Sunday, January 2, 2011

Books That I'm Anticipating in '11!

I'm really hoping this year will be an amazing year, and I'm pretty sure it will be one in literature! So many good books are coming out. I'm soooo excited! *squeals and jumps up and down*

So, here is the incomplete list of books that I want (in order of expected publication date):


(I've used too many "so"s. Sigh.)


Ascend
    Series: Trylle #3
    Author: Amanda Hocking
    Expected Release Date: January 2011 ("Before January 15")
Summary: Third and final book in the Trylle trilogy, a troll-based YA series.

I bought the first two books of this series originally only because they were fairly cheap for Kindle (and had pretty high ratings on Amazon). Despite their low price, I've fallen in love with them. The prices truly do not show how good the books actually are. The main supernatural creatures that are featured in this series are not your typical ones. They're not vampires, werewolves, or fairies. They're trolls. But, contrary to beliefs, they're not your ugly, bridge-guarding trolls. (Hello, Finn. ;) )   

The Iron Queen
    Series: Iron Fey #3
    Author: Julie Kagawa
    Expected Release Date: January 25, 2011
Summary: My name is Meghan Chase.


I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Love love love these books! I can't believe I waited so long to read them. I'd been hearing so many good things but I hadn't actually picked them up. I finally bought the the first book for my Kindle on December 30, and finished it in a total of six hours. I read the novella, Winter's Passage, and then started on The Iron Daughter. So I finished the 2 1/2 books in less than 3 days. They're amazingly good books and I am just DYING for the next. Here is my review for The Iron Daughter.


Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel 
    Series: Maximum Ride #7  
    Author: James Patterson
    Expected Release Date: February 14, 2011
Summary: In the seventh book in the bestselling series, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they're trying to convince her that her perfect mate is Dylan, the newest addition to the flock. The problem is that, despite herself, Max is starting to believe it. 

Fang travels the country collecting his own gang of evolved humans, but the two separate flocks must unite to defeat a frightening doomsday cult whose motto is Save the Planet: Kill the Humans. And this time, the true heroine, for once, might just be little Angel.

This series started out really good! I loved the first three or four books! Unfortunately, even though the books are still pretty good, they're kind of predictable. And they just seem to drag on and on. James Patterson claims he's going to write a total of twelve Maximum Ride books. I pray that that will not be so. As much as I love book series (and the majority of the time don't want them to end), I don't think I can handle much more of this. Still, I love Max's humor and witty remarks (along with the rest of the Flock's) and I'm waiting to see what will happen next! 

A World Without Heroes
    Series: Beyonders #1
    Author: Brandon Mull
    Expected Release Date: March 15, 2011
Summary: Jason Walker has often wished his life could be less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank into a strange, imperiled world. Lyrian holds dangers and challenges unlike anyplace Jason has ever known. The people all live in fear of their malicious wizard emperor, Maldor. The brave resistors who once opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail. 

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

I don't know much about this book, because it's the first of the series, but I loved Mull's Fablehaven series so much that I will definitely try this out.

Scorpia Rising
    Series: Alex Rider #9
    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Expected Release Date: March 22, 2011
Summary: The ninth and final installment of the Alex Rider series. 

On his blog, Horowitz was quoted as saying: 

"SCORPIA RISING has a very twisty plot with a lot of surprises, not all of them pleasant. A few more things… You will come across the Smithers’s last gadget and learn something about Smithers that you never knew before. You will see Alan Blunt in a completely new light. One character who has been in all eight previous books will die. The ending is fairly shocking. And when you get to the end you will be in no doubt at all that this is THE LAST ALEX RIDER BOOK EVER"


The first thing I thought when I read that summary? "OHNOES. ALEX IS GOING TO DIE!!!" Please, please no. I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen. I need to stop jumping to conclusions. Alex is NOT going to die. Breathe in, breathe out. These are great adventure books. If you like James Bond-type stuff, well then these books are perfect for you! 

...I just got reminded of the movie. It was pretty much a box-office flop, which is disappointing, because it would have been a great movie franchise. On the bright side, if you want an hour and a half full of ALEX PETTYFER (Yes, that caught your eye, didn't it?), then you're welcome to watch the movie. 

City of Fallen Angels
    Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
    Author: Cassandra Clare
    Expected Release Date: April 5, 2011
Summary: City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. 

“City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.”

I could rant about these books on and on. They're really good books. I absolutely love Jace, Simon's story is so intriguing, and of course we want to know how Clary will turn out as a Shadowhunter! If you have not started on these, I ORDER (Yes, ORDER. COMMAND. DEMAND) you to go pick them up NOW. I think I'll stop now, so that I don't end up writing five more pages about my love for these books.

