Catalog Creepin’ – HarperCollins Spring/Summer 2013

Catalog Creepin’ is a feature here at The Perpetual Page-Turner that was inspired by the “Books to Pine For” feature over at Kristi’s blog and really fueled by my obsession with scouring catalogs from my favorite publishers to see what upcoming books I should be adding to my already-ready-to-topple-over To Be Read list. Each Catalog Creepin’ post will spotlight a different catalog from my favorite publishers and their imprints. I won’t be covering all publishers — just my personal favorites whether they be the big honchos or smaller publishing houses.

Firstly, SO many books that sound so interesting and something I’d be in to! Secondly, I’m sensing a theme here for me — lots of parallel world/ending up in a different life type of books. I’m very happy to see some interesting sounding contemps from HarperTeen! I feel like most of what I’d been reading from them was dystopian or science fiction! I didn’t include So Close To You’s sequel This Strange & Familiar Place as I blogged about how excited I am for it already!

 

Young Adult

 

Rush by Eve Silver (May 14th 2013)
Let me tell you something…when I was a young girl playing Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong, my DREAM was to always be able to jump inside a video game. I don’t know if it’s a video game that the MC goes into but this sounds pretty cool! She’s taken from her life and brought into this game to go on a mission with other teens to save these alien creatures. ALIENS! YES!

 

 

 

The Ward by Jordana Frankel (April 30th 2013)
This sounds like a really awesome apocalyptic-ish novel set in a Manhattan that has beyond flooded. Pollution and sicknesses abound in the Ward –the remaining part of the city — and Ren accepts a mission to find freshwater in hopes of a cure. As with many journeys in crazy worlds such as this, there are road bumps on her journey, encounters with secrets & more! I’m SO excited for this one!

 

 

 

Parallel by Lauren Miller (May 14th 2013)

This sounds awesome! At different points in her life Abby wakes up in a completely different version of her life — a parallel life that she switches in and out of at points whenever her parallel self makes new choices. I feel like I can’t even explain it fully so go read the description!

 

 

The End Games by T. Michael Martin (May 7th 2013)
In the catalog it describes this as “John Green meets Stephen King in this original take on the zombie apocalypse.” UM HELL YEAH! I never thought I’d be a zombie fan but totally have just started watching The Walking Dead this past weeks so YAY zombie apocalypse books!

 

 

 

 

 

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn (July 11th 2013)
This sounds so mysterious and creepy! Annalise has disappeared and then reemerges — but this Annalise has no recollection of her past and realizes she’s trapped in a body that isn’t hers. I’m hoping for a very high creep factor!

 

 

 


You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle (June 4th 2013)
Looks so interesting! Follows 5 kids who every five years have been the stars of a reality show-esque movie about their lives. Now as teens they will be reunited for another movie but are no longer as close as they once were. I am SO excited for this one!

 

 

 


Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith (Out May 28th 2013)
This one sounds incredible! 17 year old Kiri’s parents are away for 6 weeks and Kiri has her summer planned out until she receives a mysterious call from a guy who knew her sister and has some of her stuff. This one sounds like it could be one that will wreck you. I’m excited.

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions That I Want To Hear More About: Undercurrent by Paul E. Blackwell (sounds like a page-turner!), The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise (contemporary…looks cute!) & September Girls by Bennett Madison (Mermaids! I’m so wary of mermaids but it sounds so intriguing), Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robin Schneider

 

 

 Adult Fiction

 

 

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker ( Out April 23rd 2013)
Magical realism that has elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology mixed with historical fiction in the turn of the century New York — sounds like a magical tale to me!

 

 

 

 

No covers as of yet (will add them when available!):

The Arrivals by Melissa Marr (Out July 2nd 2013): Most people find themselves with a hangover after a night out at a bar, Chloe wakes up in The Wastelands — a place inhabited with monsters and other creature — where she finds that others have also been pulled from their lives and nobody knows why. This sounds awesome! SO awesome!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (out June 18th 2013): It’s Neil Gaiman!

 Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield (June 18th 2013): I LOVED LOVED LOVED Love Is A Mixtape and apparently this picks up where that left off. His memoirs are always so touching and if you are passionate about music — they are a must! Love is a Mixtape just wrecked me as it was the story of his relationship with his wife who passed away way too soon. I am so ready to learn the rest of his story in the aftermath of that.

 

 

Any of these on your radar? Any of these sound interesting that you’ve never heard of? Tell me which books you are looking forward to!

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Comments

  1. All of these look amazing. I am really looking forward to The Ward, Rush and The End Games.

    • Those ones looks so freaking awesome! I hope they live up to our expectations! I’m especially intrigued by The End Games just because I feel like John Green meets Stephen King is the most interesting combo ever!

  2. They all sound good, but thanks especially for the heads-up about Turn Around Bright Eyes! I liked Love Is a Mix-Tape, even though it was so sad, but I just finished listening to The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, which tore my heart out to listen to by the end, so I probably won’t be ready for another one about grieving until June 2013…

    • Not a problem! I’m so excited about that one. But I’m sure I’m going to need to be in the mood for something so heavy. I got the chance to meet Rob and he is seriously such an incredible person. Loved chatting with him. Makes me all the more excited to read the rest of his story.

  3. ohmygosh…how am I going to fit these into my TBR list???? You’ve found some amazing sounding books!!

  4. Harper seriously has some AMAZING books coming out! I’m also ridiculously psyched for Rush, The Ward, Parallel, and The End Games.

    2013 is going to be amazing!!

  5. oooh I am excited for Harper books! I haven’t heard of a majority of these so thanks for sharing! I’m iffy about mermaid books too but I’m curious about September Girls. :)

  6. Wild Awake sounds amazing – and that cover is gorgeous!!

    I’ve been really excited for The End Games since I saw Sara Zarr mention it on Twitter. I did a little research and found her blurb for the book:

    “The End Games is full of both jaw-dropping action and heart-twisting beauty. It’s a thrill ride that makes you think and feel: terrifying and joyful, funny and moving. In so many ways The End Games is the book I was waiting for and didn’t know it until I had it in my hands.”

    AHHH! Even more excited now – 2013 will be a good year for books!!

  7. I need a job where I can sit and read ALL THE BOOKS all day long. There are just so many phenomenal books coming out in 2013, and I feel like I haven’t even made a dent in my 2012 pile! Thanks for featuring these lovelies :)

  8. I’ve been practically cut off from the blogging world for a month or two now so I don’t really have any knowledge of book releases at the moment. This post helped (and hindered since my TBR is much longer now) a lot. Thanks, Jamie :]

  9. I love the sound of The End Games! I actually tried watching The Walking Dead, but couldn’t handle how scary it was. That being said, I love a good zombie book and this one sounds fantastic! Definitely going on the to-read list. :)

  10. You are the best. If only the phone at work would stop getting my my way from adding these to my GR list in a timely manner. Lots of these look good to me! I’m excited for the new books of 2013. Woot woot!

  11. Hi all!

    My name is Mike Martin, and I wrote The End Games. I just wanted to pop in and say thank you for all the kind comments. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to read about your excitement.

    Thank you so much for being kind enough to mention my book, Jamie. If there’s ever anything I can do for you or your fantastic site, please let me know.

    Best,
    Mike Martin

  12. I have increased my TBR list a whole lot just by viewing this post. There’s a whole lot of goodness in here, and thanks for sharing some titles that sound AWESOME. So many things to look forward to in 2013!

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