It’s time for this month’s Books I Really Think You Should Read (B.I.R.T.Y.S.R)! Like it is every January, this month’s theme is books coming out this year, and let me just say that there are a lot of them. I actually had to change this post from being 10 books to 15. They all look too good. :) Not surprisingly, this list is made up entirely of fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, magical realism, and mythology books (I’m so not a realistic fiction person! :) ), but I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that appeals to you, whether it’s a magic-filled fractured fairy tale or haunted historical mansion mystery. Let’s get reading, shall we?
*The release dates listed for these books may change, so it’s probably a good idea to check their Goodreads pages (links below) for the most recent info.
1>> The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani / Release Date: July 21
Teehee. There’s no way the third School for Good and Evil would not be on this list. I mean, really, I’ve actually included this series on the B.I.R.T.Y.S.R. feature 6+ times. (It is chocolate cookies and cream ice cream all the way though. :) ) The summary and cover of the third book haven’t been released yet, but I’m sure they will live up to the standards of the previous books.
2>> Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George / Release Date: July 7
Oh. My. Gumdrops. Look at that amazing cover! And not only that, but look at the author! Yes, it is the oh-so amazing Jessica Day George (AKA: the author of the oh-so amazing books, Princess in the Silver Woods and Tuesdays in the Castle.) Her new book, Silver in the Blood, is about two society girls from New York City in 1890 who travel to Romania to learn more about their family’s (magical shape-shifting!) roots. Sounds cool, right? Now, all we have to do is wait until July. Anyone have a time machine?
3>> Princess in Disguise by E.D. Baker / Release Date: March 31
E.D. Baker has always been one of my favorite authors, so you can imagine how happy I was to discover that there would be a fourth book coming out in The Wide Awake Princess series, (which I previously thought was going to be a trilogy.) The fourth installment in the series follows the adventures of Annie and Liam, who are planning (SPOILER WARNING! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!) their wedding, but a series of mishaps causes the event to be ruined. To save their special event, the two embark on a dangerous journey filled with magic, fairy godmothers, and all sorts of fairytale fun.
4>> Thor’s Serpents by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr / Release Date: March 1
I never actually got to review Loki’s Wolves on here (which I think just means that I should read the first two books again) but let me just say that the first two books are fantastic. They’re very Percy Jackson-esque, but revolve around Norse mythology. I prefer the second book more than the first, despite the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger (Evil cliffhangers. You ruin all my attempts of reading the end of the book first,) hence my excitement for the third story. March couldn’t come sooner!
5>> The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan / Release Date: Oct. 6
Yay! More Norse mythology for everyone! I’m a big fan of Rick Riordan’s other series, Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles, so I’m very excited for his new book to come out (only three days before my b-day. :) ) The summary sounds quite interesting: Magnus Chase, a teen from the streets of Boston, discovers a dangerous secret from his mysterious uncle: The Norse gods are real, and the doomsday, Ragnarok, is coming. And Magnus is the only one who can stop it. Sounds ominous, right? In other news, Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes is coming out in August – hopefully it will be able to satisfy me until October.
6>> Of Enemies and Endings by Shelby Bach / Release Date: June 30
I adore the Ever Afters series by Shelby Bach. A fractured fairy tale taking place in modern times with plenty of magic and cool characters? Yes, please! I am having very mixed feelings about this book though: on one hand, I’m so excited to find out what happens next after that cliffhanger in book three (see my opinion on cliffhangers above), but on the other, I don’t want the series to end! Either way, it does sound like this book is going to be the best one yet! Oh, and let’s also all take a minute to acknowledge this gorgeous cover. It’s definitely my favorite of this entire post. I mean, just look at it! It’s so different than the others in the series, but still fits in the style of the first three books. I need this on my bookshelf! :)
7>> The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale / Release Date: March 3
Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy has always been one of my favorite books (it first came out 10 years ago – who knew?), so I was oh-so happy to discover that she was coming out with a third installment in the series. The premise sounds quite fun, although I don’t remember much about the story, (I’m sure a rereading is in my future!) Oh well! I can’t wait to read this fabulous author’s next book.