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
    Series: Ranger's Apprentice #10
    Author: John Flanagan
    Expected Release Date: April 19, 2011 (In the US)
Summary: From Ranger's Apprentice: Halt's Peril: 

Horace is missing. Months have passed since he was sent on a military mission to the court of the Emperor of Nihon-Jin but has failed to return. Evanlyn is worried, and in company with Will and Alyss, she sets out to discover what has become of their old friend. 

They find that Horace has become embrolied in Nihon-Jin politics. The arrogant Senji Sect has rebelled against the rightful Emperor and Horace has chosen to stay and lend support to the deposed ruler. Now he and Will must turn farm and forest workers into a fighting force that can face the highly trained Senji warriors, while Alyss and Evanlyn must overcome their long-standing rivalry to seek aid from a mysterious group of mountain dwellers.

These are great family books (I know, I'm still a kid, too, and I DO NOT have any kids), but this series is appropriate for ALL ages (As in, mine, and people older than me). They're still really good. I'm really glad to hear that Evanlyn is coming back. I liked her a lot. I don't know why Halt isn't mentioned in this summary. He's one of the best characters EVER created. I hope he's in this one. :( I love just this author's sense of humor. 

Kane Chronicles #2 (Title TBD)
    Series: Kane Chronicles 
    Author: Rick Riordan
    Expected Release Date: May 3, 2011
Summary: In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.

Another great series by Rick Riordan. Great guy. He writes really good books. Though IMO not as good as the Olympus books, I need to know what happens                    
                                     next! 

Clockwork Prince
    Series: The Infernal Devices #2
    Author: Cassandra Clare
    Expected Release Date: September 2011
Summary: The Infernal Devices is a series of prequels to The Mortal Instruments series, set in 19’th century London. The story concerns 16-year-old orphan Tessa Gray, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders. When Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must come to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Torn between the beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter who isn’t what he seems, and the devoted Jem, whose own deadly secret is slowly destroying him, Tessa must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world.


At first, I was kind of afraid to pick up this series, because I didn't think it'd be as good as the TMI series. Boy, I was wrong. Really, if you want to know what I think about these, just scroll up to my comments about the City of Fallen Angels. :)

Hush, Hush #3 (Title TBD)
    Series: Hush, Hush
    Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
    Expected Release Date: October 13, 2011
Summary: The Hush, Hush series has captivated readers with the story of Nora Grey, her friend Vee, and a mysterious fallen archangel named Patch. In the gripping conclusion of the trilogy, Nora finds that as things start to unravel around her, she is more drawn to the enigmatic Patch. She soon discovers that the answers lie closer to home than she realized, and it is time for her to take control of her destiny once and for all. 

The third book in the HUSH, HUSH series 

Hush, Hush and Crescendo were both amazing books. The latter ended at a TERRIBLE cliffhanger (Terrible as in I wanted to kill somebody because it just left me with SO many questions, but still terrible in a good way.) and I just fell in love with Patch again at the end.

Note: The title was originally going to be Tempest, but in her blog Becca Fitzpatrick has said she will change the title to something else. We do not yet know what that will be.

Son of Neptune
    Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
    Author: Rick Riordan
    Expected Release Date: October 2011
Summary (from Wikipedia): The Son of Neptune will be the second book in the series, also based on both Greek and Roman mythology. Riordan expects it to be released in October 2011 according to his website. The book's title (The Son of Neptune) relates to the fact that the book is about finding Percy Jackson who is the son of Poseidon (Neptune in Roman Mythology). The use of the god's Roman name probably refers to the revelation at the ending of The Lost Hero; that there is another camp for demigods who worship the Greek Gods' Roman aspect and whose resident demi-gods are descended from these Roman aspects.


Percy better be in this one, or else heads will be rolling! I was a little disappointed when I read that he wasn't in The Lost Hero, but no matter, because I will have him back now in this book. I like the way the author made the story from different views, and Coach Hedge just made me LOL. I still personally think the Percy Jackson books were better, but these are almost as good, and since several characters from the first series are still in this one I'm pretty satisfied.


Inheritance #4 (Title TBD)
    Series: Inheritance
    Author: Christopher Paolini
    Expected Release Date: 2011
Summary: The final novel of the #1 New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle.

I don't know about you, but I've been waiting for this one FOREVER. We still don't have much information regarding this book (unless you want to check out Wikipedia), but I really hope this one is good! I've just been waiting TOO LONG. 

Note: We do not have any idea what the title for this book will be. Rumors have been saying Empire or Shur'tugal, but the author has not said anything.

*Most Summaries from Goodreads
**Most Release Dates based on Amazon

I kept writing "2010" under "Expected Release Date." Sigh...

Thanks for reading! Happy 2011!

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