Books to look forward to Aug – Dec 2013.

With more than half of the year now over and the last quarter in swing, there is a lot thats over and yet so much still to look forward to. With that thought in mind I mused over the books that are yet to release this year, that I am really excited about.

So here’ my list to my seemingly never ending TBR pile

1) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Publication date: 15/08/2013

Synopsis : 

You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Reason to anticipate: The first line of the synopsis itself is enough to make anyone take notice, and if that wasn’t enough then the book trailerrecently released on mtv.com is reason enough to sit back and take notice of Tucholke’ debut offering.

 

2) The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman

Synopsis:

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Publication date: 06/08/2013

Synopsis:

How do you find someone who wants to be lost?

Sisters Alice and Natalie were once close, but adolescence has wrenched them apart. Alice loves books and birds in equal measure whilst Natalie, the beautiful one, is sexy and manipulative, effortlessly captivating men.

On their lakeside family holiday, Alice falls under the thrall of the enigmatic next-door-neighbour, a struggling young painter. Natalie seems strangely unmoved by the charismatic stranger in their midst. She tolerates the family sittings for the portrait Thomas is painting with a barely disguised distaste. But as the family portrait nears completion, the family dynamics shift irrevocably. And by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered.

Four decades later, the only thing that remains of that fateful summer is a painting of the sisters. The artist is determined to take the secrets of the girls to the grave, but his close friend decides to use the painting to beat a path to the past before it closes the door on them all for good…

A haunting, unforgettable debut about family, forbidden love and long-buried secrets.

Reason to anticipate: Being a fan of historical fiction, I always try to look for books which deal with the genre but not always be associated with romance. A fallout of two sisters over a guy does  seem to add a romantic angle here, I know,  but what makes me curious is the repercussions of the said time in the lives of the 3 pivotal characters. Sometimes it’s fascinating to watch things crumble too and try to figure out what went wrong. 

3) Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

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Publication date: 27/08/2013

Synopsis: 

Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything—her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy.

In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.

Reason to anticipate: The journey of an Odysseus-like female character. Enough said.

4) Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake

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Publication date: 10/09/2013

Synopsis: 

The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.
 
Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. 

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. 

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

Reason to anticipate: Kendare Blake + Greek Mythology = HELL YEAH !!!!

5) These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner 

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Publication date: 10/12/2013

Synopsis:

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

Reason to anticipate: Aside from my love for books that deal with holocaust, I am a sucker for Dystopian worlds, hence my intrigue.

Perhaps I am a sadist of some kind or maybe really crazy about book, anyway I would like to know books you guys are looking forward to this year and possibly why. Would love to a great recommend to add to my collection ( just don’t mention vampires a lot please,  there is like an overflow of the fanged league.)

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