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Waiting on Wednesday (105) – FAIREST by Marissa Meyer

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming books that you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. Just yesterday this book was announced:


Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 0.1) by Marissa Meyer. Releases in January from Feiwel & Friends. I suspect this will be on a lot of WOWs this week! Pretty sweet idea: Marissa Meyer gives us a novel about Queen Levana, her origin story actually. How did she get to be so evil? This should be awesome! You can read the official USA today announcement here, and check out what Goodreads says here:

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.


I so excited for this book! Let me know what you’re waiting on.


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Stacking the Shelves (48)

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is a fun way to share the books you’ve received with other bloggers and readers. Despite my efforts to stay away from NetGalley/Edelweiss, I seem to have a fair amount of new review books this week, but I’m so excited about each and every one of them. Here’s what I received:

For Review:

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book, and I was happy to be approved. But the reviews on Goodreads are depressing me a bit. I don’t care, I’m still looking forward to this Peter Pan retelling.

The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher. I just read Christopher’s Hang Wire, and I can’t wait to read more from this imaginative author.

Invisible Beasts by Sharona Muir. This story is hard to describe, but I was immediately drawn to that very thing. I believe this is a novel, but even that’s hard to tell from the description!

In the End by Demitria Lunetta. I loved the first book of her series, In the After, so of course I had to pick this up! I’m happy that this is only a two-book series, so it ends with this story.

The Silk Map by Chris Willrich. Another book two, Willrich has some amazing world-building skills, and I look forward to reading more about Gaunt and Bone.

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard. A fantasy with dragons! Yay.

Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon. Another book two! And I couldn’t be happier to dive into his follow-up to Zenn Scarlett! Also, I’m running a giveaway right now, and one of the books you can win is this one. Check it out here.



Cress by Marissa Meyer. My pre-order copy arrived a couple of days ago, yippee! Although I’m way behind in this series and I need to catch up with Scarlet first.

That’s my book shelf this week! What did you get? Let me know:)


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Tammy’s Top Ten Winter 2013-14 Books I’m Excited About

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It’s another fun Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week I’m specifically highlighting my most anticipated releases for winter, which for me means books releasing in December, January or February. I hate repeating myself, so this is a completely different list from last week, which was my Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2014. Books are listed in order of their release date, and clicking on the book cover will take you to the Goodreads page:

These Broken Stars

1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. Release date: December 10 2013 TODAY! (Disney Hyperion). I’m regretting my decision to not request this from NetGalley. All my blogging buddies have read and adored it, and I sort of feel left out! Maybe I’ll get a copy for Christmas!


2. Shadowplay (Pantomime #2) by Laura Lam. Release date: January 2 2014 (Strange Chemistry). I loved the unique fantasy elements of Lam’s Pantomime, and I’m looking forward to more of them in this second book.


3. Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard. Release date: January 7 2014 (Amulet). I loved loved loved Splintered, and I snuck a peek at this book and I’m already falling in love with the characters, all over again! I’m going to read it soon.

The Line

4. The Line by J.D. Horn. Release date: January 7 2014 (47North). I’m so glad to have received a copy from the author for review. But boy, January is looking really busy for me!

The Unbound

5. The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab. Release date: January 28 2014 (Hyperion). I recently read The Archived and loved it! I’m dying to dive back into Mackenzie’s and Wesley’s complicated stories.

Her Dark Curiosity

6. Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd. Release date: January 28 2014 (Balzer + Bray). Here’s another Book 2! 2014 is going to bring lots of follow-up books for 2013’s debut authors.

Cruel Beauty

7. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Release date: January 28 2014 (Balzer + Bray). This Beauty and the Beast retelling has me intrigued. Plus check out the amazing cover!


8. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer. Release date: February 4 2014 (Feiwel & Friends). Although I still haven’t had time to read Scarlet, I am dying to read Cress.


9. Alienated by Melissa Landers. Release date: February 4 2014 (Disney Hyperion). I’ve heard great things about this book, and if it’s anywhere near as good as the cover, I’ll be happy!

The Museum of Extraordinary Things

10. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. Release date: February 18 2014 (Scribner). It looks like this is the only adult book on my list. Not sure how I feel about that! I’m definitely going to need an adult book by the time I get to February, LOL! Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors, and this looks amazing.

