Sunday, June 30, 2013

Most Wanted: Books of July 2013 (Series I REALLY Want to Start but Haven't Yet Edition)

Welcome to a very special edition of Most Wanted. This one focuses on books I'm excited for but the catch is that in this installment I haven't yet read even the first installment yet. So this is a bit of a change up from normal Most Wanted posts, also instead of the normal four books I have five because I couldn't narrow it down to two do to not having read the series yet.

1. Vortex (Insignia #2)

Release Date: July 2, 2013
Author: S. J. Kincaid
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 400 Pages

The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.

Why I Want It: I got an Advanced Copy of the first book in this series, Insignia and have only read a few chapters, but so far it's phenomenal, the only reason I didn't finish it last year when I started it was that I accidentally left it at my cousin's house and didn't get it back until I had to move on to the next book.

2. Shadow of the Mark (Carrier #2)

Release Date: July 9, 2013
Author: Leigh Fallon
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 352 pages

Leigh Fallon’s Shadow of the Mark, the sequel to Carrier of the Mark, is a captivating love story set against the lush backdrop of Ireland.

Megan knew she was destined to be with Adam from the first moment she saw him and now they are determined to be together. But Megan and Adam are Marked Ones, and a romance between two Marked Ones is strictly forbidden…and could cause worldwide devastation.

Leigh Fallon’s Shadow of the Mark is a great choice for readers who love Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush.

Why I Want It: I'm a huge sucker for tragically fated love stories and while I haven't read the first installment yet, if the books are have as amazing as their covers I can see this being a new favorite series.

3. Belladonna (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2)

Release Date: July 16, 2013
Author: Fiona Paul
Publisher: Philomel
Length: 352 pages

In Renaissance Italy, love, lust, intrigue and secret societies converge to stunning results!

In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose—the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.

So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order’s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.

Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?
Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all.

Why I Want It: First off I know this isn't the final cover but, 1. this one's better and 2. I'm bitter that they not only changed it mid-series, but mid-publication as well. I'm a sucker for a Venetian setting not to mention adding a dash of mystery, and the first installment's design with the Venetian mask instantly drew me in.

4. A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2)

Release Date: July 23, 2013
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 416 pages

Perfect for readers Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of intrigue, supernatural forces, intense romance, and revenge, all set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and see haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.

To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there’s a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

Why I Want It: So from what I gather this is not only a zombie series but a steampunk zombie series. That is just double the excitement as those are two genres that I love and want to read more of since I've only read a few books in each genre. Also, I regret not knowing about the author signing copies of both the first installment and an ARC of this at BEA and missing out. Next year I'll be more prepared.

5. Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5)

Release Date: July 30, 2013
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: K-Teen Books
Length: 400 pages

Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …

Why I Want It: Two words: Greek Mythology. Those of you who know me know I'm a sucker for anything Greek myth, or really general myth related. I can't wait to start this series sometime soon! ("Soon" being a rather relative term)

So that's all the book I want this month, hopefully I'll get around to reading their first installments soon.

P.S. Sorry no June Wrap Up/ July TBR yet. My camera died and I'll need to get it fixed but as soon as I do I'll film one.



  1. Loved Tempest. I have had Vortex for a while but haven't gotten to it. I liked the novella a lot, too. I really want to read A Darkness Strange and Lovely. And that cover...swoons!

  2. Midnight Frost looks good. Series Mythos Academy caught my attention.
    Btw you have an amazing blog! :D

  3. Loved your post. I really want to read Insignia & Vortex.

    Check out my July new releases post here: http://adventuresofateenagebookworm.blogspot.ie/2013/07/july-new-releases-2013.html