My Top 20 New Book Releases 2012 (Part 2)

Sorry it took so long to post part two, but here it is, as promised! Part three will be posted hopefully soon. There are so many books I want to read, lol.

1. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) – Julie Kagawa

I’ve loved her Iron Fey series, so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this one, which comes out April 24th. Just have a look at the story description:

IN A FUTURE WORLD, VAMPIRES REIGN. HUMANS ARE BLOOD CATTLE. AND ONE GIRL WILL SEARCH FOR THE KEY TO SAVE HUMANITY. 

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

2. Shadow of Night (All Souls #2) – Deborah Harkness

I. CANNOT.WAIT.FOR.THIS.BOOK. I mean, for real. I loooooooooooved A Discovery of Witches, it’s probably my all-time favorite novel, which is hard to achieve considering how many good books there are out there! July 10th, 2012, is much too far away in my book!

“Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown”—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season .

3. Destined (Wings #4) – Aprilynne Pike

I’ve been following this series from the start, and since this is the last book in the series, I’m sad to see it go, but all good things must come to an end. The book comes out May 1st, 2012.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face. Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless. 

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn’t kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching. 

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

4. The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) – Rae Carson
I had the pleasure to receive an ARC of the first book in this series, and it totally blew me away. The story is so different, you’ll all going to love it. Expected publication is sometime this year. This is the sequel to the Girl of Fire and Thorns:

Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That is not all she finds. 

5. Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) – J.R. Ward

Last, but not least, this series is one of the best there is out there. I’m currently reading the ninth book in the line, and since this one comes out March 27, I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Oh, and it also happens to feature my favorite brother. Enjoy!

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free

REVIEW: ‘The Girl of Fire and Thorns’ by Rae Carson

Hardcover: 432 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: September 20, 2011

Series: ‘Fire and Thorns’ Trilogy

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

From the Amazon description for the UK version:

Princess Elisa is a disappointment to her people. Although she bears the Godstone in her navel, a sign that she has been chosen for an act of heroism, they see her as lazy and useless and fat.

On her sixteenth birthday, she is bartered off in royal marriage and shipped away to a kingdom in turmoil, where her much-older and extremely beautiful husband refuses to acknowledge her as his wife. Devastated, Elisa decides to take charge of her fate and learn what it means to bear the Godstone. As an invading army threatens to destroy her new home, and everyone at court maneuvers to take advantage of the young princess, Elisa becomes convinced that, not only is her own life in danger, the whole world needs saving. But how can a young girl who has never ridden horseback, never played the game of politics, and never attained the love of a man save the world? Elisa can’t be sure, but she must try to uncover the Godstone’s secret history before the enemy steals the destiny nestled in her core.

My Thoughts

Splendid debut novel! I was left breathless by this novel. At first, I wasn’t so sure I was going to like it because it reminded me of a Spanish soap opera I once watched, but this is absolutely amazing.
This is the first book I’ve read where the main female character isn’t especially beautiful. The princess is fat and she has no experience in anything she is expected to do, but she has the advantage of being smart, really smart.
After being married to a king she never met, she has to come to terms that he doesn’t even want to acknowledge her as his queen and she has to figure out how she fits in this entire picture. 
She is the bearer of the Godstone, a magical stone sent from God, which also comes with a great responsibility. Prophecies and teachings speak of a Service that each bearer has to complete during his or her lifetime, but not all manage to do it. 
Princess Elisa feels useless and not worthy of being a bearer of the Godstone. She has guardians who protect her of other people, because it is dangerous that they find out that Elisa is the bearer. Many seek this stone because it possesses magical properties and they would kill the bearer to get the stone.
Elisa has few friends and when she is kidnapped, she has to manage on her own and grow up. She falls in love, loses weight and has to make some decisions that will affect many lives. 
I can’t wait for the next two parts of this trilogy, entitled ‘Crown of Embers’ and ‘The Bitter Kingdom’. When I finished, I was hoping there would be a sequel because there were a few matters that were left unfinished, but I am generally satisfied how all things turned out in the end. 
I definitely recommend this book. It came out September 20, 2011, so order your copy or buy it from your local library. It’s really amazing!

Rating:  ❤❤❤❤❤ – 5 hearts!