That’s my list. Did any of these make your top ten list? Don’t forget to check out my giveaways on the sidebar!


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Waiting on Wednesday (64) CRESS by Marissa Meyer

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I’m certain my WoW pick this week is going to be a popular one. This cover was just revealed, and I think it’s spectacular. Plus, I’m dying to read this third installment in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. If you haven’t seen the cover yet, here it is:


Cress by Marissa Meyer. Release date: February 4th 2014 (Feiwel and Friends). Clearly, this is going to be a story based on Rapunzel. Oh yeah, listen to this:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair – or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.


Meyer’s series is one of my all-time favorites, and I can’t wait for February! Let me know if you’re also waiting on Cress, and leave me a link to your WoW!


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Stacking the Shelves (23)

STSWelcome to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! I love to see what books other bloggers get during the week, and I love to share my new books as well. This week was a particularly fun week for me, because in addition to some new review titles I got a couple of surprises in the mail.


A huge thanks to Lucy at The Reading Date for this amazing stack of ARCs! I entered her contest and frankly forgot all about it. When she told me I’d won the “Anti-Valentine” box, I was thrilled.  She also threw in a cool Comic Con bag! Thanks Lucy:)


Alma Katsu was kind enough to include me in The Companion Club, a group of Adair followers who will help her promote her amazing trilogy. She sent all of us a package with pins, stickers, postcards and other goodies, including a note with this intriguing statement: “Please wear your pin proudly and if you draw blood with it—someone else’s of course, not yours—so much the better.” If you’ve read The Taker and The Reckoning, you’ll understand:) The third book in the trilogy, The Descent,  will be out in 2014.


I pre-ordered my copy of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer from Amazon, and for doing so I got a surprise Scarlet lip gloss in the mail! Thanks to MacMillan for making my daughter very happy:)

e-Books for review from NetGalley & Edelweiss: (click on book covers to go to Goodreads)

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Beautiful Goodbye by Nancy Runstedler. Release date: July 23 2013 (Dundurn). I had never heard of this publisher before, but I believe they are better known for their non-fiction titles. I don’t have a lot of info on this book, but from the Goodreads description it’s a YA paranormal about three teens and a Ouija board.

Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon. Release date: May 7 2013 (Strange Chemistry). I remember getting the news about this acquisition from Angry Robot, and I’m really excited to have a review copy in my hands. You’ve got to click on the cover and read the book description. It’s out-of-this world! I’m really looking forward to this one.

Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen. Release date: April 29 2013 (Pocket Star).  This book sounds hilarious! It’s about a group of monsters who form a support group. Wow.

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé. Release date: April 9 2013 (Bantam). Set in 1915 England, this story takes place in a boarding school. It’s a historical paranormal and is recommended for fans of Libba Bray (!) and Lauren Kate (!) and gets a blurb from Melissa Marr (!)

Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty. Release date: June 13 2013 (Putnam Adult). This historical novel blends real events with a mystery that spans many years. I love that is revolves around the novel Dracula.

What did you stack your shelves with this week?


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Stacking the Shelves (20)

Stacking the ShelvesStacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a way to share the books you’ve acquired over the past week or so with other bloggers. Since I received an Amazon gift card for Christmas, I used some of it this week to buy some books I’ve been lusting after…and I got some other things as well.

For Review:

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Stung by Bethany Wiggins. Release date: April 2 2013 (Walker Children’s). This sounds like part science fiction, part horror. I love the simplicity of the cover!

How Beauty Saved the Beast by Jax Garren. Release date: February 11 2013 (Carina Press). I loved Garren’s first book in the series, How Beauty Met the Beast, and I’m anxious for more of these fantastic characters.

For Review & Giveaway:


Insomnia by J. R. Johansson. Release date: June 8 2013 (Flux). I’m super excited that the author was kind enough to send me an ARC after I babbled on and on about how much I wanted to read her book! (I think she took pity on me…) In any case, she agreed to send me a copy provided I give it away after I read it. That’s right, folks! I’ll be giving away a signed ARC very soon…stay tuned!

For Blog Tours:

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The Devil’s Triangle by Toni De Palma. Release date: February 2013 (Crescent Moon Press). I’ve read several titles from this small publisher, and I’m looking forward to reading this one as well.

