It seems that the end of the year always inspires people to compile the lists of “best-of” for the year – but sometimes it’s a great thing to look ahead to what you might most anticipate in the months ahead! There are a TONNE of new books and sequels coming up – book two in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, book three in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series, the sixth and final book in Michael Grant’s Gone series…sigh. Good thing I have bookstore connections J So, without further ado … here’s my top-ten list for what I’m looking forward to having on my TBR list next year.
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Anticipated release date: February 26, 2013 from Penguin Young Readers/Razorbill
This is the sequel to “The Name of the Rose” her wonderfully suspenseful and edgy first book of the series.
After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades— the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.
Also Known As by Robin Benway
Anticipated release date: February 26, 2013 from Bloomsbury
I adored “Audrey, Wait!” so can’t wait to see what this author can bring to her latest YA novel.
Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.
Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She’ll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school’s security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Anticipated release date: January 8, 2013 from Razorbill (Penguin)
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah is just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Anticipated release date: January 15th from Razorbill (Penguin)
I adore the Across the Universe series, and can’t wait to see how Revis finishes this trilogy. Probably one of my top reads for the year – if I can ever get a copy!!
Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.
But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stonewalls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed‘s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight.
Amy and Elder must race to discover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been for nothing.
Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
Anticipated release date: April 23, 2013 from Penguin
This is the first book in a new series by Fisher, and I can’t wait. Her world building is outstanding, and I can’t wait to see what she can do with a mix of real, faery and dystopian worlds.
The obsidian mirror. Its power is great and terrible. Men have been lost in it, the dead brought back to life through it, and the future annihilated by it. Or this is what will happen unless the mirror is destroyed. Three people seek the mirror: the first has been sent from the future to shatter its power; the second will protect the mirror at all costs, obsessed with its power; and the third needs the mirror to find a murdered father and save his life. But only one can succeed.
The mirror can send you to the past, but it will not bring you back.
Something-gent (as yet untitled, but hey, it’s a pattern) by Veronica Roth
Anticipated release date: September 26th, 2013 from Katherine Tegen Books / Harper Collins Canada
It’s book 3 in the Divergent series. Really, do I need to say more? Honestly, I CAN’T WAIT. No pressure, Ms Roth, no pressure.
Loki’s Wolves/The Rising/Cainsville: Omens by Kelley Armstrong.
Anticipated release dates: May 7th, April 2nd, August 1st respectively by Doubleday Canada, Harper Collins and Random House.
If you want to know why, just click here.
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Anticipated release date: February 5, 2013 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Prequel to the Parasol Protectorate, this is Carriger’s foray into the world of YA.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponry. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Anticipated release date: April 2, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Her first book, “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” was one of my favourite books of 2012, and I can’t wait to see what she will do next.
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith’s new YA novel, perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet—albeit virtually—when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition of romantic movies like “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” the two 17-year-olds strike up an email relationship, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don’t even know each other’s first names.
Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don’t tell each other everything; Graham doesn’t know the major secret hidden in Ellie’s family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.
When the location for the shoot of Graham’s new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie’s mom want her to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Anticipated release date: September 1, 2013 by Little, Brown for Young Readers
If anyone can reinvent the vampire genre, it’s Holly Black.
Conceived of and originally published to great acclaim as a short story, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is set in the not-so-distant future, where the vampire population has surged, resulting in the establishment of Coldtowns, quarantined cities of vampires and humans where predator and prey coexist in a never-ending blood party of revelry. These isolated meccas of debauchery are the pillars of pop culture, with vlogs, live feeds, and YouTube videos constantly streaming from the endless parties at vampire mansions. Drawn into this bizarre and dangerous world is Tana, who willingly enters Coldtown with an infected ex-boyfriend on the brink of turning and a mysterious vampire with a tortured past intent on seeking revenge. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original vampire story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing.
Still to come with no set release date but great anticipation….
Untitled Dust Lands by Moira Young and Untitled Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
Also – for a fantastic list of upcoming YA reads, check out this link.
So … what are YOU most looking forward to reading next year?