Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bookanista Review: 12 books I can't wait for in 2012! (and a pre-order giveaway!)

Since it's the end of the year--and my Bookanista Reviews are generally for upcoming titles--I thought I'd use my last post of 2011 to spotlight 12 books coming in 2012 that I am so insanely excited about.  Some of them I've been lucky enough to already read, some I can't wait to get my hands on, but all of them I will be counting down the days until I can buy my shiny copy.

And I want to emphasize that this is in NO WAY an exhaustive list--at ALL. (seriously, if I featured all the books I'm excited about this post would be a mile long). And I specifically limited myself to books where the official description and cover art were already available, so I could give them a proper feature. So this is just a *tiny* glimpse of the amazingness 2012 has in store for us. But check out this awesome:

Middle Grade:

MAY B, by Caroline Starr Rose
Coming 1/10/2012

I've known it since last night:
It's been too long to expect them to return.
Something's happened.

May is helping out on a neighbor's Kansas prairie homestead—just until Christmas, says Pa. She wants to contribute, but it's hard to be separated from her family by 15 long, unfamiliar miles. Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, May's memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her. But she's determined to find her way home again. Caroline Starr Rose's fast-paced novel, written in beautiful and riveting verse, gives readers a strong new heroine to love.

THE HUMMING ROOM, by Ellen Potter
Coming 2/28/2012
Hiding is Roo Fanshaw's special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment's notice. When her parents are murdered, it's her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.

As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn't believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.

Despite the best efforts of her uncle's assistants, Roo discovers the house's hidden room—a garden with a tragic secret.

BEYONDERS: Seeds of Rebellion, by Brandon Mull
Coming 3/13/2012
Picking up after the incredible cliffhanger ending of A World Without Heroes, the next BEYONDERS book opens with Jason back in our world. Yet after all his efforts to return home, he finds himself itching to cross over to Lyrian. Jason knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor in Book One is precious information that his friends in Lyrian, including Rachel, all need in order to have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.

After Jason succeeds in finding a way back to Lyrian, he's immediately in more danger than ever. Meanwhile, Rachel and the others have made their own progress--as well as discovered new enemies.

As the group ultimately rejoins, they strive to convince their most needed ally to join the war and form a rebellion strong enough to triumph. At the center of it all, Jason and Rachel come to realize what roles they have to play--and the answers are as surprising as they are entirely riveting.

TWICE UPON A TIME, by James Riley
Coming 4/24/2012
Jack and May are back for another adventure in the world of fairy tales with a twist. This time, they're on the hunt to learn May's true identity after the surprising reveal in Half Upon A Time about May's grandmother's real intentions.

Searching for answers brings Jack and May to the world of the Sea King, landing them right in the center of a battle between mermaids and the Pirate Bluebeard.

The laughter and action are as nonstop as ever in this next book from new author James Riley!

A HERO FOR WONDLA, by Tony DiTerlizzi
Coming 5/8/2012

Finally, Eva Nine has gotten what she has always wanted: other humans. When she and her friends are rescued by Hailey, another human, Eva couldn't be happier. Now she has everything she has ever dreamed of. Hailey brings Eva and her friends to the human colony New Attica, where humans of all shapes and sizes live in apparent peace and harmony.

But all is not idyllic in New Attica, and soon Eva Nine and her friends realize that something very bad is going on--and if they don't stop it, it could mean the 
end of everything and everyone on Orbona.

THE COUNCIL OF MIRRORS (Sister's Grimm book 9), by Michael Buckley
Coming May 8, 2012
In the final volume in the Sisters Grimm series, Sabrina, Daphne, and the rest of the Grimms and their friends must face off against the Master to decide the fate of Ferryport Landing—and the world. When Mirror fails to escape the barrier using Granny Relda’s body, he turns to his plan B: killing all the Grimms so that the magical barrier collapses. In the meantime, Sabrina has gathered the other magic mirrors as advisors on how to deal with their mortal enemy. They tell her to join forces with the Scarlet Hand against Mirror, in exchange for offering all the citizens of Ferryport Landing their freedom. This final chapter is the end of the road for several beloved characters, but the conclusion is sure to satisfy devoted fans of the series.

