Guys, I’ve had such a difficult time putting this list together! I decided not to include ARC’S that I read in 2015, instead I just included published books. I didn’t know it would be this hard to rule out some of my babies! I couldn’t go any lower than 8 so… Here are my top 8 books of 2015!
*DISCLAIMER- These books are in no particular order and all opinions are mine.*
#1 The Rain duology by Virginia Bergin!
The Rain was the very first book I read this year and I knew from the minute I read it, it would be on this list! I read the sequel the minute it came out and I am so sad to see this series go! I look forward to any more releases from Virginia Bergin in the future, her writing is fantastic!
It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.
They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”
Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.
Review of The Rain: https://yourbestbookpal.wordpress.com/?s=the+rain
Interview with Virginia Bergin: https://yourbestbookpal.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/an-interview-with-virginia-bergin/
#2 Landline by Rainbow Rowell
After a huge binge read of Virginia Bergin, I decided I needed a little bit of contemporary to bring me back down to earth. so I turned to my favourite author Rainbow Rowell who I knew was going to give me another amazing read. And she did. Wow it was good, I highly recommend it, this book is amazing. Especially for those who want to move into adult fiction, this book is a great starting point and, it’s Rainbow Rowell, what’s not to like?
As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless.
TV writer Georgie McCool can’t actually visit the past; all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up. And hope he picks up — because once eorgie realizes she has a magic phone that calls into the past, all she wants is make things right with her husband, Neal.
Maybe she can fix the things in their past that seem unfixable in the present. Maybe this stupid phone is giving her a chance to start over. . . . Does Georgie want to start over?
#3 The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
This is probably the most under-hyped book on my list and I cannot understand why no one has heard of this book because honestly they would love this book if they knew about it! I love the whole idea of using an Amish community because it is just so different and I haven’t read anything like it before or since. With swoon-worthy romance and terrifying horror- this book is guaranteed to grab you and not let you go till the last page. Oh, and did I mention zombies?
If your home was the last safe place on earth, would you let a stranger in?
Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out there…and it is making a killing.
Unsure why they haven’t yet been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: no one goes outside their community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elders’ rule and secretly brings the stranger into her community—but what else is she bringing in with him?
#4 Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I know that this year officially marks the release of the final book in the series… I know you guys are probably thinking ‘Where’s Winter!?!?!?’
I haven’t read it yet and I just can’t wait to! I also read Scarlet this year but if you guys have read the series you can see that Cinder was just that little bit better than Scarlet… eeeeeever so slightly. I cannot wait to delve into Cress and Winter and maybe even Fairest! Bring on the completion of The Lunar Chronicles!
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
#5 The Shatter Me trilogy
Before I read this trilogy, I had heard so much hype surrounding it that I was sceptical I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much as everyone else had. But boy, was I wrong! This trilogy got loads better with each book and came together for one of the most explosive finales I have ever read! I highly recommend this to all lovers of… Books. Yes,it will appeal to every, just go buy it.
I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
#6 The Territory by Sarah Govett
This book was probably one of the most rewarding books I read in 2015… I got to meet the author and have a meal, I got to interview Sarah and I got to receive a copy of one of the most poignant books I’ve read in advance! This book gave me the heebie-jeebies but I loved every second of it and cried all night when I had finished with it… Man, this book was rough.
Noa Blake is just another normal 15 yearold with exams looming. Except in The Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children have a node on the back of their necks and can download information, bypassing the need to study. In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out even to compete. And competing is everything – because anybody who fails the exams will be shipped off to the Wetlands, which means a life of misery, if not certain death. But how to focus when your heart is being torn in two directions at once?
Review of The Territory: https://yourbestbookpal.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/the-territory-by-sarah-govett-review-no-spoilers/
Interview With Sarah Govett: https://yourbestbookpal.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/83/
#7 The Silence of Six by E.C Myers.
The Silence of Six was the first book I ever buddy read and so it will always hold a special place in me (God that’s cheesy). Anyway, I loved the elements of hacking and love as well as the mystery and suspense. But, you the thing that really sold it for me was the trailer for this book. Seriously, I’m just going to stop typing and just let you watch it for yourself!
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlptk5Q9ziM
“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”
These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.
Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.
Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.
Review of The Silence of Six: https://yourbestbookpal.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/the-silence-of-six-by-e-c-myers-review-no-spoilers/
#8 The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
I have only just discovered the world of LGBT+ fiction and ever since reading this book I have been searching and searching and searching for more books that I can sink my teeth into. I loved each and every one of the characters in this book and it helped teach about ideas that I know nothing about. I love reading about LGBT themes because unfortunately it is a taboo subject and it really, really should be talked about more freely.
Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long …
Interview With Lisa Williamson: https://yourbestbookpal.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/an-interview-with-lisa-williamson/
Wow, that was probably the longest post I have ever written and I am so sorry that you guys had to read that! Well, you didn’t have to but hopefully you read a bit!
I promise you my next post won’t be as long!
Speak to you soon!