Late 2012/early 2013 from established authors:
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Release Date: January 8, 2013
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay.
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.
Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!
- Read the excerpt and the synopsis and saw the cover here, and with Gayle Forman as the author, I'm sure this book will be everything it claims to be.
Sever (Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.
With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.
Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.
In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.
- Love, love, love Lauren DeStefano's poetic writing style. And that ending! I want to know how this trilogy is going to end.
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.
In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.
- Kiersten White's first novel after the Paranormalcy trilogy! Of course I'm interested, especially with a summary like that. Plus, I really liked the style she used in the Corsets & Clockwork anthology.
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: January 8, 2013
A girl does a macabre dance with death in this eerie new novel fromNew York Times bestselling author Brenna Yovanoff.
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’s 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.
Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.
- I'm not really a huge fan of horror novels, but Brenna Yovanoff created a creepy world in The Replacement, and I'm eager to see what this novel will be like / how her style will enhance the horror aspect.
Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga.Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?
- The Hush, Hush saga is my guilty pleasure. I think if I was to read Hush, Hush now for the first time, I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did a few years ago... either way, though, Becca Fitzpatrick has crafted an interesting world and is good at writing thrillers, so I'm excited!
Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
Release Date: November 6, 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.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.
- SO excited for this! I reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone this summer because I read it too quickly the first time to really enjoy the writing, and ah, that reread just made it all the better and the wait all the more torturous!
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.
As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
- Fairy tale retellings in a futuristic science fiction setting. Yes. And I loved the world Marissa Meyer built in Cinder and can't wait to unravel more of it!
Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis
Release Date: January 15, 2013
The final book in the trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis!
Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed 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 that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric 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 meaningless.
- What will happen?! Also, I really dislike the new covers.
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Release Date: February 22, 2013
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
- I started to read The Near Witch, and I like Victoria Schwab's writing -- really atmospheric. Plus, this synopsis has a literary feeling to it, which I tend to enjoy, not to mention the fact that the premise in general sounds original and interesting.
Rise (Nightshade Prequel #2) by Andrea Cremer
Release Date: January 8, 2013
The sequel to Rift and the prequel to the New York Times bestselling novel Nightshade.
Everything Conatus stands for is at risk. Hoping to gather enough resistance to save their order, Ember and Barrow attempt a desperate escape. But fate offers little mercy. When their mission is exposed, the couple face relentless pursuit by the supernatural horrors that act on the commands of Eira’s ally: the mysterious Bosque Mar. A shocking revelation forces Ember out of hiding, sending her back into the heart of dark magic at Tearmunn keep, where she must convince her old friend Alistair of her love or face dire consequences. Ember’s deception offers the only chance for the resistance to succeed, but what she discovers in the shadows beneath the keep will shatter her world and bring about the Witches’ War.
Richly sensual and full of magic, action and danger, Andrea Cremer's fifth book set in the Nightshade world is an edge-of-your-seat page turner.
- I love Andrea Cremer's writing style. Ember and Barrow's story is probably a tragic one, but I can't help myself-- I really want to know what happens to them. That, and it'll be nice what else Andrea Cremer has up her sleeve for the Nightshade world. (Also, I really, really dislike that cover. That's a computer generated woman, isn't it? Either that or she looks really fake.)
Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter
Release Date: February 5, 2013
The third book in the "New York Times "best-selling Heist Society series by blockbuster author Ally Carter.
Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.
No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark.
Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.
- Okay, so I haven't read Uncommon Criminals yet though it's sitting on my shelf here at school. Definitely going to before this ... I love Ally Carter's snappy dialogue, fun characters, and quick pacing. The light tone of these stories is very refreshing.
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
Release Date: February 12, 2013
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
- Not sure if that means there's a love triangle (I hope not!) but AHHH, that first chapter. And the ending to The Golden Lily. And Adrian. And Sydney and her magic. And why isn't it February already?
Arcadia Burns (Arcadia #2) by Kai Meyer
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Romeo and Juliet meets shape-shifters amid an exotic—and very dangerous—Sicilian setting in this thrilling sequel to Arcadia Awakens.
- This is weird, because I clearly remember seeing a longer synopsis for this book but (?)... There aren't many international books brought into the USA that I know about, so I enjoyed having the opportunity to read Arcadia Awakens. I thought since it was a paranormal romance, I wouldn't like it, but the setting, Rosa's internal journey, Alessandro's faults... simply put, it was a good read. Here's what Google translate says the synopsis is:
The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
- As usual, a not so specific synopsis BUT that killer ending. And that killer first chapter. What's going to happen next for Mara and Noah?!
Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the "New York Times" bestselling Matched Trilogy.
After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising--and each other--Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.
In this gripping conclusion to the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.
- Looking forward to finding out what happens! Also, I thought I remember Ally Condie saying that Xander's POV would be included in this book, which should be interesting, given that he's clearly the underdog with lots of secrets.
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Release Date: March 12, 2013
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.
Mila 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.
