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New releases #5: May 2014

The following list DOESN’T feature all May YA releases. These are ONLY the ones I find interesting and possibly want to read.

2014/05/01 Scan (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine

2014/05/06 The chapel wars by Lindsey Leavitt

2014/05/06 Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

2014/05/06 After the end (After the end #1) by Amy Plum

2014/05/06 The one (The selection #3) by Kiera Cass

2014/05/06 Torn away by Jennifer Brown

2014/05/06 Boys like you by Juliana Stone

2014/05/06 Savage drift (Monument 14 #3) by Emmy Laybourne

2014/05/06 The falconer (The falconer #1) by Elizabeth May

2014/05/06 Breakable (Contours of the heart #2) by Tammara Webber

2014/05/13 Of Neptune (The Syrena legacy #3) by Anna Banks

2014/05/13 Free to fall by Lauren Miller

2013/05/13 Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera

2013/05/13 We were liars by E. Lockhart

2014/05/13 Renegade (MILA 2.0 #2) by Debra Driza

2014/05/13 The secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

2014/05/13 Everything leads to you by Nina LaCour

2014/05/13 Nantucket red (Nantucket #2) by Leila Howland

2014/05/13 Life by committee by Corey Ann Haydu

2014/05/13 The lovely and the lost (The dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

2014/05/20 Dangerous creatures (Dangerous creatures #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

2014/05/20 The art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

2014/05/20 The rules for breaking (The rules of disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston

2014/05/20 Reborn (Shadow Falls: After break #1) by C.C. Hunter

2014/05/27 City of heavenly fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

2014/05/27 Take me on (Pushing the limits #4) by Katie McGarry

2014/05/27 Guy in real life by Steve Brezenoff

2014/05/27 The dark world (Dark world #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz

2014/05/27 Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

2014/05/27 Girls like us by Gail Giles


New releases #4: April 2014

The following list DOESN’T feature all April YA releases. These are ONLY the ones I find interesting and possibly want to read.

2014/04/01 Learning not to drown by Anna Shinoda: a contemporary YA debut about a dysfunctional family. I usually love those.

2014/04/01 Salvage by Alexandra Duncan: an interesting sci-fi read I heard good things about.

2014/04/01 The ring and the crown by Melissa de la Cruz: a recent WoW pick. It’s time to read another Melissa de la Cruz book.

2014/04/01 The summer I wasn’t me by Jessica Verdi: contemporary LGBT book, another one I’m really looking forward to. Hopefully I’ll read it in time to write up a review for LGBT month.

2014/04/01 Sekret (Sekret #1) by Lindsay Smith: Soviet Russia and psychics? Say no more.

2014/04/01 Dorothy must die (Dorothy must die #1) by Danielle Paige: I love retellings of any kind, so this is a must read for me.

2014/04/01 This side of salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready: the author of the Shade trilogy finally dabbling in contemporary? Yes, please.

2014/04/08 Dreams of gods & monsters (Daughter of smoke & bone #3) by Laini Taylor: one of my most anticipated books this year. I’m seriously dying for this one!!!

2014/04/08 Toxic heart (Mystic City #2) by Theo Lawrence: Mystic City is one of those books I’ve had forever, but keep putting off. A sequel will hopefully speed me up.

2014/04/08 The here and now by Ann Brashares: I’ll read anything written by Ann Brashares. That is all.

2014/04/08 Rebel belle by Rachel Hawkins: I liked the Hex Hall books a lot, can’t wait to see what Rachel Hawkins comes up with next.

2014/04/10 The museum of intangible things by Wendy Wunder: I’ve read Wendy Wunder’s The probability of miracles (a cancer book), let’s hope this one will be happier.

2013/04/15 Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman: I haven’t started this series yet, but it sounds interesting.

2013/04/15 The geography of you and me by Jennifer E. Smith: I read The statistical probability of love at first sight, I have high hopes for this one, too.

2014/04/15 To all the boys I’ve loved before (To all the boys I’ve loved before #1) by Jenny Han: this book is praised everywhere lately, and it sounds like a cute read.

2014/04/15 Don’t look back by Jennifer Armentrout: a standalone mystery YA novel. I need to read more of those.

2014/04/15 What I thought was true by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I want this book for shallow reasons. The cover is GORGEOUS.

