Books I can’t wait for…
There are SO many titles coming out in the next few weeks, that I sort of feel like it’s Christmas. Heck, September has already had some real gems released. Like Ilsa Bick’s Ashes (which I reviewed yesterday) or Kody Keplinger’s Shut Out (which is based on Aristophanes’ play “Lysistrata”) or Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.
Tomorrow is a huge day for YA releases (just look here for a full list), and then the next few weeks have even more… I literally, cannot WAIT to get my hands on these books!
Here are just a few of the upcoming titles:
Release date: Sept. 27, 2011
Author: Laini Taylor
Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Release date: Sept. 27, 2011
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Summary: Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…
Release date: Sept. 27, 2011
Author: Anne Ursu
Summary: Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. They had been best friends since they were six, spending hot Minneapolis summers and cold Minneapolis winters together, dreaming of Hogwarts and Oz, superheroes and baseball. Now that they were eleven, it was weird for a boy and a girl to be best friends. But they couldn’t help it – Hazel and Jack fit, in that way you only read about in books. And they didn’t fit anywhere else.
And then, one day, it was over. Jack just stopped talking to Hazel. And while her mom tried to tell her that this sometimes happens to boys and girls at this age, Hazel had read enough stories to know that it’s never that simple. And it turns out, she was right. Jack’s heart had been frozen, and he was taken into the woods by a woman dressed in white to live in a palace made of ice. Now, it’s up to Hazel to venture into the woods after him. Hazel finds, however, that these woods are nothing like what she’s read about, and the Jack that Hazel went in to save isn’t the same Jack that will emerge. Or even the same Hazel.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.
Release date: October 17, 2011
Author: Lia Habel
Summary: Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune, and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.
But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
In Dearly, Departed, steampunk meets romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.
Cinder (Okay, so this isn’t out until January 2012, but I requested an ARC and am kinda obsessively hoping to get it…)
Release date: Jan. 3, 2012
Author: Marissa Meyer
Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
I’m sure there are more titles I’m anticipating (read: salivating for) that I’ve simply forgotten about.
So you tell me: what upcoming books are you really excited about?
September 26, 2011 @ 12:38 pm
Oh man, there’s a lot I’m looking forward to. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE for sure. LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. (Dying to read this one). THE NAME OF THE STAR. (Ditto). BUNHEADS. (Ballet story=sold. I don’t even care what the plot is). And then SURRENDER, although that one’s not ’til December. (Love me some Emma Vaile).
September 27, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
BUNHEADS–I haven’t heard of that.
As for SURRENDER–HEEEECK YEAAAH. I can’t believe I forgot that one… And I LOVE that there isn’t a full year between books 2 & 3 release dates. THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about.
September 26, 2011 @ 5:13 pm
Can…can I have them all?
Right now I’m waiting for my copy of The Night Circus to show up at the library (fingers crossed it does that today), and for Witch Eyes to show up at my house.
The other book I’m seriously looking forward to right now is, like I commented before, The Name of the Star. I think there are a few others but I really can’t remember them right now.
September 27, 2011 @ 4:31 pm
Oooh, THE NIGHT CIRCUS. I definitely plan on buying that when I’m home next! Let me know what you think of it. Actually, are you on Goodreads?
September 27, 2011 @ 6:03 pm
I actually just made a brand new Goodreads, because I couldn’t remember the password for my old one…and it was hooked to my old e-mail address, which is another password I’ve forgotten. I’m Arianna Sterling on there as well.
Going through and trying to add all my books over again is a heck of a process.
September 26, 2011 @ 5:26 pm
I’ve been waiting for the third book of Abarat, Absolute Midnight, to come out for almost seven years!! And tomorrow it will be out!! (Hopefully…) I’ll be waiting at the door for B&N to open at 8am for sure!! I’ll probably pick up Daughter of Smoke & Bone too. I didn’t realize it was coming out so soon. Thanks for the reminder!!
September 27, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
WOW, seven years is devotion. I love it–B&N at 8AM is 100% win. Let me know if the wait was worth it!!!
September 26, 2011 @ 6:17 pm
oooo DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE looks amazing- (heart palpitations haha!) and I will definitely be reading THE FAERIE RING… they all look good. I’m excited too!
September 27, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
I started THE FAERIE RING this morning, and I’m already racing through. After that, it’s DAUGHTER and then onto BREADCRUMBS!
September 26, 2011 @ 10:09 pm
I agree. I can’t wait for all of those (I already have DAUGHTER thanks to LB, and it’s seriously gorgeous! Read an ARC, now I want to crack open the final copy and re-read!)
September 27, 2011 @ 4:35 pm
WWAAAAAHHH. I am so freaking jealous, Ashelynn–an ARC?! Well, at least you loved it–that’s great news. 😀
September 26, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
I’m super excited about Daughter of Smoke and Bone as well as Dearly, Departed. Another I can’t wait for is Virtuosity — which I read an ARC of, but I can’t wait to own the final product!
September 27, 2011 @ 4:36 pm
Oh, VIRTUOSITY! I remember your review of that–and the cover, which is stunning. ::adds to TBR list::
September 26, 2011 @ 10:38 pm
So BREADCRUMBS looks adorable and reminds me a little bit of JUNIPER BERRY, which was adorable. I might pick it up for a giveaway or something 🙂 (and uhhh to read, of course).
Why do all these covers look so fabulous? SO MANY BOOKS TO READ, SO LITTLE MONEY TO PURCHASE. I hope you get CINDER though!
September 27, 2011 @ 4:37 pm
I actually read a review of BREADCRUMBS, and it’s supposed to be very sad and emotional. Perhaps adorable too? I intend to read it ASAP, so I’ll let you know. 😀
And yeah, SO MANY BOOKS, but SO LITTLE MONEY. Oh how I miss American libraries…not that German libraries aren’t well-stocked, it’s just that…well, all the books are in German. 😉