Monday, September 8, 2014

Most Anticipated Releases for Fall 2014


Last night I made a cup of tea before I went to bed, which is a regular practice for me as the months get colder. However as I curled into bed with my book, I realized his is the first time I’ve done this since April. Fall is coming! Not only is fall my favorite season, it is the season of my birthday and more importantly book releases. It is that exciting time of year when the publishing industry explodes with new books. This fall seems like there is an exceptional number of books that I am waiting on to be released.

The Fall by Bethany Griffin (Release: October 7, 2014) 
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Since fall is the season we are discussing, it seems like this book should go first. I'm thrilled that there is going to be a retelling of "The Fall of the House of Usher." This is one of my favorite Edgar Allen Poe stories that I've read. This was also recently discovery for me which makes me anticipate the book even more. 

Madeline awakes in a coffin. She was put there by her own twin brother. How did it come to this? In short non-chronological chapters, Bethany Griffin masterfully spins a haunting and powerful tale of a tragic heroine and the curse on the Usher family. The house itself is alive around Madeline, and it will never let her escape, driving her to the madness just as it has all of her ancestors. But she won't let it have her brother Roderick. She'll do everything in her power to save him—and try to save herself—even if it means bringing the house down around them.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Release: October 7, 2014) 
This series is ending which I am both very excited about and extremely upset about. Rick Riordan is one of the authors that reinvigorated my reading desires after I finished high school. I'm going to be so depressed after I finish reading about Percy, Annabeth and all their friends, who I feel like I've known forever. 

**Spoilers for Books 1-4**
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Release: October 7, 2014)
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I've actually never read anything by Lu, but the hype around her work has drawn me in. Plus the description of this book reminds me of The Darkest Minds just a little bit with more fantasy elements. I’m very interested in this story and cannot wait for it to arrive with all the other books I have ordered that release on October 7th! (This seems like a very popular book release day)

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Release: October 14, 2014)
This is one of two books that tie for my most anticipated books for the fall! I cannot wait for this book to arrive on my doorstep and if I could find a Tardis to transport me to that day I would go. This is a prequel to the Abhorsen Trilogy which stole my heart earlier this year when I devoured the entire series. (You can see my reviews for Sabriel and the Abhorsen Trilogy)

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater 
(Release: October 21, 2014)
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And this would be the second book that ties for most anticipated book for me. Maggie recently released the prologue in audiobook and written formats this week. There are also read alongs for The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves leading up to the release. The Raven Cycle was my favorite series of last year and it will be a hard one to displace this year.

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Talon by Julie Kagawa (Release: October 28, 2014)
There are a few words that are instant buys for me. I love dragon stories so when I heard about Kagawa’s latest venture, it was an instant preorder. I’m very excited about this book even though I’ve only read a couple of Kagawa’s other books.


Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey—and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
(Release: November 4, 2014)
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This is the book that I know the least about, but still very interested in the story. Overall, the mix of universe jumping and murder sounds very appealing. 

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (Release: November, 11 2014)
Personally, when Cassandra Clare announced all these novellas would be coming out, I vowed to wait for the bind up. Now it is coming out in November and I’m dying for this to come in the mail. Part of this is I just want to visit Magnus and all the other characters I love again. This is the farthest away, but one of the most anticipated.

A Collection of Ten Short Stories centered around Magnus Bane. Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I’ve teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create the Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked tales.

Look for short stories like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale; The Rise and Fall of the Hotel Dumort; Saving Raphael Santiago and What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway). Each story will be available as an ebook on a monthly basis starting April 16 with the tale of What Happened In Peru. 

Those are all the releases I am looking forward to this fall. While there are many more I am partially interested in, these are the ones I am waiting on the edge of my seat for. Please let me know if you've heard of anything new and shiney that will be coming out over the next few months. Its always fun to discover new books! 

Happy Reading! 

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