Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books for 2013

Posted November 27, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 38 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Books for 2013. Easy topic. The last couple of weeks I have not been participating in this meme because I just had little to say about the topics that were given. I decided when that happened to pick up Waiting on Wednesday as my backup meme, and it worked out pretty well. I usually don’t post on Wednesday anyway, so I just alternate between the two days when necessary.

A couple weeks ago I chose pretty much this same topic, so now I have to find ten MORE books I am anticipating for 2013. That shouldn’t be too hard as I am anticipating a lot of them. 
1. Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Blurb from Goodreads: In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magnus.

Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon’s kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx’s safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx’s curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon’s unusual visitors. The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trod paths. But in the Urwald, a little healthy fear is never out of place, for magic—and magicians—can be as dangerous as the forest, and soon Jinx must decide which is the greater threat.

Sage Blackwood introduces a daring new hero for an innovative new world as Jinx is joined by friends, battles enemies, and discovers life beyond—and even within—the forest is more complex than he can imagine, and that the Urwald itself needs him more than he could ever guess.

          2. My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco

Blurb from Goodreads: Rocked by his father’s recent death and his mother’s sudden compulsion to overeat, Jason lashes out by breaking into the abandoned mills and factories that plague his run-down town. Always by his side are his two best friends, Charlie, a fearless thrill junkie, and Cornpup, a geek inventor whose back is covered with cysts. The boys rage against the noxious pollution that suffocates their town and despise those responsible for it; at the same time, they embrace the danger of their industrial wasteland and boast about living on the edge.

Then on a night the boys vandalize one of the mills, Jason makes a costly mistake–and unwittingly becomes a catalyst for change. In a town like his, change should be a good thing. There’s only one problem: change is what Jason fears most of all.

3. The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

Blurb from Goodreads: After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

4. The Ward by Jordana Frankel

Blurb from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.

However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.

Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.

5. Fuse (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott

Blurb from Goodreads: When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.

Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.

An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fusecontinues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.

6. Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

Blurb from Goodreads: A golden age of glam . . .

Every week they arrive in Los Angeles–beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It’s all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she’s discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck. She’s more than ready to escape her snobby private school and conservative Pasadena family for a chance to light up the silver screen.

The competition is fierce at Olympus Studios and Margaret—now Margo—is chasing her Hollywood dreams alongside girls like Gabby Preston, who at 16 is already a grizzled show-biz veteran caught between the studio and the ravenous ambition of her ruthless mother, and sultry Amanda Farraday, who seems to have it all–ambition, glamour . . . and dirty secrets. Missing from the pack is Diana Chesterfield, the beautiful actress who mysteriously disappeared, and there are whispers that Diana’s boyfriend—Margo’s new co-star—may have had something to do with it. Margo quickly learns that fame comes with a price, and that nothing is what it seems.

Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

7. 17 and Gone by Nova Ren Suma

Blurb from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

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8. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Blurb from Goodreads: First came the storms.Then came the Fever. And the Wall.

After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.

Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.

Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

9. The Ruining by Anna Collomore

Blurb from Goodreads: Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.

All too soon cracks appear in Annie’s seemingly perfect world. She’s blamed for mistakes she doesn’t remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she’s always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie’s fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play?

The Ruining is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.

10. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Blurb from Goodreads: When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to “go vintage” and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat on you online). She sets out to complete grandma’s list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy’s cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she’ll get it done. Somehow.

Lindsey Leavitt perfectly pairs heartfelt family moments, laugh-out-loud humor, and a little bit of romance in this delightful contemporary novel.

And there you have it. Another ten books that I am anticipating for 2013. To be honest, I could probably do another thirty books at least. There are a lot that I want. Did any of my books make your list? Are any of these new to you? Leave me a comment and I will come visit your post! Until next week, happy reading!

38 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books for 2013

  1. I am DYING to get my hands on Fuse. I remember loving Pure so much and that feels like so freaking long ago. I had thought Fuse was coming out this month… not so much. That was a disappointing realization…

  2. I hate categories like this, because I’m just like I WANT ALL OF THEM WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN ONLY HAVE TEN? It’s so meaningless because I leave so much out.

    Anyway, I agree with you on numbers 1, 4, 5, and 7.

    Most of the others I’m waiting for reviews before I get too excited.

    And, of course, I’m reading number 8, which has been really solid world building wise, but there have been some minor problems, like one of the characters releasing a breath he didn’t realize he was holding (automatic not five star rating BOOM). So far it’s in the 3.5 range, I would say, because I’m not bonding with any characters yet. I’m only like 100 pages in, though, so there’s time.

    • Oh no! He released a breath he didn’t realize he was holding? That’s a half a point off for that STUPID line. Bad writing. I hope it gets better for you!

      There are so many books I want that are coming out in 2013 that it is pointless to try and list them all.

  3. Amy

    Awesome list!! I am definitely pining for Fuse!! Pure was so awesome. The Ward sounds really awesome too. And Ahhh the Ruining!! I so got denied for that on NetGalley. 17 & Gone and The Beautiful and the Cursed are both ones I am looking forward to also!!

  4. Oh I haven’t heard of all of these books but thank you so much for reminding me to pre-order Nova Ren Suma’s next book. I think she’s an amazing writer.

    And The Ward looks awesome! I hadn’t heard of it before.

    I love the eclectic mix of books you chose. Cannot wait to hear your thoughts on them in 2013!

  5. Sam

    17 & Gone, The Ward and The Beautiful and the Cursed are the ones I am most looking forward to there. I haven’t come across a couple of others so I will have to check them out. 🙂 Brilliant list, Kara!

  6. Oh you got all the ones that I forgot – or ran out of room for!

    The Ward, My Chemical Mountain, Orleans……all are being heavily stalked.

    I love the cover of Fuse, but I cannot look at the cover of The Beautiful and the Cursed without thinking of Ms Fictions comments on it LOL.

    Great list!

  7. A lot of these I hadn’t heard of yet, but thanks for tuning me into them. 😀 Now I’ll have to go check them out and maybe make some adds to my TBR list. Haha.

    I am really looking for to numbers 3, 5, and 8 though! I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a good year for reading. 😉


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