"Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place. Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession. Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone."
Why I Can't Wait: Hello, it's a YA contemp! You know I'm all over this like white on rice. I love stories involving heartache, mystery and the possibility of new love. Plus, did you see the cover? Wowsas! This is definitely going on my wish list!
Expected publication: May 2nd 2013 by Razorbill
***Warning: This is the sequel to CARRIER OF THE MARK. If you have yet to read this book, I suggest you advert your eyes as the summary may contain spoilers.***
"Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.
While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal was spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.
New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past… far in the past, has already laid claim to.
Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy."
Why I Can't Wait: I really adored CARRIER OF THE MARK and *ahem* Adam, so needless to say, this one is high on my wish list. I'm excited to learn more about the tales behind being a carrier and what adventures Leigh (the author) has in store for them. I also like how the cover designer decided to just tweak up the original cover. Do I wish they did more than just change the color of Megan's dress and color of the sky? Yes, but at least it still matches the original cover.
Expected publication: July 9th 2013 by HarperTeen
"Looks to kill for...
Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter.
And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection,
she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school.
At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires.
But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?"
Why I Can't Wait: Originally, the cover intrigued me. I mean, look at it. Looks to kill for? *Shudders* This one seems to be part fantasy and part contemporary. Ahh, my favorite combination!
Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Simon Pulse
That's all, folks! What books are you guys looking forward to next year?