CAROLYN & GEMMA’S TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS 2013
CAROLYN’S TOP 10
There are so many great books coming out next year, it was difficult to pick ten. But here they are…
WRITTEN IN RED (The Others)
by Anne Bishop
(NAL, March 2013)
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow. (Goodreads)
I’ve heard lots of good things about this author. Laura is always saying how much she loves Bishop’s books, so this one I’m intrigued to read, especially as it’s a brand new series too (and I love those!)
WILD INVITATION (Psy-Changeling)
by Nalini Singh
(Gollancz, March 2013)
In Beat of Temptation, innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond? In Stroke of Enticement, a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man—and the animal—in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true. In Declaration of Courtship, Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” In Texture of Intimacy, SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys—and unexpected challenges—of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence. (Goodreads)
I love everything I’ve read by Singh, especially her Guild Hunter series, and I’m going to make it my mission in 2013 to get up to date in the Psy-Changeling series, having only read the first two books. WILD INVITATION is a short story collection in the psy-changeling world.
THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY
by Mur Lafferty
(Orbit, May 2013)
Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume – human. Not to be put off by anything – especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker – Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble – with Zoe right in the middle. (Goodreads)
CLUB MONSTROSITY (Club Monstrosity)
by Jesse Petersen
(Pocket Star, April 2013)
by Kelley Armstrong
(Sphere, Aug 2013)
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past. Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her. (Goodreads)
GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS (Age of X)
by Richelle Mead
(Dutton Adult, June 2013)
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board. (Goodreads)
I loved Meads Vampire Academy series, and really enjoyed her Dark Swan series, and this sounds like another great series from one of my favourite authors. I will definitely be buying this one when it’s published.
HOT BLOODED (Jessica McClain)
by Amanda Carlson
(Orbit, April 2013)
It hasn’t been the best week for Jessica McClain. Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge — but Jessica is playing for keeps. Because she’s the only female werewolf in town…it comes with its own set of rules…and powers. Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means. All in a day’s work for a girl. The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties… (Goodreads)
RISING DARKNESS (Game of Shadows)
by Thea Harrison
(Berkley Sensation, April 2013)
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 seven came 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, 900 years ago… Michael. (Goodreads)
by Alex Adams
(Atria, Aug 2013)
Twenty-seven-year-old Emma Frane is a radio talk-show host in City One. There, asking questions carries a death sentence. Emma has already lost her husband, child, and brother to City One’s primary law. When one of her guests is killed for asking a question, casting doubt on City One’s agenda, she’s forced to leave her job. Furious and desperate to flee the collapsing city, Emma sets out on a journey across the world to find the only family she has left and answers from a world that allows her to ask nothing. (Goodreads)
I loved the first book, White Horse, in this series. It’s a dark and desolate world Adams creates but the writing is great, so really can’t wait for this to be released.
PLAGUE NATION (Ashley Parker #2)
by Dana Fredsti
(Titan Books, April 2013)
Having stopped the wave of the undead that swarmed their facility, Ashley Parker and the other wild cards (those immune to the zombie virus) are assaulted by an unknown enemy and forced to travel to a secret laboratory in San Francisco. En route some are killed, while others are kidnapped by their shadowy foe, who seems to use the zombies as a weapon. But the worst is yet to come, as the plague begins to manifest in key locations nationwide. And the truth begins to emerge about the paramilitary society, the Dolofónoi tou Zontanoús Nekroús (DZN) (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Plague Town, and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I would definitely say this is the title for me to get my hands on in 2013.
GEMMA’S TOP 10
With 2012 coming to a close and my TBR pile anything but reduced, I do have a bit of a cheek saying which books are my most anticipated ones for 2013. Yet, the list below are ones which I would drop anything in order to devour them. Granted, a couple I have yet to get caught up in the series, but it just means I have the conclusion in my hands already. So here it is.
STYXX (Dark Hunter Series #18)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
(Piatkus, Sept 2013)
Just when you thought doomsday was over… Centuries ago Acheron protected the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life for Acheron’s. Bethany was born to set right the wrong that left her family imprisoned for eternity. Now that she’s out, nothing will stop her from fulfilling the bargain that freed them. She must take the life of the last remaining Atlantean and she will not fail. But things are never what they seem and Acheron is no longer the last of his line.
Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer. Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it’s your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul? (Goodreads)
I admit to have fallen out of love with this series, but the fact that I have heard that this is effectively a companion piece to the excellent ACHERON, I am more than a bit excited to step back into this world.
