Last week I looked back at my favorites of 2012. This week, I’m going to do the opposite: take a look at some of the 2013 titles that have me itching to get reading!
Kirsten Miller has two books coming out, and I’m dying to read both of them. First, there’s The Darkness Dwellers, which is the long-awaited third book in her phenomenally fun Kiki Strike series. (Unfamiliar with it? Three words: Delinquent Girl Scouts. Three more words: Secretly Royal Superspy.) Also upcoming is How to Lead A Life of Crime, which is about a school for budding criminals. The basic premise sounds like Catherine Jinks’ Evil Genius, but according to what I’ve read about it—and considering the fact that the copy on the back cover kicks off with A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.—it sounds way darker.
Speaking of alternative education, I’m also looking forward to reading Gail Carriger’s Etiquette & Espionage. While I’m not a huge fan of her Parasol Protectorate series—and believe you me, I’m aware that I’m in the minority on that one!—I find the idea of a Victorian-era finishing school for young female spies absolutely irresistible. (And if it turns out not to be a good match for me, I’m not worried about suffering from lady-assassin/spy withdrawal: I’ll just wait a few more months for R. L. LaFevers’ sequel to Grave Mercy and the fourth book in Y.S. Lee’s Agency series.)
There are lots of sequels headed our way, too. Some—like Maureen Johnson’s The Madness Underneath and Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet—I’ve been waiting for since finishing their predecessors. Others—like Kirby Larson’s Hattie Ever After and Chris Lynch’s Pieces, sequels to Hattie Big Sky and Iceman, respectively—were completely unexpected, but are totally, TOTALLY welcome. (Especially in the case of Hattie Ever After, which I can’t even think about without doing a happydance.)
There are no Jane Eyre rewrites on the immediate horizon (thankfully), but we will see Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights (set in the New York punk scene) from April Lindner and The Madman’s Daughter, a retelling of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau (from the perspective of his daughter) by debut novelist Megan Shepherd. I’m also looking forward to new books from Brenna Yovanoff (Paper Valentine, about a girl pushed by the ghost of her best friend to investigate a string of murders), Justina Chen (Return to Me, about a girl whose plans for the future are suddenly destabilized by an unexpected shake-up in her family) and Ruth Sepetys (Out of the Easy, a murder mystery set in 1950s era New Orleans). There’s also Leila Rasheed’s Downton Abbey-ish Cinders and Sapphires; The Archived, a story by Victoria Schwab about the most hardcore library imaginable; and Alex Award-winner Gregory Galloway’s The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand.
And all of those are just a few of the titles due out in January and February: just imagine, there are 10 more months of new releases to browse through! I’m FLAILING. WITH. EXCITEMENT.
So, what about you? Anything special caught your eye?
Let's be honest. If she isn't writing Bookshelves of Doom or doing her librarian thing, Leila Roy is most likely being tragically unproductive due to the shiny lure of Pinterest.