Today is the LAST day of Top 10 of 2012.
A week of Looking Back…
…and Looking Forward.
I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.
In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, ending today, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.
Throughout the week, each of the hosts has offered up some bookish items for giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.
And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time, though not much…. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.
Even if just want to join in for just today that’s okay. We’d love to check out your post.
The topic for today is…
Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2013
The only requirement seems to be that the book releases in 2013. So of course that means I’m going to cheat, just a little. Because I can’t possibly list only ten books releasing in 2013 I’m dying for. Though I will make them exclusively YA books I just can’t wait for.
There will be TWO lists of top ten books I’m looking forward to. Those that are books in a series whose sequels I’m dying for and new books I can’t wait to read. But that second list will be making its appearance on The Annex or else this post would be WAY too long.
And sadly they won’t include any of the seven books listed below, as I’ve already read them and either reviewed or rated them and just didn’t think it would be fair to list them….
Books I’m Still Looking Forward to but Already Read
SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton
EVERBOUND (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton
GOLD (Bandia #2) by Talia Vance
UNRAVEL ME (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi
ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey
SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard
MOONSET (Legacy of Moonset #1) by Scott Tracey
Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2013
WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent
Why Top Ten? Tod Hudson… Well, yes, him. But also because this series is one of my all-time favorites. The author is a brilliant writer. The characters are near – and oh so dear – to my heart. The ride has been one heck of a roller coaster. Who knew banshees could be this kind of awesome?
Sadly this series is coming to its heartbreaking end. Okay, so maybe the book won’t be heartbreaking – though I think it will be – but my heart will be broken that it’s ending. And that after getting to know Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine and Emma as well as I have, having no more books to look forward to will be devastating.
So, yes, there was no question WITH ALL MY SOUL would top my list of books I’m just dying to read this year. I just hope I’ll be ready to say goodbye on release date.
PHANTOM EYES (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey
Why Top Ten? Because that ending in DEMON EYES was devastating. Because the story is amazing and intense. Because the characters are ones whose safety I fear for constantly. Because the writing has moments of beauty, humor, snark and tension.
Yet another series I’ve fallen in love with is coming to an end in 2013. I wouldn’t be able to bear the thought of having to say goodbye to this series if I didn’t get the chance to read the first book in the author’s new series – MOONSET. If there wasn’t the promise of more of that, I’m not entirely sure how I’d cope.
Because saying goodbye to Braden, Drew, Trey and Jade is something I’m not fully prepared for. Three books is way too short a series and I’m ever hopeful for a prequel story in this world. Whether that be one about Jason and Catherine or one all about Drew and Jade.
ENDLESS KNIGHT (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole
Why Top Ten? That ending. It killed me. I am obsessed with finding out just what happens next. I’m also super curious to know more about the Arcana. Especially Death. As I may have mentioned yesterday, I’m intrigued by Death.
As there is not even the littlest of hints about what is in store for the characters in this upcoming book on Goodreads, I’m even more desperate for answers, a tiny clue… anything.
But even if my curiosity wasn’t quite as piqued as it is, this book would still make my top ten because the world is amazing, chilling, horrifying. The characters are ones I could read about forever. The chemistry between them is electrifying. And the possibilities seem endless.
A TOUCH MENACING (A Touch Trilogy #3) by Leah Clifford
Why Top Ten? Because I’ve never been more scared to read a series-ending book than I am with A TOUCH MENACING. Because it is one of the darkest series in YA I’ve ever read. Because it’s so unique and evil and brilliant.
I’m terrified of seeing just how this series ends. I’m not at all looking forward to… okay maybe I am, just a little, morbid curiosity and all… finding out just how cruel the author has been to her characters. She pulls no punches. Ever.
And I have this feeling… a bad, bad feeling… that I’m going to be shocked, heartbroken, devastated when I reach that last page. Which is why I’m so glad that there weren’t any ARCs made available in 2012.
Because I think this book is one I’m going to have to fight to start reading and when I do, I’m sure I’ll be reading it with squinted eyes or through the spaces between my fingers like I do with anything that has the potential to scare me. I’m sure it will be scary good… but it will be knife-through-the-heart terrifying too.
AFTERGLOW (Wildefire #3) by Karsten Knight
Why Top Ten? Because this series is epic. Because the heroine is seriously, seriously fierce. Because the mythology is diverse and interesting. Because the story is action-packed, heartbreaking, and packs one heck of a punch. Because the writing is simply gorgeous.
I can’t imagine that this series will be able to come to a close in this third book. This story just holds so much possibility. There are so many gods and goddesses who have interesting backgrounds I’d love to know more about.
And Ashline Wilde’s “predicament” doesn’t seem even close to being resolved.
Of course I’m confident the author will be able to wrap things up in this third book. I just don’t want that to happen. I most definitely want more.
SWEET PERIL (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins
Why Top Ten? Kaidan Rowe. That is all.
