Anticipated YA Releases (Waiting on Wednesday)

It’s ironic, really. I’ve been waiting all day to post this and now it’ll barely be in before the clock strikes midnight where I’m at. *eye-roll* It’s been a tasking day y’all.

Waiting on Wednesday is sponsored by Breaking the Spine: it’s a weekly event that spotlights up and coming releases.

So for this week, since I did my first review on a YA novel, I’m going to continue with that same category. These are my top five most anticipated, up and coming, releases of this year:

1.) Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy #3) by Susan Green [Published by Viking]

Release Date: March 24th 2015

Synopsis:

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Half Bad and I cannot wait until this puppy comes out. Without spoiling anything for those who haven’t had the epic pleasure of dabbling in Nathan’s world yet, I’ll tell you this: This is the Harry Potter you never had the pleasure of seeing. This tale is so gritty and dark that you get completely sucked in. Nathan’s emotions are so vivid and palpable. It was a pleasure spending time in his head and his world. We all know that some characters brains can be like a rat invested sewer and all you want is OUT. Not the case here, reading friends. Not the case here.

2.) End of Days (Penryn & The End of Days #3) by Susan Ee [Published by Skyscape]

Release Date: May 12th 2015

Synopsis:

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?”

Of course this was going to end up on my most anticipated release list! You can read my review on Angelfall, the first of the trilogy, right down below this post. It’s a great series and I can’t say enough good things about it. The review for World After will be coming soon, however I don’t want to overwhelm everyone with the series, to the point you just want to slap me and these precious books away like a fly in your face. No fly here, just as itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, little harmless bug, whispering in your ear… “Read it.”

4.) The Girl of Midnight by Melissa Grey [Published by Delacorte Press]

Release Date: April 28th 2015

Synopsis:

“Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.”

Ancient wars, races of magical people with feathers for hair, and pickpocketing? What’s not to like? I saw this on a highly anticipated releases, somewhere out there, back in January, and have just been gushing over the cover. It’s a beautiful blue and I just want it on my shelf. Now. Like…Right now. But despite the cover, the story is intriguing and I’m already loving the fact that it takes place in New York, beneath the streets. I’m excited to see the places I know of in the book. That always makes things more interesting for me.

5.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir [Published by Razorbill]

Release Date: April 28th 2015

Synopsis:

“I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”

I’m excited for this book because it reminds me of the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. It also reminds me of all those distopian novels where the people are suppressed by their governments. There is something about a revolution in books that really get my heart and fist pumping. Maybe I’m just a true rebel at heart.

Well, there you have it. These are my most anticipated YA releases for this year, so far.

Have a good one and remember, read.

Read, read, and then read some more. And keep truckin’!

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