8>> Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison / Release Date: April 28
While I was browsing Goodreads for books to add to this list, I came upon Grounded by Megan Morrison. The cover instantly interested me, (Hair! Lots of hair!) so I did a bit of investigating. It centers around a spoiled girl named Rapunzel (which I guessed…from all the hair) who has everything she wants, until one day, when a thief named Jack breaks into her tower. The two venture into the world outside her hidden home, and then, of course, magical adventure follows. Sounds like a fun read! And it’s a debut! And it has a fun cover! Hooray!
9>> Story Thieves by James Riley / Release Date: Jan. 20
I loved James Riley’s Half Upon A Time trilogy, so I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for awhile. (It comes out tomorrow!) Everything sounds very appealing: the story revolves around a young boy named Owen, who dreams of becoming a hero in his own book series. The dream becomes a reality though, when he sees his classmate Bethany climbing out of a library book. Turns out Bethany is half-fictional character, and she’s been traveling throughout different stories to find her father. Together the two embark on a magical journey through the fictional world…but it doesn’t turn out exactly as planned. Now, if only I could travel into my favorite book…
10>> Palace of Lies by Margaret Peterson Haddix / Release Date: April 7
I’m a bit late to the whole Just Ella series, (the first book was published 1999 – wow!) since I just read the two books a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy them! I fell in love with the way the writing flowed together and really enjoyed how Margaret Peterson Haddix weaved the first two stories together. After I finished the books, my sister mentioned that the third one was coming out in April. After a quick Goodreads search, I was able to learn more about the third installment: Palace of Lies, which is told from the point of view of Princess Desmia, who was a secondary character in Palace of Mirrors. I’m very excited to find out what happens next in the story, and will definitely be purchasing it once it’s out.
11>> Graceful by Wendy Mass / Release Date: April 28
Wendy Mass is a great author! She’s written some amazing books like Pi in the Sky and The Candymakers, but my all time favorite series of hers is the Willow Falls series. The books are the perfect mix of fantasy, whimsy, mystery, and humor so you can imagine my disappointment when I heard that The Last Present was going to be the last book in the series. Luckily, it turns out I was wrong! The fifth book, Graceful, is coming out in April (so many books are coming out in April!) and by the looks of the cover, (Pizza!) it’s going to be a great read.
12>> The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy / Release Date: May 12
A disappearance. Lying. Secrets. Mysteries. Memories. Supernatural powers. What does The Disappearance of Emily H. not have? Barrie Summy is a great mystery author (She wrote the I So Don’t Do…series, which is one of my favorite “main character can see/communicate with ghosts” series) so I’m sure it will have loads of suspense and wonder. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.
13>> The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein / Release Date: March 24
Chris Grabenstein’s Mr. Lemoncello’s Library was a very fun book – a great blend of mystery and puzzles with lots of book trivia thrown in. His next book, The Island of Dr. Libris, seems just as interesting, but with its own personal twist. Even the summary sounds exciting: Billy is spending the summer on Dr. Libris’s island, where he is busy exploring the Dr’s lakeside cabin. There, he discovers a shelf of books that seem to come to life. But that’s impossible, isn’t it? Anything is possible Billy, anything.
14>> Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty / Release Date: July 14
Serafina and her father have lived secretly in the basement of the Biltmore Estate for as long she can remember. She’s never disobeyed her father and also never had any reason to leave the safety of the estate’s basement. When the children of the estate begin to disappear however, Serafina must find the courage to venture into the nearby forest in order to save them, piecing together the puzzle one piece at a time. Doesn’t this book sound amazing? It combines all my favorite genres: fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. What could be better? (I mean, it might be, if you added a purple panda…)
15>> Pirate’s Code (Hook’s Revenge #2) by Heidi Schulz / Release Date: September 15
Technically I haven’t read the first Hook’s Revenge book yet…but it’s in my bedroom, sitting on top of my pile of books, and I have no idea why I wouldn’t love it. I mean, a Neverland-themed book from the point of view of Captain Hook’s daughter, who is a former society girl turned pirate? Just my cup of tea! (Or, as I prefer to call it, my scoop of ice cream.) The second book sounds quite good too, and I’m sure I’ll be counting down the days until it’s released.
What books are you looking forward to in 2015?