Thursday, December 26, 2013

Memory's Most Anticipated Releases of 2014

If the internet is anything to go by, 2014 will be a most excellent year for books. With both my library list and my wallet set to take a beating in the coming months, I thought I’d highlight a few of the titles that have me squirming with gleeful anticipation.

SHADOWPLAY by Laura Lam – 7th January

I adored PANTOMIME, Laura Lam’s first novel, and can’t wait to see what’s next for Micah Grey. This SF-tinged fantasy (or fantasy-tinged SF; take your pick) is totally going on my Kobo as soon as it’s available for purchase.

THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison – 1st April

Katherine Addison (who has published eight previous novels and short story collections as Sarah Monette) is my very most favouritest of favourite authors. It’s been years since we’ve had a new solo novel from her, so I’m wicked excited about this one. I trust her to deliver awesome characters who face compelling problems.

Plus, I believe this one contains airships! Airships are one of my weird bookish hooks. Give me airships and/or automata and I’m a happy girl indeed.

April can’t come fast enough.

DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor – 8th April

While I’m still somewhat on the fence about DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, I loved the hell out of DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT. I must have more of Karou’s story, y’all. I must, I must, I must.

THE SAINT by Tiffany Reisz – 27th May

Future post spoiler: Tiffany Reisz is my favourite new(ish)-to-me author of 2013. I devoured her first four Original Sinners novels over the course of a whirlwind weekend wherein I accomplished nothing else of note, and I cannot wait for this prequel. It’s an autobuy the moment it appears on Kobo.

DARK METROPOLIS by Jaclyn Dolamore – 17th June

I love Jaclyn Dolamore’s personable characters, her worldbuilding, and her prose style, so you’d better believe I’m excited to see where she takes me next. I do believe this Weimar Republic-inspired offering contains lesbians, too. I do so love it when there’s lesbians.

LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray – 5th August

THE DIVINERS is one of those glorious books that felt like it was written just for me. Libba Bray took all my favourite things and blended them into a rich, sprawling feast. I’ve been lusting after this sequel since the very moment I finished its predecessor.

Maggie Stiefvater’s next Raven Cycle novel – late 2014 sometime, maybe?

As far as I know, we don’t even have a title for this one yet, let alone a release date. If it makes it onto bookstore shelves in 2014, though, you can bet I’ll read it quick as ever I can. I loved the hell out of both THE RAVEN BOYS and THE DREAM THIEVES, which I’ll review for you next month.

THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN by Scott Lynch – late 2014 sometime, maybe?

It wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t have a Scott Lynch title on my Most Anticipated Releases list. Thankfully, this isn’t just wishful thinking on my part--word on the street says the fourth novel in the Gentlemen Bastards Sequence might be ready for public consumption as early as the end of next year. Please, Book Gods, make it so.

There are other books I'm looking forward to, of course, but these eight are my must-reads. What are your most anticipated titles of 2014?


  1. Argh, no, not late 2014! Let us all pretend it will hit the shelves in January even though nothing's known about it, yep :P

    1. Yes! She's totally gonna pull a Beyonce and get it on the shelves on January 7th. No advance warning necessary.

  2. Oh, when I did my post there was no cover for Libba Bray's new book. I love it! I have been seeing that Laura Lam book around and I thought the name sounded familiar. Now I have the connection. I am going to have to check out her first book... :)

    1. I'm so glad you got Laura's first book! I think you'll love it.

  3. I really love your list! I have all sorts of reactions to it:
    I didn't know the sequel to Pantomime was coming out so soon! I bought the first books during the Great Ebook Shopping Spree of 2013; definitely need to read that ASAP.

    Lair of Dreammmmmmmms, ugh, idk if I should read it or not? As I remember it, I was on the fence about The Diviners. I mean, flappers = yay! And there was lots of other good stuff, too. But the mystery part was WAY undercooked and I really wanted a good mystery. (Sidenote: a good series that combines flappers and mysteries is the Phryne Fisher books! No ghosts, though. In my GESS13 I bought maybe...ten or twelve of them...*cough*)

    The Dream Thieves! I still need to read that. I LOVED The Raven Boys so I don't know why I've put off reading TDT for so long. Sheesh.

    If ONLY Scott Lynch's books were couponable for me at Kobo. I totally would have bought at least the first book in his GB series. LE SIGH.

    -- Anastasia @ Here There Be Books

    1. You must read PANTOMIME. I think it'll be right up your alley.

      I didn't mind the mystery aspect of THE DIVINERS so much because the rest of it was so very, very me, what with the ghosts and the 1920s and New York and the creepy-ass house that thought for itself. (I love creepy-ass houses that think for themselves, just so long as they stay fictional. I don't ever want to visit one.)

      Ooh, I'll havee to look for the Phryne Fisher books! I do like 1920s mysteries, even if there are no ghosts in evidence (though of course, ghosts are always most welcome. I am Team Ghost).


      Sigh. I wish more large publishers allowed promo codes at Kobo. I'd love to get some stuff from Tor, in particular, but their e-books are almost as expensive as their paperbacks and I'd rather spend the extra dollar or two to get something transferrable. I keep so few books that it just doesn't make sense for me to pay $8-9 for something I'll probably only read once and can't pass along to anyone else.

  4. I am very excited for the Laini Taylor book. I had more reservations about the second one than the first (because why did there have to be sexual obsession oh why is everyone always being sexually obsessed with and then attempting to rape all the heroines of fiction oh God I am so tired of it), but I looooooved the way the book ended. And am dying to know what happens next.

    1. I, too, wish the book hadn't taken the sexual obsession road, but that ending! That was a mighty cool ending. I must see where it leads.

  5. So excited to hear that you loved The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves! I can't wait to read your review!!! I really hope that it comes out in 2014. I really need to read The Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, also. Thank you for the reminder!

    1. Maggie Stiefvater's books got me bouncing up and down with excitement. I'm going to have to delve into her backlist now, possibly start with THE SCORPIO RACES. Everyone seems to like that one, while reports on SHIVER et al are mixed.

  6. I still have to read The Diviners! I have read very few YA books in 2013, though I did get to Fangirl. Maybe this year I'll do better.

    1. THE DIVINERS is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.