2015 Book Releases + Cover Candy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Morning, readers. Because I didn't get anything typed for today (blogger fail), I have a few cover pretties to share. Honestly, there aren't as many as I thought there were - I saved these for a while waiting for a nice collection and I even went searching for some "newbies." I did add a couple in that you've likely gushed over on Rel's site (simply because they're favorites and any excuse to promote them...). Beyond that, you may have seen all of these at some point or another in your browsing. If you still want to gush - sharing your favorites or anything else that catches your eye, feel free to do so below.

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, by Ann Aguirre

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again… - Goodreads, 2015


Wild Hearts, by Jessica Burkhart

Brie Carter's father's land development business has taken her family all over the world,
but as soon as they arrive at their new home in Lost Spring, Wyoming, the town turns out to protest. They don't want a new hotel if the resident mustang population will be displaced or hurt as part of the deal. Then Brie meets Logan, a gorgeous local who has a special connection to the mustangs, and she is immediately drawn to him . . . and the horses. However, with Logan's father leading the protests and Brie's father refusing to budge, it's clear that their parents are heading towards an all-out war. Can Brie and Logan find a way to save the mustangs and be together? Or is their love doomed from the start?

This new title in the If Only line is the perfect summer read and proves that love flourishes in the wildest places! - Amazon, May 2015

Royal Wedding, by Meg Cabot

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding--but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well? - Goodreads, June 2015


Sisters of Blood and Spirit, by Kady Cross

Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn't exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she's not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.

Now the guy who saved Lark's life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.
 - Goodreads, March 2015


Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold, by Kate Finn

The war rages on between Gemma and Hallie in the second installment of the Broken Hearts and Revenge series.

After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to handle the fact that Hallie knew who she was all along, and she was the one who stole Teddy from her. Gemma vows revenge, but things get more complicated than she planned. Ford, Gemma’s long-time crush, has arrived in the Hamptons cuter than ever. Josh is refusing to speak to her after she lied to him, and Teddy is playing champion to his beloved Marsh Warbler (in Gemma's backyard, no less).

Gemma and Hallie find themselves locked in an escalating revenge cycle. Just when Gemma thinks she has the upper hand, the biggest bombshell of all is dropped. And it’s one that threatens to change her life forever. This exciting sequel to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend will leave you begging for the third installment. - Goodreads, May 2015

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P.S., I Still Love You, by Jenny Han

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. - Goodreads, June 2015


Falling Like Snowflakes, by Denise Hunter

Riding in a bus in the thickly falling snow, Eden Davis wonders how it ever came to this—fleeing under cover of night with young Micah sleeping fitfully in the seat beside her. When a winter storm strands them in Summer Harbor, Maine, Eden wonders if what might have been the end could be a new beginning.

Beau Callahan is a habitual problem-solver. He’s recently left his job with the sheriff’s department to take over the family Christmas tree farm to save it from insolvency. But he’s flummoxed. During the busiest season of the year, he’s shorthanded. Then Eden shows up looking for work, and Beau believes he’s been rescued. Competent, smart, and beautiful, Eden’s also guarded and quiet. He soon figures out she comes with a boatload of secrets. But Beau can’t seem to help himself from falling for her.

As Christmas Eve approaches, Beau discovers he’ll do anything to keep Eden safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again? - Goodreads, September 2015

Married 'til Monday, by Denise Hunter

With a big anniversary party in the works for her parents, Ryan will pretend to be Abby's husband for just one last weekend.

Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive 2-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap.

Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party.

Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as devastatingly handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Seabrook, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. Besides, he only wants to check in with his best friend from college—her cousin Beau, who just lost his dad. It’s just a one-week road-trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong? - Goodreads, June 2015

Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters, by Kimberley Karalius

In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love.

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love? - Goodreads, May 2015


Lady Maybe, by Julie Klassen

One final cry…“God almighty, help us!” and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers, before all faded into darkness…

Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never seen before, and tended to by kind, unfamiliar faces. But not all has been swept away. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.

But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself to keep it. - Goodreads, July 2015


Jesse's Girl, by Miranda Kenneally

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?  - Goodreads, July 2015

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Wrong about the Guy by Claire LaZebnik

Claire LaZebnik's latest twist on a beloved classic asks the age old question: Could the girl who knows everything be wrong about the guy?

