Hey guys! Since 2014 is ridiculously close (I swear 2013 started a few weeks ago, where’d this year go!!) I think I should share the books I’m anticipating for next year. But first, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and share what I thought of the books I named my anticipated reads in 2013! You can read the original post here.
1. The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead
I took so long to read this!! I was absolutely terrified that it would end with a twist like Shadow Kiss had, but I finally sucked it up and read it, and loved it! I’m now scared to read The Fiery Heart though, since I know it has a cliffhanger.
2. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
What a book to end the series with! I disliked a lot of things about it, including the resolution of the love triangle and certain decisions Tessa made, but it was still entertaining!
3. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi
I don’t like the love triangle. It’s a waste of time, in my opinion. A lot of the “drama” in this book felt artificial, and I didn’t like it as much as I’d hoped.
4. Soulbroken (Legacy of Tril #2) by Heather Brewer
This book’s publication had been put on hold, and then cancelled! Now it’s being published as an ebook only, I think. So I’m still waiting ….
5. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
I have so much love for this series. Scarlet was everything I wanted in a sequel to Cinder, and more.
6. The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) by Julie Kagawa
Another sequel that surprised me. It wasn’t what I wanted, but it was great all the same. Certain plot elements were very transparent though.
7. Untitled (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3) by Laini Taylor
Well, we know it’s called Dreams of Gods and Monsters, but the publication date has been pushed back to 2014.
8. Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan
I read this just a few nights ago. It’s brilliant. The review is coming soon!
9. I own, but have not read, the five books below. Colour me bad.
- The Bloodfire Quest (The Dark Legacy of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks
- The Daylight War (Demon Cycle #3) by Peter V. Brett
- Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles #4) by Robin Hobb
- Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) by Kate Elliott
- Justice (The Tainted Realm, #3) by Ian Irvine
10. The Shadowed Throne (The Risen Sun, #2) by KJ Taylor
Oh gosh, this sequel is amazing. I love the growth of the characters, the wicked role that Saedrryn plays, the transformation that Oeka undergoes. Bring on the third book!
11. Highprince of War (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson – tentative title
The title is now Words of Radiance, and it’s coming next year!
12. The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #3) by Brent Weeks
The title is now The Broken Mirror, and it’s also coming next year!
And now for my anticipated reads of 2014! I’ll try to keep it short 🙂
Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
I haven’t read The Fiery Heart yet, but I still can’t wait for the release of The Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. I really like this series, although I have had trouble connecting with Sydney on the same level as I had with Rose.
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him …
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, and it’s no secret I absolutely adore this series. I can’t wait to meet Rapunzel, who lives on a satellite!
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.
Shimmer (The Rephaim #3) by Paula Weston
Paula Weston’s angel-themed, Australian novels are absolutely amazing. I never stop talking about how much I love them! The great news that there’s another book in the series after Shimmer is exciting as well: more adventures with Gabe and Jude and Rafa (oh Rafa, how I love thee).
Synopsis not yet available.
The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord
I was introduced to Karen Lord’s writing this year with The Best of All Possible Worlds, and am looking forward to The Galaxy Game, which is set in the same universe and follows the nephew of the protagonist from the former book!
For years, Rafi Delarua saw his family suffer under his father’s unethical use of psionic power. Now the government has Rafi under close watch, but, hating their crude attempts to analyse his brain, he escapes to the planet Punartam, where his abilities are the norm, not the exception. Punartam is also the centre for his favourite sport, wallrunning – and thanks to his best friend, he has found a way to train with the elite. But Rafi soon realises he’s playing quite a different game, for the galaxy is changing; unrest is spreading and the Zhinuvian cartels are plotting, making the stars a far more dangerous place to aim. There may yet be one solution – involving interstellar travel, galactic power and the love of a beautiful game.
Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin
I loved Crewel so much more than I’d expected – I loved the world and the twist at the end. I can’t wait to get back to the adventure, and to uncover the secrets hinted at in the first book.
Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.
But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.
In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.
