Last week we took a look back at our reading. This week, we’re anticipating our personal “big books” of 2014 – the sequels, stand-alones and favorite authors that we will gleefully acquire and add to the already enormous piles of books in every corner of our houses. We may not know much about some of these titles yet, but we wants them, we does:
What: Cress by Marissa Meyer (February) & Why: Fairy tales… in spaaaaaaaace! Another ally against the evil moon queen, Cress has put her imprisonment in a digital tower to good use as a hacker – but at what price will freedom come?
What: The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson (February) & Why: Because of the premise: the daughter of a deposed Middle Eastern dictator is forced to adapt to American society, while her mother is determined to sink their family back into international politics.
What: Tsarina by J Nelle Patrick (February) & Why: Because magical historical fiction is becoming a delightful subgenre of YA, and this blend of Russian history, magic and romance sounds like exactly the sort of book to snuggle up and read in one sitting.
What:Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett (March) & Why: because this latest in the beautifully dead-on satire of the Discworld stars Moist vonLipwig, AdoraBelle, and steam engines. It’s already out across the pond and man, is that frustrating.
What: Sekret by Lindsay Smith (April) & Why: Because it’s not your usual teen angst: a teen psychic Soviet spy must navigate the KGB. international espionage, and two opposing guys, each with their own agenda. You’d think reading minds would make that easier…
What: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (April) & Why: Because it’s high time that Katy read this series, and now that the third one is out there won’t be a wait between books. The cover is gorgeous, too!
What: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (May) & Why: Ms. Lockhart wrote “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,” possibly one of Julie’s three top favorite ever YA books, with a brilliant, indelible heroine who refuses to be underestimated. The early buzz sounds amazing.
What: Landline by Rainbow Rowell (July) & Why: We fell in love with Ms. Rowell’s books last year. And the idea of a phone line that goes through time – intriguing!
What: This is a bit of cheat, because Sarah Rees Brennan has two books coming out in 2014. “Unmade” (Lynburn Legacy #3), out in August, and “Tell The Wind and Fire,” out in November & Why: The no-doubt highly stressful and exhilarating conclusion to the Lynburn Legacy will reveal what happens to Kami and the Glass family, to Jared and Ash, to Angela, Rusty and Holly. “Tell the Wind and Fire” is a retelling of “A Tale of Two Cities,” and since one of Julie’s missions in life is to read everything SRB writes, it’s automatically exciting.
What: Between the Spark and the Burn by April Tucholke (August) & Why: Because it’s the sequel to the delightfully gothic Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which left off with one of the main characters in danger, hunting a pyrokinetic psychopath.
What: Okay, so the actual title and publication date are unknown, but we want, want, want the next book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle & Why: Have you read them?! (In the meantime, apparently a companion novel to the Shiver trilogy is being released this year, which is also a fun world.)
What: Firebug by Lish McBride (this fall) & Why: Ms. McBride wrote the wonderful Necromancer books; this book is set in the same universe, but different part of the country. Here’s the description on her blog: it will “…feature a main character named Ava who is a firebug (she can start fires with her MIND). Because of what she is, she’s been forced to become an assassin for a mob family-style group. I know this doesn’t sound funny, but I promise you that it is still a humor-based storyline. Besides, there are werebunnies.”
What: Painting by Numbers by Jasper Fforde & Why: Book #1, Shades of Grey, was a brilliant, absurd foray in a dystopian future where color is caste, entertainment, medicine, and employment, all in one. It really has to be read to be believed (or listened to – the audiobook was fabulous). We’re not even sure that it’s coming out in 2014, but we’re crossing our fingers!