As the stepdaughter of a TV star, Ellie Withers has it all: an amazing house in LA, a devoted friend who loved her before she even knew who Ellie’s stepfather was, and a burgeoning romance with handsome Aaron Marquand. But Ellie isn't the kind of person who’s content with simply having it all—the people in her life have to be equally happy. And, of course, she knows exactly what they need.

When Ellie’s plans for her family, her friends, and even her love life don’t turn out the way she imagined, she begins to wonder if maybe she could stand to learn a thing or two after all. Most surprising, though, is that the perfect person to teach her is the last person she'd expect.

With her signature witty narration and swoon-worthy romance, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail, The Trouble with Flirting, and The Last Best Kiss) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story: Jane Austen’s Emma.
  - Goodreads, April 2015


The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Pitched as "Pitch Perfect" meets A Midsummer Night's Dream on a cruise, about a drum major who must save her school band and navigate romantic disasters when their ship gets stranded at sea.  - Goodreads, 2015
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Tonight the Streets are Ours, by Leila Sales

Tonight the Streets Are Ours is a YA novel about a teen girl living in the suburbs who becomes obsessed with a blogger in New York City, and sets out to track him down in real life. - Goodreads, September 2015

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Fragile Line, by Brooklyn Skye

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is. - Goodreads, April 2015


Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between, by Jennifer E. Smith

One night. A life-changing decision. And a list... Of course Clare made a list. She creates lists for everything. That's just how she is. But tonight is Clare and Aidan's last night before college and this list will decide their future, together or apart. It takes them on a rollercoaster ride through their past - from the first hello in science class to the first conversation at a pizza joint, their first kiss at the beach and their first dance in a darkened gymnasium - all the way up to tonight. A night of laughs, fresh hurts, last-minute kisses and an inevitable goodbye. But will it be goodbye forever or goodbye for now?  - Goodreads, September 2015


Hello, I Love You, by Katie Stout

A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process. - Goodreads, June 2015


The Wonder of You, by Susan May Warren

Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. He’ll do anything for a second chance—even contend with Amelia’s old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.

While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roark’s continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her new place mean leaving home behind?
 - Goodreads, July 2015


Let's hear from you now!
Which of these caught your eye? Are there any 2015 books your practicing patience for!?
Let's talk.


  1. A lot of great pretty covers there! I have to admit I pick up a lot of books and read the summary based on the cover :)

    1. Forgot to say I read an ARC of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things it was good! :)

    2. Me too, Shannon. Me too! A shiny cover goes a long way in raising my curiosity. It's all good though. ;)

      I'm glad to know about 'Bright and Shiny.' That's one I'm most interested in.

      Glad to see you again. :)

  2. Quite a few eye-catching ones on here, especially Meg Cabot's! I haven't read her books since high school!

    1. I heart Meg's new cover, Laura! Isn't it darling!? I haven't read any of her books to be honest, but the films? They're childhood favorites. :)

  3. What beautiful covers, Rissi! I always think it's a true testament to the designer when you know immediately the genre of the novel based on the cover. :) Shaina @Crazy4Fiction

    1. Well said, Shaina! That is an excellent point. I'm quite fond of MANY of these - including Susan's next book. Squee! Should I admit that I just want it now!? ;)

      Thanks for visiting. I'm so glad you did.

  4. Wow! Such lovely covers! Getting more and more impressed with the way Christian fiction covers are turning out these days. Lovely reveal!

    PS. Looking forward to yours ... someday! *winking* :) xoxo

    1. Aren't they though, Miranda!? I'm excited about so many of these and I agree. Christian fiction is upping their game. I love Susan's and of course Thomas Nelson seems to be leading the way. Denise's are stunners. :)

      Thank YOU! I appreciate that. Hope you're novel is going well, friend. :)


  5. That's neat that Meg Cabot is continuing on The Princess Diaries series with Mia as an adult. I have a sentimental attachment to that series, even though when I reread the first book earlier this year, I was a bit let down.

