Bianca & Alexa’s Top Picks for 2013

Posted December 31st, 2012 by in Uncategorized / 3 comments

Indigo Spell

Goodreads Summary
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

I couldn’t get enough of Richelle Meads Vampire Academy series and I am just as obsessed with this series (the spinoff). I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next with everybody. I just see the series getting better and better.

Requiem

Goodreads Summary
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

Did you read Pandemonium!?! Of course I can’t wait to read this one. I must know what happens next!

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Goodreads Summary
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

She is invisible! That alone just makes me want to read this book.

Shadow Lands

Goodreads Summary
Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

I’ve only read some of her Private series but what I have read was enjoyable and full of surprises. Shadowlands sounds like another great mystery. Plus I love the cover 🙂

Walking Disaster

Goodreads Summary
How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Beautiful Disaster was one of my favorite books read in 2012. I couldn’t put it down and I am so excited to get to read the story all over again but in Travis POV. Can’t wait to get to know even more about him.

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lover at last

Goodreads Summary

 Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

All Ihave to say is it is about damn time! I have been waiting for this book since I read the 6th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series! These two better have some steamy moments together otherwise I will give up on this series, even though it is one of my favorites!

the elite 

Goodreads Summary

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Sign me up! I enjoyed The Selection far more than I thought I would and it was pretty close to making my top ten for 2012. I can’t wait to see what happens in this book with Prince Maxon, the rebels, and America’s love of two guys that I can’t possibly decide between.

the collector

Goodreads Summary

He makes good girls…bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big, red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

Um hello Dante! This boy sounds like the exact bad boy with a good heart that we are always looking for in the YA genre. Plus it sounds like the story is told from his POV, which male POVs are rare in YA, so I couldn’t be more excited for this one if I tried.

spellcaster 

Goodreads Summary

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed – and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them.

I really enjoyed the Evernight Series that Gray wrote so I can’t wait for this newest book about witches. For some reason I think I’m really feeling a witch trend for 2013 and hope to read more books about them.

antigoddess

Goodreads Summary

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.

I LOVE books about different Gods/Goddess! Plus I think this topic is starting to take off in the YA genre and I love that. I always want to see an author’s take on mythology and with Blake’s slightly haunted writing style I can’t wait to see her take.

Bianca

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3 Responses to “Bianca & Alexa’s Top Picks for 2013”

  1. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    Yes! I’m definitely very excited for The Indigo Spell. I love the interaction between Sydney and Adrian. Plus, watching the trailers they’re releasing has me pining for this book even more. I’ve heard such great things about Shadowlands from early reviews and I’m really excited to read it when it comes out!
    Great picks, Bianca! 🙂

    Alexa, I’m so glad to hear that you loved The Selection. I was pleasantly surprised it by myself and although I didn’t love it, I’m looking forward to the next book. The Collector is one of my most anticipated reads of 2013 as well! Dante seems so cocky! Can’t wait to meet him and Victoria is a sweetheart too! I love her support for bloggers! 🙂 Great list, Alexa! I hope all these books live up to your expectations!

  2. Krista

    I think we share a brain. Seriously. Nearly all of your choices mirror mine. Indigo Spell – YES, YES, YES. VA is my favoirte YA series and I love Adrian. Requiem – Can’t wait to see Lena and Alex reunited. At least, they better be… Lover At Last – I’ll just say “ditto” to everythind you said about this book. It’s was close to the top of my 2013 Can’t Wait For reads list. The Elite – I know what you mean about loving both boys. And, there’s definitely more to those rebels than meets the eye. Can’t wait to find out what. Walking Disaster – I LOVE male POVs. And I loved Beautiful Disaster. Therefore, I will love this one too.

    Great lists!!

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