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What to Look Forward to in 2013 – Books edition

As you can probably tell by the number of book reviews that I push to my blog (and that’s not even all of the ones I write), I’m a big reader.  I read a lot of different books and that includes many different series.  Some I really love and others… well, I’m not above reading things everyone else is to have conversation points.  I’m looking forward to reading the following books:

book cover for Kim Harrison's Ever After
Release date: January 22nd

Ever After by Kim Harrison on January 22

I started reading Kim Harrison’s Hollows series just last year and tore through them.  I love how Rachel has grown over the series and I’m looking forward to the introduction of a character promised to make Ivy happy.

 

book cover for House Rules by Chloe Neill
Release Date: February 5th

House Rules on Feb. 5th

I’m not the biggest fan of this series. Personally, I feel like it was a cop-out [SPOILER ALERT: to bring Ethan back to life]. But I have friends that really like this series, so I continue reading it to be able to talk with them about it, even though the last book had absolutely no surprises in it plot-wise.

book cover for Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Release Date: march 5th

Frost Burned on March 5th

This is probably my second favorite series. It’s been too long since I’ve been in Mercy’s world.  I really enjoyed the last outing which was so well written that at times it felt like one of the old Native American tales that is was referring to. When you have a vampire that drives the Mystery Van, a female mechanic, and a hot alpha wolf (not that the vampire is always around) – you can’t go wrong!

book cover for Blood Trade by Faith Hunter
Release Date: April 2nd

Blood Trade on April 2nd

When I first started this series, I felt like Jane Yellowrock was way too tough and too much of an ass-kicker.  As the series has gone on, she’s grown on me. But she has also become slightly softer due to her increased interactions with people.  She can still kick some serious butt, but she has become less of a cardboard character.  I can’t wait to see how Jane continues to evolve.

book cover for Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Release Date: May 7th

Dead Ever After on May 7th

The final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series is released in May. Admittedly, I have not been that impressed with the last several books. Personally, the series went downhill soon after Quinn left (and I don’t say that just because he was my favorite of Sookie’s beaus).  But, it is the final book and I’ve read all the rest. Despite the fact that I have a pretty good idea about how it all will end, I’m hoping for surprises and I can’t not read the last book.

 

Make Good Art on May 14th

Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech in 2012 to the University of the Arts was inspiring (watch it below and get inspired yourself). And I’m not the only one who thought so. His message – ‘Make Good Art’ – resonated with so many people that it is being published.  And Gaiman said he had requests from several publishing houses to make this book.  Naturally, I have to buy a copy of this book, especially when it is specially designed by Chip Kidd.

 

book cover for The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Release Date: June 18th

The Ocean at the End of the Lane on June 18th

Speaking of Neil Gaiman, he has his first new adult book since Anansi Boys in 2005 will be released this June. I don’t know much about it (other than the brief description), but the cover is beautiful and I enjoy Gaiman’s imagination.  I’m looking forward to it!

Magic Rises on July 30th

This is by far my favorite urban paranormal fantasy series. Kate Daniels and Curran are amazing characters. (I love me some Curran. He’d definitely be on my fictional five.) The world is dynamic. And the stories are fantastic.  I’ve been looking forward to this book for far too long. I did enjoy Gunmetal Magic and the foray into Andrea’s mind, but I can’t wait to get back to Kate.

Grave Visions on August 6th

This is the third book in Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft series. I read the first as part of the Vaginal Fantasy book club. I didn’t love it, but I was intrigued enough to read the second book. The characters are developing slowly and I love the way the world of fairy is being explored.

The Chimes at Midnight on September 6th

Speaking of fairy, I’m a huge fan of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series.  I love how Toby’s relationship with the fascinating King of Cats has been developed. Completely Team Tybalt (also on the fictional five list)! I love how classic aspects of fairy lore are being explored and expounded in the series. I know I’ll be reading it as soon as its available.

Elder Races #6 in November

There’s very little information available. But Thea Harrison has said she has written Aryal’s story and the publisher says a book is coming out in 2013.  The full-length novels have been up and down for me. I really liked the first and fourth, but 2, 3, and 5 weren’t my favorites.  In my opinion, the novellas had more compelling stories than those novels. But I do enjoy the world that has been created for the Elder Races series and will continue to read them.  And I can’t wait to see what kind of love is in store for the harpy.

I’m sure there are many more books (especially those not in a series) that I’ll will be released in 2013 and I’ll be excited about. As it is, there is just about a book a month on this list.  It’s a good thing I usually read several in a month, right?  What books are you excited about this year? Tempted to pick up the first book in any of the series that I’ve mentioned above?

Review: River Marked

River Marked (Mercedes Thompson #6)River Marked by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book definitely felt different than the previous ones in the series, but not in a bad way. I think a lot of that has to do with the circumstances that begin the book and lead to the location of the book. I loved the incorporation of Native American stories and powers. At times, I even felt like River Marked itself was one of the old tales. Well done Patricia Briggs for weaving the stories seamlessly and creating one of your own in the process. I was also very intrigued with events concerning the walking stick and found the way it was dealt with at the end was very clever. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the stick…

I’d love to see Patricia move on to tales, myths, legends, etc of the Tuatha de Danann and other Irish/Celtic/Gaelic people….

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