Lewmag: January 2015

New Year, New Reads

january photoA fresh start is upon us: There are resolutions to be made and new beginnings to explore. If you are looking for a fresh resolution, I have a great one to try: read more! Taking time to read every day not only stimulates the brain, but it can alleviate stress, improve memory, and expand focus and concentration. Reading is the key to transporting yourself around the world to find new, exciting adventures.

In the book world, a new year also means new releases. For me, anticipating a new book is almost as exciting as having it in my hands, ready to read. Whether it’s a new start or a continuation of a series, there is always the question of what will happen next as the story begins.

These new releases make the new year the perfect time to take hold of the new resolution. For those looking for inspiration and adventure in 2015, I have compiled a list of some of Young Adult’s most anticipated releases. The following titles come from a range of genres that cover important or entertaining topics.

  1. All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter, release set for Jan. 20. Carter is a YA favorite from her previous series Gallagher Girls, about a spy school, and Heist Society, about teenage thieves. In her new series, Carter explores high-stakes politics when her teen protagonist, Grace, tries to uncover the mystery of her mother’s death.
  1. I Was Here by Gayle Forman, release set for Jan. 27. Forman, author of If I Stay, (which was turned into a movie in August) hits the subject of death once again when Cody deals with her best friend’s suicide and her secret life. Forman is a master of emotional and redefining stories that take readers to a new level.
  1. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead, release set for Feb. 10. Bloodlines, a spin-off series of the popular Vampire Academy, follows Sydney, an alchemist, and her relationships within the world of vampires. The Ruby Circle continues Sydney’s high-risk adventures and magical secrets which should appeal to fans of the supernatural world.
  1. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, release set for March 10. Mystery and suspense take hold in Oliver’s newest, gripping thriller about sisters Nick and Dara. After Dara goes missing, Nick must follow the clues to find her before it’s too late.
  1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, release set for May 5. Realistic fiction best-seller, Dessen, tells the tale of Sydney and her journey to save her reckless brother while on the path to self-discovery.
  1. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick, release set for June 2015. Fitzpatrick’s characters, Tim and Alice, learn about first love and its consequences when they fall for each other despite their conflicting personalities and Tim’s messy past.

Here’s hoping the new year brings in new readers, especially to YA. These upcoming releases hold hopeful positivity for the genre and guaranteed adventure along the way.

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