I'll start with Jo Walton, who has not one but two great-sounding books coming out next year:
OF COURSE. This is hands down my most anticipated book for next year, and it’s one I know for sure I’ll be getting my hands on the moment it comes out. Here’s what we know about it so far, from the publisher’s website:
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.I can tell there will be some thematic similarities with The Little Stranger from the above. I can’t wait.
For with the arrival of Lillian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’, the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach…
Everything I know about this book comes from a single sentence on Hardinge’s website (“At present she is working on a changeling story, set in the 1920s, due to be published in May 2014”), but that’s more than enough for me to reach maximum levels of excitement. 1920S CHANGELING STORY BY FRANCES HARDINGE, EVERYONE!
A companion to this year’s brilliant All Our Pretty Songs, loosely based on the myth of Persephone and telling the story of Maia and Cass, the mothers of Aurora and of the narrator of McCarry’s first novel.
Another one we don’t know much about yet, but I’m a big fan of this series and will be excited no matter what. Having said that, more Ronan, please! More of everyone, really. I just hope it really does come out next year so we don’t have to wait longer.
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
You might remember that this was already on my list last year, back when I thought it was going to be called Dracomania and come out in 2013. Seraphina was one of my favourite reads of last year and I can’t wait for the sequel. This is what we can expect from the plot according to GoodReads:
As Seraphina travels the Southlands in search of the other half-breeds to help in the war effort, the dragon General Comonot and his Loyalists fight against the upstart Old Guard, with the fate of Goredd and the other human countries hanging in the balance.
I desperately want to find out more about this book. Here’s what I do know, though: it’s by Roxane Gay, whose writing online I’ve been following and greatly enjoying for the past few years, and it has the same title as this essay, which is important enough to me that I return to it from time to time. So yes, I’ll be pre-ordering this as soon as I possibly can.
Aileen was supposed to grow up magical – just like the other women in her family. Unfortunately, she’s just found out that the magic seems to have skipped a generation… but that’s not her biggest problem right now.
In her world, there are four Islands of Chaldea. The largest and most magical island has been cut off from the other three for decades – and is slowly draining the magic from them.
But now a prophecy has come to light. Someone from Aileen’s island will gather a man from each of the three islands, bring down the magical barrier, and unite them with the fourth island again. And according to the king, that someone is Aileen’s Aunt – who insists on dragging Aileen along. AND the boy Aileen is sure she’ll marry (one day); AND the local boy with more brawn then brain. Someone seems to want to stop them too… someone with an interest in keeping the Islands apart. But still, with magic on their side, nothing can go wrong.
Attentive readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoir, A Natural History of Dragons, are already familiar with how a bookish and determined young woman named Isabella first set out on the historic course that would one day lead her to becoming the world's premiere dragon naturalist. Now, in this remarkably candid second volume, Lady Trent looks back at the next stage of her illustrious (and occasionally scandalous) career.
Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics.
The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell... where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.
The Rift will be shifting the focus back to Aang as he begins the process of creating Republic City, in contrast to The Search, which is more focused on the story of the Fire Nation Royal Family. Yang also plans to give a larger role to Toph, who was absent from The Search trilogy.GIVE ME NOW.
So, do any of these strike your fancy? What are you looking forward to in 2014?