It seems easier to do a list of books I’m looking forward to than it is to pick which books where my absolute favorite reads of the year. Definitely simpler. With the exception of the first book listed, the rest are broken down into two categories: on-going series by release date and new series by release date. The three new series are from authors I’ve read previously. As to the on-going series, I left off many that I’m not caught up on (Mercy Thompson, for example). I also left off Fonduing Fathers (Julie Hyzy), since it’s release date is December 31, 2012 — don’t have long to wait for that one!
So…on to the list!
~~ & ~~
#1 Most Anticipated Book…
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels 6) (Ilona Andrews) – Most favorite urban fantasy series which, of course, features my absolute favorite hero, Curran. And then there’s Kate. Gotta love Kate. Since the author’s still writing the book, there’s no blurb. I suppose I could make one up. There’s the trusty Ilona stand-by of, “Rocks fall, everybody dies”. How about, “Crazy stuff happens. Kate gets evolved. More craziness ensues. Curran gets involved. Roars. Leaves bloody trail of enemies in his wake. More craziness ensues. Big battle. Everybody dies”. No, wait. Not Kate. Main character can’t die. Little hard to write a book from her POV if she’s dead. Unless she’s ghost. And Curran. He’s not that easy to kill. Plus, it would traumatize
me the fan base. I’ll stop now. Move along, move along.
On-Going Series by release date
Black City (Madeline Black/Black Wings 5) (Christina Henry) — So many things happened in the fourth book that I’m really looking forward to book 5. The blurb is spoiler-y, so I won’t post it. It sounds like Maddy has to ask Lucifer’s help with the current crisis…and you just know it’s gonna cost her.
Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid 2) (Seanan McGuire) — The mice. LOVED the mice in the first book. I also loved Verity and her world.
“Alliances will be tested, allies will be questioned, lives will be lost, and the talking mice in Verity’s apartment will immortalize everything as holy writ – assuming there’s anyone left standing when all is said and done. It’s a midnight blue-light special, and the sale of the day is on betrayal, deceit…and carnage…”
Wild Invitation (Psy-Changeling Anthology) (Nalini Singh) — To tide me over while waiting for book 12, I will have some novellas to read.
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin 2) (Robin LaFevers) – Loved the first book. Set in 15th Century France with a slight paranormal element, the series is about young women sired by the god of Death.
“Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge-but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?”
Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell #) (Jenn Bennett) — After her run-in with the head of the Hellfire Club, I’ve been wondering what long-term problems she will have as a result. Plus, I love her interactions with Jupe.
“Renegade mage and bartender Arcadia Bell has had a rough year, but now the door to her already unstable world is unhinging. When a citywide crime wave erupts, Cady’s demon-friendly tiki bar is robbed by Earthbounds wielding surreal demonic abilities that just flat-out shouldn’t exist. With the help of her devilishly delicious boyfriend, Lon Butler, Cady sets out to find the people who wronged her—but her targets aren’t the only ones experiencing unnatural metamorphoses. Can Cady track down the monsters responsible before the monster inside her destroys everything—and everyone—she loves? If she survives this adventure, one thing is certain: it’s last call for life as she knows it.”
Psy-Changeling 12 (Nalini Singh) – No title. No blurb. No cover. It’s all so Top Secret. It’s so fraught with mystery and anticipation, I went and ordered the HARDCOVER, just so I don’t accidentally get spoiled.
A Spy to Die For (Assassins Guild 2) (Kris DeLake) – The first book was a surprise read for me. I almost passed it up entirely. The second book sounds like fun.
“Jack Hunter is a double agent. Skye Jones is a pirate…or is that just a cover? One thing is for sure—neither of them are competent assassins. Thrown together on the Krell space station during an important Assassins Guild meeting, each is determined to get to the truth and prevent catastrophe. But when Jack and Skye are matched against two master killers, they find themselves caught in the crosshairs between their willingness to trust each other and the undeniable attraction coursing through them. Both knows that a long-term relationship is tough in their profession, but the chemistry they’ve got is too good to deny. Now all they have to do is stay alive.”
New Series by release date
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School 1) (Gail Carriger) — So far, I’ve enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate series and I should finish it around the time this book is published. It is a Young Adult novel, set earlier than the Parasol Protectorate.
“Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother’s existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea–and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right–but it’s a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.”
Mind Games (Mind Games 1) (Kiersten White) — Though I wasn’t blown away by Paranormalcy, I liked the author’s writing. I will give her another try with this new series.
“Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.”
Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows 1) (Thea Harrison) — I’m a fan of her Elder Races series. This one sounds promising.
“In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She’s feeling disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself. Thousands of years ago, there were eight of them. The one called the Deceiver came to destroy the world, and the other seven followed to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on–and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver. Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago…Michael.”
~~ & ~~