2014/04/15 Open road summer by Emery Lord: I’m a sucker for road trip books, and I’ve heard good things about this one.

2014/04/15 House of ivy and sorrow by Natalie Whipple: another pretty cover. I don’t really know what to expect from this one, but I’m putting it on the list.

2014/04/22 The inventor’s secret (The inventor’s secret #1) by Andrea Cremer: steampunk YA written by Andrea Cremer? Sign me up.

2014/04/22 The prisoner of night and fog by Anne Blankman: another historical YA, set in 1930s Germany this time. I have good feelings about this book.

2014/04/22 The hunt (Project Paper doll #2) by Stacey Kade: I haven’t started this series yet either, but Stacey Kade books are on my radar ever since The ghost and the goth trilogy.

2014/04/29 Sweet reckoning (Sweet #3) by Wendy Higgins: I’m undecided about this one, heard mixed things about the whole series. Putting it tentatively on the list.

2014/04/29 Sleep no more by Aprilynne Pike: a paranormal mystery, similar to Lisa McMann’s Wake (which I loved). And it’s written by Aprilynne Pike, which doesn’t hurt either.

2014/04/29 The taking (The taking #1) by Kimberly Derting: I really enjoyed The body finder series (not so much The pledge), hopefully I’ll like this one, too.

2014/04/29 Exile (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson: this one is a recent find too, it involves a mystery and musicians. I need more books involving musicians. 🙂

2014/04/29 In the shadows by Kiersten White: I’ve been drooling over this book long before the cover was revealed. Kiersten White is always a must read for me.

New releases #3: March 2014

The following list DOESN’T feature all March YA releases. These are ONLY the ones I find interesting and possibly want to read.

2014/03/04 The winner’s curse by Marie Rutkoski: do I even need to say anything about this one? Is there anyone in the blogosphere who doesn’t want to read it?

2014/03/04 Panic by Lauren Oliver: my most recent WoW pick. I’m in the mood for dystopian/sci-fi lately, I have high hopes for this one.

2014/03/04 Dangerous by Shannon Hale: I’m putting this book tentatively on the list. My only experience with Shannon Hale so far has been Austenland which was fun, interested to see what she does with YA.

2014/03/04 Let the storm break (Let the sky fall #2) by Shannon Messenger: this is one of my most anticipated reads of March even though I still haven’t read the first book (I’m so behind as usual). Really hope it won’t disappoint.

2014/03/04 Half bad (Half life #1) by Sally Green: a book with witches, modern-day England and a male POV? Yes please!

2014/03/04 Nil by Lynne Matson: this book is brand new to me, but it’s getting some good buzz and the premise sounds really cool. We’ll see.

2014/03/04 The nightmare dilemma (The Arkwell Academy #2) by Mindee Arnett: this is tentatively on the list too, haven’t read the first book yet.

2014/03/04 16 things I thought were true by Janet Gurtler: an interesting sounding contemporary read, and I haven’t read much of that lately.

2014/03/04 Steadfast (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray: I don’t read nearly enough books with witches, and I have high hopes for this one.

2014/03/04 A death-struck year by Makiia Lucier: a YA book about the Spanish influenza. I need more historical fiction, hopefully this one fits the bill.

2014/03/11 Ask again later by Liz Czukas: a fluffy contemporary romance involving a girl, prom and being torn between the jock and the theater geek. Hmm, wonder which one will she choose?

2014/03/11 Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells: I’ve been resisting starting this series so far, but I keep seeing it everywhere, and I might just start it now.

2014/03/11 The shadow prince (Into the dark #1) by Bree Despain: I have to be honest here, I’m not sure I need another Persephone retelling so soon after the Everneath trilogy, but I enjoyed the author’s The dark divine series, so I’m putting it tentatively on the list.

2014/03/11 The mirk and midnight hour by Jane Nickerson: I love fairy tale retellings, and I’ve never read one that’s based on the tale of Tam-Lin. I have high hopes here, please book don’t let me down.

2014/03/11 Promise of shadows by Justina Ireland: a harpy for a main character? Sign me up! And that cover is just gorgeous in its simplicity.

2014/03/11 Liv, forever by Amy Talkington: a great sounding YA mystery with a paranormal element, need more of this.

