Angelfire by Courtney Moulton. How could I not want this book? I've heard a lot about it, and just look at the cover! It has a tough-looking girl on it, gripping a wicked sword, and glancing over at you like, What do you think you're looking at? Plus, there's all that awesome smoke swirling around at the bottom, and the word "Angelfire" is written in a neat font. I'm not usually much into angels, but this is called "achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action". Angels or no angels, how can I resist something like that?
Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I read Before I Fall, and it was absolutely amazing, so I have extremely high hopes for this one! The cover is quite striking, with the twisty metallic letters on a plain blue background, and the summary is tantalizing. I love a good forbidden romance, and this sounds more original than most! I still remember those awesome passages from Before I Fall that I just had to read and reread to savor their insight and beauty, so I can just imagine what Lauren Oliver is going to do with this!
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard. When I follow an author's blog (like I do with Kirsten Hubbard), and I follow along about their journey to getting published, I feel connected to that book. I can share at least a little of the pain and toil required, and at least a little of the triumph at the end. And even if I didn't follow her blog, seriously, look at that cover. It's simple and intriguing and wonderful, and so is the summary. In addition, contemporary novels are something I'm really starting to get into, so this seems to be a great read for me!
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder. I actually just heard of this one earlier today, when it came up on someone's IMM post. I immediately starred that post in my reader, because, my goodness, that COVER. It has brilliantly red lips right there, holding a little candy heart with the title between them. While the summary does seem like it's going to be a little cliche, with the whole queen-bee-of-the-school thing going on, the cover still makes me want to read it.
Clarity by Kim Harrington. More cover love here! I think this is just spectacular, with the light, muted colors. It's simple and intricate at the same time. (I know, I pay way too much attention to covers.) The summary sounds awesome, too - intense and interesting. Romance and murder? I'm in. I am so in. On Goodreads, the author sounds friendly. I know that has nothing to do with a book's quality, but still. Friendly is good.
What are you looking forward to in 2011?