TOP TEN of 2013: Anticipated Books of 2014

It’s that time of year again! Thanks to Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books,  Mindy @ Magical Urban Fantasy Reads & Rachel @ Fiktshun for hosting the TOP TEN OF 2013!

So today’s topic is Top Ten Anticipated Books of 2014. There’s so many good books coming out I don’t even know where to begin! So in particular ending here’s 10 books I’m really looking forward to reading!

(01) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer – I’m so ridiculously excited! Rapunzel is one of my favorite fairy-tale characters so I can’t wait to see Cress! Also, we get more of Cinder, Throne, Wolf, Scarlet! What more can I ask for?

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

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.

(02) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – If the cover and the advance reviews are any indication we are in for a gorgeously fantastic read! I’d probably buy this book just for the cover.

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

 

(03) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – yay! Companion book 3 for Anna and the French Kiss, both the first book was pretty cute, and I’m excited to see Isla get her happy ending (:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

(04) 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Grutler – I think I already mention, but I love the fact that this is a road-trip book. And not only is a road trip book but it sounds like the making of super adorable friendship (and romance)

Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without.

(05) Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones – So this boot is toted as X-men meets Ocean’s Eleven!! Do I need to say more?!!?!? No.

The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of “super” criminals.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She’s what’s known as an illusionist…She’s also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against he government that could cost them their lives.

(06) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I haven’t ready Jenny Han yet, but gosh does this book sound like it’s going to be suuuuuuuuuper cute. This definitely sounds like a good book to get into Jenny Han.

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

(07) On the Fence by Kasie West – Yay more Kasie West contemporary!!!! As I adore The Distance Between Us, I have kinda high expectations for this. It’s a best-friend romance; it makes me so happy, oh can’t wait!

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

(08) Lair of Dreams (Diviners #2) by Libba Bray – I adored the Diviners! I need more! Now!

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

(09) The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes -This sounds like a cute read and I recently discovered that Paula Stokes is Fiona Paul! And I enjoyed Venom (though I still need to read Belladonna) and I’m curious how her contemporary will be.

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame.

Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn’t someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn’t going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him…

Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what’s really worth fighting for.

(10) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – I love a cute contemporary and this bucket list book sounds perfect for summer!

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

Honourable mentions/disclaimer:

So I know I’m missing a tooooon of books! There’s awesome sequels and series finale that I can’t wait for (such as Rise and Ruin, and This Shattered Word etc. etc.)  just ended up picking books that covers released.

Also, there’s probably a bajillion romance novels that I’m waiting for like Callihan’s Evernight and Bec McMaster’s New Books, more Julia Quinn! More Sabrina Jeffries! Oh and The last book of Sarah MacLean’s The Rules of Scoundrels! And sooo many more.

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

21 Comment

  1. I don’t know a lot of the books you’ve listed, but they look good. Cress was also on my list!
    http://www.thecovercontessa.com

    1. Definitely excited for Cress. I’m glad February is also here! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ooo, Illusive! That one isn’t on my list, but it IS a WoW choice of mine. I really hope to get an ARC of that one, because I cannot WAIT to read it! I did get an ARC of The Art of Lainey – can’t wait to get started! The Winner’s Curse is easily one of my favorite novels of 2013 – it was in my best of 2013 post. So good! 😀

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    Check out my Top Ten post!

    1. I’m so excited for the Winner’s Curse! Glad to hear you enjoyed it! An ARC for Illusive would be fabulous. It’s still so far awaaaay. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. #2 same here. I would have bought solely based on the cover without even reading the blurb 🙂 I’ve added a couple of these to my 2014 TBR thank you.

    My 2014 Releases List

    1. I’m such a sucker for pretty looking books haha. Good news is people seem to be really enjoying The Winner’s Curse! Glad I could help add a few to your TBR 😉

  4. Oh, soo many books that Jen/The Coblogger has on hers, too! Wow! I get the feeling that I REALLY have to just move in with her and read all of the books she gets. :’DDD

    Thank you for stopping by earlier! 🙂

    1. That definitely sounds like a good plan 😉 Thanks for visiting!

  5. The Winner’s Curse, I’m obviously excited for! I definitely am interested in Illusive. Like you said, X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven – nothing else needs to be said lol!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I’m glad The Winner’s Curse comes out in March, not too much longer of a wait! Illusive, it’s such an awesome combinations of ideas, hopefully it lives up to expectations!

  6. On The Fence, Cress, Isla, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before are ones I’m looking forward to!

    My Top 10

    1. Glad to hear we have so many in common! They definitely sound like fun read. Hope you enjoy them when they come out!

    1. Me too! So glad February isn’t too far away!

  7. I’m also excited for Cress, The Winner’s Curse, and On the Fence. The second two didn’t make my top ten, but I’m really curious about them.

    1. There’s always so many good ones, it definitely hard to just pick just 10!

  8. I am excited about Cress even though I haven’t read the other two books yet!

  9. Haha, all the excitement around is contagious isn’t it 😉 I definitely recommend the Lunar Chronicles, it’s amazing!

  10. I love your list Cyn, and of course I cannot wait for Cress 🙂

  11. 16 things looks so cute. We have a few in common (probably in everyone’s lists!) The Winner’s Curse is gorgeous, can’t wait for it!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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