2014/03/18 Side effects may vary by Julie Murphy: another highly anticipated March release and my very first ‘reverse cancer story’ (are there any others out there?). Promises to be an emotional read with a hopefully happy ending that doesn’t kill me.

2014/03/18 Pretty sly (Pretty crooked #2) by Elisa Ludwig: another fun YA mystery without the paranormal element this time. I’m putting it tentatively on the list.

2014/03/20 Starling (Secrets of the eternal rose #3) by Fiona Paul: this trilogy has been on my radar for quite some time. A paranormal book with a Venice setting? Count me in!

2014/03/25 The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: another simple and eye-catching cover. I can’t really picture the story based on the blurb, but it sounds different enough to get me interested.

2014/03/25 Nearly gone by Elle Cosimano: this one sounds exciting and the plot reminds me of The body finder series by Kimberly Derting which I liked. We’ll see.

New releases #2: February 2014

The following list DOESN’T feature all February YA releases. These are ONLY the ones I find interesting and possibly want to read.

2014/02/04 Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers: OK, so I’ll be the first to admit that at this point the phrase ‘mysterious/enigmatic/handsome exchange/new student’ causes me to instantly roll my eyes because it’s one of the biggest clichés you can put in a YA book blurb but ALIEN EXCHANGE STUDENT? What’s more, living with said alien exchange student? Sign me up! Who would’ve thought that changing just one word would have such an effect on me? I shamelessly want this book now!

2014/02/04 Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott: Pure took me completely by surprise when it came out 2 years ago in the best possible way. It’s unique and imaginative and pretty creepy at times, and I can’t wait to find out how everything wraps up.

2014/02/04 Cress (The Lunar chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer: do I even need to elaborate on this one? I’m finally starting this series after Cress comes out, and expect to breeze through all 3 books in no time. I have insanely high expectations but for once I’m sure they will all be met.

2014/02/04 The seers (Holders #2) by Julianna Scott: the second book in an interesting-sounding trilogy I haven’t started yet.

2014/02/04 Vengeance (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda: Megan Miranda’s books have been on my radar for a while now, and this one sounds interesting, though I should probably read Fracture first.

2014/02/04 Landry Park (Landry Park #1) by Bethany Hegen: already explained this one. Downton Abbey comparison means I want it, even though I know it’s not a guarantee for anything.

2014/02/04 Teen spirit by Francesca Lia Block: this one sounds like the kind of cute contemporary read I seem to be slowly growing out of, but it has a ghost element which could be fun, I guess? I don’t know, it’s getting some mixed reviews on goodreads.

2014/02/06 The sound of letting go by Stasia Ward Kehoe: did I mention exchange students? Well, this one has ‘Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal’ in the blurb, but I might take a chance on it anyway. It seems like a good read with some substance.

2014/02/11 Counting to D by Kate Scott: a book with a heroine who has a learning disability? Count me in.

2014/02/11 Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons: Article 5 is dystopian trilogy I keep hearing great things about lately, and I’m looking for a good dystopian read right now, so it’s going on the list.

2014/02/11 Split second (Pivot point #2) by Kasie West: again, the second book in an interesting-sounding trilogy I haven’t started yet.

2014/02/11 White spaces (Dark passages #1) by Ilsa J. Blick: this book is pitched as Matrix meets Inkheart which means absolutely nothing to me except that I barely got through the first Matrix movie (sorry, if that offends anyone, it just wasn’t for me). But the whole ‘jumping between the pages of a book’ concept sounds really cool, because seriously, who wouldn’t want to do that if given the opportunity? Jumping into Harry Potter and just wander around Diagon Alley or Hogwarts a little? I know it’s not just me… 🙂

2014/02/11 All that glows by Ryan Graudin: this is a book with a faerie bodyguard who has to protect the ‘partying bad boy and soon-to-be king’ (again, who comes up with these blurbs???) which doesn’t really make it my kind of book, but it’s getting some good early reviews from respected bloggers, so I might check it out.

2014/02/11 Pieces of me by Amber Kizer: last month it was Origin, this month it’s Pieces of me that appeals to my scientific side. This book deals with things like organ donation, which is a pretty serious issue and I took 2 semesters of bioethics classes that touched on this very subject among other things, so I’m curious. It might give me angry feels (depending on what stand the author takes) but I will read it nonetheless.