Broken (Avena #2) by Marianne Curley
It’s hard to take me by surprise with an angel book, but Marianne Curley managed it in Hidden. This is another sequel I really cannot wait for!
Ebony is not quite human. She’s descended from Avena, an otherworldly realm caught between warring light and dark forces. But she doesn’t feel like she’s in danger . . . until her boyfriend Nathaneal almost dies protecting her. Now Nathaneal is in jail for revealing his powers to the enemy, and Ebony’s only ally is jealous Jordan, who’d love to break her and Nathaneal up.
But when Jordan announces he has a connection to Ebony’s missing birth father, she can’t help but be intrigued. The two make a plan to find him, but it quickly goes awry, and Ebony finds herself in the treacherous heart of Avena. She has no choice but to navigate this perilous world—or die trying.
Wall of Spears (Empire of Bones #3) by Duncan Lay
I want, so badly, to see how this series turns out. Duncan’s world has captured me! The way he has re-imagined elves and their relationship with humans is unique, and I think this book will rock everyone’s worlds! If you’re not already reading this, you really should be.
Synopsis not yet available.
The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley
This is Staveley’s debut, and I’m really looking forward to it. The cover has sucked me in, and it sounds riveting!
The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . . .
The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must bury their grief and prepare to unmask a conspiracy.
His son Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. He expected a challenge, but after several ‘accidents’ and a dying soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can take action, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation.
Meanwhile, the Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer in the capital itself. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. And Kaden, heir to an empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s disciples teach their harsh ways – which Kaden must master to unlock their ancient powers. When an imperial delegation arrives, he’s learnt enough to perceive evil intent. But will this keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move?
Every Word (Every #2) by Ellie Marney
I found Ellie Marney’s modern retelling of Sherlock’s adventures very entertaining, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Synopsis not yet available.
Ignite Me (The Juliette Chronicles #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Although I was a little disappointed by Unravel Me, I’m still looking forward to the concluding book of the Juliette Chronicles. I dislike the love triangle greatly, so I’m sure Ignite Me will be full of emotional (angry) moments!
Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.
Crash (Twinmaker #2) by Sean Williams
Sean Williams’ Jump, the first book of the Twinmaker series, is a great example of YA science fiction, and I can’t wait to find out more about the world he’s created in the sequel.
Synopsis not yet available.
Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin
This series is one of my absolute favourites, and Mullin’s writing style always leaves me in awe.
The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors’ constant companions.
When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever — and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.
The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty
The first book, A Corner of White, blew me away. The deep characters, impeccible world-building, and amazing premise (there’s a small opening between two worlds, through which our protagonists exchange letters) combined to make an almost-perfect book. I hope the sequel will be just as great.
Princess Ko’s been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, desperately trying to keep the government running on her own. But if she can’t get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens — each with a special ability — from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello.
Chief among these is farm-boy heartthrob Elliot Baranski, more determined than ever to find his own father. And with the royal family trapped in the World with no memory of their former lives, Elliot’s value to the Alliance is clear: He’s the only one with a connection to the World, through his forbidden communications with Madeleine.
Through notes, letters, and late nights, Elliot and Madeleine must find a way to travel across worlds and bring missing loved ones home.
The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks
I have loved every single one of Brent’s books, and I am brimming with excitement for the third book in the Lightbringer series. I want to know what happens!! My favourite thing about these books is the incredible world-building, and of course, the awesome characters.
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe. But Gavin Guile is enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse, Gavin no longer has the one thing that defined him — the ability to draft.
Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will have to face a master of shadows alone as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins, The Broken Eye.
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson
After writing his genre defining Mistborn series, and finishing off the Wheel of Time saga, Sanderson has begun his own ten book epic. The second book of The Stormlight Archive is highly anticipated, and I’m one of thousands (millions?) who are waiting with bated breath for it.
In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic
hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, had become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.
In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn to how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
A companion novel featuring Cole? Bring it on!
A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.
Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?
Other titles I’m anticipating (they don’t have covers yet)
- Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan
- This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
- The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa
- The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross
- Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix
- Illuminae (Illuminae #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman