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2012 Books I’m Most Excited About! (and Two Giveaways)

1/16 Update! Winners!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered. I selected three winners using numbers from Random.org.

The winner of UNDER THE NEVER SKY is May Richard.

The winner of the signed personalized copy of BORN WICKED is Nina.

The winner of a signed copy of CATCHING JORDAN is Samantha.


1/4 update! Since so many people have commented, I’m also giving away an autographed copy of CATCHING JORDAN!

I’m really excited about a ton of books coming in 2012. You should check out the Apocalypsies blog for lots of great suggestions.

To ring in the New Year, I’m having a contest. You can win one of two amazing 2012 books that I’ve read and loved.

I’m giving away a personalized signed copy of BORN WICKED and some swag. Thank you to Jessica Spotswood! I loved this book and the swoony romance and absolutely can’t wait for book 2.

I’m also giving away a copy of: UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi. I truly loved this story – one of the best reads I’ve had in years.


Some other books I’m excited for are (and will most definitely be doing giveaways for some of them later this year):


LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans

SEND ME A SIGN by Tiffany Schmidt

BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore

SHOOTING STARS by Allison Rushby


ALTERED by Jennifer Rush

IN HONOR by Jessi Kirbi

WAY TO GO by Tom Ryan


The middle grade books I’m most excited for:



REMARKABLE by Lizzie K. Foley

CHAINED by Lynne Kelly


To win BORN WICKED or UNDER THE NEVER SKY, all you have to do to enter is comment below, telling me which book you are most looking forward to! I’ll choose two winners on January 10, 2012. CONTEST IS INTERNATIONAL.

Hope you all have a great New Year!

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97 Responses to “2012 Books I’m Most Excited About! (and Two Giveaways)”

  1. Alexis says:

    Under the Never Sky…sounds, amazing! I am also looking foward to your new book, OUT OF SITE, OUT OF TIME, INSURGENT, PANDEMONIUM, THE MARK OF ATHENA, THE RISE OF NINE, and others.

  2. Jasprit Kaur says:

    I’m really looking forward to seccond chance summer by Morgan Matson. I loved Amy and Roger’s epic detour, so can’t wait to read her next book.

  3. This giveaway is awesome! Thank you very much. There’re many books I’m waiting for in 2012, such as Clockwork Princess, the next book in the Soul Screamers series, Black Dawn, City of Lost Souls, and many many others… It’s too difficult to answer!

  4. I’m really looking forward to Jessi Kirby’s IN HONOR 🙂

  5. Margay says:

    I am definitely looking forward to Born Wicked – looks so good!

  6. Lena Marsteller says:

    I am looking forward to Born Wicked! It looks very good!

  7. Kai A. says:

    Under the Never Sky is awesome! 🙂 I’m looking forward to readomg Insurgent by Veronica Roth because Divergent was amazing! Same thing with Pandemonium. Delirium’s ending almost killed me because of the suspense!

  8. Joy says:

    These books look great 🙂

  9. Martha M. says:

    I read an ARC of Under The Never Sky and it was amazing, I also Pre-ordered a finished copy of it! The other book I’m really looking forward to is Bitterblue because I just love her books!

  10. michelle says:

    There are lots of books I am looking forward to this year. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, Fair Game by Patricia Briggs, Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic, The Calling by Kelley Armstrong, If I Die by Rachel Vincent (UK release) The list is endless 😀

  11. Lori says:

    I’m really looking forward to Born Wicked..I love witches!!

  12. Rachel says:

    Oohh I can’t choose only one book that I’m most looking forward to! But if I really have to choose I’m really looking forward to Insurgent by Veronica Roth!

  13. LitzaLou says:

    Awesome giveaway, thanks! I’m reaaaally looking forward to The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, A Million Suns by Beth Revis, and Insurgent by Veronica Roth… along with many, many others! 🙂

  14. I am sooo looking forward to Born Wicked. It sounds so good!

  15. Cassidy says:

    Wow, both Born Wicked and Under the Never Sky look like they are right up my alley. I’m really looking forward to the June release of Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars.

  16. Carl says:

    Both, Born Wicked and Under the Never Sky look like great books. Can’t wait for all that 2012 will bring. HNY all!

  17. Vivien says:

    I’m extremely looking forward to Born Wicked. Also, Blackout by Mira Grant!

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  18. Grace Radford says:

    So many!!! Clockwork Princecess and City of Lost Souls though, I’m so looking forward to both of them! Of course I read and loved UTNS and Born Wicked is just waiting to be read. <3 So many good books coming out this year!

  19. Pavan says:

    There are heaps of books coming out next year I want but my top ones are: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent, City of Lost Souls and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, Bloodrose by Andrea Creamer, Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Alison Moulton, Onyx and Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout, The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, Of Poisideon by Anna Banks and these are only to name a few ;). Under the Never Sky and Born Wicked both look amazing!!

  20. Leigh Smith says:

    Omg, sooo many books tonlook forward to this year. I’ve actually been looking forward to Under the Never Sky ever since I heard about it a fre months back. I only recently heard of Born Wicked and it really sounds good too. Clockwork Princess is prob my #1 book I’m excited about followed closely by City of Lost Souls. Isla & the Happily Ever After, Black Heart, & whatever book Maggie Stiefvater puts out too! Thanks for the chance to win a great book!

  21. MaryAnn says:

    I am most looking forward to City of Lost Souls May 2012! Even though Will filled some of the shadowhunter void I was missing (in Clockwork Prince), I’m in need of some Jace therapy.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Chapter by Chapter

  22. Lola Sharp says:

    Marchetti’s sequel to Finnikin, Cashore’s Bitterblue, both the books you are giving away, Laini’s sequel to DoSaB, and a bunch more.

    Thanks for the fab giveaway and Happy New Year! 🙂


  23. Erin Bowman says:

    In 2012, I think I am most looking forward to BITTERBLUE. I seriously can’t wait to return to the Seven Kingdoms!

    That being said, I’m also really excited for both NEVER SKY and BORN WICKED. I’ve heard great things about both, but if I had to pick just one, I’d go with BW. It was going to be my birthday present to myself, but hey, a signed copy wouldn’t be too shabby 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway, Miranda!

  24. Andrea T says:

    I’m looking most forward to Born Wicked.
    Thanks so much.
    Happy New Year!

  25. Kayla Beck says:

    I cannot wait to read Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake and Born Wicked!

    Happy New Year and thank you for the giveaway!

  26. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Under the Never Sky and absolutely loved it! So I guess what I’m looking forward to more is Born Wicked, because it’s all new and shiny 😀

  27. Lisa Chen says:

    I am most definitely looking forward to Under the Never Sky! I’ve seen such great reviews and I can barely contain my excitement about this giveaway!

  28. I am looking forward to both of them! But I think I Born Wicked is a little more appealing to me at the moment. SO Born Wicked!!

  29. sarah says:

    so many books i’m excited about in 2012! i’ve read a lot of good stuff about under the never sky lately though!

  30. Marissa says:

    There’s a lot of books that I’m very excited for in 2012 but I think the one I’m most excited for is Tigers Destiny by Colleen Houck it’s one of my favorite series of all time 🙂

  31. Carina Olsen says:

    Omg! Such an amazing giveaway 😀 Thank you so so much. <3 I would love to win 🙂 I am most excited for Insurgent by Veronica Roth (A) <3
    Love, Carina

  32. Awesome contest!! I am looking forward to Born Wicked! I love a good paranormal story about witches.

  33. There are so many great books coming out this year, it is hard to choose just one! From your list, I am definitely looking forward to Level 2 and Altered. I have had my eye on those two for a while! I also can’t wait to read Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare and Gravity by Melissa West.

    Thank you for the great giveaway. Happy New Year! 🙂

  34. Daisy says:

    I have SO MANY books I’m excited about! Born Wicked and Under the Never Sky are both on that list, as well as Fever, Pandemonium, Scarlet, Until I Die, Goddess Interrupted, Dreamless… The lust could go on and on 🙂
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  35. Nikki A says:

    I am completely looking forward to both of these fantastic looking books!
    Thanks and Happy New Year!


  36. Amparo Ortiz says:

    You are TOO awesome!!! I can’t wait for a TON of the same books, especially Bitterblue. *fangirls* Thanks for the contest, and Happy New Year!

  37. GRACE SMITH says:

    Most? Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto. Alexandra is my hero.

  38. Hey! 2012 seems to be a very promising year, doesn’t it? There are sooo many books I’m excited about! But for now, I’m really looking forward to Born Wicked, because it comes out on my birthday and it should be special lol, but it also sounds really, really good. I love me some magic!<3

    Thank you so much for the giveaway and for making it Int!<3 Have a fab year!

  39. Dani Nguyen says:

    Bitterblue! OMG I’ve been waiting forever for this one. I really can’t wait to read all of the books on your list though. Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. May Richard says:

    Bitterblue for sure! My sister had been waiting for this book ever since the first book was released!

  41. Ashley Chen says:

    I’m May’s friend and I’m also super excited for Bitterblue. The story is going to be so epic! *dies*

  42. Natil Kringles says:

    I’m most excited for Altered. The plot is just so unique.

  43. Mei Jiao says:

    Chain is what I’m most aniticipating. It is just so cute. The cover is just like a baby, sweetest thing ever!

  44. Katherine Dodgers says:

    Bitterblue has to be my pick!! Kristin had be a favourite author of mine. Finally, Bitterblue is about to be released! I waited for sooooo long!

  45. Jessica Sheehan says:

    Hi Miranda! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I’m most looking forward to Isla and the Happily Every After by Stephanie Perkins. I have adored Anna and Lola so much- I can’t wait to add Isla to the crew 🙂

  46. Rob Zimmermann says:

    These books look like they’ll be great. Something Like Normal looks like something I’d like to read.

  47. April X says:

    I have a lot… some of them come out this month like Bloodrose and The Fault in Our Stars… but later on in the year I’m really looking forward to Clockwork Princess and City of Lost Souls 🙂

  48. Nimue says:

    Born Wicked, Bitterblue and the newest Black Dagger Brotherhood books is on top of my waiting 2012 list. But there are so many books I want to read as well 🙂

  49. Erica says:

    I am looking forward to so many books (including YOUR next book!) but the book I think I am most excited about in 2012 is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken!

  50. Stephanie P says:

    So many good books coming out this year! I’m probably going to go for the cop-out answer and say The Fault in our Stars by John Green. 😉

  51. I like the title to BORN WICKED, so I’d choose that one. 🙂

  52. areli sotelo says:

    Born wicked seems intruiging, really looking forward to reading this book.

  53. hiba abdelqader says:

    I would love to read Born Wicked <3

  54. Orchid says:

    Rebel Heart by Moira Young is one book that I cannot wait till its released (need to know what will happen next).

    Insignia, Scarlet, and Under the Never Sky are also some that I am, not, to patienly waiting to get my hands on. I almost forgot one, Bitterblue (need this one badly). =)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  55. My tip, top book that I’m looking forward to in 2012 is definitely Queen of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
    There are also several other 2012 debuts that I can’t wait to read like Of Poseidon by Anna Banks and The Selection by Kiera Cass, plus many sophomore novels like The Girl I Used to Be by You and Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight.
    2012 is going to be an amazing year for YA releases!!


  56. Stephanie Parent says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m looking forward to so many books, but I’ll have to go with Everneath by Brodi Ashton.

  57. Lauren J says:

    Both look good, but I’m most anticipating Under the Never Sky!

  58. Rebecca says:

    Both books look amazing, especially since their debuts, I mean this is the authors first published work and they look incredible!

    I am really looking forward to, BORN WICKED, as I love witches, ever since I discovered Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Bewitched! Ever since I read the premise, I’ve been wanting to read it! Not only is the story intriguing, but the cover makes me want it even more!

  59. Yay! An International giveaway which includes Born Wicked. (I can’t stop staring at its gorgeous cover!) There are just TOO MANY books I’m looking forward to reading are: Richelle Mead’s The Golden Lily, Jennifer Echols’ Such a Rush, Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls, Veronica Roth’s Insurgent, etc. etc. I could go on and on, I’m sure. 2012 is going to be a great year for YA books!

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  60. Kim-Anh says:

    Born Wicked and Under The Never Sky sound really good. Thanks 4 this chance… but I think I would pick under the never sky because the title sounds mysterious and I’ve read the summary which is really interesting!

  61. Becky Wallace says:

    I can’t wait for Cinder and the last book in the Paranormalcy series.

  62. Allison R says:

    I’m the most excited about Born Wicked. I love love love the cover and the whole concept of the book is excellent…witches!

  63. A.J. says:

    Definitely Something Like Normal by Trish Doller!
    Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  64. I am really excited for Something Like Normal by Trish Doller! I have had a cousin, a friend and my best friend’s boyfriend all serve in Afghanistan, so I can’t wait to read this book!:)

  65. fishgirl182 says:

    I am really looking forward to under the never sky, cinder and bittersweet.

  66. Amanda Marie says:

    Definitely looking forward to Under The Never Sky!!! That’s for sure! 😀

  67. Gisele Alvarado says:

    YAY!! International Contest!!! Thank you so much for this! Well, books I’m really excited about are: Insurgent, Pandemonium, The Last Echo, The Golden Lily, Born Wicked, Everneath and of course Under the never Sky!! The covers are gorgeous.
    Thank you for the giveaway!! 😀

  68. Courtney says:

    I would love to read Under the Never Sky!!

