Abigail’s 13 Most Wanted for 2013
I’ve been pouring over publisher catalogs and stalking my favorite authors online to help me with the painful task of narrowing down my monstrous wishlist to my 13 Most Wanted Books for 2013. Once again the books are arranged alphabetically by title. Most of these are the next books in a series, but there is a debut and the first in a new spin-off. Hopefully I’ll put a few titles on your radar, and I would love to hear about more must have titles in the comments. It goes without saying that I would be THRILLED to receive any of these titles for review (either electronic or physical copies). Please contact us to arrange a review and I will get back to you immediately. Check back for Julia and Kristina’s picks later this weekend.
CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare – March 19th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
I’ve fallen hard for the trio f main characters in The Infernal Devices series. The ending of the previous book was ripe with bittersweet love and loss, and I almost don’t know what to hope for since no matter what happens next, it will be devastating to at least one character that I’ve grown to love. I’m dying for and dreading CLOCKWORK PRINCESS.
THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott – April 2nd 2013 by Entangled Teen
A book about a cocky, arrogant guy who collects souls for hell who starts to fall for the girl he’s assigned to collect? Sold. This has got redemption and seduction written all over it. Spend any time on the Dante Walker website and I dare you not to fall for this Alpha in the making. Hot, entitled, and flirtatious…this is the kind of guy we tried–and failed miserably–not to crush on in high school.
DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris – May 7th 2013 by Ace Hardcover
Sookie, Eric, and Bill…together for the last time. How could I not want the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series? I read the entire series for the first time this year (in the span of a week) and it instantly became one of my favorite urban fantasy series ever. I’ll miss Bon Temps, but I’m dying to see how it all ends.
ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE by Gail Carriger – February 5th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Few things are more delightful than a new Gail Carriger book. The Finishing School series is a YA prequel/spin-off of the Parasol Protectorate series and promises to be another memorable blend of paranormal and steampunk. A young girl is sent to finishing school to learn not just etiquette. Can’t wait.
FROST BURNED by Patricia Briggs – March 5th 2013 by Ace Hardcover
The Mercy Thompson series is the reason I first discovered and fell in love with urban fantasy. The wolf pack, vampires, and fae all shine in this series and I am so stoked that this book will be vampire heavy…I’ve missed Stefan.
THE INDIGO SPELL by Richelle Mead – February 12th 2013 by Razorbill
The Vampire Academy series is hands down my favorite YA vampire series. I still miss it, but the Bloodlines spin-off series is quickly gaining ground. There are no cliche characters in this series, and the romance hurts so good. We’ve never been very successful with getting review copies from Razorbill, but I’ll keep trying. Hopefully I’ll get to review it for you guys.
MAGIC RISES by Ilona Andrews – July 30th 2013 by Ace
No one is cooler than Kate, no one is fiercer than Curran, and no world more magically mucked up than Atlanta. This increasing phenomenal series got a reboot (not that is needed one) in the previous book when Kate and Andrea started Cutting Edge Investigations which created all these new opportunities for unexplored storylines. Can’t wait.
THE PREY by Andrew Fukuda – January 29th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
I got completed sucked into this world in THE HUNT where humans are all but extinct and the vampires hold a lottery every decade to see who gets to hunt them. Gene, a human hiding as a vampire gets chosen and the story becomes increasingly fascinating from there. After the cliffhanger ending, I’ve been counting the days until I could return to this series.
REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver – March 5th 2013 by HarperTeen
The Delirium series, a beautifully crafted trilogy set in a world where love had been declared a curable disease, follows Lena from a frightened girl terrified that she would become ‘infected’, to joining the group of ‘invalids’ that live in the wilds and embrace love. In this conclusion, I’m expecting the same beautifully expressive writing, the same frightening world, the same heartbreaking romance, and an ending that will leave me breathless.
SEVER by Lauren DeStefano – February 12th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Another fascinating dystopian series makes my list, this one set in a world where, thanks to genetic tampering, girls only live to 2o and guys to 25. Society has adapted by resurrecting polygamy, and kidnapping and selling girls as child brides. It’s chilling. The debut left me reeling, and while the sequel was a little too much of a filler, with Rhine growing ever closer to her 2oth birthday, I’m in agony while waiting for the conclusion.
UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris – April 23rd 2013 by Balzer + Bray
After describing the first book as a mash up of the TV shows Veronica Mars and Roswell if they were written by Lauren Oliver, I’d have to be smoking five kinds of crack not to be clamoring for the sequel. The writing, the characters, and the plot twists were excellent and purposeful in the debut . There were no dull scenes, no throw away characters, no empty dialogue exchanges. My expectations are sky high and I have every reason to expect them to be exceeded.
UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi – February 5th 2013 by HarperCollins
The debut was a really beautiful love story between two characters who grew up watching the suffering of the other and finding each other again in a pre-1984 world. It’s the story of corruption and power hungry groups that prey on a weak moment in human history. And ultimately, it’s the story of a girl who has always been afraid of herself finally learning to see herself as something other than a monster. It’s a powerful, thought provoking book , written in a way that is uniquely suited to it’s protagonist. I can’t wait for the sequel.
Untitled Downside Ghosts #6 by Stacia Kane – June 6th 2013 by Del Rey
How could I not be jonesing for the next Downside book featuring what I call ‘the most addictive couple in urban fantasy?’ These books are always emotionally draining and yet somehow exhilarating. The tragic choices that Chess and Trouble have made seem to have caught up to them and the fallout promises to be gutwrenching.
Which titles are on your Most Wanted for 2013 list?