Thursday, December 9, 2010

I Actually NEED It 8

I Actually NEED It is an extremely irregular feature where I express my desire, or rather need, for certain books that haven't come out or aren't available at my library yet.  To learn about the reason behind the name, check out my inaugural I Actually NEED It post.


XVI by Julia Karr
This appears to be the year of dystopian YA lit.  I happen to need more of this in my diet.  Plus, I've been following the goings on of Karr and her fellow dystopian writers at the League of Extraordinary Writers, which is lots of fun.  Coming January 2011.

The Water Wars 
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher 
Same here - more fun dystopian lit (if you can call dystopian lit "fun").  Plus, come on, you know it's entirely possible for our future selves to be fighting wars over water.  That will come out of our eyelashes, of course.  Coming January 2011.

The Iron Queen (Harlequin Teen) 
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa 
I've really enjoyed the Iron Fey series thus far and I expect great things from this third volume.  Coming February 2011.

Stolen Nights (Infinite Days) 
Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel 
I was pleasantly surprised (for the most part) by Infinite Days, a vampire romance that had some excellent vampire mythos.  I'm intrigued to see where Maizel takes the story next.  Coming March 2010.

Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
Loved completely Inside Out and this futuristic-scifi-sorta-dystopian world Snyder's created.  Not to mention loads of other Snyder books.  I'm sure it won't disappoint.  Coming March 2011.

Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano 

More dystopian with an awesome cover?  Yes, please.  Plus, it arrived for me in the mail this week.  Yeah!  Coming March 2011.

Human.4 by Mike Lancaster 

Um, I sound like a broken record, but this sounds like an awesome futury sci-fi creepy maybe dystopian story with a side of hypnotism.  Very cool.  Coming March 2011.

Steel by Carrie Vaughn 
Tough chick with sword?  Check.  Pirates?  Check.  Count me in.  Coming March 2011.

Eona by Alison Goodman
One of my favorite books of 2009 is finally, finally getting its sequel.  I adored Eon and can't wait to devour this next book.  Coming April 2011.

My Unfair Godmother
My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison 

Rallison writes funny books and I haven't read nearly enough of them.  However, I really liked My Fair Godmother, so I'm certainly planning to enjoy this one.  Coming April 2011.

Memento Nora
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert 

And we're back to the dystopian debuts from the League.  Another fascinating-sounding book with very chilling similarities to our own world.  Coming April 2011.

The Demon's Surrender (Demon's Lexicon Trilogy, the)
The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan

I have previously expressed my love for this series and especially the sibling relationships it contains.  I'm super thrilled to see where her characters go and what they choose to do.  Coming May 2011.

Corsets and Clockwork by Various Authors 
I'm becoming a big fan of steampunk and this collection of short stories has lots of awesome authors who contributed, including Maria Snyder, who you should know by now I adore.  Coming May 2011.

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Yeah for a new fairy tale from the queen of fairy tales!  I've loved quite a few of Levine's previous fairy tales and I have high hopes for this newest one.  Coming May 2011.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Just add this to my list of dystopian delights and include a touch of a librarian who raved about it.  Must read.  Coming May 2011.

Nightspell by Leah Cypess 
While I didn't adore Mistwood as much as I wanted to, I want more from Cypess, who created an excellent new world and intriguing characters.  Coming May 2011.

The Revenant 
The Revenant by Sonia Gensler 
Ok, I don't really have any good reasons for this one.  It just looks and sounds deliciously creepy.  Coming June 2011.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce 
I have a long-time love for fairy-tale retellings and Sisters Red was quite good.  I really want more fairy tale fun from Pearce.  Plus, seriously, that cover rocks in a creepy and disturbing way.  Coming June 2011.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

I've been impressed mostly by the writing of this series and the supporting characters, but I'm invested all the way to find out what happens next.  Coming July 2011.

What do you actually NEED?

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  1. I agree! I need Sweetly and XVI badly! Great list and I hope you get them....soon.


  2. Um, about 2/3 of this list. Wow... there are some good sounding/looking books coming out next year!

  3. I could definitely agree with most of those that you have there. I'm also dying to read Possession by Elana Johnson. Woo hoo!
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  4. Wow, what a list! I need to catch up with many of those series so I can decide if I NEED them too!

    Hey, I got Wither n the mail this past week too. Yay! And I didn't know you loved Eon so much... that one is sitting there waiting waiting waiting for me. Maybe I'll bump it up....

    A lot of awesome covers in this pile!

  5. Great list--and wonderful feeling when something is "finally" out--although I think I'd rather wait a little longer for the author to "get it right."

  6. Speedily adding to my to-read list ... !

  7. Jen, I need books to come out sooner, I think (or less pre-pub buzz maybe :)

    Melissa, it does seem like there's a lot of great stuff coming next year!

    Lisa, I've seen Possession floating around, but not heard much about. I should check it out to see if I'll add it to the TBR.

    Suey, it's definitely one of my faves. You should pick it up!

    Andie, I'm both ways - I like to have it as soon as possible, but I like the clean and complete finished product :)

    alison, this is why I try to avoid other peoples' need it lists.

  8. Wow. Thank you for this post! I just added an obscene number to books to my giant list :) Wahoo!

  9. Great list! I have most of these on my list too. I enjoyed Wither but didn't care for Water Wars.

  10. This is a great list! You named some of the ones that I'm seriously looking forward to as well! What I need in 2011 (aside from the awesome ones already mentioned):

    -Everfound by Neal Shusterman (5/03)
    -Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
    -The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
    -The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
    -A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
    -City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
    -Red Glove by Holly Black
    -Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
    -Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
    -Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

    Aaand a whole load more but I don't want to take over your comment space :D

  11. Corinne, I'm the same way with others' lists!

    Debbie, too bad about Water Wars. I'll probably still read it, but I wanted it to be amazing.

    Lexa, BLAST! I've got to read a bunch of these too! I guess I'll be doing another post again sometime soon...


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