top ten 2014 releases i’m dying to read

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 |
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we all get to exercise our OCD tendencies and come up with bookish lists.  If you’d like to play along, check out this post.

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How do you put together a list of books that aren’t out yet but you know you can’t wait to read? I cross-referenced my Amazon wishlist and recent Waiting on Wednesday posts.  These are the books I am looking forward to most in 2014.  Why?  They’re by favorite authors, the cover art caught my eye, or some combination of the two.  Also, the only reason Robin McKinley’s Ebon didn’t make the list is that I can’t verify the release date.  Dangit!  That book needs to appear soon…

Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

1. Clariel by Garth Nix – There's no cover art available yet, but Nix announced on Sunday that the current release date for this latest in The Old Kingdom series is October 2014.  I loved the original trilogy, and I know I will adore this addition to the series.  ZOMG, can't wait!

2. Murder of Crows by Anne BishopWritten in Red was a standout read for me last winter.  I really, really liked that book.  And so of course the sequel is making it onto every list.  Yep yep.

3. Talker 25 by Joshua McCune – Dragon vs. human conflict, reservations, blackouts, a senior year prank, and an overbearing military make this one sound very, very interesting.  

4. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland – Mythology, young adult and the promise of funny, smart writing.  Well, yes!

5. Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci  – YA sci-fi!!!

6. Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston – I, uh... I read a lot of shifter romances.  And this series is one of my favorites.  It has hockey and big city shenanigans, along with humor and poignant happily-ever-afters.  And this upcoming title has a honey badger!  Don't judge.

7. The Kraken King by Meljean Brook – Brook's Iron Seas series began with novella 'Here There Be Monsters.'  I adored it.  All of the books have been strong, so I'm very excited for the fourth novel in the series.  Steampunk romance at its best!

8. The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer – You can never have enough steampunk in your life.  Especially YA steampunk.

9. The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell – Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite fairy tales, and I'm always up for another retelling.  A good sign?  Haskell's middle grade standalone was blurbed by Robin McKinley, author of some of my favorite fairy tale retellings of all time.  Yeah, I'm in.

10. Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner – Speaking of romances, I also read a lot of Regencies (though you wouldn't know it from what I review here on the blog...).  I loved Lerner's first two books, and I'm very much looking forward to her latest release.

What books are you looking forward to?


Anonymous said...

I had completely forgotten about Clariel until seeing it on some of these lists! I'm going to have to reread the other Abhorsen books to prepare!

Meg @ write meg! said...

Lots of good reads coming up -- liking the sound of Promise of Shadows! And that cover is super cool, too.

Sana said...

Eee, I forgot all about Promise of Shadows! I'm excited for it =D

Also, I just got to know TODAY that Talker 25 has dragons so yes, I want to read it now.

Isa said...

I haven't heard of most of these books and I love that most of them are fantasy. Murder of Crows sounds interesting and I've had The Castle Behind Thorns on my wishlist.

Liviania said...

These all sound great, especially Talker 25.

Spiced Latte said...

Promise of shadows is on my list as well, Thanks for sharing!

My Top Ten this week!

Anonymous said...

Your blog continually makes me excited for Clariel! I also didn't know Cecil Castellucci had a new sci-fi coming out--I loved her first book so much.

Tales of Whimsy said...

That Clariel cover is cool!

Mary H said...

Talker 25, Tin Star, Inventor's Secret: you have some really cool picks this week! I hope you can snag some early copies!

Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

Elizabeth said...

I love the art you found for Clariel! It fits perfectly with the past covers!

And anything blurbed by Robin McKinley is going to be awesome (especially if it's a fairy tale retelling) so I'm now excited for The Castle Behind Thorns which is going onto my TBR list...right!

Cecelia said...

Juju & Elizabeth: Sorry for any confusion! That's actually the cover art from ACROSS THE WALL, which was an anthology of Nix's short stories (it included one Old Kingdom story). I have no idea what the CLARIEL cover art will actually look like, but it's sure to be magnificent!

Nikki R said...

I'm usually not one for MG books, but The Castle Behind Thorns sounds SO good! Definitely gonna have to break out of my usual YA fare for that one.

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase said...

I haven't heard of a lot of these, but I'm going to have to check them out! They sound great! Tin Star just missed my list. It sounds really good! Great list!

Melody Simpson said...

Looking forward to TALKER 25 among others. Great list!

Amanda said...

I honestly cannot believe that Nix is continuing with his Sabriel series. I'm thinking a re-read needs to be in order so that I can then move on to reading Clariel. :) And ooh I like the sound of that Sleeping Beauty retelling. You're right - blurbs by Robin McKinley can only be a good thing, I'm thinking.

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