Young Adult

DEAD TO YOU, by Lisa McMann
Coming February 7, 2012

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable..

WANDERLOVE, by Kirsten Hubbard
Coming 3/13/2012
It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond? 

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

BLACK HEART, by Holly Black
Coming 4/3/2012
Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.

ALL THESE LIVES, by Sarah Wylie
Coming 6/5/2012
Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.

SURRENDER, by Elana Johnson
Coming 6/5/2012
Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque....

TIMEPIECE, by Myra McEntire
Coming 6/12/2012
A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking... 

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devestating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts

*Phew*--I think I just imploded with anticipation. 2012 is definitely going to be an amazing year in the book world. I can't wait!

And since I bet you guys are just as excited as I am (and are feeling a little overwhelmed by the whole: how will I be able to afford so many awesome books????) I've decided to help one of you out. I'm giving away a pre-order to one of these books, and the winner will get to pick which one they want!

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, December 31st (it's a quick contest this time because I feel like the winner should be drawn before we're officially in 2012). I'll post the winner on Sunday, Jan. 1st, 2012. And sorry international followers, but for these pre-order contests I have to limit them to US only. But I promise I'll have more contests for you next year!

For more fabulous book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

Megan Miranda marvels at UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Corrine Jackson gushes over THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST
Stasia Ward Kehoe gets psyched for 2012


  1. Oooh! Awesome giveaway! I am a blog follower under the GFC name: Momo (Books Over Boys).

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    booksoverboys at hotmail dot com

  2. Hey Shannon. Thanks for the giveaway. Count me in. :)

  3. Awesomeness!! I'v been looking forward to Surrender by Elana Johnson. Thanks for this chance!

  4. I am looking forward to Black Heart, too! I think Holly Black is a phenomenal author.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I have Possession, so it would be nice to get the sequel.

  6. I would love to read all these lives.
    I am a gfc follower

  7. Eek...look at those new books coming out!! Makes me all happy inside. Don't enter me, I'm in Canada. Just wanted to say...eek, eh?

  8. I can't wait for May B.! Caroline is awesome! Great list of 2012 books! :)

  9. I've very excited for a lot of these, but I know my daughter is excited for the latest Sister's Grimm book :)

  10. Oooo!!! I can't wait for Surrender by Elana Johnson! Timepiece looks awesome, but I guess reading Hourglass first is a good idea :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ~Alyssa Sooklal

  11. ack! i want them all!! what a great list. i can't wait for the new year and new books :)


  12. Oh, wow! So many great books coming out. It also gives me a timeline to read the firsts in the series before the sequels come out. Must get to reading. :)

  13. Ooh, they all sound amazing but I'm especially excited about Dead to You! It looks great!

  14. Oh my gosh! I nearly exploded with excitement over what the literary world holds for next year. Yay!

    I guess if I HAD to pick, I'll stick with Myra McEntire. I can't wait to read more about Emerson.

  15. I think my students and I would especially like Dead to You. Thanks for the great recommendations. I look forward to reading your blog each time.

  16. First of all, I LOVE THE NEW SITE LOOK! See? I'm super excited about it. Absolutely lovely!
    And then....AHHHH; you are soooo kind! I'm a blog follower and all around stalker of you and your BOOK!

    I'll probably pick....Myrca McEntire, but it's hard to choose!

  17. OK, I'm leaving a comment. These are too awesome to believe they sound so good. I can't hardly wait for them. Here's hoping I win one.

    Thanks for the contest, Shannon. You 're terrific!

