Countdown Pick #1: The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams (03/04/2014)
But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they’ve been told is a lie? What if The Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?
Williams is one of those writers that when I've read her previous work, it's affected me when I least expected it to. There's a quality to her work that makes her plots feel dangerously real and with a synopsis like this one, that might make for a very tense and anxiety ridden read, but its one I look forward to experiencing.
Countdown Pick #2: The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1) by Bree Despain (03/11/2014)
Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.
Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.
I'm already practically swooning and I haven't even read page one. I know Despain's previous The Dark Devine series was a huge hit, but I still haven't gotten around to trying to catch up with all those installments. After reading this synopsis, I'm starting to understand why a lot of readers go crazy for her plots and characters. I'm thinking that if this future release turns out to be as good as I'm thinking it will, I'm going to have to try to play catch up with all her other titles as well.
Countdown Pick #3: NIL by Lynne Matson (03/04/2014)
Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly.
If there's anyone that reads this synopsis and isn't already on the edge of their seat to read this future release for themselves, I'd be shocked! I have so many questions and I'm not sure I can make it another month before I get my answers. Matson has already impressed me and I haven't even cracked the cover yet.
Countdown Pick #4: The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (03/15/2014)
Serle could take this in a million different directions, and no matter which way she decides to go, I'll be one of the first in line when it's finally released to find out which one she picked. The synopsis alone has me sympathizing for the main character and super curious to see what Astor will bring into her life and where it all will finally lead.
Countdown Pick #5: Panic by Lauren Oliver (03/04/2014)
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
I tried to start reading Oliver's Delirium series a while back and just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure if it was the book itself or if I was in some kind of reading rut, or what? But because she has such a dedicated fan base out there and I've heard such wonderful things, and almost nothing bad to be honest, I'm going to try again, with a fresh start and all that. Here's hoping this book is the one that turns me into a fan!