  69. Megan says:

    I REALLY want to read Under the Never Sky! It sounds so cool!!

  70. kelsey d says:

    I’m especially looking forward to Under the Never Sky.

  71. Sonia says:

    YIKES! Tough question. I am so, so looking forward to both of these books. Hmm, would probably have to go with Under the Never Sky 🙂 I love dystopian in general and I’ve read some raving reviews. Thanks so much!


  72. Kat C says:

    I’d have to say Under the Never Sky . . . I like a good dystopian

  73. Wow great giveaway! I would mostly want born wicked looks really good! Hope u had a great new year

  74. Elena says:

    The book I’m most looking forward to is Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins. I’d love to read Under the Never Sky and Born Wicked too!!

  75. Jana says:

    I’m really looking forward to Under The Never Sky and Something Like Normal!

  76. Mikayla says:

    I’m sure they will both be amazing but I am crazy excited for born wicked!

  77. Christina says:

    I’m looking forward to Insurgent by Veronic Roth! I have to wait until May!

  78. I can’t wait for Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore!

  79. picyadri says:

    The most I am looking forward to i Under the Never Sky! But I am also curious about Cinder by Marissa Meyer!

  80. I’m excited for quite a few books this year (which is why my bank account will probably attempt to murder me various times).

    Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Timepiece by Myra McEntire, The Selection by Kiera Cass, In Too Deep by Amanda Grace, Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter, and of course Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood and maaaany more. 😀
    (I already read an eARC of UtNS and ordered my own copy, so if it’s possible I’d just enter for the copy of Born Wicked.)


  81. Cayce says:

    I’m really looking forward to read The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen.

  82. Samantha says:

    This is such a cool giveaway! 😀

    I MEGA excited about: Everneath by Brodi Ashton, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Dreamless by Josephine Angelini, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Until I die by Amy Plum, the 4th Hush, Hush book by Becca Fitzpatrick! OOooooOOOoo and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver!

    2012 is such an amazing year for books! Wow, Born Wicked…….shall add that to my list of MUST READS!! Catching Jordan looks great, it isn’t in released in the UK yet 🙁 *Sigh*

  83. Daniella says:

    I can’t WAIT to get my hands on a copy of “Under the Never Sky!!!”

  84. Kerilyn L. says:

    I’m definitely looking forward to reading Born Wicked!

  85. Ooh, thanks for this fantastic giveaway! I’ve had my eye on both f these books for ages! I’m also incredibly excited to read Veronica Roth’s INSURGENT and Jessi Kirby’s IN HONOR. 🙂

  86. I’m excited for quite a few books this year

    born wicked
    once by anna carey
    lies beneath
    if i lie
    into deep deep
    and many more

  87. I just read Under the Never Sky and it was so good so I’ll be entering for Born Wicked which is another debut that I’m looking forward to.

    Other books I’m looking forward to include Scarlet, Pretty Crooked, Destiny’s Fire, Insurgent and of course, The Girl I Used to be.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Miranda!

  88. Pao Mtz Parente says:

    I’m looking forward to Endure by Carrie Jones, City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, Shine by Jeri-Smith Ready… there are so many!!!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  89. Danielle says:

    I’ve got so many books in my Amazon Wish List that are coming out this year, like Born Wicked, Rick Riordan’s newest, Dragonswood, Pretty Crooked, The Selection, Bitterblue, Temptation of Angels and For Darkness Shows the Stars!

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  91. Stormy says:

    There are so many I am excited for. There’s Pure, Onyx, Something Like Normal, Swear, & In Honor. There’s a lot. I have feeling it is going to be a good year of reading. 🙂

  92. Eileen Kelm says:

    Under the Never Sky has been so highly recommended, I’ve been looking forward to that book for a while. Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. Lena says:

    I’m excited about all the books on your list, but mostly over Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I have waited 3 very long years for this book, and need my Po fix ASAP!

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway, Miranda. I LOVED Catching Jordan and can’t wait to read the companion novels! 😀

  94. Thanks for the great giveaway! I think the book I’m most looking forward to is ‘Insurgent’ by Veronica Roth.

  95. juhina says:

    so many amazing books this year! especially dying for insurgent, born wicked, shatter me#2, isla and the happily ever after. So many!!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Brooke says:

    I’m really looking forward to Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter. Thanks!

  97. Jennifer H says:

    Thanks for have this AWESOME giveaway!

    There are going to be so many great reads that I’m looking forward to this year and it is really hard to choose. In the end I’m going to have a really long list, but to cut it short I’d have to go with City of Lost Souls.

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