Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2012

Yeah! It's 2012 now! I can't believe it! 2011 year passed so fast!
Here's my top 10 for this year. Looks promising, don't you think?


Title: Under the Never Sky 
Author: Veronica Rossi
Expected Publication: 3 Jan 2012
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

Okay. I've heard raging reviews for this, but I'm only going to get my hands on this in 2012. It's coming, coming!  

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Title: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Expected Publication: 3 Jan 2012

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

Sounds amazing! Cinderella in a dystopian world, plus plus-- New Beijing. What a beautiful mess!

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Title: The Gathering Storm (Katerina Alexandrovna #1)
Author: Robin Bridges
Expected Publication: 10 Jan 2012

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

Ahh... This sweet and alluring thing about royal balls and lovely nobles. WAIT. WHAT? RAISE THE DEAD?! This sounds like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, just better!


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Title: Born Wicked  (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Expected Publication: 7 Feb 2012
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

Witches... okayy... Tea parties... OMG. Does this mean turn of the century America with the debutantes in gowns? YES. Witches just seem like a cherry on this fantastic ice-cream! Hope this turns out good (the unsuitable Finn sounds very very suitable!)

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Title: Scarlet
Author: A. C. Gaughen
Expected Publication: 14 Feb 2012

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.


Girl disguised as boy in medievel times? Love with Robin Hood-- greatest rogue of all time? OOOh, I sense a great book like Alanna: Song of the Lioness!

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Title: The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
Author: Melissa Jensen
Expected Publication: 16 Feb 2012

Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming romantic comedy
Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that's just fine by her. She's got her friends - the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She's got her art - and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it's hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they're dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

Anna and the French Kiss?! WOW. Etienne St. Clair is one total hottie. Hope this Alex is taller though... (hehe)

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Title: Illuminate
Author: Aimee Agresti
Expected Publication: 6 March 2012

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.

Sounds like Ouran High School Host Club meet Another Faust!

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Title: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Expected Publication: 3 April 2012

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


Court Duel meets Crown Duel. Lovely :)


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Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Expected Publication: 24 April 2012

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


A chance of a lifetime. I hope she chooses the prince!


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Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Expected Publication: 1 May 2012

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

I love Divergent, along with Tris and Four. No love triangles, please.*cross my fingers* This is one that I am sure won't disappoint! Notice that this is the only sequel in my list, the rest are either debuts or standalones. Oh well, there seem to be really a lot of debut authors this year!
And there are also a few authors called Veronica R!!!


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2012 is sure to be a busy year for all readers and writers and bloggers alike!

Well, this are the MUST additions for my bookshelves.

Any good books you've heard of lately? Do drop a comment!


Happy New Year, everyone! I love you guys! All the best for your blogs!
May all your dreams come true in 2012! It's going to be a great year!

Stay tuned!

All the best & more,
Sel xoxo :)


17 comments:

  1. Can't wait for insurgent :)
    Such a wonderful blog. I am a new follower and would love a visit and follow on my blog. I have also awarded you with the Liebster Award. You can pick it up on my blog.
    http://thedaydreamer3.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! These books all sound so great and it looks like you have a wonderful year of reading ahead of you!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

    http://www.storybookloveaffair.blogspot.com

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  3. Hey, you do a great job, Selina. A new follower! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    I would also like to award the Versatile Blogger Award. Please pick the rules and image from my blog post - http://vidya-booksaremagic.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html.

    Keep in touch! Happy New Year!

    Vidya
    http://vidya-booksaremagic.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi, I just gave you a Versatile Blogger award! Go here to get your award: http://falln2books.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-just-won-award.html

    :)

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  5. Hi, new follower here, lovely to look at your choice of books coming up!
    Lindsay
    http://thelittlereaderlibrary.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hiya!
    New follower here :)
    I'm looking forward to all of those books too, 2012 looks like an amazing year for books.

    Kimberly @ Turningthepages.blogspot.com

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    1. Feel the same too. *rubs palms gleefully*

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  7. Thanks for the effort to list the books for us. I will definitely find time to explore them all.

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  8. OMG i wanna read all those books too! :DDDDDDDDDDD

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    1. IKR. If I manage to get my hands on them I'll tell you asap!

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  9. Isn't it so wonderful when books that you are so excited for end up being just as amazing as you want them to be? I loved so many of these books!

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