Saturday, December 1, 2007

Exciting 2008 Books (updated constantly)

New books! Probably some of my favorite words put together in the English language. Here’s a list of some of the books that I am looking forward to for the year of 2008:

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
by Jessica Day George
(January 8th)
Genre: Fantasy
It sounds similar to East, which I liked very much. And although I have yet to read it, Dragon Slippers by the same author is supposed to be good.

The Redheaded Princess: A Novel

by Ann Rinaldi
(January 29th)
Genre: Historical fiction
My best guess is that this is about Elizabeth I, but I’m not sure exactly. I’ve read almost everything by Ms. Rinaldi and don’t want to miss this one.

Guinevere’s Gift
by Nancy Mckenzie
(February 12th)
Genre: Historical fiction
I read Queen of Camelot a while ago and really, really liked it, so I’m eager to read this book, the first in the Chrysalis Queen Quartet.

A Curse Dark as Gold

by Elizabeth C. Bunce
(March 1st)
Genre: Fantasy
A Rumpelstiltskin retelling.

by Mary Jane Beaufrand
(March 1st)
Genre: Historical fiction
The story of a Pazzi princess (rivals of the Medici).

The Swan Kingdom
by Zöe Marriott
(March 5th)
Genre: Fantasy
A fairytale retelling of The Wild Swans.

The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel
by James Patterson
(March 17th)
Genre: Urban fantasy
More of the Flock’s thrilling adventures, continuing the Maximum Ride Series.

The Sky Inside
by Clare B. Dunkle
(March 25th)
Genre: Science fiction
Both The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy and By These Ten Bones were sooo good that I can’t wait to see what the author will do with a slightly different genre.

by Patrick Jones
(April 1st)
Genre: Realistic fiction
I read Patrick Jones’ Chasing Tail Lights recently and thought it was really well-done. Hopefully this one will be as good.

Walk of the Spirits

by Richie Tankersley Cusick
(April 17th)
Genre: Fantasy/horror
Ghost stories have never really been my thing, but this one looks interesting to me. Maybe it’s the cover?

Nobody’s Prize
by Esther Friesner
(April 22nd)
Genre: Historical fiction
I can’t wait to continue the young Helen of Troy’s adventures that began in Nobody’s Princess.

Newes from the Dead
by Mary Hooper
(April 29th)
Genre: Historical fiction
Even if I hadn’t read and liked Mary Hooper’s other books, this sounds pretty interesting; It’s a true-life story of a girl who, accused of murder, is hanged, about to be dissected for medical research, and then is found to be alive.

Ink Exchange
by Melissa Marr
(April 29th)
Genre: Urban fantasy
A companion to Wicked Lovely.

by Joan Bauer
(May 1st)
Genre: Realistic fiction
About a girl who wants to be a journalist, and if it’s anything like Joan Bauer’s previous novels it will be a quirky, fun, and touching sort of coming-of-age story.

The Juliet Club
by Suzanne Harper
(May 27th)
Genre: Contemporary
To quote the author’s site, “Three American teens travel to Verona, Italy, where they discover love, romance, and, of course, Shakespeare!”

In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story
by Carolyn Meyer
(June 1st)
Genre: Historical fiction
I can only hope this will be as good as it looks! Being a huge Mozart (and Carolyn Meyer) fan should help, though. I like how Ms. Meyer gives historical women their own new voices so we can imagine being in their place.

City of Secrets

by Mary Hoffman
(June 24th)
Genre: Fantasy
I enjoyed the rest if the Stravaganza Series a lot, and am awaiting the next one eagerly.

Alfred Kropp: The Thirteenth Skull
by Rick Yancy
(June 24th)
Genre: Urban fantasy/action
The third book in the Alfred Kropp Series, which is really...unusual. The books are mostly action and sometimes highly unbelievable, but if you forgive it for the sake of the story, they’re good.

The Fire Eternal
by Chris d’Lacey
(July 1st)
Genre: Urban fantasy
The fourth volume of the ever-growing Fire Within series.

The Dragon Heir

by Cinda Williams Chima
(August 12th)
Genre: Urban fantasy
The conclusion to the Heir Series, filled with magic and modern wizards.

by Celia Rees
(August 19th)
Genre: Historical fiction
YAY! Another historical (1783) novel from Celia Rees! I had no idea she had one coming out and I’m SO excited (could you tell?). Sovay is a beautiful and rich young woman, but she has a secret life—as a highwayman! (Based on the folksong of the same name.)

My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War
by L.A. Meyer
(September 1st)
Historical fiction
The sixth book in the amazingly awesome Bloody Jack Adventures that you simply MUST read.

Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)
by Ysabeau S. Wilce
(September 1st)
Genre: Fantasy
The continuing wacky adventures of Flora, which started in Flora Segunda.

Cybele’s Secret
by Juliet Marillier
(September 9th)
Genre: Fantasy
It’s the sequel to Wildwood Dancing, need I say more?

by Christopher Paolini
(September 20th)
Genre: Epic fantasy
The third book in what is now the Inheritance Cycle, which began with Eragon and Eldest. Random House finally announced the name. I can’t wait!

Two Girls of Gettysburg
by Lisa Klein
(September 30th)
Genre: Historical
Another novel by the author of Ophelia! It must be good if it’s anything like her first book, and I do love historical fiction, so I’m very much looking forward to it!

Damosel: In Which the Lady of the Lake Renders a Frank and Often Startling Account of Her Wondrous Life and Times
by Stephanie Spinner
(October 14th)
Genre: Fantasy
Just the title is interesting enough to get my attention, but I like Arthurian lore a lot, and the Lady of the Lake is a character not often written about.

Dragon’s Heart
by Jane Yolen
Genre: Science fantasy
Sequel to Dragon’s Blood, Heart’s Blood, and A Sending of Dragons. No release date yet (it might not even be in 2008), but there is now hope that we can FINALLY learn the rest of Jakkin and Akki’s story!

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crichoux from Bookworm Chrysalis has a whole bunch of Books of 2008


  1. I've read one of these - A CURSE DARK AS GOLD - and it was wonderful.

    THE REDHEADED PRINCESS is indeed about Elizabeth I (so says HarperCollins website).

    I'm really excited for THE SKY INSIDE!

  2. These all sound good! Have you read The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones? It's really good and the 3rd book in the series is coming out next year. It's not a retelling of any specific fairy tale but it is a good story.

  3. Em--
    Actually I have not read The Fearie Path, but my team member Tyto Alba has. She thinks the series is just "OK," so I'm not in any rush to read them.

  4. Oooh, all of these look fantastic. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Looks like some great titles there! I'll have to add some of them to my TBR pile! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh! Bloodhound has a cover! And it's lovely.

  7. Ugh, I took Bloodhound off the list because...the release has now been postponed until April 28th, 2009! Wwwwhhhhyyyy must they do this?!?! They got a cover and everything and then postpone it (for the second time) until four months later.

  8. I just read a review yesterday for The Sky Inside. I put it on my book order for school. It sounded great. Also, I just got an ARC of Ink Exchange in the mail today. WOO HOO!!! I'm already loving it.

  9. Great list! I've added Guinevere's Gift, Sovay, Newes from the Dead, and Andromeda Klein to my list. They all look great.

    Bloodhound has a cover? *runs to see*

  10. Re The Dragon Heir, the release date has been changed to August 12. You can read the first chapter on my Website.
    Best, Cinda Williams Chima

  11. Had to take The Singing off, too. Why must the release dates of books in series that you reeaally want to read be moved?!


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