Okay, well I wasn’t being entirely honest. There is more to this book than Kaidan Rowe. There’s the fact that this world is so incredibly dark. The bad boy is incredibly bad – he is the son of the Duke of Lust after all. Oops… I somehow brought that back around to Kai again.
The writing is so incredibly good. The characters are interesting. The plot is immensely entertaining. And I’m just dying to know what’s next. Especially as I read the description….
Which leaves me with questions, questions and more questions. Release date is just too far away.
DANCE OF THE RED DEATH (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin
Why Top Ten? The writing is gorgeous and haunting and flows beautifully. The world is utterly intriguing and horrifying. It pays homage to Poe’s stories. It’s dark, disturbing and tension-filled.
I am so looking forward to continuing this story. I’m actually rather desperate since I took a peek at the description and read these two sentences:
“Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust.”
Yeah. That makes me really worried about just what happened with the two boys I thought she could trust. Even though there already was that one incident….
If only April would get here quicker….
BOUNDLESS (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
Why Top Ten? This series is gorgeous. It’s made me cry so very many tears over the heartbreaking moments. It left me almost equally torn between the two boys in Clara’s life. The writing is simply beautiful. Did I mention how often it made me cry?
I don’t want this series to end, even if this final book is as “riveting” as the description promises. I want it to go on for at least another two books… or more.
Although I’m not ready to face “The End” or witness the final battle, I am looking forward to this next installment. I just wish it wasn’t the final one.
The description talks of “sacrifices” and “betrayal” but gives no answers as to who will make the sacrifice, who is being sacrificed, who gets betrayed or who does the betraying. All I know is that I’m very, very nervous about just how the author will have her characters say their goodbyes.
Yet even with all of that I cannot wait until BOUNDLESS releases and I can discover those answers for myself.
GODDESS (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini
Why Top Ten? Because I read DREAMLESS way too early and the wait has been torturous. Because I am desperately anxious for just what will become of the star-crossed lovers – Helen and Lucas. Because after that last epic journey that kept Helen and Lucas apart, I’m even more nervous for their future.
I fell madly in love with STARCROSSED. I loved the crazy and intense connection that Helen and Lucas made. I loved how they had to fight their urge to destroy one another. I loved how the author resolved that situation…. Nope, sorry, no spoilers here.
In DREAMLESS I ached for the situation that Helen was being put through. I was terrified about this new connection she was making. I was intrigued by the mythology that was explored. And when I reached the end I nearly screamed because I wanted more, more, more.
Well, it’s almost 2013. The wait is just about over. Of course the fact that this is yet another series-ending book has me totally devastated. But the description promises there will be “no question unanswered.” Yet at the same time it says no heart will be “untouched.” Oh no!
So… of course this book made my top ten list. I only wish there was another one to make the list in 2014.
UNBREAKABLE (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris
Why Top Ten? Because UNRAVELING was such an amazing surprise. Because that book tugged on every heartstring. Because that ending left me desperate for the sequel. And because I read the description for UNBREAKABLE and oh my gosh….
I have absolutely no right to be tormented about the wait for UNBREAKABLE. Because I joined this party late – I only read UNRAVELING this fall. But I feel tormented. I am tormented.
That description definitely did its job. It’s left me at the edge of my seat wanting to know just what happens next. It leaves me with so many questions. It makes me want answers NOW. And it makes me so very nervous about a certain character I didn’t ever want to be nervous about.
As this sequel also has its own sort of countdown clock, I just know it will be every bit the nail-biter that UNRAVELING was. Which makes me more than look forward to its release. Words like desperate, maybe a little despondent, slightly inconsolable, and perhaps a touch wretched come to mind.
So that’s my top ten… well, one of them anyway. As mentioned above, I couldn’t possibly list just ten books releasing in 2013 I’m looking forward to. So these are just those books in a series I’m looking forward to continuing in 2013.
My top ten picks for new books in a series, standalones, debuts or other books that will be a “first” for me, can be found on THE ANNEX.
Last year I went a little crazy with my Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012 list. I’m thinking the numerous honorable mentions are what prompted the suggestion this year that we don’t go overboard. Yes I did a top ten “best of” list and then did a list of the “rest of” the books I was dying to read.
So this year I’m keeping the honorable mentions to just five books I have on my radar. Of course I did create that other list on The Annex… but still, that totals a mere twenty-five books. A much more reasonable number than the 100+ I had on last year’s list.
SCARLET (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
UNTITLED (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
DARK TRIUMPH (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers
CLOCKWORK PRINCESS (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
THE LOST SUN (The United States of Asgard #1) by Tessa Gratton
It’s still not too late to sign up for the event, even though it ends today. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… you can!
For those of you who are participating, I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten posts – and most especially today’s post as I just know there are a ton of books coming out in 2013 that I haven’t heard of yet. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.
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