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toptentuesday

(One in a row… I had last week’s all written ahead of time too.)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They come up with top ten lists that people can blog about every week.

I now have SIXTY 2015 releases on my list now! So I decided to do only Young Adult books this week.

redqueen1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Expected Release Date: February 10th 2015

I expect this book will be on almost everyone’s list this week, because it just sounds so good! The premise does remind me of Red Rising, with Reds like slaves with god like people above them. (Only the top people are Silvers not Golds) Though in Red Queen there’s a girl main character and they have powers.

Mare, a red finds herself working at the Silver Palace, surrounded by the people she hates. She discovers she has a deadly power in spite of her Red blood. (I think usually only Silvers have powers)

Early Reviews? Mostly positive. Liked the powers, political intrigue and twists, but stupid character decisions, angsty mean girls, and sort of not really a love triangle.

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahiremberintheashes

Expected Release Date: April 28th 2015

Billed as an Epic Fantasy the plot reminds me a lot of Legend. My only problem is I’m going to totally picture the main character as Princess Leia.

Laia is a scholar whose brother is arrested for treason. Rebels put her undercover at the military school as a slave in exchange for helping save her brother.

Elias is the best solider, and secretly the most unwilling. He’s ordered to participate in a competition to be the next emperor.

Early Reviews? Almost all positive. Though people do say it is dark and violent.

witchhunter3. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Expected Release Date: June 2nd 2015

I like the whole forbidden magic thing. (Like BBC Merlin) and this is also probably going to be a case of forbidden love. (Silly grin)

Elizabeth is on of the Kingdom’s best witch hunters until she’s accused of being a witch herself and sentenced to die at the stake. Surprisingly she’s saved by the kingdom’s most powerful wizard who wants her help tracking down the person who put a deadly curse on him.

Early Reviews? Hard to put down, things get insane quick, and great fight scenes.

sineatersdaughter4. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Expected Release Date: February 24th 2015

The main character is different. She has a frightening power, which reminds me of Rogue from the X-men. She kills people when she touches them. How cool is that? (Okay in real life it would suck, but in fiction it rocks) I only hope this is more action than romance.

Twylla is engaged to the prince, but she’s the executioner. She has the power to kill anyone she touches. No one wants to be in the company of such a person, even the supposedly immune prince. When a new guard comes who can overlook her power and see the girl beneath, she wishes she could leave the prince, but no one crosses the queen. The queen has a plot to destroy her enemies and it’s up to Twylla to save her kingdom.

Early Reviews? Mostly positive. Lots of swearing so I’m anticipating an epic twist and excellent world building.

girlatmidnight5. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Expected Release Date: April 28th 2015

It’s really the bird people which caught my attention on this one. I only wish it was a bird girl secretly living among humans instead. I also like multiple point of view books.

Echo, a runaway pickpocket is adopted by a group of bird like people living secretly under New York City. When war threatens her new family Echo searches for the Firebird, a mythical creature with the power to stop the war.

Early Reviews? Almost all positive. Good humor, fast paced, and great visuals. A not awful love triangle and no cliffhanger.

6. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldsteinbecommingjinn

Expected Release Date: April 21st 2015

All of a sudden there are several Genie books and this one sounds like one of the best! I’m not sure about the whole beautiful magical transformation thing, I usually don’t like that, but I think I can look past it.

Azra turns 16 and transforms into a beauty. (Sigh) Her Jinn ancestry is asserting itself. She’s living a normal life, but secretly she’s learning to harness her new magical powers. She discovers she may not be a normal Jinn, but have dangerous powers.

Early Reviews? Not a ton of reviews but all positive. Humor, a contemporary fantasy, with good characters.

magonia7. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Expected Release Date: April 28th 2015

I love the idea of a character with a condition who then discovers it is only because they’re special. Also super powers and war helps make this my kind of book. I also like when an author twists real events to make fantasy believable.

Aza suffers from a mysterious condition that makes it hard for her to breath. She sees a ship floating in the sky and hears it calling her name. Somehow she winds up in the world of floating ships and finds she can breath easily and also has immense power. She discovers that her new world is on the cusp or war with Earth and must decide where her loyalties lie.

Early Reviews? Mixed reviews. Unique and original with great visuals, but many unanswered questions.

8. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hallconspiracyofus

Expected Release Date: January 13th 2015

Look a book that is not a fantasy or scifi made my list! (It might have forbidden love though) and secret societies. It’s described as a light and fun action mystery. I’m only afraid of the love triangle..

Avery is the missing heir to a secret society. They are powerful and if they discover who she is some will want to use her as a pawn and others will want her dead. To stop them she must solve and ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe.

Early Reviews? Mostly positive. Thrilling, exciting, romantic, cute, but ends in a cliffhanger.

shutter9. Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Expected Release Date: February 3rd 2015

Reading the description I’d decided this horror wasn’t for me, but Kat Stark’s glowing early review has changed my mind. This sounds more like a darker Supernatural, and the girl even has a power.

Micheline sees the auras of the undead. She’s trained since birth to destroy monsters. Spiritual undead are killed with a camera. When a routine ghost hunt goes bad, Micheline and her team are infected with a curse.

Early Reviews? Almost all positive. Suspenseful, chilling and creepy with good character relationships.

wickedthing10. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Expected Release Date: February 24th 2015

This one sounds really good, a sleeping beauty retelling where Aurora has magic! Unfortunatly the early reviews are mixed.

Sleeping Beauty after the happily ever after. All the people she knew are dead and her prince charming is a stranger. She’s worried that the curse left its mark on her. She’s not sure if she should marry the prince or run away.

Early Reviews? Mixed, with plenty of negative. Slow paced, well written, and not a lot of romance. Aurora was a good character, but a bit weak. Lots of unanswered questions.

How much to reviews matter to you? Since I became a blogger I’ve had less time to read (ironic) so I want to pick just the right books. Now I always read reviews first. It’s great knowing people who have similar tastes to mine. 🙂

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