2015 has been a huge year for book releases! The transition between summer and fall of this year has seen several book releases. So many new books are coming out that have caught my attention. Here are some new releases that I’m itching to get my hands on!
Coming at #1:
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell (October 6th, 2015)
Rainbow Rowell is the author who wrote the two very famous young adult contemporary novels, Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. These two novels are extremely loved by readers all around the world. In addition to these young adult novels, Rowell has also written two adult novels: Landline and Attachments. As you can see, Rainbow Rowell doesn’t stick to just one genre of fiction, and now she’s venturing even further from her norms with Carry On. This new release is actually a spin-off of her previous young adult novel, Fangirl. It is the fantasy story that her Fangirl character, Cath, was writing fanfiction about. Carry On centers around Simon Snow and his roommate, Baz, and their experiences at magic school.
This story contains parallels to the beloved Harry Potter, as well as various tropes, such as “the chosen one” trope. In addition, it also contains LGBTQ aspects, showing Rowell’s versatality as a writer and reflecting current events. I’m so excited to get this book and read it!
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, by Stephanie Meyer (October 6, 2015)
So, we all know that Twilight has so much stigma attached to it. A lot of people discredit this saga because of “bad literature quality” and “sexism” and what not. I can see where these people are coming from and why they don’t like the books, but I have to admit: I am a Twihard. I first read Twilight in middle school, and I fell in love. This greatly enhanced my love for reading, and I wouldn’t be the avid reader that I am today without it. These books, as well as the movies, bring back so much nostalgia and so many good memories that I can’t discount it as one of the most significant books in my life, and some of my favorite books ever.
I first heard that Stephanie Meyer “pulled a Beyonce” and released this fifth Twilight book in honor of its 10th anniversary from Christine’s BookTube channel (polandbananasBOOKS). Her reaction video is so hilarious, and Stephanie Meyer even told her that her reaction video was the best she had seen and summarized the plot the best, so I would recommend watching her video. When I first found out that the book was not more about Bella and Edward’s life together, I was a little disappointed. However, the plot of Life and Death sounds so interesting, so I’m still really intrigued and excited to read this book.
The plot is pretty much the exact same as Twilight, but the gender roles of Bella and Edward have switched. So, pretty much it’s what Twilight would have been like if the human was the boy and the vampire was the girl. (I think this was Stephanie Meyer’s way of shutting up the feminists of the world who hated her books LOL).
The Golden Son, by Pierce Brown (January 6, 2015)
As you can see, this book was NOT released this fall. It was a while ago, but it’s still within 2015, so HA.
I just finished Red Rising, by Pierce Brown (AKA “the hottest YA author in the world”), which is book one of the Red Rising Trilogy, and The Golden Son is the sequel. I am in the process of writing a book review for Red Rising, but let me just tell you that I absolutely freaking loved this book. The fact that there is a sequel available makes me so giddy because I need to know what happens next. I’m not going to write a synopsis for The Golden Son here because I don’t want to spoil anyone if they haven’t read the first book, but I HIGHLY recommend that you go and read Red Rising because this book was absolutely amazing. If you want the synopsis for Red Rising, I will leave a Goodreads link to that here. If you have read the first one and want to know more about The Golden Son, I will leave the link here.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness (October 6th, 2015)
I have never read a book by Patrick Ness, but I’ve heard so many great things about this. I’ve been hearing about this constantly, and was really fascinated by the route he took with the plot of this new release. The story plays with that previously mentioned “chosen one” trope. However, instead of focusing on the “chosen one” character, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is more centered around the other people who are just trying to live their lives. I love how the synopsis put it:
“What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
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 worshipped by mountain lions.
Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.”
And lastly, #5:
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (October 20, 2015)
This book JUST came out, and has been talked about all over BookTube. I know that this book is very aesthetically pleasing with non-traditional word formatting and cool physical concepts with the book. I’m not really sure what it’s about plot-wise. I know that it’s sci-fi, and it’s set in the future when there’s a war over one planet. There are main protagonists, Kady and Ezra, who are forced to work together to escape the enemy.
There’s a much better synopsis on Goodreads, so I’ll link that here. But this is a book that looks really cool, sounds really cool, and has really good reviews all over BookTube and Goodreads.
So, these are some of my most-wanted newly released books of 2015.
What are some new releases that you’re really excited to read? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you guys, and if any of these books are on your TBR lists too!