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(I have excluded any January releases, and books that don't have covers yet in this post)

So here is my top 10 2014 releases I am most looking forward to! My expectations for these books are HIGH! VERY very high, so hopefully they end up AWESOME! Now lets get on to the list! (:
The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
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To be released: March 18th 2014 (My birthday!! :D)

Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

This is hands down my most anticipated Dystopian to come out this year, it sounds flat out amazing, and I really hope it will turn out to be as good as it sounds and looks! Overall this book is probably my 2nd most anticipated book for 2014! 

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
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To be released: June 10th 2014

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

After the End by Amy Plum
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To be released: May 6th 2014

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
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To be released: May 6th 2014

She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.


Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.

And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts. When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim..

I LOVE the sound of this book and cannot wait to read this, I have a semi obsession with any documentaries/shows on serial killers or murderers so this book is seriously right up my ally! CANNOT WAIT! High expectations for this! 

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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To be released: April 15th, 2014

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Bleed Like Me by C. Desir
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To be released: October 7th 2014 Seventeen-year old Amelia Gannon (just "Gannon" to her friends) is invisible to almost everyone in her life. To her parents, to her teachers--even her best friend is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding. Some days, the only way Gannon knows she’s real is by carving bloody lines into the flesh of her stomach.

Then she meets Michael Brooks, and for the first time, she feels seen to the core of her being. Obnoxious, controlling, damaged and addicting, he inserts himself into her life until all her scars are exposed. Each moment she's with him is a passionate, painful relief.

But as the relationship deepens, Gannon starts to feel as if she's standing at the foot of a dam about to burst. She's given up everything and everyone in her life for him, but somehow nothing is enough for Brooks--until the ultimate test.

I love books that have to do with abusive relationships, mainly just cause so far the few I have read have had SO much emotion in them, and really give you an outlook on how easy it is for people to get caught up in an abusive relationship. Have high expectations for this to be an emotional read. 

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
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To be released: March 1st 2014

All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
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To be released: April 1st 2014

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

I CAN'T EVEN!!!!! THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW AWESOME THIS SOUNDS!!! This is my MOST, #1 anticipated book release of 2014! This better be epic!

Skin Deep by Megan D. Martin
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To be released: April 3rd, 2014

What would you do to have the body of your dreams?

Kiera hates being overweight and hides behind thick layers of clothing. One night, her friends present an opportunity that seems impossible to believe. With a single spell, she can have the thin physique she's always coveted.

But all magic comes with a price: no sex or she'll revert back to her old body. Kiera accepts the cost. It's not like she has men lined up at her door. Obeying this one tiny rule isn't difficult at all—until the night she meets Cain, a were-tiger and a soldier with the Eternal Forces.

When a slew of unexplained murders forces Kiera and Cain together, they'll have to face the horrors of their pasts. Will Kiera realize she is worth more than her outward appearance? Or will she make the wrong choice and lose everything—including her life?

The below pick is more in the horror genre, but I decided to put it in here with the Paranormal since it does have zombie/flesh eating monsters 
Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle 
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To be released: February 24th, 2014

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

So there you have it! Those are my (current) Top 10 books I am most looking forward to releasing in 2014!


Unknown said...

Can't wait to read/hear about After the End and The Murder Complex. They both look like amazing books and Amy Plum is one of my favourite authors! I loved her Renevants series :)

The Murder Complex has been on my radar for a while. It looks so good! :D

Goldie @ My Book Musings said...

I am waiting for Rick Riordan's last book in the HoO series! I feel bad that I don't know any of the books mentioned here. But, but, but: the covers look amazing. :)

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Hey, AWESOME list up there!! But I realize you really like books that are very dark, haha. I'm also SUPER looking forward to Dorothy Must Die, but some others of my most anticipated are Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong and Defy #2 by Sara B. Larson. And then there's my adults anticipated list. Haha, anyway, hope you'll enjoy all of them when they're out! :))

Unknown said...

I hadn't heard of a lot of these titles but I am excited you shared them. I really want to read The Murder Complex, Dorthy Must Die, Killer Instinct and Skin Deep.

Janie said...

Some of these I haven't heard of, but sound amazing, so I'm off to Goodreads :) Awesome list!

Obsession with Books said...

I haven't heard of many of these but they sound amazing! After the End was great and I can't wait to read Don't Look Back and The Wicked We Have Done.

A fabulous list Haley! :-)

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

I can't wait for Dorothy must die <3 I hope The Murder Complex is as action-paced as promised. The wicked we have done sounds awesome.

Unknown said...

That is a fantastic list of books, especially since some of them are new to me. The Wicked We Have Done really stands out. I have this weird fascinating with characters being in prison so I can't wait to get my hands on this one!


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