As 2015 comes to a rapid close in the next few days, I became a little nostalgic for all the books that I read this past year. I started to compile my list of all the books that I read this year with 3 stars and above. My list quickly grew to over 30, so I took out all of the 3 star books, and then books that have more than 2 in one genre (or at least I tried). This list will not be in any particular order of recommendation, but rather when they were published. The information collected on these books was taken from Goodreads.
Here are my top 2015 YA books:
Author: Jeanne Skartsiaris
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 14th 2015 by CreateSpace
ISBN 1502770636 (ISBN13: 9781502770639)
Snow Globe is a story about a teen who tries to do the right thing but continues to find trouble with her smart mouth and fearless attitude. Working at the assisted living facility, Aja learns compassion and how important yet fragile life is.
Author Kristen Simmons
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Tor Teen
Original Title The Glass Arrow
ISBN 0765336618 (ISBN13: 9780765336613)
The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.
Author Jodi Meadows
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Original Title The Orphan Queen
ISBN 0062317385 (ISBN13: 9780062317384)
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. She is a spy. She is a threat.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
Author J.L. Weil
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published March 27th 2015 by Dark Magick Publishing (first published March 20th 2015)
Original Title White Raven
It only took one heartbeat to change my life—one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.
Author Kelley Armstrong
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 2015)
Original Title Empire of Night
ISBN 0062071270 (ISBN13: 9780062071279)
Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were.
Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than they could have imagined. With treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on all their influence and power to overcome deadly enemies—not all of them human—and even avert an all-out war
Author Jennifer Estep
Paperback, 323 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Kensington
Original Title Cold Burn of Magic
ISBN 1617738247 (ISBN13: 9781617738241)
There Be Monsters Here. . .
It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.
The sequel to this novel, Dark Heart of Magic, came out in October 2015. If you like the first one definitely check it out as well!
Author Julie Kagawa
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
Original Title Rogue
ISBN 0373211465 (ISBN13: 9780373211463)
Deserter. Traitor. Rogue.
A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?
Author Sarah Dessen
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Viking
Original Title Saint Anything
ISBN 0451474708 (ISBN13: 9780451474704
Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
Author Carrie Ryan
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0525426507 (ISBN13: 9780525426509)
I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.
Author Rachel Vincent
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Press
Original Title The Stars Never Rise
ISBN 038574417X (ISBN13: 9780385744171)
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.
When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?
Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.
Author Gena Showalter
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Harlequin Teen (first published September 17th 2015)
Original Title A Mad Zombie Party
ISBN 0373211821 (ISBN13: 9780373211821)
The enemy has risen from the grave. Together we slayers must stand, or one by one we will fall.
This is the fourth book in this fantastic series. If for some reason you have not read the series, definitely pick them up! You won’t be disappointed.
Author Sherry Thomas
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Original Title The Immortal Heights
ISBN 0062207350 (ISBN13: 9780062207357)
In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.
Author Margaret McHeyzer
Published October 26th 2015 (first published January 1st 2015)
If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to see.
If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to feel.
If I were dead, he’d never raise his hand to me again.
If I were dead, his words wouldn’t cut as deep as they do.
If I were dead, I’d be beautiful and I wouldn’t be so…ugly.
I’m not dead…but I wish I was.
Author Marissa Meyer
Hardcover, 824 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends
Original Title Winter
ISBN 0312642989 (ISBN13: 9780312642983)
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
Fairest also came out in the beginning of the year, and was a great read as well. Of course, no list would be complete without the stunning conclusion to the Lunar Chronicle series!
And last but not least on my list is:
Author Sonya Weiss
Paperback, 208 pages
Publication: December 22nd 2015 by Lyrical Press, Inc
ISBN 1616509988 (ISBN13: 9781616509989)
Their love is a ticking time bomb.
Juliet Sawyer was born to save the world. Gifted with incredible powers, she’s the only one standing in the way of The Great Extinction, the prophesied battle between Supernaturals and humans. In order to keep her sister safe and avenge her father’s murder, she’ll have to infiltrate the ranks of the Supernatural leaders who wish to destroy her. But the one thing she didn’t count on was falling in love…with someone who wants her dead.
The gorgeous and dangerous son of one of the Supernatural leaders, Riley West is in charge of training the group for war—now including Juliet, whose father is responsible for killing his family. But the more they train together, the more intensely their passion for each other burns. The deeper Riley is drawn in by Juliet’s beauty, the closer he gets to the secrets she keeps: one that will challenge everything he believes in—and one that could lead to her death. Together, can their forbidden love help stop the war? Or will one of them be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?