Carolyn's Favorite YA of 2015

2015 has been a year of fantastic books, as well as my first full year of blogging! Looking back on all the wonderful books I've read this past year, here are some of my favorite books of 2015:

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

The start of Ally Carter's newest series, All Fall Down set the framework for a smart, evolving mystery about the secrecy of diplomacy - and espionage. You can see my review here

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen is a brilliant, magic-filled dystopia (think The Selection meets Hunger Games meets Graceling) - and sure to be the start of one of the next biggest series in YA. You can read my review here

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked Thing continues the popular trend of retelling fairy tales, but rather than making the protagonist into a magical warrior princess, this retelling of Sleeping Beauty explores the emotional and political issues the princess is forced to confront once she awakens... and realizes that her supposed "true love" isn't the one she loves at all. You can check out my review here.

Dead to Me by Mary McCoy

This perfect historical noir mystery explores the dark underside of 1940's Hollywood through the kickass heroine's pursuit of her long-missing sister. You can see my review here and check out my interview with Mary McCoy here.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Adieh

The Wrath and the Dawn not only manages to retell the story of A Thousand and One Nights in a way that actually humanizes the despotic king but does so eloquently and beautifully. Read my review here.

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

A chilling tale of one young woman's quest for justice through revenge, Daughter of Deep Silence will have you sympathizing with a very, very twisted protagonist you can't help rooting for. You can see my review here.

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

Silver in the Blood tells the story of two young women who discover their very interesting ancestry: belonging to a family of werewolves. Check out my review here.

Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson builds a richly wondrous world where the American Revolution never happened and the British aristocracy use their magical powers to rule over their American subjects...but what happens when a half-British citizen discovers her powers and joins the brewing resistance? You can read my review here.

Lock and Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock and Mori is one of the best adaptations I've read of Sherlock Holmes (or more specifically, Holmes' complex relationship with Moriarty), and I can't wait to see where this series goes. You can see my review here

Walk on Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger chronicles the journeys of one magical young woman's quest across the country seeking gold during the California Gold Rush - and seeking an escape from her nefariously controlling and murderous uncle. Check out my review here

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows, a spinoff from Leigh Bardugo's massively popular Grisha trilogy, follows a ragtag team of theives as they pull of the most daring heist of their careers. You can read my review here.

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl 

Margaret Stohl writes the Black Widow story every fan needs to read. Weaving between the present and the past, the unfolding story slowly reveals Natasha's backstory in a gripping and haunting manner. You can expect a review from me soon. 

Carolyn is a teen blogger who shares her favorite YA reads and favorite book related finds with readers on Fridays.