Silencing Breath by Joanne Brothwell. Release date: February 2013. I read and reviewed Joanne’s first book in the series, Stealing Breath, and was happy when she asked me to read Book #2.


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I’ve been dying to read all these books (except for Splintered, which I’ve already read), and I’ve read rave reviews on all of them. As far as Splintered, I read an e-ARC from the publisher, but I loved it so much I wanted my very own copy. And believe me, as lovely as the cover is, this photo doesn’t do the real book justice. The physical copy is stunning!

What’s on your shelves this week?


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Young Adult Giveaway Hop! Win THE ARCHIVED or SCARLET

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Wow, I really thought I was done with Giveaway Hops this month, but apparently not…this is my LAST giveaway hop of the month, but I think it’s a good one. The Young Adult Giveaway Hop is hosted by I am A Reader, Not A Writer & Book Love 101. This is a BIG hop. There are 200+ blogs participating! That means you can hop from blog to blog and enter to win a YA book at each stop. For my giveaway, I’ve decided to give away two books! These are two of the books I’m most excited to read in January and February, so I will pick two winners, one for each book! This giveaway is international, provided you live in a country where The Book Depository ships for free.  (Please check the list of countries here before you enter. U.S. and Canada, you’re covered:)) Here are the books:

The ArchivedThe Archived by Victoria Schwab. I just got my pre-order copy from Amazon, and I’ll be devouring this as soon as I get through a few more NetGalley titles. This book is gorgeous, too. I recommend everyone purchasing the hardcover, because the interior is pretty special…Here’s the story:

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

Or you can choose this:

Scarlet2Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book Two of Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles comes out in week, just about when this hop is over. I am beyond excited to dive back into the story of Cinder and her friends. Here’s what Scarlet is about:

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.


And don’t forget to check out all 200+ blogs in this hop! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS.


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My 2013 Reading Challenges

Reading Challenge 2013I have to admit, I’m a newbie when it comes to reading challenges. I’ve never done one before! So what does one do to remedy that situation? Why, sign up for four reading challenges! Yep, I’ve done it now…I’m committing myself to four different challenges (one of them being my own) for 2013. I think some of them will intersect, so I’ll be able to use the same books for more than one challenge, but I’m looking forward to completing all four next year. As I complete a book, I will highlight it in red. I will also link it to my review.  Selections subject to change! Click on the challenge buttons for more information on how to sign up. Here’s what I’ve signed up for:

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OK, this is my own challenge. I actually started it as a personal goal to play catch up with my TBR pile. Since I made it up, it doesn’t have very many rules (yet) and there aren’t even any minimum requirements for participating. If you’d like more info on my 2013 Catch Up Reading Challenge, click here to read more, and sign up if you’d like! I’ve chosen eight books to “catch up” on, which you can see on my post.

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Hosted by Hobbitsies, this is a well-established Reading Challenge that I’m excited to be a part of! The challenge is to read twelve YA or Middle Grade debuts during the year.  Here is my list, although it is subject to change, depending on my mood:)

1. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
2. Insomnia by J. R. Johansson
3. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
4. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
5. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
6. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
7. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
8. Linked by Imogen Howson
9 . Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
10. Pantomime by Laura Lam
11. In the After by Demitria Lunetta
12. Poison by Bridget Zinn

SARCThe 2013 Standalone Reading Challenge, hosted by Icey Books & I Like These Books, is asking us to read fifteen YA or Middle Grade standalone novels. I think it’s a great idea because I usually find series books very frustrating. Either a great-sounding book comes along but I haven’t read the first book in the series yet (and don’t have time!) or the second book in a series that I love comes out but I don’t have time to read it. Here’s what I plan to read for this challenge:

1. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
2. Thin Space by Jody Casella
3. Control by Lydia Kang
4. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
5. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
6. Poison by Bridget Zinn
7. The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson
8. Transparent by Natalie Whipple
9. Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
10. Starglass by Phoebe North
11. Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
12. Absent by Katie Williams
13. Hysteria by Megan Miranda
14. Acid by Emma Pass
15. Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

2013eclecticreaderThe 2013 Eclectic Reader Challenge, hosted by Book’d Out, sounds like a blast! Simply read twelve books from twelve different categories. Some of them are harder than others, but the goal is to push yourself to read things you normally wouldn’t read. Here are the books I’m going to read:

  1. Translated fiction – Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (Translated from Japanese)
  2. Historical mystery – Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
  3. Romantic suspense – Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin
  4. Made into a movie – Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  5. New Adult - Easy by Tammara Webber
  6. Urban Fantasy – Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
  7. Dystopian – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  8. Memoir – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  9. LGBT – Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierney
  10. Action Adventure – Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
  11. Humour – Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
  12. Published in 2013 – The Archived by Victoria Schwab

What reading challenges are you participating in? I’d love to know!