    Always look forward to anything new by Julie Klassen. And oh my goodness- that cover for Love, Fortunes, and Other Disasters is perfection. I would pick that up in a heartbeat just for the cover, though the summary sounds good, too. :)

    1. I should trying reading the series, too. I'm just so attached to the movies that I cannot imagine the books surpassing that. But... maybe with this new book I will. Although then again, I'd probably read the new novel and be fine having not read the other books. Such a dilemma. ;)

      Enjoy Julie's new book! It looks and sounds lovely. Isn't "Love, Fortunes..." cute! That was my first reaction when I came across it too. So fun!

  6. The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things sounds and looks amazing!! I need it in my life!! And there are a few others that have caught my eye like, Tonight the Streets are Ours, The Trouble with Destiny, Fragile Line, Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between, and Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold. So many of these sound so intriguing!!

    1. How many books are we already counting up that fall into that statement, Alyssa!? It's almost scary methinks. ;) I agree with your list: the covers are favorites too minus Fragile Line which I like okay, but the others are so vibrant up against it. Thanks for commenting!

  7. I spy so many cute whimsical ones. Hoo-ray!

  8. Wow, so many great covers and summaries! I haven't actually read The Princess Diaries but I love the movies, and I think it's so cool that Meg Cabot wrote an adult installment.

    1. I've not read the books by Meg either, Jillian. But, the films are some of my very favorites! I adore them. I'm considering reading the books just to catch up with Mia (in the book)... but it probably stands alone in some sense. :)

  9. Now you have me interested!!! I really want to read P.S. I Still Love You and Married Till Monday!!!

    1. Me too, Maria; I have heard great things about Jenny Han's writing plus I adore Denise's stories. :)

  10. Another Princess Diaries novel is coming out?!? I remember reading those when I was younger, ways before blogging was even a thought in my mind. Never did read all the books, though. And not sure where in the series I left off. But I may have to check out this new one! What do you think, Rissi? Will it be confusing or hard to follow since I've skipped a few and haven't kept up with the series?

    1. I'm pretty surprised too, Cassie! I've not read the books (love the films) but would indeed enjoy reading this one if for no other reason than to catch up with these "iconic" characters. Mia is one of those endearing heroine's who we like to visit now and again.

      As I mentioned, I haven't read the series, but I think we could get away with just reading this new installment. Or that's my hope! :)

  11. Wow, there are some great covers up there! I didn't know that Julie Klassen was coming out with another book...it sounds so intriguing. Thanks for sharing all these up-and-coming reads, Rissi! :)

    1. Don't many of these look (or at least SOUND) fabulous, Bekah!? I cannot wait to try some of these and I'm glad you're excited about Julie's next one. It does sound intriguing, but then, hers always do have a "gothic" kind of intrigue to them. :)

  12. I just love when you do these posts! I mean, who can resist an excuse to gush over pretty covers?? I hadn't seen the cover for or read the synopsis of Royal Wedding, either! I loooved the Princess Diaries books when I was younger, so I'm seriously excited to see an adult book and just a continuation of Mia's story! :D

    1. Hi, Rachel. I'm so glad you stopped in. I agree. Gushing over a pretty cover design is always a welcome excuse. :)

      Royal Wedding is one I'm pretty sure I'll *have* to read. It sounds fun and despite not having read the books, I'd love to catch up with Mia. The movies are nostalgic favorites. :)

  13. Thanks to your persistent raving I'm about to start Denise's Chapel Springs series so it works ;-) Though I have to say I adore the cover of Married Til Monday so much I probably would have picked that one up regardless. But I'm excited to be beginning a new series with a number of titles already out and not hanging on tenterhooks for months for the next one which is what happens every time with SMW and The Christiansens!

    Currently I am counting down the days until Susan Meissner's The Secret of A Charmed Life is released. Almost almost into the single digits!!

    1. *bites nails* I sure hope you enjoy Denise's new series, Kara...! I think it's really good and is definitely recommendable for those of us who adore Susan's family series. Married 'til Monday and The Wishing Season are my two most favorite cover designs though I think Barefoot Summer is my favorite story. So far. :)

      At least this way... you won't have much wait between the third and last book if you like the series. :)

      Yay for anticipated book countdowns. Glad you're almost there... hope you enjoy Susan's The Secret of a Charmed Life. It does look good!


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