LAURA’S TOP 10 ‘MUST HAVE’ BOOKS 2012
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UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi (Under The Never Sky #1)
February 2012
(UK | US | BD | GR)*

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 
They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.
9

DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN by J. A. London
May 2012
(UK | US | BD | GR)

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters….

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

8

FAIR GAME by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #3)
March 2012
(UK | US | BD | GR)

When the FBI request a pack consultant on a serial killer case they’re following in Boston, Anna and Charles are sent in. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves – all of them were.

Someone is targeting their kind. And if Charles and Anna can’t get to the bottom of this mystery, they may be next…

7

THIRTEEN by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #13)
July 2012
(UK | US | BD | GR)


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SHADOW BOUND by Rachel by Rachel Vincent (Unbound #2)
June 2012
(UK | US | BD | GR)


If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…

KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else…

The job? Recruit Ian Holt—or kill him.

Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty…

5

LUCKY PENNY by Catherine Anderson
January 2012
(UK | US | BD | GR)


To support her orphaned niece, impoverished Brianna O’Keefe accepts work with a Colorado rancher. To guard herself from unwanted attention, she resorts to a harmless little lie: that she’s married to a Denver gold miner named David Paxton. But when her “husband” shows up, Brianna is stunned-not the least by her desire…


4

SACRIFICIAL MAGIC by Stacia Kane (Downside Ghosts #4)
March 2012
(UK | US | BD | GR)


When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess.

Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the dead—and if Chess doesn’t watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks.

As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.


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ONCE BURNED by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #1)
June 2012
(UK | US | BD | GR)

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She’s a mortal with dark powers…
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude… until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
2
THE DAYLIGHT WAR by Peter V. Brett (Demon Cycle #3)
September 2012

(UK | BD | GR)


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1
ICED by Karen Marie Moning (Fever World #1)
October 2012

(GR)


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“I’m currently working on a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, and the mysterious ‘Dancer,’ set primarily in Fever-Dublin. Each installment in the trilogy is a stand-alone mystery, however there are larger plot arcs unfolding in the background…

..For those of you who have been worrying—the trilogy is not YA. If I had to categorize it, I would say it straddles the line between YA and adult uneasily. …Many of the questions I left unanswered in the FEVER series are addressed in this new series.

Exciting news: I’ve agreed to write two more books after that. Once the new trilogy is complete, I’m returning to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

All in all, there are five more books coming about the Fever World!” ~ Karen Marie Moning.

* Key to Links: UK & US = Amazon, BD = Book Depository, GR = Goodreads

What books are you eagerly awaiting for in 2012?


Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

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Keltikmystique December 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Those books sound AWESOME! I will have to watch for these!

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Sabrina December 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I'm also very excited for the books by Patricia Briggs and Veronica Rossi. And the "Lucky Penny" also sounds great, so I will add it to my to-read list.

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Aleksandra December 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Great picks, Laura! I can't wait for Sacrificial Magic, too & especially The Daylight War – been waiting for it for over 2 years now, I hope it won't be delayed again :)

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LoriStrongin December 30, 2011 at 4:07 am

I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for a lot of these. Looks like a good year for Kelly Armstrong, and yay for a new Rachel Vincent book!

Smiles!
Lori

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Bookish Brunette December 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm

So AGREED!!! And I absolutely can't wait for Lucky Penny either!!!! Yay!!!

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Gemma H December 31, 2011 at 12:28 am

I'm eagerly waiting for the next Kim Harrison Hollows book and Lover reborn by J. R. Ward. I was really disapointed with the last fever book so i won't be buying that.

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Laura January 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Thanks everyone :)
I think there are a few people looking forward to reading 'Sacrificial Magic' !
Catherine Anderson always makes my wish list and 'Daylight War' I'm on the edge of my seat for, I too hope it's not delayed again!

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