I'm participating in Top 10 of 2011 Week. Today's topic is the Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2012.
In alphabetical order...
(It was hard enough to whittle the selection to 10; how would I ever rank them?!)
Charmfall (Dark Elite #3) by Chloe Neill: High school can be a
battlefield, but for Lily Parker, surviving at St. Sophia’s School for
Girls is a matter of life and death...
Protecting Chicago from the dark side can be an exhausting job,
especially when you’re a junior. So when the girls of St. Sophia’s start
gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to join in on
some good, old-fashioned party prep—even if it means not giving demons,
vampires and the twisted magic users known as Reapers her undivided
But when a Reaper infiltrates the school, Lily doesn’t forget what
she’s sworn to protect. She reaches deep into herself to draw out her
magic—and finds that it’s gone. And it turns out she’s not alone. A
magical blackout has slammed through paranormal Chicago, and no one
knows what—or who—caused it. But Lily knows getting back her magic is
worth the risk of going behind enemy lines... (Goodreads)
Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth: 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.
Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica #2) by Beth Fantaskey: It’s one thing to find
out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually
rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time
feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence
in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into
solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to
clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale
investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep
getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s
time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom
she can trust—before it’s too late? (Goodreads)
Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver:
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times
bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the
fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a
revolution about to ignite. (Goodreads)
Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate: The sky is dark with wings...
Rapture, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel in the FALLEN
series, Luce and Daniel are together . . . but for how long? Can history
be rewritten? Or are some punishments eternal? (Goodreads)
The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine #3) by Bree Despain: A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.
Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace
Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her
With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death
approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his
gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish.
Everything rests on Grace's shoulders.
Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins: Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical
powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is
defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the
Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at
least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery.
The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is
the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without
her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.
Can Sophie get her powers back before it’s too late? (Goodreads)
Spirit's Princess by Esther Friesner: Himiko the beloved
daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special.
The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe's
shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl's future—one
day this privileged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over
all of the tribes. Book One revolves around the events of
Himiko's early teen years—her shaman lessons, friendships, contact with
other tribes, and journey to save her family after a series of tragic
events. Once again, Esther Friesner masterfully weaves together history,
myth, and mysticism in a tale of a princess whose path is far from
Timeless by Gail Carriger: Alexia Tarabotti, Lady
Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such
bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living
in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler
who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's
acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a
damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored.
With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to
cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the
indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the
Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague
suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most
popular actress in all the British Empire? (Goodreads)
The Traitor and the Tunnel (The Agency #3) by Y. S. Lee: Queen Victoria has a little problem: there's a petty thief at work
in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency puts
quickwitted Mary Quinn on the case, where she must pose as a domestic
while fending off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales. But when
the prince witnesses the murder of one of his friends in an opium den,
the potential for scandal looms large. And Mary faces an even more
unsettling possibility: the accused killer, a Chinese sailor imprisoned
in the Tower of London, shares a name with her long-lost father.
Meanwhile, engineer James Easton, Mary's onetime paramour, is at work
shoring up the sewers beneath the palace, where an unexpected tunnel
seems to be very much in use. Can Mary and James trust each other (and
put their simmering feelings aside) long enough to solve the mystery and
protect the Royal Family? Hoist on your waders for Mary's most personal
case yet, where the stakes couldn't be higher - and she has everything
to lose. (Goodreads)