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In 2014: Book Releases I am Looking Forward To

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Like in 2013, a lot of books are going to be released in 2014. And of course, being a book lover, I have made a list of the books I am looking forward to. This list consists of the ten books that I am looking forward to the most. They’re sorted in order of their release date.

01. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale | 07 January

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Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.

Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

This book is Kathleen Hale’s debut novel, and the summary sounds really interesting to me. I also really like the cover, it give me a bit of a Christmas feeling, though of course Christmas is already over. I can’t wait to have this book in my collection!

02. Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard | 7 January

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Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

I loved Splintered! And though I wouldn’t have minded if the story ended there, I am really excited for this second book, and oh my gods just look at that cover! (I love purple, blue and green!)

03. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s #2) by Ransom Riggs | 14 January

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In 1940 after the first book ends, Jacob and his new Welsh island friends flee to London, the Peculiar capital of the world. Caul, a dangerous madman, is Miss Peregrine’s brother, and can steal Peculiar abilities for himself. The Peculiars must fight for survival, again.

Look at that cover, isn’t it beautiful! I can just imagine that this book is full of awesome pictures like the previous book, and I can’t wait to read the story. I just love this series so much!

04. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi | 28 January

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Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

Shame on me, but I still haven’t read the second book in this series. But still, I’ve added this one to the list, because I really liked the first book, and I hope I’ll like the second book as well.

05. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer | 4 February

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In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

I have read the first couple of chapters of this book already, and oh my gods, I love it! The cover looks amazing, and I can’t wait to read about Rapunzel (or Cress, as she’s called in this book). I would love for Marissa Meyer to write about Sleeping Beauty though, because she’s my favourite Disney princess!

06. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi | 4 February

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The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love”

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

Like with Into the Still Blue, I haven’t read the second book of this series (Unravel Me), but I have it on my shelf and I plan on starting it as soon as I can! I really love the different eyes on the covers, and I just love this one because of the flowers and oh I just love it! Haha! I can’t wait to read more of this series.

07. Panic by Lauren Oliver | 4 March

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Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Most of us probably know Lauren Oliver as the writer of the Delirium series, but she’s bringing out a new book (possibly a new series?) next year, called Panic! Though the summary sounds a bit like ‘Nerve’ to me, I am excited, because I really liked Lauren Oliver’s writing!

08. Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth | 8 July

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More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Story Collection, five short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” “The Son,” “The Traitor,” and “Free Four”—explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

These stories were suppoesd to be released as separate eBooks, but last month it was announced that the four stories would be bundled together, with ‘Free Four’ as well (making five stories in total). The complete book would be released on the 8th of July, and I honestly can’t wait! There is no official cover yet, but I can guess it will look as cool as the Transfer’s cover (and of course the Divergent covers were magnificent as well)!

09. The Infinite Sea (the 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey | 16 September

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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

The 5th Wave was my absolute favourite book of this year; the only thing that I didn’t like was that it ended. It’s a bit of a shame that the Infinite Sea won’t come out until September, because I just really want to read it, oh my gods!

10. The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson | No official release date

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One of my favourite series of this year. Though I hated the kind of cliffhanger at the end of the Madness Underneath. I really want to know how the story continues, and if Rory is ever going to get rid of that freaky power she’s got (not the ghost-seeing one, because that’s awesome, but the other one).

And those are the ten books that I am looking forward the most next year! Which books are on your ‘to read in 2014’ list? Leave a comment!