MPL Librarians Select . . . Most Anticipated Books of 2014

anticipated books 2014

A new year means new books, so those of us at the Marion Public Library reveal the books we just can’t wait to read.  What books are you eagerly anticipating in 2014? Share in the comments section below.

Mary E., Director

aliceAlice Close Your Eyes by Averil Dean

“I love when new suspense authors arise and always hope there will be more to come. “

Goodreads Summary:

Ten years ago, someone ruined Alice Croft’s life. Now she has a chance to right that wrong–and she thinks she’s found the perfect man to carry out her plan. After watching him for weeks, she breaks into Jack Calabrese’s house to collect the evidence that will confirm her hopes. When Jack comes home unexpectedly, Alice hides in the closet, fearing for her life. But upon finding her, Jack is strangely calm, solicitous . . . and intrigued.

That night is the start of a dark and intense attraction, and soon Alice finds herself drawn into a labyrinth of terrifying surrender to a man who is more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. As their relationship spirals toward a breaking point, Alice begins to see just how deep Jack’s secrets run–and how deadly they could be.

Mary L., Head of Reference

catching fireCatching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“Having just finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I know I’m 3 years behind everyone else). I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.  I am just 15 pages into Catching Fire and I’m hooked already.

Goodreads Summary:

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Karen B., Tech Services

destroyer angelDestroyer Angel by Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon #17)

“This biography/autobiography provides a look into the life Pat Conroy led in his father’s house and after he moved out up until the time his father died.  It’s also a biography of his father, who was the basis for Conroy’s hit novel, The Great Santini.  It’s a riveting read.”

Goodreads Summary:

Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.

Kristen G., Teen Librarian

bloodBlood Of My Blood by Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent #3)

Goodreads Summary (for the first book in the trilogy, I Heart Killers. We don’t want to spoil anything):

What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Jennifer H., Reference Librarian

“So many amazing books are going to be released this year that I can’t wait to read. Here are just a few of them.”

cressCress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3): Released February 4th

“What do you get when you combine science fiction with beloved fairy tales? A ridiculous amount of fun, that’s what. In the first two books, we met Cinder (Cinderella) and Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood) and now it’s Cress’s turn (I bet you can figure out which fairy tale takes center stage in this book from the cover art).  I can’t wait to see what adventures these guys get up to next. “

Goodreads Summary (For the first book in the series, Cinder. Spoilers, sweetie!):

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

plus onePlus One by Elizabeth Fama: Released April 8th

“This one’s kind of cheating, since I’ve actually already read an Advanced Reader’s Copy. It was, however, an amazing book that I read in one sitting. I can’t wait to share Sol and D’Arcy’s story with you all.

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

the callerThe Caller by Juliet Marillier (Shadowfell #3): Released September 9th

“I think Neryn is one of my favorite female characters in the world of fantasy fiction. Though I can appreciate a heroine who can kick literal butt just as much as the next reader, there’s something to be said for Neryn’s quiet fortitude and determination to continue her pursuit of justice for her kingdom no matter what obstacles she faces.” 

Goodreads Summary (for the first book, Shadowfell, because spoilers):

Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.

During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #2)
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #5)
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)
  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassins #3)
  • The third book in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater



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