A Fortnight of Bookish Posts: Days 12 – 14

Day 12:

  • Book you still aren’t sure of your feelings on:

As in ever? Because I was full of certitude about everything I read this past year. I still question whether some of those Ann Aguirre books I read were really worth reading at all.

  • Series you gave up on in 2015:

I wasn’t really ever in it, but I read The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott (who has written other books I did like) and could not bring myself to continue the series. It was a struggle just to complete that first one.

Day 13:

  • Favorite passage/quote of 2015:

There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that’s a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It’s damaged but it’s there. Don’t let them take it from you.

Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes

(I did not get around to this book but I really appreciated this quote when I saw it.)

  • Book which had the overall greatest impact on you this year:

Let God’s Light Shine Forth by Pope Benedict XVI

Day 14:

  • A book you didn’t read this year that will be your #1 priority in 2016?

Winter by Marissa Meyer!!!

  • New book you are most anticipating for 2016?

2016 looks like a pretty exciting year for books! There are at least fifty books that I am looking forward to, many of them sequels and final installments in series, but here are the ones that I am most eager to read…

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani
  • The Dark Talent: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (At LONG last)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  • Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • See How They Run by Ally Carter
  • Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
  • A Little Taste of Poison by R. J. Anderson
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski




Upcoming Books 2014 and beyond

Kate Coombs: The Tooth Fairy Wars – the story of a boy who isn’t on board with the Tooth Fairy’s plans; illustrated by Jake Parker (Atheneum, July 2014).

Goodnight Mr. Darcy  – a la Goodnight Moon (July 1st 2014 by Gibbs Smith)


Michelle Harrison: One Wish  – prequel to the 13 series (22 May 2014 Simon & Schuster Children’s Books).

One Wish is a prequel to the 13 trilogy, following Tanya’s first brush with the

fairy world. Meeting Henry ‘Ratty’ Hanratty and his Artful Dodger fairy sidekick, Turpin, Tanya soon finds there’s nothing pretty or sparkly about real fairies. The 13 series will also be

published in a brand new package, perfect for a new generation of young readers.


Jacqueline West: The Books of Elsewhere Volume Five: Still Life – final book in the series (June 2014 Dial Books)


Sarah Rees Brennan:  Tell the Wind and FireA Tale of Two Cities retelling (2015  HarperCollins)

UnmadeLynburn Legacy 3 (September 23rd 2014 Random House Books for Young Readers)


Sarah Beth Durst: The Lost (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2014)
Chasing Power (Bloomsbury, YA 2014) YA
The Missing (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2014)
The Found (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2015)


Alexandra Bracken: In the Afterlight  – The Darkest Minds #3 (October 28th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

                                  Passenger  (2015 Fall Disney)
Wayfarer #2  (2016 Fall Disney)



E. D. Baker: The Bravest Princess  – Wide-Awake Princess #3  (April 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens)


Sherwood Smith: Lhind the Thief is available as paperback

Spy Princess will be reissued in paperback by Scholastic soon.The novella “Rule of Engagement” will be reprinted in Lightspeed Magazine

Finished: A Sword Named Truth, working on Firejive,, adventure/comedy of manners Rondo Allegro (set in 1799-1806), and a sequel to Lhind the Thief, working title, Lhind the Spy.



Lesley Livingston: Transcendent  – Starling #3  (December 23rd 2014 by HarperTeen)

Now and for NeverNever #3 ( May 27th 2014 by Razorbill Canada)


Brandon Sanderson: Legion: Skin Deep (Legion #2) – Spetember 2014

 Skybreaker (The Stormlight Archive #3) – 2015

Untitled (Rithmatist #2) – 2015

Calamity (Reckoners #3) -2015 by Delacorte

Nightblood (Warbreaker #2) – 2015

Untitled (Mistborn #6) – 2015 by Tor

Firefight (Reckoners #2) – 2015



Christopher Healy: The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw – The League of Princes #3  (Published April 29th 2014 by Walden Pond Press)


Kate McMullan: Get Lost, Odysseus!  – Myth-O-Mania #10 ( August 1st 2014 by Stone Arch Books)


Shannon Hale: The Princess in Black  (October 14, 2014)

From Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham comes the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers

who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Princess Academy #3  Untitled  (2015)

Dangerous  (March 2014)


Lemony Snicket: File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents   – All the Wrong Questions #2.5  (April 1st 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Shouldn’t You Be in School?  – All the Wong Questions#3  (September 30th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


