Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013

Racquel's Answers
In no particular order, here are some of the 2013 books that I reallyyy want to read!

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.

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.
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.  

S: ^THIS. I mean, really. That says it all.

Please build a time machine and fast forward us to April 2nd.

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.


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Sharon's Answers

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me #2
Expected Publication: February 5, 2013
tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
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.
Shatter 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.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer #3
Expected Publication: 2013
No summary yet either.


But, really, if you have read the first two, you don't need one. At least I don't. I just need MORE.
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.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Unearthly #3
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.

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.
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.

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines #3
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...

(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.)
Jill Shalvis = Crazy amounts of excitement from me. Lucky Harbor = EVEN MORE EXCITEMENT.

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.

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.
So, I know the cover is a little hideous, but just READ THAT SUMMARY. I am soso excited for this one! It sounds fantastic!

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.

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