Splintered by A.G. HowardIn no particular order, here are some of the 2013 books that I reallyyy want to read!
Expected publication: January 1st 2013
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.I am SO ridiculously excited to read this. I'm not an Alice in Wonderland fan because I haven't even read it/watched it but the summary, the cover, the reviews... I JUST WANT IT! and it comes out in FOUR DAYS! It's going to be my road trip read when I go back home.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers
His Fair Assassin #2
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013
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.I LOVED Grave Mercy so of course I want this book! Best thing, it's not a sequel but a companion! WHOOP WHOOP! A whole new story in an awesome world about an awesome character.
But those 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.
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?In one of the versions of the summary, Sleepless in Seattle was mentioned. I LOVE that movie. I still have not read any of Jennifer E. Smith's books (shameful, I know) but I WILL FIX THIS IN 2013!
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.
Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen *Also on Sharon's list.
Expected publication: June 4th 2013
Emaline works at her family's vacation rental company the summer before she leaves for college. She must confront her values, goals and choices as her relationship with city-boy Theo evolves and she's forced to say goodbye to the beach town where she grew up.R: It's A NEW SARAH DESSEN.
S: ^THIS. I mean, really. That says it all.
Love Irresistibly by Julie James *Also on Sharon's list.
FBI / US Attorney #4
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013
HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS…R: Dear Julie James, I love you like no one else. Your books are so damn well written and I die 364 days of the year as I wait for your next release. I'm really dying to read and learn more about Cade Morgan because I loved About That Night. Please build a time machine and fast forward us to April 2nd.
A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.
AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER.
A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love . . .
S: Julie James is absolutely amazing, and I look forward to her books with the enthusiasm I usually reserve for birthdays and really good cheesecake.
Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas
Friday Harbor #4
Expected publication: February 5th 2013
In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's Crystal Cove, Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.Lisa Kleypas is my favorite author in the entire world.
What Justine soon discovers is that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. Determined to change her fate, Justine finds a way to break the enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow.
And when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten everything she holds dear . . . because Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.
Burning by Elana K. Arnold
Expected publication: June 11th 2013
Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.Oh my god, read that summary! Read that tagline in the cover: "Small-town boy, gypsy girl, desert summer". IT'S GONNA BE GOOOOOD.
Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.
Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
Expected publication: March 19th 2013
In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.I loved the first book in this series, Never Seduce a Scot, and I KNOW that I will also love this one.
Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.
Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.
The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
Expected publication: May 14th 2013
After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.THIS SOUNDS SOOOO SOOOO SOOO GOOOOD!!!!!!! It clearly has Gothic theme and I LOVE that. Thanks to the ladies at Book Exhibitionism for bringing my attention to this book.
In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson has gone missing.
No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.
Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Expected publication: May 14th 2013
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost may be a distant relative of Robert Frost, but she has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a mystery in her lap—one that might be the key to uncovering the truth behind a town tragedy, she decides to take a chance.I only read Moonglass by Jessi Kirby and fell in love with her writing. I know, I know, I need to read In Honor ASAP and I will as wait for yet ANOTHER awesome looking book from Jessi Kirby.
The Program by Suzanne Young
The Program #1
Expected publication: April 30th 2013
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.I've been waiting for this book for FOREVER now. Will it just effing come out already? Geez. It was on my most anticipated read of 2012 list that I did in 2011.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Expected publication: August 20th 2013
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…Another Gothic book that looks awe-sooooome and super creepy!!! I'm ready for it!
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
Ink by Amanda Sun
Expected publication: June 25th 2013
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.HOW AWESOME DOES THIS BOOK SOUND?
Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.
A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.
And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
So these are 13 books in total because I couldn't resist adding some of these. Plus it goes with the 2013 theme!
Some honorable mentions: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller, Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin, The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston, Transparent by Natalie Whipple.
Well this has been a great event! I haven't checked out many posts BUT WORRY NOT, I WILL!
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me #2
Expected Publication: February 5, 2013
tick, tick, tick, tick, tickShatter Me was absolutely amazing - one of the best books I read this year. Destroy Me took my mildly repulsed but overwhelmingly curious perceptions of Warner and flipped them upside down and confused me in a wonderful way. I CANNOT WAIT to see what awaits me in Unravel Me.
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer #3
Expected Publication: 2013
No summary yet either.This series is a mind-bender like none other. Every book in it has the side effect of not letting me eatsleepshowerfunctionlikeanormalhumanbeing until I finish it, I LOVE EVERY SECOND. And the last book left off at a huge point, and I want to know what happensss.
But, really, if you have read the first two, you don't need one. At least I don't. I just need MORE.
Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Expected Publication: January 22, 2013
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.I lovelovelove these books. After a failed attempt with Fallen, I decided angel books weren't for me, despite the appeal. And then I read and fell in love with Unearthly. I love both the boys in the triangle, and I love the world. I am invested in pretty much EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE in this trilogy, and I am so excited for the final book.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.
As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Expected Publication: 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.ADRIANNN. ♥ Oh, and everything else, too. (Kidding. I love these books! I really hope no one tries to convince me that the mystery new boy in the cover is going to be a threat to my Sydney/Adrian shipping ways, though, because HAHAHAHA. Right.)
It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis
Lucky Harbor #7
Expected Publication: May 28, 2013
Everyone in town thinks Ali Winters is a thief. Her only shot at clearing her name is a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern...Jill Shalvis = Crazy amounts of excitement from me. Lucky Harbor = EVEN MORE EXCITEMENT.
(Totally not a satisfying summary. But hey, who am I kidding? I would read this book if the summary said something about zombies. And I hate zombies.)
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Expected Publication: March 26, 2013
When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to "go vintage" and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn't cheat on you online). She sets out to complete grandma's list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy's cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she'll get it done. Somehow.This book sounds like it is right up my alley! I am just so excited by the premise. It's so fresh and unique, and I have an obsession with vintage time periods.
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Expected Publication: May 7, 2013
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.So, I know the cover is a little hideous, but just READ THAT SUMMARY. I am soso excited for this one! It sounds fantastic!
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Expected Publication: May 7, 2013
Falling in love in the world’s most romantic city is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year at the School of America in Paris, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to deal with the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.I was completely wowed by both Anna and Lola, and I cannot wait to see what is in store in her third work! I am trying to keep my expectations to normal levels, but it's difficult given the amazingness of Anna and Lola.