Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 10 Week #5: Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2013

Top 10 of 2012 is one week of bookish goodness hosted by the fantastic peeps at Two Chicks on Books, Fiktshun, Confessions of a Bookaholic, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! Every day from December 24th to December 28th, I'll have a Top 10 list up regarding to the day's topic. Today's topic is:

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2013
This was incredibly difficult to narrow down, simply because there are so many amazing-sounding books coming out next year, so there will be some honorable mentions. As usual, the book covers lead to their Goodreads URL!

1) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

You have no idea how much I want this book. I don't even remember a time when I was this in need of a book. ajgoajgerjagoj. Flabbergasted is I.

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

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.

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: August 20th, from Dial/Penguin

2) Ink by Amanda Sun

Asian. Ink. Tradition. Mythology. Gorgeous.

Hello, Ink, welcome to my bookshelf.

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.

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: June 18th from Harlequin Teen

3) Vortex by S. J. Kincaid

I started a fansite for this woman, and I'll follow her until the day I can't read. (My review of Insignia, the predecessor.)

The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: July 2nd from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins 

4) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins single-handedly stopped me from succumbing to my depression with Lola and the Boy Next Door. There is next to nothing I wouldn't do for this woman to keep writing books. (My review of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, both proceeding companion novels to the series.)

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 √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: May 7th from Dutton/Penguin 

5) Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

EDGAR ALLEN POE. Only my favorite tortured genius EVER. jfajgiorjgiaerjgjaogjj GIMMEGIMMEGIMMEPLZ.

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of D√≤chas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: July 2nd from Philomel/Penguin 

6) Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Hannah Moskowitz likes to tear apart your heart. I don't know why I keep running back to her, honestly. Hannah, Hannah, can you give me a HEA? Please? That'd be great.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.

Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: January 1st from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster 

7) Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

I actually had this same exact idea for a book, so I'm really excited to see how Kelsey executes something I only wrote  a short story on. Also, the cover's gorgeousness doesn't hurt. ;)

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.

Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: July 8th from Flux 

8) Goddess by Josephine Angelini

That ending of Dreamless needs no other explanation. (Here is my review of Dreamless, the predecessor.)

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: May 28th from HarperTeen/HarperCollins

9) Boundless by Cynthia Hand

I love both Tucker and Christian so much, but I absolutely adore Clara. The anticipation for this book may just break my heart. (My reviews for Unearthly and Hallowed, both predecessors of the series.)

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.

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: January 22nd from HarperTeen/HarperCollins

10) Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

This book sounds a lot like Blood Red Road, which means I will most likely be completely smitten with it. Come on, 2013! Hurry yerself up!

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

-Summary from Goodreads
Release Date: September 9th from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins 

My Goodness. SO many amazing books. Here are just *some* of the honorable mentions:

-Everbound by Brodi Ashton (My review of the first book, Everneath.)
-Asunder by Jodi Meadows (My review of the first book, Incarnate.)
-Nobody but Us by Kristin Halbrook
-Shattered by Jeri Smith-Ready (My review of book 2 and 3, Shift and Shine.)
-The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
-The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (My review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, the first book in the series.)
-Splintered by A. G. Howard (I was luck enough to read this already, and my starred review of it should be up on the 1st of January! :D)
-More than This by Patrick Ness

And that's all for the top 10 posts! Such an awesome week. I hope you guys enjoyed the books I listed, and hopefully we'll score some amazing titles next year!

Happy New Year!
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  1. great list . a couple of these are on my wishlist lol

    btw i loved splintered and hope u do too

  2. Great list! I will definitely have to add a couple of those to my tbr!

    Jen @ Greeps Through the Shelves

  3. Wow! Pretty much all of these are new to me but I'm definitely adding Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Not a Drop to Drink to my wishlist :)

    My Top Ten is here if you'd like a look :)


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