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Tammy’s Top Ten Books I Read in 2012

Top Ten Tuesday2Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)  is definitely my favorite of the year! And what a hard Top Ten to narrow down…I read so many wonderful books this year. Every book on my list received a five-star review, but many of my five-star reviews aren’t on this list. Cutting the list down to ten was very painful and agonizing, but in the interest of keeping this a true “Top Ten” list, I did just that. It was interesting to discover that eight out of the ten are adult books, which surprised me since I read a lot of YA as well. So here they are, my faves from the past year! I’m listing them in alphabetical order, so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings:) Oh, and I’m trying out WordPress’ new slide show feature, what do you think?

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1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Yes, this book came out in November of 2011, but I didn’t get around to reading it until January. And I’m so glad I did! Although long (849 pages), I loved every word. King writes a tense and engaging time travel novel about the repercussions of changing events in the past (like for example, JFK’s shooting). But it’s a lot more complicated than it seems on the surface. One of my all-time favorite King stories.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  I love fairy tale re-tellings, and this has got to be one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve ever read. Cinderella as a cyborg?? Yes! This imaginative story is only the first of four books in the series, the next of which comes out in February. So if you loved Cinder, you have a lot to look forward to. You can read my review of Cinder here.

3. Edge of Oblivion by J. T. Geissinger. Wow, this book took me totally by surprise! It’s published by Montlake Romance, a publishing arm of Amazon, and I really wasn’t expecting the quality of writing and story building that I found in this amazing book. Not for kids, though! I’d rate it NC17 if it were a movie:) You can read my review here.

4. The Reckoning by Alma Katsu. The second book in Katsu’s The Taker Trilogy did not disappoint. It was a lush and dangerous descent into the minds of some very fascinating characters, and I can’t wait for the third book in the series, which will hopefully be published in 2013. You can read my review here.

5. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.  This adult paranormal story was funny, entertaining, confusing, surprising, and amazing! It was one of the most unique stories I read all year, and it has been compared to Harry Potter, X-Men and Ghostbusters. It’s really none of those, but something completely original. I look forward to reading more from this talented writer.

6. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. I read this for book club back in March, and was blown away by the violent, gritty and unexpectedly funny Eli and Charlie Sisters, two outlaw killers that seem more human than many of the “good guy” characters I’ve read in other books. Reading this book has given me a fondness for westerns, and I hope to read more like it soon.

7. Something Red by Douglas Nicholas. I don’t usually seek out historical fiction, but this book seemed too good to pass up.  Something Red has some of the best characters I’ve read all year. Mysterious and epic and filled with action as well as tender human moments, I hope more readers discover this amazing book. You can read my review here.

8. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. It’s hard for me to describe how much I loved this book. Oddly, I’ve read some really mixed reviews, and I think the reason some people just didn’t get it was that it wasn’t what they were expecting. It’s a beautifully written fantasy with a lovely relationship between a girl and a griffin, but it’s set in a harsh world where lots of bad things happen. Just read it already! You can read my review here.

9. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. Gladstone is a master of world-building, and the odd but compelling city of Alt Coulumb has wonders to spare. I was completely immersed in the story of Tara, Abelard, Cat and Raz and I can’t wait for the sequel next year. You can read my review here.

10. Velveteen by Daniel Marks. I just managed to squeeze this in before this post was due to go up, and I’m so glad I did. Wow. Marks’ wonderful but horrifying depiction of purgatory is tempered by some pretty awesome characters, especially Velveteen, a very angry girl who has died horribly and now wants nothing more than to take revenge on the madman that killed her. Oh, and to get to know the newest and hottest soul in town, Nick. Look for my review coming soon.

