We All Looked Up—Tommy Wallach
What it’s about: They always say that high school is the best time of your life. Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait. Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.
Why I’m excited: Because even though the first line of the description is super cliché, it gets seriously interesting fast. An asteroid plummeting toward Earth?! I can see how that might change what people will do and how they’ll act and maybe bring down civilization in the process…
Black Dove, White Raven—Elizabeth Wein
What it’s about: Emilia and Teo’s lives changed in a terrifying instant when a bird strike brought down the plane their stunt pilot mothers were flying. Teo’s mother died immediately, but Em’s survived, determined to raise Teo according to his late mother's wishes-in a place where he won't be discriminated against because of the color of his skin. But in 1930s America, a white woman raising a black adoptive son alongside a white daughter is too often seen as a threat. Seeking a home where her children won't be held back by ethnicity or gender, Rhoda brings Em and Teo to Ethiopia, and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But that peace is shattered by the threat of war with Italy, and teenage Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict. Will their devotion to their country, its culture and people, and each other be their downfall or their salvation?
Why I’m excited: Because Code Name Verity was a jaw-dropping, fist-clenching historical fiction novel which I loved. (And I’ve been meaning to dive into Rose Under Fire for months now, but I haven’t because I know I’ll need to be prepared for its awesomeness.) Plus, I'm unfamiliar with 1930s Ethiopia, so I can't wait to dive into this time and place!
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke--Anne Blankman
What it’s about: The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler's inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives in England, posing as an ordinary German immigrant. Her love, Daniel, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content. But then Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen's world turns upside down. When she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she'd escaped—and return to her homeland. As they work to clear Daniel's name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time—or will Hitler discover them first?
Why I’m excited: Because WWII historical fiction is my thing. Also, I adored Prisoner of Night and Fog, the first in this series. It was an edge-of-your-seat thriller (see my six star review here) which I DID NOT want to end. So I'm excited to pick this one up and dive back into that world!
An Ember in the Ashes—Sabaa Tahir
What it’s about: Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
Why I’m excited: Because I’ve already heard great things about this debut! I’ve heard it’s gritty and dark, and I can’t wait to dive into this fierce fantasy! (And I will soon as I managed to grab the DRC!)
Court of Thorns and Roses—Sarah J. Maas
What it’s about: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin and his world forever.
Why I’m excited: Because Maas is one of my favorite authors. Throne of Glass is a brilliant, heart-pounding, intricately-woven series, and I can’t wait to dive into another one of Maas’ fantasy tales! (Seriously, I’m so anxious for this book that I think about it DAILY. Just over seven weeks until its release!)
The Wrath and the Dawn—Renée Ahdieh
What it’s about: Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch—she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
Why I’m excited: Because there was an unexpected twist in the description, so can you imagine how the book’s going to be? Plus, I need to know how Shazi falls in love with a Caliph who executes his new brides at sunrise. I want these questions answered, so I'll be reading this book for sure!
Heart of Betrayal—Mary E. Pearson
What it’s about: Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape and even less of being together. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar's interest in Lia is greater than either of them foresaw. In Venda, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to her, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom she always believed to be barbarians but whom she now realizes are people who have been terribly brutalized. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self, Lia will have to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people and her own destiny.
Why I’m excited: Because I’ve already read this book and loved it! Sometimes sequels are lackluster, but this one shined brightly, and I can’t wait to purchase my copy. Actually, now that I think about it, I think I’ll pre-order it! Kiss of Deception was one of my favorite books of 2014 (see my six star review here), and this sequel raised the stakes so high that I’m already anxious for the third book!
What new releases are you excited for this spring?
*Book descriptions were adapted from those on BN.com.