In 2013, I’m going to try to be more strategic about my reading. Right now I’m getting a feel for what’s coming out and also thinking about what older titles I should put on my priority shelf. But here’s what I’m looking forward to that’s coming out January.
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
Library + Dead Things. Plus, Victoria Schwab just seems like a fun and quirky gal, judging by her tweets and her blog. I am über excited for this one.
Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.
Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!
If I Stay and Where She Went both turned me into a weepy mess (see my review). I’m just as excited for this set of duets. I am ready to fall in love with LuLu and Willem just like I did with Adam and Mia.
Updated: Here’s my review.
Slated by Teri Terry
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.
She’s been Slated.
The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?
Love this brief blurb and the cover. But I thought Shadowlands sounded equally intriguing, and I couldn’t make it past 10% in my Netgalley ARC because everything about the writing and the characters annoyed me. I also have a Netgalley ARC of this one, so I’ll see what I think of it.
Updated: This one I finished, but it wasn’t all that memorable and the world-building was lacking. Decent writing. If you’re a big fan of dystopias, check it out. I won’t be doing a full review.
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.
I’m reading this right now, and loving it. I haven’t yet read The Replacements, but loved The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories (review here) and read The Space Between in one day (review here).
Updated: Here’s my review.
Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.
For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.
Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.
Downtown Abbey, anyone? I’ve been meaning to read more historical.
Updated: Here’s my review.
My goal for December is to get through my 4 ARCs (in addition to all the other reading I’m doing). Here’s to hoping that I get Amazon, B&N, or local bookshop gift certificates for Christmas to buy The Archived.
What 2013 Releases are you looking forward to?
2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: 5 January 2013 YA Releases”
Oh, man! I’m still trying to get through my 2012 books, but now I want ALL of these 2013 novels you’ve mentioned. So many stunning covers, and so many amazing concepts. Thanks for sharing, because now I’ve got plenty of titles to add to my TBR list. (Just what I need!) ;-)
Oh I didn’t make it through everything I wanted to in 2012 either…but onward I go with new books!