uber romantic, and this upcoming hero is an artist, which RT’s DJ calls an “instant win.” Also the tagline has us swooning in advance (pre-swooning?): “To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.”

Fall With Me by Jennifer Armentrout 
(April)

What can we say about Jennifer L. Armentrout? She’s amazing, hilarious, a fellow Theo James lover … We could go on and on, but what we really want to talk about is Fall With Me, the next installment in the Wait for You series. This one stars Roxy, a quirky and adorable bartender first introduced in the previous book, Stay With Me, who we’re dying to see in the spotlight. Added bonus: Roxy wears glasses, just like us

When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines
(April)

Glines’s Rosemary Beach series is addictive fun, but what really caught our eye was the cover. Here, we’ll show you:

We know, right?

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
(May)

We love us some sexy New Adult romances, so when we heard about rising NA queen Megan Erickson’s upcoming Trust the Focus, we were, understandably, ecstatic! Especially since it’s an M/M new adult tale. Because what’s better than one hero? Two!

There ya have it! Did we name all of your picks? Have we done some serious damage to your TBR list? Sound off below! And join us all week as we preview our 2015 hankerings, across genres. Join us in our book longing, won’t you?

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