Books I Can't Wait to Get My Hands On!

Instead of IMM this week I am doing something a little different... I have gotten so far behind on posting IMM's... I give up for February, so instead:

There are so many fantastic books out there- especially by new 
(er) authors!  I wanted to put together a list of books that I can't wait to own for myself or get a chance to read.  There are so many out there- I wanted to focus on books that I haven't seen around the blog world as much:

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Expected publication: September 4th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

Ok, ok, I know you are saying, "But you already read AND reviewed this!"  You are absolutely right- I did already read and review this book and really enjoyed it!  (My review is here) Is this the most romantic lovey dovey book I have ever read? No, but it is one of the SMARTEST books I have read.  It builds slowly and at the end is so completely well done!  Besides, you KNOW a book is scary when it gives you nightmares and you have to HIDE IT, ha ha ha!

This is not your normal mermaid book- and going into it with the expectation of the Little Mermaid- you will be disappointed.  But if you want a fresh and haunting take on mermaids (see my pun there?)- this is the book to get!  I will be BUYING this one and begging the lovely Elizabeth Fama to sign it for me!

 Spirit's Princess by Esther Friesner
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Random House

Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe's shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl's future—one day this privileged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes. Book One revolves around the events of Himiko's early teen years—her shaman lessons, friendships, contact with other tribes, and journey to save her family after a series of tragic events. Once again, Esther Friesner masterfully weaves together history, myth, and mysticism in a tale of a princess whose path is far from traditional. 

I LOVE Japanese culture.  I have loved it since I got hooked on Sailor Moon in Elementary School.  I don't get to read manga much anymore, and have sold pretty much all I own, but I LOVE finding out books that are set within Japan.  This looks so completely awesome- I have been saving this one for my vacation this week!

 Breathe by Melanie McCullough
Expected publication: February 29th 2012
Life's hard. People make it harder. They tether you to them. Make it difficult to breathe, and damn-near impossible to leave...

One Moment Can Change You

Seventeen year-old Abby Rhoades knows this all too well. Born to a mother who could never love her and who vacillates between a sloppy drunk and a suicidal maniac, Abby's never had it easy. But Abby can swim. And Abby has a plan--win the state championship, earn a free ride to Penn State, and leave her small town and suffocating mother behind.

One Action Can Haunt You

But then the body of Tom Ford, her mother's latest boyfriend and a man Abby adored, washes up along the shore of the Susquehanna River. His injuries suggest murder and suspicion quickly falls on Abby then on her best friend Garrett Scott, both of whom saw Tom the night he died.

And One Misstep Could Destroy Everything.

They both know what happened that night, but neither one is talking. There's too much at stake and the truth could tear them apart.

I am usually not into mysteries.  The cover is what drew me in first, honestly.  Indie covers- well- sometimes they really stink and sometimes they are gorgeous- like this one.  Add in Penn State and the Susquehanna River and I am sold!  I am a Penn State Alum and I can see that very river from my house!  I can't wait to read this one and I hope you all add it to your Goodreads lists!

 Iron Skin by Tina Connolly
Expected publication: October 2012 by Tor Books

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain -- the ironskin.

Now Jane returns to the war-torn country to help a fey-cursed child. Helping the unruly Dorie suppress her curse is hard enough -- she certainly didn't expect to fall for the girl's father, the enigmatic artist Mr. Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio -- and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows he cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things are true? Step by step Jane must unlock the secrets of her new life -- and discover just how far she will go to become whole again

Jane Eyre, fae, magic, curses, love- ok, yeah I think I just explained it all.  Is it October yet?  Is it too early to beg Tor for a copy?

 A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont
 Expected publication: March 27th 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

I have mentioned this one again and again on the blog.  I need April to get here NOW!  Can I say that this was my dream?  To fall into Jane Eyre and BECOME HER.  COMEON!!!!   I will sell a KIDNEY to get my hands on this book!

 Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
 Expected publication: August 8th 2012 by Flux

Wish. Love. Desire. Live.

Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.

 I didn't even know this book exsisted until Jodi Meadows introduced it to me during the Steampunk week of Best Book Ever.  This book sounds so fantastic- I haven't heard of any other books that mix fae and steampunk so thoroughly!

 Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
 Expected publication: June 5th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.

 Elizabeth Fama (see way above at the top)  introduced me to this book.  I am so glad to see after ALA it is finally getting around on the blogs.  This looks like a fun high fantasy book.  It also looks like a very complex book- I am so glad to see more high fantasy in ya- there can NEVER be enough!

 The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by Poppy 

Happily ever after is a thing of the past.
The year is 2090.
England is a barren land. Food is rationed. Oil has decimated the oceans. The people are restless.
A ruthless revolutionary enacts a plan to destroy the royal family, and in a moment, the king is dead. His heiress, Princess Mary, and her brother, Jamie, have been abducted, and no one knows their fate. Princess Eliza Windsor barely escapes, and finds herself scared and lost in London's dangerous streets.
With a mind for revenge and the safe recovery of her siblings, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. There she is tempted by her first taste of independence -- and true love. Ultimately she must summon her courage and fight to ensure that she does not become... The Last Princess.

Yeah, I will admit- I am a princess junkie.  I am not a fan of the Meg Cabot princess books (perhaps I shouldn't have watched the movie first?).  But I LOVE dystopian princesses... what a fantastic idea.  This one sounds fantastic... I wonder if the British Royalty will read it?  We should start a campaign to get Princess Kate a copy of this book... ha ha!

 Well there you have it... have you heard of any of these books?  READ THEM?  (Burning with jealousy here) or have a copy that you just have to gift me?  (Bats eyelashes)

I would love to hear what you think!

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