On the cusp of a new year I am already thinking about all the great books that I am going to get to read in 2013. It is my sincere hope that (despite being back to work full time and no longer on maternity leave) I can keep up my level of reading and that my student book club will continue to supply me with new books to try.
In order of release date, here are the books that I am most excited for in the coming year.
Prodigy by Marie Lu
June and Day arrive in
Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his
son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the
two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother
and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and
Day must assassinate the new Elector.
It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.
as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted
by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if
revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if
the Patriots are wrong?
In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid,
attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal
that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her
father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and
continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to
find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's
handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway,
Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island,
only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has
experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as
humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is
killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific
curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments
and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island
falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and
madness—in her own blood.
Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The
Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless
Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the
truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
A kingdom teetering on
the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find
out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen's
blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE!
Just weeks after Jaron has taken
the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation.
Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls,
and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it
becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving
it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more
he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to
return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to
save his kingdom?
The stunning second installment of The
Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and
murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and
living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when
Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more
complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his
dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is
dreaming of a murder.
Then Eli's dream comes true.
Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of
them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the
killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
Mila 2.0 is the
first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage
girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl
living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to
forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and
programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has
no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her
terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that
wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However,
what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own,
and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold
debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that
combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it
really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for
who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave
them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Sybella arrives at the
convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve
Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally
skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views
Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.
assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a
life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are
terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while
Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He
must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally
imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something
other than vengeance to live for?
This heart-pounding sequel to
Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure,
bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them
on the edge of their seats.
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
"I dare you..."
anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her
mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she
protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and
forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness.
That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her
and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for
the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....
Ryan Stone is
the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't
tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including
the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the
Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.
begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth
expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and
his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get
too close is daring herself to want it all....
Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Darkness never dies.
across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina
must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while
keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun
her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from
the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that
will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a
notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned,
determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power
grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic,
and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her
country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or
risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.
Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and
Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear
in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she
doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s
intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed
Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.
Elizabeth and Fear both sense
that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in
the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as
she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long
enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will
she be able to rely on Fear to save her?
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
Old Gods never die…
Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath
her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up
with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity
in perpetual health.
Desperately seeking the cause of their
slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering
allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them
to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess,
protected and loved by a god.
These days, Cassandra doesn’t
involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know
they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just
Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned
herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals
in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have
become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures
of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get,
because immortals don’t just flicker out.
Every one of them dies
in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of
them rage against their last breath.
The Goddess War is about to begin.
The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray
A virus that had once
been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by
its destruction. But when seventeen-year-old Cheyenne wakes up in
Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its
monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured
lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's
heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne
there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy
of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone,"
and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances
ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian
Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and
in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they'll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they'll die.
Afterglow by Karsten Knight
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