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Best Books of 2015

Best Books of 2015

 

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

 

Definitely the most surprising book of the year, set two decades after To Kill a Mockingbird. In this book Scout is and all grown up fully functioning adult at twenty six years. When she returns to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her father, she learns disturbing truths about her family and the people in her hometown.

 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

 

A psychological thriller that centers on a girl named Rachel who sees something shocking that a couple, whom she thinks she knows, does. Rachel decides to tell the police but ends up becoming intertwined in the upcoming events.

 

 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

A historical fiction novel set in France, 1939 in a quiet village of Carriveau. Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband and he goes to fight. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France, but when they do Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house. Vianne is forced to make one terrible choice after the other.  Vianne’s rebellious 18 year old sister, Isabelle, is searching for a purpose. When she meets a man named Gaetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and Isabelle falls in love with him completely.

 

 

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

 

In this new anthology of previously published pieces of short fiction, Neil Gaiman brings together some of his darkest pieces that reveal a shadowy world. Stories that are inside: A Doctor Who story, “Black Dog”, a revisit to the world of American Gods, “Adventure Story”, a companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane, “A Calendar of Tales”, his social media experience, and two versions of Sherlock Holmes, “The Case of Death and Honey” and “Click-Clack the Rattlebag.”

 

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

 

Kell is a rare magician who is able to go to different parallel universes. Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, and is ruled by a mad King. Red London is full of magic and life, a flourishing empire. White London is a tyranny, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its bones. Once there was a Black London, but no one speaks of it anymore. It is Kell’s job to carry monthly correspondences between royals of each London. When Kell smuggles for those willing to pay, he gets charged with treason. Kell flees into Grey London where he gets robbed, saved, and forced into another world by Delilah Bard. Delilah and Kell get caught up in an adventure to save all the worlds, but first, they need to save themselves.


 

 

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

 

In this Sci-Fi novel, the American Southwestern states, Nevada, Arizona, and California, fight for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin, and spy. Angel “cuts” water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush arcology developments stay blooming in the desert and the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a water source in Phoenix come about, Angel goes to investigate. There he meets Lucy Monroe, a journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wit and street smarts. Bodies pile up, bullets go flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, California makes a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of the river. The survival of Angel, Lucy, and Maria are in each other’s hands. But alliances may shift, and the only thing for certain is that blood has to spill if anyone hopes to drink.

 

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

 

Nimona is a shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are, But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

 

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

 

In a world divided by blood-silver or red, the Reds are commoners, ruled by the Silver elite in possession of god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a seventeen year old Red girl, seems like nothing will change. Until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, she discovers that she has a power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. When the Silvers become fearful of her potential, they hide her in plan view, as a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, she works silently to help the resistance group, the Red Guard, and bring down the Silver regime.

 

 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death and is always thinking of ways to kill himself. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her hometown. When Finch and Violet meets on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself, and with Finch, Violet stops counting the days and starts living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s seems to shrink.

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 

In this companion novel to Fangirl, Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen. At least, according to his roommate, Baz. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t make his wand work, the other half, he usually sets something on fire. His mentor is avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here-it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

 

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

A new and promising trilogy by the acclaimed author, Feyre is a huntress who provides for her family. She lives in a world once ruled by evil immortal faeries. When one day she is hunting she kills a wolf, a beat-like creature comes to claim Feyre and bring her to the magical land of the faeries where she only heard about from legends. Feyre goes from a burning hate to a burning passion, when she must decide to save herself or to save her newly found loved ones.


 

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

Kaz Brekker is a criminal prodigy that is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. He forms a team of criminals to pull of the heist: a convict with a thirst for revenge, a sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager, a runaway with a privileged past, a spy known as the Wraith, a Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums, and a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

 

 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

 

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen year old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her neck in the morning. When sixteen year old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers herself to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but end the Caliph’s reign once and for all.

 

All summaries sourced from Goodreads.com

 

 

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