I have a fever- a fever that can only be cured with more cow…err, I mean reading. I have a ferocious appetite for amazing fiction, and I think this year I’ll be well fed with some amazing new releases.
My Most Anticipated Reads of 2011:
1 . The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
It feels like it’s been forever since I read the first book in this series, The KingKiller Chronicles. The Wise Man’s Fear is the second release after the The Name of the Wind and is highly anticipated not only because it is an intriguing tale of magic, mystery and love, but also because it’s been like 6 years since the first novel was published. Honestly, I am a little fuzzy on the details of the first one but that won’t stop me from re-reading and enjoying this truly original tale of Kvothe, the University and the Chandrian (dementor-like wraiths).
Even though I think the term “epic” is extraordinarily overused, this clichéd adjective is more than adequate to describe this tale. Kvothe’s story is told through his personal re-telling of his adventurous past with poverty, mysterious origins and power.
This book will be released March 1st, and I hope it can live up to the incredible hype already associated with the novels.
2. Outside in by Maria V. Synder
After her two successful teen series (The Study and Glass books), Synder ventures out of the familiar land of Ixia, visited in both series, and into a whole new world. Well, it’s more like a whole new nebulous area called “the Inside.” The story of Trella and her pipe-cleaning duties on the Inside is another dystopian society tale (that’s so hot right now in fiction) with a twist. No one knows what’s on the Outside , but Trella’s dissatisfaction with her hyper-structured, over-populated life gets her wondering…
This science fiction, YA novel promises to answer some questions that were left unanswered in its predecessor, Inside Out. I have a few predictions of my own about possible endings or resolutions, but I’m hoping Synder will surprise me and avoid the obvious, predictable finish to the books.
3. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal
It looks to be a debut novel by O’Neal. I loved the description and was immediately intrigued:
Amazon Editorial ReviewPrincess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia’s led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it’s revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she’s ever known.
Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins – long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control – she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.
Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor’s history, forever.
A dazzling first novel, The False Princess is an engrossing fantasy full of mystery, action, and romance.
I’ll only have to wait a few short weeks until its release January 25.
I am so stoked about everything this year holds! I’m sad to say goodbye to 2010. So many amazing and challenging things happened. Like losing a job but gaining a husband. We’ve both gone through an incredible journey this past year but have the reassurance that we’ll always be there to love and support each other.
Moving forward into 2011, I know that I’ll have some ups and downs, but it’s continually comforting to know I’ll be surround by loving family, awesome friends, and the the knowledge that there’s always another good read.
Currently Reading: Warped by Maurissa Guibord