Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware that 2013 is officially upon us! We made it despite what the Mayans (or, more specifically, the media’s interpretation of an ancient civilization’s calendar) made everyone believe, we survived 2012 and made it through another New Year’s.
Now that the champagne is flat, the confetti has been sucked up into vacuum cleaners, and everyone is wondering what the hell to do with all those now useless noisemakers, I’ve got more pressing things to think about… like all the new and shiny and wonderful books coming out in the next 362 days!
I don’t know about you all, but these titles have me counting down the days on my calendar:
5. Dead River by Cyn Balog
Dead River is Balog’s next effort after Touched, this time following a group of teens who are psyched for a post-prom weekend in a remote cabin on the Dead River. However, little do they know, they won’t be alone on the river. While not much information is available on Dead River, it’s touted as being a spooky paranormal thriller, not to mention one that I’m pretty psyched to read. I haven’t read Balog’s first 3 books (Fairy Tale, Sleepless, and Starstruck), but I thoroughly enjoyed the unique story Balog created in Touched, and I’m hoping she delivers more of the same in Dead River.
4. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
In this new series by Gail Carriger (author of the Parasol Protectorate series), 14-year-old Sophronia doesn’t care about the rules and etiquette required of a proper young lady. Her mother certainly does not approve of this attitude and enrolls her daughter in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Unbeknownst to Sophronia and her mother, this particular finishing school isn’t what Mum had in mind. Sophronia is not just going to learn how to curtsy and proper etiquette, she’s going to learn about the finer points of espionage, weapons, and many other deceitful techniques that her mother would find oh-so-unbecoming of a fine young lady. This steampunk spy novel is book 1 of a four book YA series and has lots of potential.
3. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The wait for book 3 in Beth Revis’s Across the Universe trilogy won’t be too long, as this one comes out on January 15! In this amazing science fiction series, Amy and Elder have been traveling trillions of miles through space on the ship Godspeed to reach Centauri Earth, another planet similar to Earth in every way. After discovering centuries worth of lies that have been covered up on the ship, the travelers find the new planet is a lot closer than they think. Revis’s descriptions are so well written that readers can clearly visualize when Revis envisioned when she penned the words. With a handful of suspense, a dash of romance, and a heap of intense drama, Shades of Earth is sure to offer a riveting conclusion of what life will be like on Amy and Elder’s new world.
2. Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Sever will be the third and final book in the Chemical Garden Trilogy, and I hope it promises an exciting conclusion. I’m hoping we’ll see even more of Rhine and Gabriel’s relationship develop, and I really want to see someone kick Vaughn’s wrinkly ass to the curb. I’m also eager to read more of DeStefano’s writing, just because she has such an amazing way with words. While I liked Wither as a whole a bit more than Fever, DeStefano’s beautiful writing has been consistent throughout the series. If DeStefano can wrap the trilogy up with a legitimate and satisfying conclusion, the Chemical Garden Trilogy may go down as one of my favorite series of all time.
1. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Perfect Scoundrels is the #1 book I’ve been waiting for ever since AllyCar tweeted over a year ago that there would be lots of “shirtless Hale.” Ok, so that’s not the only reason I’m excited for it, but it sure helps. The storyline of Carter’s Heist Society books are so much fun. Who among us never dreamed about being a teenage super thief?! It conjures images of black catsuits and rappelling into museums from the roof, strategically maneuvering through laser beams to capture a priceless artifact (and usually the heart of a young man or woman who has his/her eye on you). But, I digress… *ahem* Anywho, Carter has a knack for drawing readers in with hysterical one liners, quick wit and banter among her characters, and suspenseful and entertaining storylines. I loved the first two books in the series (Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals), and I have no doubt Perfect Scoundrels will be just as amazing.