ONCE UPON A TOWER (Fairy Tales Series #5)
by Eloisa James
(Piatkus, May 2013)
Surrender once again to the lush and imaginative world of Eloisa James. Intrigue and mischief is abound in this upcoming Regency twist on one of Britain’s most well-loved fairytales, Rapunzel. (Goodreads)
These regency re-imagined fairy tales are just a nice little change to my usual taste. They remind me of the fairy tales that my mum used to read to me when I was little, while at the same time are fresh. Its fun to spot the little winks and nudges to previous versions and this one based on Rapunzel looks to do the same.
FROST BURNED (Mercy Thompson Series #7)
by Patricia Briggs
(Orbit, March 2013)
Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe. (Goodreads)
The domesticated life of Mercy and Adam shouldn’t be as interesting as it is. After the last book was only about Mercy and Adam on their Honeymoon, it will be good to get back to her hometown and catch up with characters that were sorely missed.
SINS OF THE RIGHTEOUS (The Grigori Legacy #3)
by Linda Poitevin
(Ace, TBA 2013)
There is very little known about this book at the moment, but the fact that the book is due out sometime next year has me checking every day so I can pre-order it. After the lukewarm start to the series with SINS OF THE ANGELS, SINS OF THE SON kicked things off a notch and has me wondering where the series will go next.
REBELLION (Blood and Feathers #2 )
by Lou Morgan
(Solaris, August 2013)
The angelic war has spread, and violence erupts across the globe as the Fallen’s influence grows. As an army of the Fallen walk the Earth, the Archangel Michael is determined to destroy Lucifer once and for all—whatever the cost… and Alice and the angels will be called on to sacrifice more than they ever imagined possible. The Fallen will rise. Trust will be betrayed. And all hell will break loose… (Goodreads)
Another debut author and series for me and another series that has grabbed my by how original it is. The traditional Demons verses Angels is twisted to the point that there is no good or evil. Only shades of grey and a Half Human/ Half Angel thrown into the middle of a battle where Heaven must win, but The devil cannot be defeated in order to retain balance.
WICKED AS SHE WANTS (Blud #2)
by Delilah Dawson
(Pocket Books, April 2013)
The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.
Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all… (Goodreads)
This was both a debut author and debut series for me, but again it grabbed me by the fact it was so different from anything I had read previously. This installment is all about Casper (no, not the ghost, but the “Pinkie” who was battling for the heroines affections in Wicked as they Come). The little titbits from The Mysterious Madam Morpho on how Casper was doing, along with some hints on the plotline has made the anticipation all the more unbearable.
THE MISTRESS (The Original Sinners#4)
by Tiffany Reisz
(Mills & Boon, July 2013)
No Synopsis Available (Goodreads)
This has become a series which is a must read for me. THE PRINCE concluded on such a cliff-hanger, that I can’t wait to read the next instalment. THE MISTRESS is the final part in The Red Years Quartet (The adventures of Nora Sutherlin, Dominant and erotica writer). I only picked up this series due to the fact that the main character was a writer and the claims on the cover said it was hotter than Fifty Shades of Grey, and turned out be a series that has me sucked in and completly hooked.
DEAD EVER AFTER (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
by Charlaine Harris
(Gollancz, May 2013)
Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store. Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte’s Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire’s girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived earthquakes, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief . . . and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time. But with life comes new trials… The question is, in the end: who will love, who will live, and who will be dead ever after? (Goodreads)
Another series on which I am a bit behind on, but this has to go on the list. This is the last Sookie Stackhouse book and I for one want to find out how it all ends. Its bittersweet as although the series had got a bit stale, I still enjoyed them.
EVER AFTER (The Hollows #11)
by Kim Harrison
(Harper Voyager, Jan 2013)
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse. While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.
But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan… (Goodreads)
OK, so I admit I still have to read A PERFECT BLOOD, but I have an addiction, ok? This series is a must buy for me, so I plan to spend the Christmas Holidays reading A PERFECT BLOOD in preparations for this one.
LOVER AT LAST (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11)
by J. R. Ward
(Piatkus, March 2013)
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. This is the eleventh novel in the stunning No. 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series – the hotly anticipated story that finally unites Blay and Qhuinn… forever. (Goodreads)
At last, the starcrossed lovers of Qhuinn and Blay get their own book. We have been witness to a romance that has had more “will they or won’t they” moments than Ross and Rachel from the TV show “Friends.” How will they come together after the revelation near the end of LOVER REBORN? I can’t wait to find out!
So thats the books that we are currently anticipating in the year ahead. No doubt more books will be added later in the year. It’s a very mixed bunch, but we hope it has whet your appetite.
Over to you: What books are you all anticipating? (we shudder at this already as we know there are books we’ve missed and you’ll have books that will end up on our pre-order lists!).