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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Random House Fall 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.

This week, I've chosen to feature a few picks from the Random House Fall 2012 Catalog:

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede
Date: October 9, 2012
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In twelve-year-old Taemon’s city, everyone has a power called psi—the ability to move and manipulate objects with their minds. When Taemon loses his psi in a traumatic accident, he must hide his lack of power by any means possible. But a humiliating incident at a sports tournament exposes his disability, and Taemon is exiled to the powerless colony.
The "dud farm" is not what Taemon expected, though: people are kind and open, and they actually seem to enjoy using their hands to work and play and even comfort their children. Taemon adjusts to his new life quickly, making friends and finding unconditional acceptance.
But gradually he discovers that for all its openness, there are mysteries at the colony, too—dangerous secrets that would give unchecked power to psi wielders if discovered.
When Taemon unwittingly leaks one of these secrets, will he have the courage to repair the damage—even if it means returning to the city and facing the very people who exiled him?

Okay, first of all: this cover is awesome. But more importantly, Freakling sounds like a very original and intriguing read. You know that when "dangerous secrets" are involved, fun reading times are ahead.

Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Date: October 9, 2012
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Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

A psychological mystery combined with a fantasy/dystopian - count me in. Mystic City sounds exactly like the type of books that I have been loving recently. And what a gorgeous cover!

Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Date: October 9, 2012
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Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.
The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.
Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It’ll be brutal... and awesome.
But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

Velveteen is a girl on a mission and I love that. Velveteen's premise is completely new and original to me and I think that's what interests me most about this one.

Meant To Be by Lauren Marrill
Date: November 13, 2012
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Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.
It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").
But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.
Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

Contemporaries are still, by far, my least read genre, despite my goals at the beginning of the year to read more of them. Meant To Be sounds cute enough to capture my interest for once.

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


  1. Ohhhh Velveteen I am super super excited for that one. It sounds awesome and I love the cover!

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  2. I am so eager to read Velveteen, and all your picks have such pretty covers! It would be great if you could stop by my WoW post. :)


  3. DAKHDFJAF. I actually want every. single. book in your WoW! I've been eyeing the cover of Meant to Be for months, and Mystic City looks amazing! WANT.

  4. I still need to read Velveteen! Meant To Be sounds so cute and Mystic City so mysterious! Great picks!
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  5. I love Random House. Meant to Be is really cute...nothing like I expected it would be but so cute.

    And the rest I was either already dying to read or am no dying to read. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh I have requested few of those titles on NG but I was only approved for Meant to Be which is also on my Wow this week! :)

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  7. Oh amazing titles. And I love your Blog New follower

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  8. That's some great titles :). I heard good things about Mystic City for now !

  9. Great picks. I'm really looking forward to Meant to Be and Mystic City.

  10. Mystic City and Meant to Be! Nice picks!
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  11. I just finished reading Meant to Be and it was great!! Mystic City also looks awesome!

    great picks

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  12. The cover for Freakling looks gorgeous :) !! Amazing picks Aylee :)

  13. I have Mystic City from NetGalley, can't wait to read it!
    And Velveteen's on my list too.

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  14. I can't wait for Mystic City it sounds so good! Great couple of picks!
    And I love the blog name :)
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  15. Funny, I almost picked 'freakling' because I haven't seen that book around anywhere. And now I see it popping up here. I'm also looking forward to Mystic city and meant to be :) Great picks!

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  16. I have read the ARC for Mystic City.. it was good. I would like to read Velveteen and Freakling!
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  17. I've heard about Velveteen and Meant To Be but not the other two.

    I'm a new GFC follower.

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  18. I cannot wait to read Mystic City! I have a copy for review, so I'm hoping to get to it soon. But I adore the cover, so I'm probably going to have to by a finished copy whether I like it or not!

  19. I can not love that Mystic City cover enough!
    Man hair covers are my favvvv.

  20. AHhhhh! MEANT TO BE!!! That one sounds so ridiculously adorable, I can't wait to read it:) I just finished Mystic City (I love NetGalley) and really enjoyed that one, can't wait to see what you think of it Aylee!

  21. Freakling sounds really good. I will definitely look for that one. Velveteen is my pick this week too! Please check out my WoW!

  22. I'm really looking forward to reading Mystic City and Velveteen. Great picks. I can't wait.
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  23. I'm really excited for Velveteen too. Great picks.

  24. Velveteen has caught my eye.


  25. I almost picked Freakling this week too ~ getting pretty anxious for it! All great picks!


  26. Amazing choices! Freakling looks so good, I hadn't seen it before. Thanks for sharing :)

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  27. I got Freakling from NG, I cant wait to read it! Contemporaries aren't really my thing, but Meant to Be sounds like something I could enjoy. I've done fairly well at the Contemp challenge I've partaking in for 2012. I think I have a couple left to go, but they have to be from 2010. As for Mystic City, yep that one sounds really cool and I've wanted to read Velveteen ever since NG slammed the door on my request. I've only seen one review so far and it was a DNF though, so maybe its not as good as it appears?

  28. I also can't wait to read Velveteen or Meant to be! Happy Wednesday :)

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  29. They all sound great. I haven't heard of any of them. Here's my WOW.

  30. What amazing picks! I have Mystic City from Netgalley and I've been dying to read it. Eeks! Thank you for sharing!
    Giselle from Book Nerd Canada
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  31. These all look interesting. Great WOW this week.


  32. Freakling does sound good thought it reminds me a little to the Unwanteds. But just a little.

    I got Meant to Be for review and I hope I like it, I just keep putting off reading it.

  33. Oooh, Velveteen has me intrigued... a book set in purgatory, with retribution and rule breaking... looks interesting, and I'll be interested to see how she envisions the afterlife.


  34. Looking forward to Velveteen and Mystic City. Never heard of Freakling! Cool cover!

  35. Great picks! I'm definitely going to have to check out Freakling. Thanks for the recommendation.

  36. Nice picks! Contemporaries are some of my favourites, too. Sometimes you just need a break from the series book.

    I think I'm most looking forward to Meant to Be -- what a beautiful cover!

  37. Love that cover for Freakling! I hadn't heard of it until now. Very nice find :)

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  38. I think Freakling is the one that I am the most excited about. It sounds so good. Velveteen sort of sounds like the love child of The Lovely Bones and The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. I hope it's good. It sounds like it will be.

  39. Mystic City is totally on top of my wishlist! Can't wait to read it:)

  40. Hello Aylee! Long time since I last commented, but you know I've been going on a blogging hiatus. Had I gotten around to commenting on Labor Day, your blog would have seen me because I follow you on my iPhone reader. :)

    I love when you do Catalog posts because it usually gets me excited for books that aren't on my radar and all three of these look intriguing.

    Freakling sounds so original and unique, and I'm so curious about the gears on the cover because my novel-in-progress is steampunk and I'm drawn to anything with gears these days!

    The Mystic City cover is gorgeous and the book sounds like it has incredibly high stakes!

    Velveteen sounds high-charged with emotion and definitely creepy. I don't know if it's my kind of book, but it's definitely intriguing!

    1. Hi Lauren! Glad to see I'm still going to get to see you around from time to time! I'm glad you get a lot out of my catalog posts :) I'm definitely drawn to anything with gears these days, as well!

  41. I love the sound of all of these (especially Velveteen, can't wait to read it)! My favourite cover, though, is Meant to Be. I love all the colours :). Great picks!