Paranormal Picks: Julia’s 13 Most Wanted Books for 2013

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Julia’s 13 Most Wanted for 2013

Abigail’s 13 Most Wanted for 2013 got the ball rolling, and of course there were a few titles we had in common.  The next books from Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and Stacia Kane can be assumed, right?  I’m also so excited to read Gail Carriger’s series.  In addition to these titles that we both can’t wait to read, below are another 13 books that I can’t wait to get my hands one.  Once again the books are arranged alphabetically by title. Please contact us to arrange a review.

THE CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire –  September 2013 by DAW

With every book, October and her world draws me further under their spell.  Urban fae at it’s best, McGuire writes complex mythology, significant character development  and a romance that is teasingly close to resolution.

NAMELESS (Tales of Beauty & Madness #1) by Lili St. Crow – April 4, 2013 by Razorbill

I’m enjoyed Lilith Saintcrow in her many incarnations over the years.  From Steampunk to YA, she always promises a dark, evocative world with tortured heroines that kick butt and take names.  NAMELESS looks to offer more of the same, with the added twist of paying homage to the Snow White tale.  I can’t wait!

THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe – April 2, 2013 by Bantam

Shana Abe’s Dracon series doesn’t play by the usual rules of heros, heroines, and happily-ever-afters.  I’d be excited to read THE SWEETEST DARK under any circumstances given the catchy premise.  Add to that Abe’s touch for complex world building and unexpected character arcs, and this is an irresistible release for 2013.

QUINTANA OF CHARYN by Melina Marchetta –  March 12, 2013 by Candlewick

Anything by Melina Marchetta is an instant buy for me, and her historical fantasy Lumatere Chronicles is no exception.  This series finale by the Australian author has been available downunder since September but US readers can’t get our hands on it until March 2013.  Marchetta’s JELLICOE ROAD is one of my all time favorite books and the Lumatere Chronicles is one of my most recommended fantasy series.  I can’t wait to read the resolution of this sweeping epic story, heartbreaking and wonderful.

STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD (Strands of Bronze and Gold #1) by Jane Nickerson – March 12, 2013 by Random House Children’s Books

A new series from a new author, I’ll admit that the haunting cover was the first thing to catch my eye.  Once I read the description, however, this modern Bluebeard retelling went from just “pretty” to “pretty I must have”.  A wild card choice, I’m eager to find out if this series is worth the anticipation.

MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL by Seanan McGuire – March 5, 2013 by DAW

While the InCryptid series doesn’t quite supplant October Dayeas my favorite McGuire series, these modern monsters and mayhem stories are too charming and hilarious to miss.  I’m excited to read this book, if only to see what new seasonal religious holiday Verity’s kitchen mice cook up next.

SCARLET (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer – February 5, 2013 by Feiwel and Friends

I came late to the party reading CINDER, but that means I’ve had less time to wait between book one and book two.  While Cinder’s insecurities bugged me a little bit throughout the first installment, the amazing re-imagining of the Cinderella myth completely captivated me.  I can’t wait to see how the series progresses, or how more fairy tales weave in.

EVER AFTER (The Hollows #11) by Kim Harrison –  January 22, 2013 by Harper Voyager

Rachel versus The Ever After, round four hundred!  Don’t take that as a complaint, any page time I get in the Hollows is gorgeously rewarding.  Harrison is an author unafraid to change her world and characters, which means I can’t wait to see how Rachel’s relationship to her friends, her species, and her world may change in EVER AFTER.


CAST IN SORROW (Chronicles of Elantra #9) by Michelle Sagara West – 2013 by Luna

Kaylin’s story has unfolded slowly over this series, spinning out friendships and potential romance over the backdrop of often apocalyptic magical conflict.  CAST IN PERIL took Kaylin halfway through a journey deep into the heart of Barrani mysteries, I can’t wait to see how this story resolves.

HOUSE RULES (Chicagoland Vampires #7) by Chloe Neill – February 5, 2013 by NAL Penguin

Merit may just be my favorite vampire.  Powerful yet relatable, human yet growing into oh so much more, I love every opportunity to see immortal life through Merit’s eyes.

LOVER AT LAST (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J. R. Ward – March 26, 2013 by NAL Hardcover

I fell off the Black Dagger Brotherhood bandwagon a few books back, the romance I enjoyed buried under politics and convoluted plot lines.  I’ll be back for Qhuinn and Blay, however, unable to resist seeing two of these uber Alpha males fall in love.

WINTERBLAZE (Darkest London #3) by Kristen Callihan – February 26, 2013 by Forever

Callihan mixes the best of historical romance with paranormal heroines unafraid to kickbutt and take names.  As much as I enjoyed FIRELIGHT and MOONGLOW, WINTERBLAZE is going to take on a relationship so complicated I just can’t wait to get my hands on it.  A marriage in pieces, Poppy and Winston have so much history behind their pain I can’t wait to see how Callihan brings them back to happily-ever-after.

Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows #1) by Thea Harrison – April 2, 2013 by Berkley Sensation

Harrison’s Elder Racesseries is so consistently awesome for both romance and fantasy, I can’t wait to get my hands on this new offering from one of my favorite authors.

Which titles are on your Most Wanted for 2013 list?

4 Responses to “Paranormal Picks: Julia’s 13 Most Wanted Books for 2013”

    • Julia

      Glad you found some new books to look forward to and sorry for sharing my cant-wait-for-release-day pain with your TBR list…

    • Julia

      Haha, I want to steal your reactions for my post, Mariya, you did a much better job conveying enthusiasm than I did.