- I love the Bourne movies. A lot. If this book is anything like them, count me in.
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shephard
Release Date: January 29, 2013
London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—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 her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.
Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
- I've never read the Island of Dr. Moreau, which this book is a remake of but from the daughter's point of view, but this synopsis sounds like fantastic fun. Human monsters? Madness? "Scientific curiosity?" A remote island? Could either be really good or potentially disastrous.
18. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Release Date: August 2013 (okay, so another non-winter 2013 debut...)
Violet's grandmother had warned her about the Devil, had talked about him often, as though he were a best friend, or an old lover. But she never told Violet that the Devil could be real. She never told Violet that the Devil could be a dark-haired boy in vintage clothes who takes naps in the sun and likes old movies and vigilante justice.
River West is the seventeen-year old stranger renting the guesthouse behind the rotting mansion on the sea, where Violet lives. And as eerie things start happening in Violet's town, she begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling, coffee-loving liar with rascally eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something else? Something...evil?
Violet's already so knee-deep in love she can't see straight.
And that's just how River likes it.
- This reminds me of Laini Taylor a little--am I wrong for thinking that? I really like the writing in this synopsis, so hopefully that will also apply to the book. I also really like that last line, and think that that will add an intriguing punch to what seems to be either paranormal romance or horror.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner
Release Date: 2013 (Don't know if it's early 2013, then, sorry!)
Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen never should have met. She’s the socialite daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, and he’s a decorated soldier fighting back rebellions on newly terraformed planets. But when the vast luxury spaceliner they’re both traveling on crashes, they find themselves thrown together as the two sole survivors on an alien planet.
As they survive harsh conditions and dwindling supplies—not to mention each other—the two begin to uncover a mystery surrounding the abandoned planet that neither of them could have guessed.
The first in a trilogy, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a series of timeless, standalone love stories that span galaxies—and are linked by their shared worlds and one mysterious enemy.
- Sounds like it's got more romance than Across the Universe but also has an interesting setting, and what I hope is prose-like writing with that premise.
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Release Date: May 2013 (okay, this one's not winter 2013, but you don't mind, do you ;)?)
Humans will be the hunted. Love will be tested. Vengeance will be had.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844
18-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s society events — until a faery killed her mother.
Now, between the seeming endless parties and boring dances, Aileana has a new hobby: she secretly slaughters the fae who prey on humans in the city’s dark alleyways.
Determined to find the faery who murdered her mother, vengeance has become Aileana's life. . . so she never anticipated her growing attraction to the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind. Or that there was a world beyond hers, filled with secrets that affect her past and have the potential to destroy her present.
But when her own world is about revenge, and when she holds Kiaran’s fate in her hands, how far is Aileana prepared to go for retribution?
- I'm not actually sure if this title is coming out in the US, but I hope it is. I remember the splash it made when it was first announced, and I remember looking at the author's website, and wanting to read The Falconer right then and there. Also, the author wrote an awesome review about her book. (Now I just hope it lives up to the expectations I have).
Non-YA 2013 Debut:
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
Release Date: February 5, 2013
The sensation of the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair: a stunningly dark first novel that is sure to become a major publishing event.
When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from "Jack." Only thirty or so people are sure this man exists, some believe he's dead, and none know anything at all about his true identity. Those are closely guarded trade secrets, to say the least, for an exceptionally trained, experienced, and talented criminal. But as he struggles to clean up the mess left in the wake of the bungled Atlantic City heist, he finds himself increasingly more visible as he's pursued simultaneously by the FBI and other interested, if mysteriously elusive, parties--a situation that requires every gram of his skill, ingenuity, and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense become meaningless terms.
From its opening pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader into Jack's refined and peculiar world--and the sophisticated shadowboxing only grows more powerfully intense as the novel moves toward its inexorable conclusion.
- My friend from Reed actually knows (and celebrated with) Roger Hobbs, and put me on the radar for his book deal (I was curious--another Veronica Roth type?). And does that synopsis not sound awesome? If that synopsis doesn't do it for you, here's the Publisher's Weekly announcement about Ghostman:
Fisketjon Nabs 22-Year-Old’s Debut
Snatching up one of the books everyone is buzzing about pre-Frankfurt, Gary Fisketjon at Knopf acquired North American rights to Roger Hobbs’s debut novel The Ghostman. Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber brokered the deal, and Fisketjon made the call after reading just the first 50 pages of the book. Hobbs, who is now 22, wrote the novel when he was still a senior at Reed College; it’s about a mysterious and wildly skilled robber named Jack who, per the agency, “has the chance to make a huge killing in easily transmitted cash—or be killed in the process.” Einaudi, in Italy, pre-empted the book, on those same 50 pages, in a six-figure, two-book deal. Goldmann in Germany has closed a high six-figure, two-book pre-empt. A deal in the U.K. is also expected to close shortly. The agency will have a longer manuscript in Frankfurt—150 pages in total. Hobbs lives in Portland, Ore.
What do you think? What titles are you most excited for?