I’d love to hear what your top ten books are! Please link me up, or just let me know in the comments! Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, and although it’s Christmas day, I’ll be posting my Top Ten Indie Books of 2012. I read some amazing indies, and they deserve some love as well:)


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Tammy’s Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve been waiting so patiently for this week’s Top Ten! From now until the end of the year are some of my favorite Top Ten themes. In fact, I’ve been working hard (reading) all year to bring you these lists, as have most other book bloggers. So here we go…these are my Top Ten most anticipated books that will be released in 2013—at least the ones I know about, and the ones that already have book covers. There are several that could have made this list, except the cover designs have not yet been revealed, and since the visual impact of a book is important to me, I don’t want to show you any blank covers.  These are listed in order of release date.

1. Splintered by A. G. Howard. Release date: January 1 2013. Technically I will be reading this in December, in order to have a review up before the release date, but technically it is a 2013 book, so I feel like I can include it here. I’ve read really good reviews of Splintered, and I can’t wait to read it myself. This re-imagined Alice in Wonderland is far closer to the original than Alice in Zombieland which came out earlier this year, from what I’ve heard, so if you’re looking for a good Alice story, this could be the one.

2. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Release date: January 22 2013. This story is about a girl who keeps watch over the dead, who sit on shelves like books and are violent if awakened. I’ve been waiting forever to read this, and the wait is nearly over! This is another book that’s already received some great reviews. To promote her book, Victoria has been recording her own “histories” on YouTube for the past few months, you should check it out if you have time.

3. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. Release date: January 29 2013. This book has my name written all over it! Based on the story The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells, it tells the story of Dr. Moreau’s daughter Juliet, who discovers her father’s terrible scientific experiments with animals when she journeys to the island to find him. It sounds like a mix of science fiction and horror, and it’s set in the same time period as the original story, 1894.

4. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Release date: February 5 2013. Yea, it’s coming out on my birthday! Happy birthday to me:) Scarlet, in case anyone has been hiding under a rock, is the second book, after Cinder, in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. (There will be four books in the series.) According to some reviews I’ve read, it picks up right where Cinder left off and continues her story, but introduces us to new characters as well.

5. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. Release date: March 5 2013. Wow, this sounds great. It’s about a girl who can walk on the wind and can control it as well. She’s sworn to protect a boy named Vane, who survived a category five tornado which killed his family. It sounds romantic, dangerous, and magical. I can’t wait to read it!

6. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Release date: April 2 2013. I recently chose this as a Waiting on Wednesday (last week in fact!) and it’s true: it is one of the books I’m super excited to read. It takes place in 1908 during the Spanish Influenza epidemic, where a girl named Mary, who doesn’t believe in ghosts, is haunted by the ghost of a boy who died in battle.

7. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. Release date: April 30 2013. Joe Hill is one of my top favorite horror writers, and I’m so pleased he has a new book coming out soon. It’s about a girl named Victoria who escapes a place called “Christmasland” after being kidnapped by a bad guy named Charlie. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, and you can bet whatever Hill has in store for his characters, it won’t be pleasant…

8. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan.  Release date: May 7 2013. A story about an invisibly boy? Are you kidding me?? Stephen has been invisible almost his entire life, ever since his grandfather cursed Stephen’s mother. He is surprised to meet someone who can actually see him, a girl named Elizabeth. Can they break the curse? Will they fall in love? Let’s all read it and find out…and don’t you love the cover?

9. Joyland by Stephen King. Release date: June 4 2013. This is one of those instances where I wanted to list King’s other book that’s coming out next year, the sequel to The Shining, Dr. Sleep. Alas, there is no cover art to show you yet, so I had to cross it off the list. But I can’t wait to read Joyland, which comes out exclusively in mass market paperback, and takes place at a carnival.

10. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. Release date: August 15 2013. Between the title of the book and the author’s name, it’s quite a mouthful, but beneath this gorgeous and Gothic-looking cover lies a terrifying tale of a boy who just might be the devil, and the girl who’s falling for him.

I just realized this list is made up of mostly YA titles.  I didn’t plan it that way, I guess it just goes to show that young adult authors are writing some of the best fiction out there. I’d love to read your top ten list, please leave me your link!


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