Gail Carriger: Waistcoats & Weaponry –  Finishing School Series #3 (2014 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US)

Manners & MutinyFinishing School Series #4  (2015 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US)


For mature readers: Prudence ~ (March17, 2015 Orbit US)

Imprudence ~ (2016 from Orbit US)



Michelle Knudsen: Evil Librarian  (September 9, 2014 Candlewick Press) YA

TRELIAN BOOK 3 Untitled (Fall 2015)  MG


Marissa Meyer: Cress – The Lunar Chronicles #3 (February 2014 Feiwel and Friends)

Winter – The Lunar Chronicles #4 (February 2015 by Feiwel and Friends)




Sarah Prineas: Magic Thief: A Proper Wizard Magic Thief #3.5 ebook shortstory  (August 19th 2014 by HarperCollins)

Magic Thief: Home – Magic Thief #4 (September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins)



Jennifer A. Neilson: The Shadow ThroneAscendance Trilogy #3  (February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press)

Mark of the Thief – The Praetor War #1  (2015 by Scholastic Press)

The new series follows a boy in ancient Rome where powerful forces struggle for control of a hidden magic; the boy becomes embroiled in a fight for freedom, survival, and the safety of the future.

A Night Divided  (2015 by Scholastic)

 A story of danger and intrigue in Cold War-era East Berlin, about a girl whose family is split in half when the Berlin Wall goes up.


Ilona Andrews: Magic Breaks – Kate Daniels #7  (July 29th 2014 by Ace Hardcover)

Kate Daniels 8-10 to follow every summer


Patricia Briggs: Night ShiftedMercy Thompson #8) March 11th 2014 by Ace Hardcover

Mercy Thompson #9 Untitled to-come

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson (September 2nd 2014 by Ace Hardcover)

Dead HeatAlpha & Omega #4  (Spring 2015)


Maggie Stiefvater:  SinnerThe Wolves of Mercy Falls #4  (July 1st 2014 by Scholastic Press)

Blue Lily, Lily BlueThe Raven Cycle #3  (October 28th 2014 by Scholastic Press)

UntitledThe Raven Cycle #4   (2015 by Scholastic Press)

RequiemBooks of Faerie #3  (2015 by Scholastic Press)
Laini Taylor:  Dreams of Gods & Monsters  – Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3   (April 8th 2014 by Little, Brown & Company)
Jonathon StraudThe Whispering SkullLockwood & Co. #2  ( September 16th 2014 by Disney Hyperion )
Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods  (August 19th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

The Blood of OlympusThe Heroes of Olympus #5  (October 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

Untitled Norse Mythology #1  ( 2015 by Disney Hyperion Books)

Ally Carter: Untitled Embassy Row #1  (2015 by Scholastic)


This exciting new series focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row. Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay— in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.


R. J. AndersonA Pocket Full of Murder  (Atheneum Fall 2015) ; Untitled #2

 They star a Veronica Mars-type girl who joins forces with a mystery-loving street boy to solve a murder in a 1930s-style city driven by spell power.

Newsbites: Upcoming Books 2011 and beyond

Laini Taylor ~ Daughter of Smoke and Bone YA

To be published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers Fall 2011.

It is about a pair of star-crossed lovers kept apart by the fact that one’s an angel and the other’s a demon; also woven into the tale is the story of the devil’s adopted daughter, a blue-haired art student in Prague.

How about the very unfinished Dreamdark series?

Laini says “re: more Dreamdark books: some day I will finish the series! I am deeply committed to Magpie and crew and feel sick about leaving them in limbo. I will see their story through. It is just not in the cards for the next few years.”

Sarah Prineas ~ Has a three book deal with the UK publisher Quercus.

So the Crow book is not the first in a trilogy, though it may end up having a “companion” (I have proposed a sequel). The UK publisher took Crow and two books to-be-determined. I’m fairly certain one of those TBD books will be the fourth Magic Thief book (I’m still waiting to hear if it’ll be one of the TBD books my US publisher took…)

Edit Oct. 2010 ~ The “Crow book” is now officially Winterling. To be published 2012.

A girl named Fer who travels to a magical land where she has to discover who she truly is while putting right a terrible wrong. She’s helped by a tricksy puck-boy named Rook and a wild horse named Phouka.”