2014/02/11 Fates (Fates #1) by Lanie Bross: this is one of those ‘the heroine is destined to kill this guy so of course she’s going to fall in love with him instead and then trouble happens’ type of books, and I actually never read one of those before, so here’s my chance. And the rest of the synopsis sounds pretty intriguing too.

2014/02/11 Arcadia falls (Arkadien #3) by Kai Meyer: this one is tentatively on the list. It’s the last of a trilogy that was originally written in German years ago, and it’s finally translated into English now. It has Sicily, the mafia and a Romeo and Juliet type of forbidden romance and the first two of those things set it apart from everything else I read these days, so I’m intrigued.

2014/02/18 Perfect lies (Mind games #2) by Kiersten White: love Kiersten White, so anything she writes will be on the list.

2014/02/25 Fire & flood (Fire & flood #1) by Victoria Scott: Victoria Scott seems to be a very popular author lately with her Dante Walker trilogy, and this book sounds pretty interesting, so I’m putting it on the list.

2014/02/25 Burn bright (Dark star #2) by Bethany Frenette: Dark star is one of those books I keep putting off to read other books instead, don’t ask me why. But it has superheroes and superpowers and zero love triangles so I have to stop making excuses and just read it already.

2014/02/25 Better off friends by Elizabeth Eulberg: cute contemporary romance #2. I read Elizabeth Eulberg’s first 2 books, but nothing since then. Maybe this one?

2014/02/25 Killer frost (Mythos Academy #6) by Jennifer Estep: I’m familiar with Jennifer Estep’s Elemental assassin series which is more in the urban fantasy category, and last year became aware of her YA books. Killer frost is the last in this series, hopefully I’ll get around to reading it at some point (I’d say soon but it feels like I say that to everything these days so I’m setting a more realistic goal here).

2014/02/25 Unforgotten (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody: once again, the second book in an interesting-sounding trilogy I haven’t started yet.

2014/02/25 Faking normal by Courtney C. Stevens: this is one of those emotionally crippling stories (if done right) that I seem to be in the mood for lately even more than usual and it’s getting some good early reviews, so I have high hopes.

2014/02/27 Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick: recently I’ve been talking to several different people about the need for more books set in Russia and historical fiction in general, so this one is like an answer to our prayers. What’s more, it seems to take place in the early 20th century if the Alexei Romanov connection is any indication, so even more points for that.

P.S.: Apologies to anyone who expected Ignite me on the list, but I’m in a hate-hate relationship with that series. It sucks because everyone else loves it and it would be so much easier if I did too, but it just isn’t for me.

P.P.S.: It’s not technically a book, but the last of the Bane chronicles comes out on February 18th, The course of true love (and first dates). Alec & Magnus are the only two Mortal Instruments characters I still love with all my heart so I’m actually ridiculously excited for this one and will be reading it the second I can get my hands on it.

Top 10 most anticipated books in 2014

1. Silver shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

This one is getting a little redundant by now, it sort of feels like I’m talking about this book ALL THE TIME.
Expectations: Sydney/Adrian reunion (obviously), and we finally get that completely out of nowhere cliffhanger ending everyone’s been waiting for, setting up an awesome 6th book.

2. Oblivion (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh

I was seriously obsessed with Nevermore back in 2010, loved everything about it from the characters to the Poe-based world building.
Expectations: I actually still haven’t gotten around to reading the sequel, because apparently it has an emotionally crippling ending (I don’t even wanna know what that means) but I really really want this to come out, so I can read them back to back. And more Gwen please. We can never have enough Gwen.

3. The shadow cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

This book doesn’t have a release date yet (ugh), but I need it yesterday!
Expectations: a lot more Stephen, and we NEVER see Jerome again. Seriously Maureen Johnson, you’ve tortured me long enough.

4. Dreams of gods and monsters (Daughter of smoke and bone #3) by Laini Taylor

Daughter of smoke and bone was one of my favourite books in 2012 with a devastating twist, and I can’t wait to find out how the trilogy wraps up.
Expectations: an emotionally satisfying ending that isn’t too neat.

5. Dangerous creatures (Dangerous creatures #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The Caster Chronicles is one of my favourite fantasy series, so this is a no brainer.
Expectations: Link kicks some butt and gets his much deserved happy ending (that’s probably not going to happen in the first book though).

6. Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve explained why I need this book before.
Expectations: Cole & Isabelle have at least one honest conversation in this book, where neither of them is playing emotional chicken.

7. City of heavenly fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

So, I’m probably not dying for this one as much as most fans, because the series feels a little dragged out at this point, but I want to know how everyone’s story ends.
Expectations: Alec/Magnus reunion, NEITHER OF THEM DIES. If that happens, I WILL throw something and send hate mail.

8. The impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The only standalone title on the list.
Expectations: Laurie Halse Anderson books have the potential to destroy me, so there’s probably going to be some crying involved.

9. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

OK, so I haven’t even started this series yet, but I promised myself to get on it after Cress comes out because I’m sick and tired of everyone raving about it and feel sort of left out. So hurry up already, February!
Expectations: don’t really know what to expect, but I’m convinced I’m going to love this.

10. The retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin

That’s the other series everyone seems to love and I haven’t even started.
Expectations: the same.

What books are you most looking forward to in 2014?

New releases #1: January 2014

The following list DOESN’T feature all January YA releases. These are ONLY the ones I find interesting and possibly want to read.

2014/01/07 Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard: just posted my Splintered review, but I don’t expect to love this one as much, considering Morpheus is on the cover… ugh, why can’t I be as crazy about him as everyone else seems to be???

2014/01/07 Flame (Sky chasers #3) by Amy Kathleen Ryan: a series I haven’t even started yet… there are a few of those on this list.

2014/01/07 The impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson: already featured this one in my second WoW post, I am reading and reviewing it THE SECOND I can get my hands on it.

2014/01/07 Enders (Starters #2) by Lissa Price: the second part in a two-part series, intriguing dystopian premise.

2014/01/07 Love reborn (Dead beautiful #3) by Yvonne Woon: read the first book in this series, it wasn’t my favourite, but it has potential.

2014/01/07 Erased (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush: have the first one already, hoping to read them back-to-back.

2014/01/07 Promise bound (Lies beneath #3) by Anne Greenwood Brown: Lies beneath was another OK read, sort of interested in the sequels.

2014/01/07 Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill: Meant to be put Lauren Morrill on my radar, this promises to be the kind of light read we could all use sometimes, AND it’s standalone.

2014/01/07 Independent study (The testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau: another supposedly good series I haven’t gotten to yet…

2014/01/14 Hollow city (Miss Peregrine #2) by Ransom Riggs: I’ve read and enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children, really hope this will live up to my expectations.

2014/01/14 Vitro (Origin #2) by Jessica Khoury: the scientist in me is crushing hard on the cover alone, so I want this one even if it’s the worst.

2014/01/21 Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton: this series have been on my radar for the past 2 years, a Persephone retelling, that makes me want to give it a chance.

2014/01/21 Avalon (Avalon #1) by Mindee Arnett: new sci-fi trilogy, trying to be more open-minded about the genre, especially considering how much I loved the Across the universe trilogy.

2014/01/23 Fragile spirits (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey: Shattered souls is LONG overdue for me, considering it’s 2011 release date, maybe a sequel will speed me up?

2014/01/23 Storm and stone by Joss Stirling: the Benedicts trilogy put her on my radar AND she’s British.

2014/01/28 Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan: for some inexplicable reason, I’m really excited for this one, don’t ask me why.

2014/01/28 The unbound (The archived #2) by Victoria Schwab: this is one I’m dying to read along with the first book, there’s just something about the whole “the dead rest on shelves like books” concept that I love.

2014/01/28 Timestorm (Tempest #3) by Julie Cross: I actually read both previous books in this series after release, which almost never happens, looking forward to finishing it.

2014/01/28 Into the still blue (Under the never sky #3) by Veronica Rossi: Under the never sky was one of my favourite books in 2012, I’m reading Through the ever night and this one as soon as possible, too.

2014/01/28 Infinite (Newsoul #3) by Jodi Meadows: I read Incarnate 2 years ago, not high on my list, but still interesting enough to hopefully continue at some point.

2014/01/28 Cruel beauty by Rosamund Hodge: a Beauty and the beast retelling, let’s see if we need another one of those.