Monday, February 13, 2012

My Most Anticipated of 2012 Part III

PART I dealt with debuts. PART II dealt with new series written by established authors.

PART III deals with continuation of series.

1. Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 2012

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying. 

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. 

This was not that world.
  • That was from Laini Taylor's website where she announced the title... And as for why I'm excited-- did you read that selection?  Laini Taylor is an AWESOME writer. She has won me over completely, and if you haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, what are you waiting for?
2. A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters #2) by Kelly Keaton
Release Date: February 21, 2012

A power she can’t deny. A destiny she’s determined to fight. 

When Ari first arrived in the dilapidated city of New 2, all she wanted was to figure out who she was. But what she discovered was beyond her worst nightmare. Ari can already sense the evil growing inside her—a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess. 

Desperate to hold on to her humanity and protect her loved ones, Ari must fight back. But Athena’s playing mind games, not just with Ari but with those she cares about most. And Athena has a very special plan for the brooding and sexy Sebastian. 

Ari is determined to defeat Athena, but time is running out. With no other options, Ari must unleash the very thing she’s afraid of: herself.

  • This is one of those books that I can't help but be somewhat excited for... I was annoyed with Ari and the romance that seemed fake etc. etc. and yet I still want to know what happens in the sequel. I liked Keaton's spin on mythology and her creepy New 2. Hopefully this won't disappoint.
3. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris
Release Date: May 17, 2012

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank. 

Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.
  • Okay, so I'm incredibly behind in this series, but I've got all the books and at some point, I AM GOING TO CATCH UP. I love True Blood and loved the first four books and want more.
4. Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love. 

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy. 

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

  • Though Until I Die is another paranormal romance that seems to be new creatures set in the Twilight mode but in Paris, again I find myself curious re: the sequel to Die For Me. Kate was a nice, strong protagonist and the descriptions of Paris were wonderful.
5. Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 12, 2012

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking... 

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong? 

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devestating results. 

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough... 

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

  • Emerson was one fiesty protagonist. Can't wait to hear more from her... and to see more of McEntire's Southern atmosphere and really? After that shocking conclusion, I really want to know what will happen next and see how Emerson/Michael/Kaleb will play out.
6. Girl of Nightmares (Anna Dressed in Blood #2) by Kendare Blake
Release Date: August 7, 2012

In this follow-up to Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas begins seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep, and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong. These aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears. 

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

  • Anna was a pretty good YA horror novel, and I would expect the same of its sequel. To be honest, I can't quite remember how the story ended, but the writing was good and the characters compelling enough that I want to see what's next in store for them.

7. Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini
Release Date: May 29, 2012

As the only Scion that can enter Hades at will, Helen descends to the Underworld in search of a way to overcome the Furies and end the cycle of revenge that has cursed the Scions. But she’s running out of time. Each descent weakens her both in mind and spirit. A mysterious stranger might be her only salvation, but the price may be her love for Lucas Delos. 

As an unforgettable love triangle emerges, Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding. The eagerly awaited sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed, Dreamless delivers with a huge emotional impact that will leave readers satisfied—and longing for more.

  • Yes, Helen annoyed me somewhat and there was a bunch of overwriting that made the story drag on, but I liked the premise behind her novel and want to see when Lucas/Helen realize how stupid they were for believing the cousin deal. Not looking forward to the love triangle part, but seeing Angelini's version of the underworld should be interesting.
8. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 19, 2012

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. 

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. 

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her. 

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. 

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?
  • One, it's Richelle Mead. Two, I loved Bloodlines. Three, Ms. Mead has said in previous interviews that there will be more romance in this than in Bloodlines. Yay!
9. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 1, 2012

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. 

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

  • This one's pretty much on everyone's list, isn't it?  Divergent was one of my favorite reads of 2011. Definitely going after the sequel!
10. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 8, 2012

In Book 5: City of Lost Souls, the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling.
  • To be honest, I don't really want to be waiting for this book. I wish The Mortal Instruments had ended with City of Glass, but since it didn't... same case as I've mentioned above... And though I really like Clare's writing and her character banter, I  hope that she starts something new after TMI and ID are done; I'm kind of getting sick of the Shadowhunter world.
11. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2) by Kady Cross
Release Date: May 22, 2012

In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous. 

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves. 

One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.

  • I enjoyed The Girl in the Steel Corset, and I don't read/see all that much steampunk. Kady Cross has spun a fun world to experience and great characters to root for so why not?
Release Date: May 28, 2012

Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. 

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead. 

Not this time. 

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey. 

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves. 

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies. 

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.
  • Pierce was a fun, quirky protagonist to follow in Abandon, and I liked Cabot's twist on the Persephone myth. Can't wait to see where John/Pierce end up!
Release Date: unlisted, 2012
  • Mara Dyer was one of my favorite books of 2011. After that cliffhanger, I can't WAIT for this one. PTSD or something else?  Noah/Mara.  Paranormal say whuuut??!
Coming next week is the last installment of my most anticipated of 2012, and it will deal with series endings.

Which books are you looking forward to in 2012?  Do we agree on any?

1 comment:

  1. This is the first time I've seen the title for the DoSaB sequel and I love it!! Also cannot wait for The Golden Lily and Insurgent!

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