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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Random House Winter 2013 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 Winter 2013 Catalog:

Pantomime by Laura Lam
Imprint: Strange Chemistry
Date: February 5, 2013
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R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.
But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

This all sounds seriously good to me: a fantasy world, a Circus of Magic, a tomboy protagonist, and mysteries to unlock. I can't wait to delve into the imaginative world of Pantomime!

Revel by Maurissa Guibord
Imprint: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date: February 12, 2013
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There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map.
Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night.
Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it’s Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water’s edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.

Trespass is one ominous sounding island. To say I am intrigued with the goings on of Trespass Island is putting it mildly. Revel sounds like a very interesting read!

Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
Date: February 26, 2013
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You or your Alt? Only one will survive.
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.
Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.
Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

How awesome is the concept for Dualed?! I mean, in real life it would really suck to live in a world where you have to kill your Alt to prove your worth or else be killed, but as a book it should be an exciting read.

The Holders by Julianna Scott
Imprint: Strange Chemistry
Date: March 5, 2013
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17-year-old Becca spent her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The abandonment of their father, the so called 'experts' who insist that voices in his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the constant threat of being taken away to some hospital and studied like an animal. When two representatives appear claiming to have the answers to Ryland's perceived problem, Becca doesn't buy it for one second. That is until they seem to know things about Ryland and about Becca and Ryland's family, that forces Becca to concede that there may be more to these people than meets the eye. Though still highly skeptical, Becca agrees to do what's best for Ryland.
What they find at St. Brigid's is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together the information of their family's heritage, their estranged Father, and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they've been waiting for. However, they are all--especially Becca--in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.
She meets Alex, a Holder who is fiercely loyal to their race, and for some reason, Becca and Ryland. There's an attraction between Becca and Alex that can't be denied, but her true nature seems destined to keep them apart. However, certain destinies may not be as clear cut as everyone has always believed them to be.
Becca is lost, but found at the same time. Can she bring herself to leave Ryland now that he's settled and can clearly see his future? Will she be able to put the the feelings she has for Alex aside and head back to the US? And can Becca and Ryland ever forgive their father for what he's done?

Since its inception, Strange Chemistry has been putting out consistently great books with unique and interesting premises, and The Holders is no different. I really love that family seems to play an important role in this one. This should be good!

How about you? Are you waiting on any of these Random House Winter 2013 reads? Are there any upcoming books from the Random House Winter 2013 Catalog that I didn't include here that you feel I should add to my list?


  1. Have not heard of these before but they look awesome. Love the cover for Pantomime, especially. Thanks for sharing :)

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

  2. All of your picks are on my tbr list! I even have an ARC of Dualed from NetGalley that I have to get to. Great picks!
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    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  3. I recently got Pantomime from NetGalley and I am VERY excited to read it. Dualed also looks interesting. There are some really cool books coming out. 2013 looks to be a great year!

  4. I'm looking forward to Dualed, Pantomime and Revel. They are all on my TBR. Great picks!

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    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  5. Dualed and Pantomine both sound great-- particularly Dualed, I love that concept! Looks like Random House is going to have me broke again. Thanks for sharing these.

  6. First, I love how you do this by publisher/catalog! Such a great idea. And second, I'm excited for all of these too! I'd never heard of The Holders before, but I so want to read it now. So thanks for sharing!

  7. So excited for Dualed and Revel Aylee! The other two sounds awesome as well, but Dualed and Revel are the two I'm absolutely dying to read. February is a good Random House month!

  8. Great picks. They all sound solid.

  9. Great choices! I hope you enjoy reading them.

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  10. I have dualed and I cannot wait to read it!
    Good picks!
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  11. Great choices! Pantomime is really good, I just finished it. I'll be doing a giveaway of the book when it comes out as well as an author interview, so stay posted!

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA
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  12. Enjoy! your picks.


  13. Oh great selection here! I'm definitely waiting on Dualed right along with you, it looks really awesome :D The rest of these are new to me but I'm intrigued about Revel and went to add The Holders to my goodreads! Thanks for sharing Aylee ♥

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  14. O this is my first time hearing of Revel. It looks great. Haunting and mysterious. Right up my alley.

  15. Pantomime sounds AMAZING!!!!! I am so here for tomboy protagonists. :D

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

  16. I didn't know that Strange Chemistry was affiliated with Random House! The Holders sounds so good. I can't wait to read it

  17. Dual looks amazing.
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  18. Cool! Pantomine is new to me. That looks really great!

  19. Dualed and Pantomime are both on my kindle waiting to be read. These all sound very cool!

  20. Aylee!! I love your picks, and they are so you!!
    Dualed sounds so good.

  21. I haven't heard of a lot of these, but I do know Dualed and I REALLY want to read that one. Nice pick!

  22. I'm really excited about Dualed.. I really like the sound of the summary and I can't wait to read it when it comes out... I haven't hear of your other picks but I hope you enjoy reading them.
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