How do you put together a list of books that aren’t out yet but you know you can’t wait to read? I cross-referenced my Amazon wishlist and recent Waiting on Wednesday posts. These are the books I am looking forward to most in 2014. Why? They’re by favorite authors, the cover art caught my eye, or some combination of the two. Also, the only reason Robin McKinley’s Ebon didn’t make the list is that I can’t verify the release date. Dangit! That book needs to appear soon…
Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read
1. Clariel by Garth Nix – There's no cover art available yet, but Nix announced on Sunday that the current release date for this latest in The Old Kingdom series is October 2014. I loved the original trilogy, and I know I will adore this addition to the series. ZOMG, can't wait!
2. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop – Written in Red was a standout read for me last winter. I really, really liked that book. And so of course the sequel is making it onto every list. Yep yep.
3. Talker 25 by Joshua McCune – Dragon vs. human conflict, reservations, blackouts, a senior year prank, and an overbearing military make this one sound very, very interesting.
4. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland – Mythology, young adult and the promise of funny, smart writing. Well, yes!
5. Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci – YA sci-fi!!!
6. Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston – I, uh... I read a lot of shifter romances. And this series is one of my favorites. It has hockey and big city shenanigans, along with humor and poignant happily-ever-afters. And this upcoming title has a honey badger! Don't judge.
7. The Kraken King by Meljean Brook – Brook's Iron Seas series began with novella 'Here There Be Monsters.' I adored it. All of the books have been strong, so I'm very excited for the fourth novel in the series. Steampunk romance at its best!
8. The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer – You can never have enough steampunk in your life. Especially YA steampunk.
9. The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell – Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite fairy tales, and I'm always up for another retelling. A good sign? Haskell's middle grade standalone was blurbed by Robin McKinley, author of some of my favorite fairy tale retellings of all time. Yeah, I'm in.
10. Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner – Speaking of romances, I also read a lot of Regencies (though you wouldn't know it from what I review here on the blog...). I loved Lerner's first two books, and I'm very much looking forward to her latest release.
What books are you looking forward to?