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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (14): HarperCollins Spring 2012 Catalog

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine in which an upcoming, eagerly anticipated release is highlighted on the blog.

Is anyone else tired of winter and excited for spring to finally get here? I know I am - not just for the weather to change, but also for the great books that will be released in the springtime. This week, I'm "waiting on" books from the HarperCollins Spring 2012 Catalog:


Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Date: April 24, 2012


Everything is in ruins. 
A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them. 
So what does Araby Worth have to live for? 
Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all. 
But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. 
And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.


Masque of the Red Death is a reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's story of the same name. I've always adored the dark atmosphere created in Poe's stories so I'm thinking I will love this retelling. The synopsis sounds appropriately grim for a Poe retelling, anyway.



Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
Date: May 1, 2012


One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Okay, who isn't waiting on Insurgent?! After the ending of Divergent, I was left wondering, "Where can the story go from here?". Divergent was one of my favourite reads of 2011, so you can bet that Insurgent is one of my top most anticipated reads of 2012.


Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
Date: May 29, 2012


This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won. 
Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters.... 
Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.


I've taken a break from vampire books for a few years now, due to the overload of them in our culture, but I think I'm ready to get back into them again. Plus, Darkness Before Dawn is also a dystopian, one where the vampires have won the battle, which intrigues me.


For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Date: June 12, 2012


Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.
But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she has lost him forever.


How flipping amazing does For Darkness Shows the Stars sound? I am amazed that even with all these dystopians that have been coming out these past few years, authors are still finding ways to reinvent the wheel and making sure that there's always another new, intriguing dystopian that has us all dying to read it.


How about you? Are you waiting on any of these HarperCollins Spring 2012 reads? Are there any upcoming books from the HarperCollins Spring 2012 Catalog that I didn't include here that you feel I should add to my list?

59 comments :

  1. Ok, I am going to say it- I probably won't read Insurgent (whew, that was hard). Divergent was good but not all that exciting for me (I'm sorry). You have succeeded in adding a few more titles to my ever increasing TBR. Thanks a lot! haha.

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    1. GASP. Well okay, that's fine. Chacun a son gout! Not everyone is going to love every book - that would be boring.

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  2. I'm so excited for all of these! Especially Insurgent, I absolutely adored Divergent and I'm dying to get my hands on a copy of Insurgent.

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  3. I'm pretty much waiting on their entire catalog too Aylee! You might want to add Sweet Evil, Hemlock, Dreamless, and Fall From Grace to your list too, I know they're all on mine along with the ones you have listed here! Can't wait for these books to release:)

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    1. Yes, I decided to limit the list of HarperCollins books I want to read to the top 4, because really, I could've added the entire thing! Another one that I'm interested in is Unraveling, which comes out in April from Balzer and Bray (I think?).

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    2. I'm also curious about Glimmer and Slide!

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  4. I still need to read Divergent. I'm ashamed I haven't. I really want to read Masque of Red Death.

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    1. Don't be ashamed! Divergent ended with a big cliffhanger so maybe it's for the best. This way, you could read them back-to-back. Or wait until all three are out!

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  5. I'm so excited for Insurgent! :) HarperCollins always has so many awesome YA books I want to read!

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  6. I'm definitely excited for all these especially insurgent.

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  7. You've picked some good ones! I'm going to have to check out the catalogue myself! Great selections.

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  8. I'm literally waiting on all of these! Especially Insurgent and Masque of Red Death. I'm so curious about the other two. Uhh so many good books coming!
    My WOW

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  9. I'm looking forward to Masque of the Red Death and Darkness Before Dawn as well.

    Here's my WOW pick.

    Kat
    Wit and Sin

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  10. I have all of these books on my wishlist and I cannot freaking wait for all of them. Especially Insurgent! Who isn't waiting for that book? And For Darkness Shows the Stars sounds crazy awesome. Great picks :)

    Check out our WoW picks this week!

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    1. Turns out not everyone... but a significantly large majority!

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  11. Hands down, I want all of them. And only Insurgent because of the content. Oh, I'm a coverwhore. XD

    Happy Wednesday!

    My WOW

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  12. I love the bottom 2 book covers the most and I've already got those 2 books added to my goodreads reading list. But I haven't added Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth and I'm not sure I will, until I can read the first book 'Divergent' and see what its like. Thanks for sharing your WoW books :) Natasha @ Paranormal Goddess Blog - Waiting On Wednesday Post

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    1. I highly recommend checking out Divergent! Most people aren't disappointed.

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  13. Oops I forgot to say that I'm also a new follower now by GFC and by email:)

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  14. I love all of your picks!! Must say that I have them on my list already, (in)patiently waiting for them to come out :))

    New follower ;)

    my WOW

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  15. Four books I REALLY WANT TO READ!

    Besides that, awesome choices!

    Here’s my WoW: http://bookprobereviews.com/?p=1348

    Happy reading!

