So, I’ve had to revise this list as I’ve read new series and new publication dates have been released…

One of the worst aspects of being a book fan is the waiting…especially when you are hooked on a series and have to wait a year or more for the next book to be published. Sometimes the waiting is bearable. Sometimes I completely forget what the previous book was about by the time the next book is published. But then there are those books that make me want to pound my head against a wall because the suspense is killing me and I cannot wait another nanosecond to find out what happens!!! So here are my most highly anticipated books for 2014.

#1 – Secret (The Elementals #4) by Brigid Kemmerer, January 2014

Okay, so technically I have already read this book because I was very, very lucky to receive an advance copy, and let me tell you, this book is absolutely worth the wait. The Elementals series is one of my top five favorites because the writing is so strong. Some series tend to rely on action scenes or paranormal clichés, but Kemmerer takes the unusual and supernatural and mixes it with characters that are fully developed and dealing with normal and not-so-normal anxieties, relationships, and hardships. Her books are so rich with emotion that I usually read them in a hold-my-breath-page-turning whirlwind. Secret is the most emotional Elementals yet, and the issues it deals with are very real and with Kemmerer’s writing style, the reader experiences every up and down that the characters go through.

#2 – Sacrifice (The Elementals #5) by Brigid Kemmerer, October 2014

The final installment of The Elementals series will be Michael’s book. As the oldest Merrick, he has been raising his brothers since the death of their parents five years earlier. Just when Michael thought he might have something special with Hannah, the trouble that has been brewing since book one has turned uglier. War is on the horizon with the Guides, and who knows where Kemmerer will lead us with the last book in her series. I can’t wait to get inside Michael’s head and see how he thinks, what he feels, and what he will do to protect his brothers from their enemies. Judging by that title, we fans best pray that the Merricks and Co. are still standing when Sacrifice ends.

#3 – The Captive Prince Volume 3 by S.U. Pacat, 2014

I love this series! I read the first two back-to-back in a don’t-sleep-don’t-eat-just-keep-reading-because-I-can’t-breath-until-I-know-what-happens storm of heart-pounding, page-turning anxiety. The series is so fresh and vivid. The descriptions put the reader right into each scene without feeling like we are wallowing in detail. The characters are bold and intriguing. Damen is a prince sold into slavery to the enemy of his beloved people and nation, but with a backstabbing brother who now rules his homeland, he has nowhere safe to flee even if he could escape the bonds of his captor. And what a captor he is. Laurent is heir to the Verethian thrown and a spoiled-beyond-belief brat. Or is he? Somewhere beneath all the vanity, is there a man who could lead his nation to glory? And what will Laurent’s reaction be when and if he finds out who the slave known as Damen really is? So far the date for publication is listed as “expected 2014.” Please, S.U. Pacat, don’t keep us waiting much longer. The anticipation is unbearable!

#4 – Untitled (The Raven Cycle 3) by Maggie Stiefvater, 2014

This series is awesome: Welsh history meets fantasy meets hot boys meets a wiccan family meets SUSPENSE! I both love and hate how Stiefvater ends each book by setting up the mystery of the next book. Love it because my reaction is always, “Holy Crap! I didn’t see that coming!” Hate it because now I have to wait and wait and wait to find out what is going to happen next. There were so many reveals in book two that I want to see explored in book three. I so enjoy getting lost in the world of Blue, Aglionby, and the Cabeswater. Where, oh where, will the search for Owain lead us next? We’ll just have to wait and see.

#5 – The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) by J.R. Ward, March 25, 2014

While I have a whole lot of pet peeves about Ward and the BDB books, I am still anticipating this latest in the series because I am hoping that, with the focus on Wrath just as it was in Book 1, maybe we can finally, finally get back to the characters we have known and loved since the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, Qhuinn and Blay are my favorite couple in the series even though I didn’t think their book was as strong as it could have been….and now for the but. But I hate all these new characters Ward is introducing. I do not care about Xcor and his crew or the male and female in the last book (I don’t know their names because I skipped their chapters), and while I like Trey and his brother, I don’t need them taking up pages in a book about my two fave guys, yet, despite all that I am still excited for this next one because I hope our original favorite brothers will have a lot of page time, and I am eager to see the struggle between Wrath and Beth’s decision to have (or not have) young and where Wrath’s role as king of a dying race will take him, the brothers, and us.

#6 – Erased (Altered # 2) by Jennifer Rush, January 7, 2014

Based on hints from her blog and posts on Goodreads.com, I think a lot of this book will focus on Nick, which I am really looking forward to. He was my favorite character in the first book because he was so closed off and angry, but still likeable and intriguing. I am eager to see what new obstacles Anna and the “units” will face in this second installment. I think Anna will be a different character entirely now that she knows her past is a lie. She needs time to figure out who she is, who she can trust, and whether or not she can outrun The Branch and achieve her most basic goal: survival.

#7 – City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

My reasons for anticipating this book are probably different from most people’s. I just want to get it over with. Seriously, by the time this book is published, we’ll have been waiting two years – 2 YEARS! – since book five was published. Which earns a big WTH from me. In the time that we have been desperately, eagerly, painfully waiting to find out the fate of Clary and Jace, Clare has published The Infernal Devices series and more Magnor Bane novellas than I can count, and we’ve been subjected to the God-awful casting of the Mortal Instruments movie. Yet, we’ve heard nothing about our starstruck, tragic lovers, and that jerkface Sebastian. So, what has this two years of waiting done to my interest in the series? Made it wane, that’s what! Now I just want to read the book so I know what happens and move on. I’m tired of waiting, Clare. Let’s get this over with!

#8 – The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy 3) Jennifer Nielsen, March 1, 2014

Our plucky Sage, better known as King Jaron, is going to war. And that is basically all we know because there’s no synopsis, not even a sentence to give us some sort of clue. All we have to go on is the book cover, which reads, “Fight for the future…Die for the throne.” Oh yeah, that’s reassuring. Who exactly is dying for the throne? Hopefully not the King or Imogen or any of the other cast of characters we’ve come to love. Sage is going to have to pull out all the stops to win this war and win back his true love.

#9 – Pretty much anything by J.H. Trumble or Jennifer Wein

Both these authors have new books coming out in the fall, so we’ll have a long wait until they publish in 2014 (if they publish in 2014), but these are two of my favorite authors. Trumble’s books focus on relationships, usually same-sex relationships, and they are masterpieces of human emotion and reaction, and the struggle for equality and acceptance. Both Don’t Let Me Go and Where You Are were fantastic reads. And Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity was one of the most beautiful, tragic books I’ve ever read. Her characters are so strong and full of surprises and her writing style is breathtaking. Trumble and Wein’s upcoming books are both on my who-can-I-bribe-to-get-an-advance-copy-list, and anything they publish in 2014 will be on the same list.

Have I missed a book that should be listed above? If so, let me know. I am always looking for the next best read. Thanks for stopping by!

Most anticipated books of 2014 (Updated)

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