Gail Carriger ~ : Heartless, Book the Fourth in the Parasol Protectorate series, will be out July 2011 from Orbit. Timeless, the fifth and final in this set of stories will be out in Spring 2012. Adult steampunk/paranormal fantasy.

Eoin Colfer ~ The Eighth Artemis Fowl , title and publication date n/a.

Eoin Colfer has told The Guardian that the next book in the series, number 8, is going to be the very last one.

“That’s how I’m going to finish it, on a very simple choice.”

“There’s not going to be any huge battle, and going up the stairs to heaven, it’s not going to be that kind of finish.” he added. “There will be the big adventure, but the end will be in a little epilogue.” End of story.  Ha! After watching the interview, and having read many of his interviews over the years, the only true thing I know is that Eoin loves saying contradictory things, especially about Holly and Artemis, as well as deciding which book will be the last. First the third, then the fourth. Not that I don’t believe him, simply that in all things it is worthwhile to take it as possible misdirection.

Anne Osterlund ~ Exile, the sequel to Aurelia, is out April 28th, 2011 from Penguin. YA.

No news for a sequel yet for Academy 7, but Anne’s other story, Salvation, which tells Beth and Salva’s story, is tentatively scheduled for release in 2012.

Kersten Hamilton~ “My next project, after book two of Goblin Wars, is an early MG steampunk series. After that, I’m going to pushing new horizons with a “Holes”-esque older MG dealing with suicide, Catholicism, immigration issues plus one undead school administrator. I will probably write a realistic picture book for the very young along the way—nitty-gritty for the itty-bitty if you will. Then, it is back to the YA world for the third book in the Goblin Wars trilogy…”

Sarah Rees Brennan ~ The Demon’s Surrender, Book the Third of the Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy in May/Summer 2011.

In response to the question: Are you planning to write a stand alone book next or another series?

“Actually, I’m working on a couple of things at the moment: one is a stand alone, and the other the first in a series. Writing a standalone is fun for a change, but I admit I usually get attached to a set of characters, and I want to stretch out their stories, and relax a bit and have fun with them, and watch them develop over a longer period of time. Plus I love the feeling of finally getting the next book in a series you love, and I hope some people feel that way when they get the next book from me!”

Do you think you’ll come back to your older stories and try to rework them for publication? Or are you happy with them where they are?
“Some ideas, I want to go back to. In fact one of the books I’m working on now is based on an idea I had when I was seventeen, and I completed a book about it, too. But the book I’m writing based on that idea now and the book I wrote then are very different – which is really interesting! Mostly I see the books as learning experiences.

Moira J. Moore ~ The sixth Lee and Taro book Heroes at Odds, late summer 2011 from Ace. Adult fantasy.

Rebecca J. Anderson ~ Arrow from Orchard books in UK January 2011 and Swift by the same in 2012. There are no US publication dates at present.

Touching Indigo is now Ultraviolet. *sadface* I preferred the first title. Ho, hum. Ultraviolet is to be published in UK by Orchard Books, Summer 2011 and in US by Carolrhoda Lab, Fall 2011.

Isobelle Carmody ~ The Sending by Penguin Publishers in AU May 2011. No concrete date from the American publishers Random House, though they plan to split the book into two: The Red Queen and The Sending. This would be the very long awaited conclusion to Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles.

Brian Jacques ~ The Rogue Crew (Redwall series) in 2011

R. L. LaFevers ~ Theodosia and the Last Pharoh April 2011 (fourth in Theodosia series) and The Unicorn’s Tale, the fourth book in the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series, also April 2011.

Julia Golding ~ Cat’s Cradle (Sixth Cat Royal book) in July 2011 UK. No US date yet. She is also writing another series set in the Companions series world, but no publishing info yet.

Kelley Armstrong ~ The Gathering (Fourth Darkest Powers ) April 2011 UK + US.

Rick Riordan ~ The Kane Chronicles #2 (with no fixed title; publication date May 2011) and Heroes of Olympus #2, Son of Neptune, Fall of 2011.

Sherwood Smith ~ Banner of the Damned, Part 1: Summer Thunder September 2011. Part 2 is due out the following year.

Ilona Andrews ~ Kate Daniels #5, Magic Slays, June 2011. Two more under contract. Adult urban fantasy.

Patricia Briggs ~ Alpha and Omega #3 Fall/ October 2011. I do believe that is it for this series. Adult fantasy.

I’ll be updating this as more information becomes available and adding titles as I find them.