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  16. You've really struck gold on this one--I'm waiting for all of these to come out! (Apart from Insurgent actually, Divergent is on my TBR).Awesome choices and I'm following you :)

    My WOW: http://nicoleslibrary.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/waiting-on-wednesday-undeadly.html

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  17. Ooh BTW, I love your header. Brilliant, haha.

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  18. I am definitely looking forward to Insurgent! Great picks.
    My WoW

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  19. They all sound awesome and I am patiently waiting on Insurgent. Thanks for sharing :)

    New follower

    My WoW: http://fictionfascination.blogspot.com/2012/02/waiting-on-wednesday-9.html

    Carly :)

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  20. Omg I can't wait for all of these! Especially Masque!!!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  21. Great choices I have the last two both on my TBR list. My Picks-http://sonythebooklover.com/2012/02/waiting-on-wednesday-43/

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  22. Yes, yes, yes, and yes! I want to read all of the above!!!

    Our WoW is at Book Sake. –Jessica

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  23. For Darkness Shows the stars sounds so awesome!! I can't wait to put my hot little paws all over it! It's even on my shopping list rather than on my wish list! LOL

    And Masque of Red Death sounds so creepy! Is the Poe Narration that creeps me out the most, you know, the original, so I'm guessing that one is going to creep me out too.

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    1. Yes, I love that creepy feel of Poe's writing! I'm hoping the author can replicate that.

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  24. I am dying to read For Darkness shows the Stars. I'm obsessed with the title, the cover and the synopsis!

    And the Insurgent cover is amazeballs, though *hangs head in shame* I haven't read Divergent yet! I really want to, though, haha!

    Btw, new follower and I just love the title for your blog. I also am a Potterholic! :)

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  25. Harper Collins has so many amazing books coming out! I am definitely excited for all of them! Great choices, there are way too many to choose from when looking at what they have to offer. Happy reading!

    My WoW

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  26. You picked some goodies! I saw this in my reader and said YES YES YES! The last two are new to me, but I'm definitely adding to Goodreads.

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  27. I've already read Masque of the Red Death and thought it would have worked better as an adult title but I'm super excited to read For Darkness Shows the Stars!

    I hope you enjoy all of these titles once winter melts away. :)

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    1. Interesting. Now I'm curious if I'll feel the same way.

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  28. They all have such eye-catching covers! I'm super excited for Insurgent, and all the other books look good, too. Looks like I'll be making a few more additions to my TBR.

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  29. Yay, Insurgent! That's on my WoW too (:

    And an even bigger yay for For Darkness Shows the Stars! I won an ARC of it off Diana Peterfreund's site and I looooved that book. It's totally awesome. Very different from the other dystopians I've read... It's slowly becoming one of my favourite genres now (:

    Darkness Before Dawn looks very interesting... I'll have to add that to my TBR pile ^^

    Hope you're having a great day!

    Celine ~ Nyx Book Reviews
    My WoW

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    1. Awesome! I read your review for it already and it sounds so good!

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  30. Every single book you've put up is on my TBR list. I've got the ARC for Masque of the Red Death sitting on my shelf! I cannot wait to start it. Thanks for sharing :)

    MaryAnn
    My pick for this week!

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  31. Darkness Before Dawn looks great, I like the vamps-winning twist too. See my Wow at
    http://yafictionandwhiskeysours.blogspot.com/

    (and PS, Insurgent was my WoW next week! good choices all around).

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  32. I love Harper so I'm so glad you dedicated a WoW to their books. I am dying to read all of them, but especially Insurgent!! FOUR!

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  33. I hadn't heard of For Darkness Shows the Stars but it sounds really cool! Thanks for sharing - I've added it to my TBR list!

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  34. I can't wait for some of these to come out. I haven't read Divergent, yet, but I plan to soon. It sounds fantastic! Happy reading! Great WoW! Thanks for stopping by.

    http://thebucketlist-gn.blogspot.com

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  35. Thrilling picks, all of them! I can't wait for Insurgent - can't wait to see what happens with all of the characters.

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    1. I have no idea where it's going to go from the ending of Divergent. Exciting!

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  36. I'm actually dying to read these four books myself :) !! The three debuts sound awesome and I'm sure Insurgent will be as amazing as Divergent !!
    Great picks Aylee :) !!

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  37. The Masque of the red death seems so good I can't wait to read it ! It was one of my Waiting on wednesday from last month as well :).
    I love Poe and all books based on his works. I loved Nevermore by Kelley Creagh for example and I can't wait to read this one.

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    1. Damn, I really need to read Nevermore - thanks for reminding me.

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  38. INSURGENT, INSURGENT, INSURGENT! OMG! Why did you have to remind me of my need to read this?!

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    1. haha! Not long now until it's out really!

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  39. Agreed! I can't wait to read INSURGENT. I want it now. LOL There's so many cool HarperCollins books coming out! I'm also looking forward to UNRAVELING and SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY!

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    1. Yes, me too! If I could have, I would've picked more than just 4 books to feature here.

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  40. I seriously need Darkness Before Dawn like yesterday!!! I've been looking forward to it forever! Can't hardly wait!!!

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  41. Heh, you and your vampire novels.

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