The new year is fast approaching, so here are some of the my most highly anticipated reads for 2013 (blurbs from Goodreads). What books are you looking forward to?
House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7) by Chloe Neill – February 5, 2013
In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.
At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.
It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs – March 5, 2013
Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations – April 3, 2013
Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters. Humans who unravel uncanny crimes and solve psychic puzzles; sleuths with supernatural powers of their own who provide services far beyond those normal gumshoes, shamuses, and Sherlocks can. When vampires, werewolves, and things that go “bump” in the night are part of your world, criminals can be as inhuman as the crimes they commit, and magic can seep into the mundane – those who solve the mysteries, bring justice, or even save the world itself, might utter spells, wield wands as well as firearms, or simply use their powers of deduction. Some of the best tales of the last decade from top authors of the 21st century’s most popular genres take you down mean streets and into strange crime scenes in this fantastic compilation.
Authors: Elizabeth Bear, Ilsa J. Blick, Richard Bowes, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Dana Cameron, Lillian Stewart Carl, Simon Clark, Bradley Denton, P.N. Elrod, Neil Gaiman, Simon R. Green, Justin Gustainis, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, Faith Hunter, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, William Meikle, Richard Parks, Sarah Monette, and Carrie Vaughn
Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) by Kate Elliott – June 25, 2013
Trouble, treachery, and magic just won’t stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother’s murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half-brother Rory, aren’t even back in Europa yet, where revolution is burning up the streets.
Revolutions to plot. Enemies to crush. Handsome men to rescue.
Cat and Bee have their work cut out for them.
Dracomachia (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman – July 9, 2013
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews – July 30, 2013
Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8) by Chloe Neill – August 6, 2013
Welcome back to Chicago: Famous for sports, pizza, and vampires. At the tender age of twenty-eight, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, seen her Master fall and rise, and saved her best friend from self destruction. But this might be her toughest fight yet…
Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) by Kalayna Price – August 6, 3013
Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire – September 2013
Untitled (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas – 2013
Untitled (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee – 2013