  18. Oh, wow. That's a ton of enticing tomes! I've got to add these to my to-read list.

  19. Whoa! New look on the blog! :) I like. :)

    Omgosh, I added, like, half a dozen of these books to my TBR list. Ahhhhh, I'm so excited for 2012!!! :)

  20. I am so excited for Black Heart. Love the blog! :)

  21. I cannot wait for so many of these books, including Black Heart and The Sisters Grimm!!! I'm so sad that The Sisters Grimm is ending... It will eternally be my favorite MG series.

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

    I follow as Angie

  22. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    GFC: Zareen T

  24. WHy did you remind me that Surrender's not out yet? AAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!

  25. Definitely excited for some of these. 2012 is going to be awesome.

    tallyt06 at gmail dot com

  26. Great list of books--I've got a few on my radar like May B. and Lisa McMann's newest book. YAY!! You're right--2012 will bring us lots of wonderful reads. :-)

  27. love all of your contests shannon (i'll win one of these days ;)! thanks again for the opportunity. i follow you on blogger as: featheredpaisley



  28. Great picks!!!

    GFC Follower: Grace Radford-Tingley


  29. So many fun books, I too am ready to burst with anticipation. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower.

    hg195 at yahoo dot com

  30. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway!
    GFC follow Andrea @The Bookish Babes

  31. A great list!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower!

    thecozyreader @

  32. I want TIMEPIECE now! Count me in please. =)

  33. Thanks for the recommendations, and the giveaway! Happy New Year!

    kristinbartleylenz at gmail dot com

  34. So many awesome books, thanks for all the suggestions. But I don't even have to think about which one I want--Surrender baby!

    Thanks for the contest. You rock!

  35. So many great books to look forward to in 2012. Thanks for the giveaway!


  36. OMG so many great books! Thanks for holding this giveaway!


  37. Wow. You have picked some great books for this post. Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. All of the MG books are now on my TBR list. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!


  39. What a great contest!!! I am stoked about Timepiece as well!! The other books I will need to add to my TBR pile!! Thank you!!

  40. Thanks for the giveaway,I would like The Humming Room because I think it looks so full of mystery and I love Mystery!So have a Happy New Year and keep reading everyone!

  41. These all sound so great. 2012 is going to be a great year. My book is coming out in March!

  42. Great choices! I am really excited for the next Beyonders.

  43. I'm excited for all the middle grades coming out in 2012! Thanks for the great contest!

  44. Awesome contest! I cannot wait for Timepiece, especially!

  45. Great books to look forward to!


  46. What a great list! I definitely cannot wait for a few of those titles as well.
    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  47. Super dee duper exciting giveaway! Good luck everyone who enters... I know I am crossing my fingers, since this looks like a fantastic list!!!

    Love the blog!

  48. Oh, what a great list!! So many of the first books are on my TBR list now...I can't wait for Dead to You!

  49. So many of those were books I was already looking forward to, but you had a few I hadn't heard of. Thank you!

  50. I'm starting to repeat myself - you have the best giveaways!!!

  51. So. Many. Books.
    I can't wait for Elana's next book! Yippeee!!

  52. What a fantastic list! Thanks for sharing.

  53. I am so excited for most of these! I can't wait to read them.

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  54. Awesome books to look forward too! Thanks for the giveaway. Dead to You looks really awesome!!!


  55. OMG! Thanks so much for this giveaway :) I follow via GFC The Lovely Getaway


  56. Awesome contest. I can't wait for Elana's book.

  57. Super awesome! :D Thanks for the giveaway! (And GREAT choices.)

  58. SQUEEEEE!!!!! Amazing giveaway, so many great books coming out!! Crossing fingers, thanks for the chance to win

    GFC follower


  59. ooh, great giveaway!
    I can't wait to read all of those books!! :)

  60. Wow...there isn't a book on there that I don't want to read. Your MG list is particularly appetizing, but you forgot one--The Keeper of the Lost Cities!! :-)


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