Thursday 15 December 2011

UK YA 2012 - January to June highlights! (Part One).

If you're anything like me you've already added a whole lot of books to your 2012 wish list, and if you're anything like me even if that wish list is overflowing with books, you'll always have room for one or two more. Right?

Over the next couple of days I'll be highlighting a whole bunch of 2012 releases from UK publishers. See anything you like here? Can you make room on your wish list for these?

Readers can always count on ATOM to send their wish lists into crazy territory. With so many great books releasing from Atom in 2012, I don't really know where to start, but, I'll give it a go!

January sees the highly anticipated release of The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman. Billed as an international thriller with all the nail biting appeal of Dan Brown, this book immediately appealed to me when I first heard of it and it's one that at the very top of my 2012 wish list.

Night School by C.J. Daugherty is another one I just can't wait for in January. Boarding school paranormals are my great weakness and this one, described as The Secret History for the YA reader sounds right up my street!

 Releasing in March Bunheads by Sophie Flack  invites readers into the lives and loves of the dancers at a prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company.  Billed as Ballet Shoes meets Black Swan this one sounds like such a treat for fans of contemporary YA.

Rounding up the Atom highlights are two books I can't wait to to get my hands on. I've always loved a good thriller so I can't wait to read  Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffe. This one releases in May along with Until I Die the sequel to Amy Plum's wonderful debut Die for Me, which was one of my favourites of 2011. I can't wait to catch up with Kate, Vincent and Co!

BlOOMSBURY have a whole lot of great titles in store for 2012 . Here are just some of the highlights...

January sees the release of Fracture by Megan Miranda. Described as a chilling thriller about life after death I've heard great, great things about this one already and I can't wait to get to it! January also sees the release of Stolen Away by the ever popular Alyxandra Harvey. In this dark romance, Alyx is moving away from the world of vampires and embarking on the world of the Fae.

Coming in May is stylish thriller Dead Time, the first in the new Murder Books series by Anne Cassidy. Love the sound of this fast paced thriller!

Burn Marks by Laura Powell described as Spooks meets The Sopranos meets Witch Child is a book I've been hearing great things about for the past while. As a big fan of all things witchy, this one is on my June 2012 wish list!  

June also sees the release of Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen an inventive retelling of the Robin Hood story with Will Scarlet portrayed as a young woman. This one definitely sounds like an interesting read!

2012 sees the launch of Electric Monkey, the new YA imprint from EGMONT, which means just one thinglots and lots of exciting new books in store! Since I can't include them all, here are my highlights!

While everyone else crushed on Tucker after reading Cynthia Hand's brilliant debut Unearthly, I crushed on Christian, so it'll be interesting to see if he can win any of you over when the second book in the series Hallowed releases in January. This is one of the books I've been most excited for throughout 2011. I've been saving it for Christmas reading and can't wait to get to it soon. The countdown is on...

Electric Monkey promises an eclectic list of titles with launch highlights ranging from sinister psycholoical thrillers and edgy contemps to a work of historical fiction set in World War II.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein releases in February and tells the tale of two young women from very different backgrounds who are thrown together during WWII.  Skin Deep  by Laura Jarratt is one of those topical, thought provoking and edgy contemps that you just know is going to teach you a few life lessons, while Shift by Australian author Em Bailey is described as a psychological thriller dealing with toxic friendships, and sounds perfect for me. This one releases in May and it's one that is high on my wish list already! If any Aussie friends have already read this one (I think it released there a while back?) I'd love to know what you thought!

 The Haunting of Tabitha Grey by Vanessa Curtis sports the chilling tagline ' What happens when you can't tell the difference between the living and the dead?' Egmont will also be releasing talented author Cat Patrick's second book Revived in summer 2012. I loved her debut, Forgotten, so I really can't wait for this one! 

HEADLINE have lots of goodies in store including one of my most anticipated books of 2012, The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting. It also looks like they're going for a whole new look for the series with this book.  Can't wait to see what lies in store for Vi and Jay in this one! 

Also publishing from Headline is the highly anticipated contemp The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith which a whole load of bloggers have already been raving about. This one is coming up soon on my TBR and I can't wait to get to it!  

Headline also have a treat in store for fans of dystopian fiction with the release of Pure by Julianna Baggott.

January sees the release of A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton from HODDER CHILDREN'S BOOKS. I'm super excited for this one. Inspired by Warburton's research into witchcraft legend and old English, this one sounds right up my street! Also releasing from Hodder Children's is The Repossession (March 2012) by Sam Hawksmoor which features possessions, hauntings and 34 kids missing. Vanished without a trace. Sounds good!

The big release from HODDER & STOUGHTON in the first half of next year is Pandemonium, the sequel to Lauren Oliver's dystopian hit Delirium. That one ended on quite the heart-wrenching cliffhanger, so I can't wait to see how things turn out there.

HARPER COLLINS CHILDREN'S BOOKS have a stellar line up for the first half of 2012 including Slide by Jill Hathaway, (March 2012) a murder mystery where the protagonist, Vee, can see through the eyes of  the killer. Love the sound of this one! March also sees the release of Fateful by Claudia Grey, a paranormal romance set on board The Titanic.

My top pick from INDIGO Orion's new YA imprint is Hollow Pike by James Dawson. I've heard there are strange things happening in the woods...


Check back tomorrow for Part Two of my 2012 round up when I'll be highlighting great new books from Random House, Simon & Schuster and more.

*Please Note: Cover images may not be final and may be subject to change. 
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  1. Standing right by your sides ladies. Swooning is the right word Emma!

  2. Woohoo! 2012 is clearly going to be amazing!

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  3. So much good stuff! But you're more than right, there's always room for a couple more books on my already ridiculously long list. Can't wait to add these to my shelves! Looking forward to the next set:)

  4. Wow. Lots of great books to look forward to! 2012 is gunna kick some ass! :D

  5. Soo many good awesome books being released! The Book of Blood and Shadow sounds so, so good, and I can't wait to read Hallowed and A Witch in Winter! And is that the UK cover of The Last Echo? I love it! Thanks so much for sharing :).

  6. I think with a single post you might well have doubled the size of my current wishlist. I just don't have enough money to be a good bookblogger these days! :P

  7. I didn't know anything about The Book of Blood and Shadow but thanks for the discovery it sounds really nice.

  8. There are some great covers here! I haven't heard of some of them, I am so going add them!!

  9. I think you've just managed to make my TBR pile explode even more than it already has. There are some awesome books that are set to be published and I for one am especially looking forward to The Haunting of Tabitha Grey, The Book of Blood and Shadow and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Slide. *Heads off to read part 2* Thanks for this awesome list Leanna!

  10. So many excellent books to look forward to! I'm particularly excited about The Book of Blood and Shadow!

  11. SO SO SO can't wait for Until I Die!
    I love you for doing these posts, THANK YOU


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