The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24, 2012
You will kill. The only question is when.
In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.
Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.
Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.
- Can count on Julie Kagawa for excellent world-building, good romance, and strong protags (except Meghan did bother me in The Iron Daughter a little but...). Plus... vampires and the apocalypse? Um, whut?
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Before Calla Tor, there was Ember Morrow.
Sixteen-year-old Lady Ember Morrow fulfills a family obligation by joining her friend Alistair in the Conatus Guard and begins training to help with the order’s true mission, to seek out and stop evildoers and their unnatural creations.
- I love Andrea Cremer's writing and world-building. Though she favors love triangles, I do like the romance she includes for the most part and can't wait to find out more about the Nightshade world. Plus, this is a Middle Ages story. Love alternative perspectives on history.
Wake by Amanda Hocking
Release Date: August 21st, 2012
Lose yourself in the magic of Watersong, an unforgettable new series about two sisters who nearly lose their lives - and their loves - when they fall under the spell of three beautiful but deadly sirens.
First in a four-book paranormal romance YA series from bestselling author, Amanda Hocking.
- I've only read Switched from Amanda Hocking, but it was a really fast-paced read and had some interesting mythology so I'm looking forward to see what she'll bring to sirens.
Release Date: September 5, 2012
Author of the Demon's Lexicon Series Sarah Rees Brennan's YA gothic romance trilogy beginning with UNSPOKEN, about a budding journalist who investigates when she realizes the town she has lived in all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets and a murderer, and the truth may lie with the ruling family who have just returned to the manor on the hill and in the whispers she hears in her head from a boy who may not be imaginary after all.
- I've only read a few of SRB's short stories, though I have the first two Demon's Lexicon books. But still, she is the funniest and most charming author I've had the pleasure of meeting. I think I would give any book she writes a chance. Plus, Gothic + romance + mystery murder = score! Not enough Gothic stuff out there in YA.
Release Date: unlisted, 2012
Set several years after the events of the first, this trilogy will star an older Ethan Chase, Meghan's brother.
- Julie Kagawa... how is it that you write so fast?! But I'd love to see some cameos from the Iron Fey characters and can't wait to see what trouble Meghan's little brother gets into.
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Lawson and his brothers escaped from the underworld and now lead desperate, dangerous lives, pursued by the Hounds of Hell from one town to the next, never calling any place home. But when the hounds finally catch up with them and capture the girl Lawson loves, the hunters become the hunted. Lawson will stop at nothing to track down the hounds—especially their ruthless former general—even if the chances of saving Tala are slim. The risks of being recaptured and enslaved by Romulus are high, and the boys’ search becomes increasingly perilous as they get closer to the hounds’ trail. But an unexpected discovery leads them to the one person who may be the key to winning the inevitable confrontation to come.
Meanwhile, Bliss Llewellyn is adjusting to humanity after giving up her immortal vampire life. As she and her aunt Jane unravel the clues surrounding a disturbing attack on a young girl, they find themselves stalked by a terrifying force, so stealthy that Bliss doesn’t know who to blame until Jane is taken by the hellhounds themselves. Bliss will do whatever it takes to save her—even if it means joining forces with the insolent, dangerously good-looking boy with a wolf's soul and a too-intimate knowledge of Jane's captors.
- To be honest... I'm on the edge about this one. Melissa de la Cruz is one of those authors who writes really well but who also writes books with such SLOW, dragged out plots that I seriously consider whether or not to stop reading halfway through the series. Not sure I should give her a chance after Blue Bloods.
7. Starling by Lesley Livingston
Release Date: unlisted, 2012
Warring powerful New York City crime families, all with ties to the supernatural, vie for control of the fate of mankind. "...reminiscent of The Bourne Identity and 'blend Norse, Egyptian, and Greek mythologies with paranormal elements.'"
- I haven't read any of Lesley Livingston's other books, but I've heard good things about them, and this one sounds great. I looove The Bourne Identity and mythology and the supernatural.
Release Date: ?, 2012 (or is it 2013? Goodreads is confusing).
About a high school Miss Popularity whose world changes when a funny thing happens on the way to the (Homecoming) coronation: she's recruited into the Paladins, a supernatural sect of bodyguards sworn to protect those who will play an important role in the future, and charged with saving her archnemesis even if it means sacrificing her place as queen bee.
- I really hope this one has as much humor in it as her Hex Hall series does... One review says that it's set place in the Civil War time period, which I think will be interesting to read. Rachel Hawkins, in general though, is an author I think I've grown to trust (i.e. knowing that I'll like her books no matter what).
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Release Date: November 1st, 2012
A supernatural series set in Manhattan during the 1920s that follows a teen heroine reminiscent of two of the era's most famous literary women—Zelda Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker. The story will be a wild new ride full of dames and dapper dons, jazz babies and Prohibition-defying parties, conspiracy and prophecy—and all manner of things that go bump in the neon-drenched night.
- The same goes for Libba Bray. I loved the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. I own both Beauty Queens and Going Bovine but I have yet to read them. Besides Libba Bray being awesome... that description? Yes. Sounds like something I'd enjoy.
Books I'm not sure are series (and may just be stand-alones):
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.
But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she has lost him forever.
Inspired by Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
- I haven't read Diana Peterfreund's other series about unicorns, but I did read a short story of hers based in that world and I liked her writing and I LOVE Jane Austen. Persuasion was not my favorite of all of her works, but the description for this novel really sells it for me. It sounds amazing.
11. The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson
Release Date: unlisted, 2012
Christine Johnson’s THE GATHERING DARK, about a gifted pianist who discovers that she and the mysterious boy she’s falling for are part of an alternate world made from dark matter, and in a race of love against fear, she must somehow save her life without losing herself.
- Haven't read anything of Christine Johnson's so this is me taking a stab in the dark... but this summary looks good.
12. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Release Date: September 4, 2012
- Really like the themes and mood in Melissa Marr's writing. That title? Wow. I have no clue what the book is about, but knowing Marr, it'll be something spooky and haunting but beautiful.
Revived by Cat Patrick
Release Date: May 8, 2012
As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.
A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger — and more sinister — than she ever imagined.
- I liked the idea behind Cat Patrick's Forgotten but was disappointed by how it played out... Am hoping that the same will not happen for the idea of this book which sounds awesome.
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.
After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications (again!) and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home and school. She refuses to be daunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom, or that her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.
With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?
Annaliese? Or herself?
- Sounds spooky. I really love novels that play with the protagonist's reliability.
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Release Date: June 19, 2012
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?
- I've read one of Courtney Summers's contemporary novels and it was pretty good. I like the idea of her bringing some of those questions into a paranormal/apocalyptic novel.
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance...
When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.
Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.
- Merp, okay, so it's got a love triangle. BUT I liked Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisterhood trilogy and am trusting her to make Helen a smart protagonist. Plus, I read the short story the world this novel is built upon and really liked it so hopefully that will follow through as well.
Stay tuned for My Most Anticipated of 2012 Part III: Continuation of Series.
What books from established authors are you most anticipating?