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YA – Anticipating 2015

As if my TBR needed more residents added to it, I ran across an article at Epic Reads this morning. They highlighted some of the YA novels coming out summer 2015 that recently released their covers for our drooling pleasure. I used to be one of those, never judge a book by its cover kinda gals but you know what, what I think about a cover almost always coincides with what I end up thinking about a book. Am I alone here???

Anyway, I’m not going to repost the entire article here because, well, that’s stealing, I just want to share what I added to my TBR list in hopes that I won’t be the only crazy out there building a list for next year.

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

First up, and in alphabetical order by author’s last name is Illusionarium by Heather Dixon. Is this not a most gorgeous cover? With the misty fog in the background and the cogs edging the cover, I have high hopes for this book. From Goodreads:

From the author of Entwined, a brilliantly conceived adventure through an alternate London. This sweeping, cinematic tale of an apprentice scientist desperate to save his family—and his world—is The Night Circus meets Pixar.

Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that is breathtaking and wholly original.

This sounds fab, right? The cover may have caught my eye, but the synopsis is why I added it. On sale May 19, 2015.

Next we have Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. This is another beautiful cover. I love the transformation of the feather to doves Magoniaand while mysterious, it also makes you think hopeful. The endorsement by Neil Gaiman certainly didn’t hurt when it came to my decision to add this one to my TBR. It’s on sale on April 28, 2015. From Goodreads:

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was.

In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

The Improbable Theory of Ana and ZakNow we have The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher. The cover is really the only reason why I gave this book a second look. I confess, I tend to pass over YA books with couple names in the title. This is totally judge-y, but it makes me think trite. I decided to give this one a second chance and pay attention to synopsis because of the cover. The characters remind me of 1980s/1990s video games. Amiright? On sale May 19, 2015. From Goodreads:

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Book Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date.

It all begins when Ana Watson’s little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.

If slacker Zak Duquette hadn’t talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn’t have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.

Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.

But in spite of Zak’s devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…

Next to last is The Cost of All things by Maggie Lehrman. While the cover is attractive enough, it’s not really all that unique. What The Cost of All Thingscaught my eye on this one was the first line of the synopsis which earned it a place on my TBR. From Goodreads:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking, brilliantly written, and totally original realistic contemporary debut about three teens who must deal with the consequences of spells cast on them in the wake of their classmate’s sudden death.

“The most creepily awesome cautionary tale ever. Magic—or hekame—does exist, and wishes can be granted…but always at a cost. Brilliant, provocative, and absolutely spellbinding.”
 — Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of The Infinite Moment of Us



“Maggie Lehrman nimbly reveals secrets wrapped around our most basic need. The Cost of All Things is a walk of the soul.”
 — Rita Williams-Garcia, Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

I loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind and I found We Were Liars to be a good book. Calling this book a mashup of the two definitely piques my interest. On sale May 12, 2015.

Between the NotesLast but not least is Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat. I absolutely, positively LOVE this cover. Just look at it! This would be great if the cover was textured in some way too. While the cover surely caught my interest, the synopsis held it. From Goodreads:

When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

I can’t wait to get my hot little hand on this one. On sale June 16, 2015.

There you have it. Do you plan on adding any of these to your TBR? Were there any from the Epic Reads article that I didn’t add that you think I should? Leave me a comment.

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