It's the last day of the Best of '11 Circus, and we're rounding out with our most anticipated reads of 2012. Yay! I actually almost didn't get to make this post because of reasons. BUT HERE I AM. My most anticipated reads for 2012 are:

5) Cinder:  I've always been a big fan of fairy tales (their original forms, not the sugared up Disney versions)(really, how surprised are you by that, guys?) - and I have a super love for cyber punk. So putting the two together? Yes please. It certainly doesn't hurt that the cover is gorgeous. The jacket copy reads:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.
4) Isla and the Happily Ever After: I've been a staunch Stepahnie Perkins fan since I got a hold of Anna and the French Kiss (quite by chance, mind you - I had no idea what I was picking up when I snatched a copy at ALA all those years ago). Naturally, I'm sitting on tenterhooks for her next release!

3) Insurgent: I got to read a very early copy of Divergent way back when, and then the published version when it hit shelves. My love for this series (and its author) are limitless, and I am so looking forward to the next book in the trilogy!

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

2) Born Wicked: I think if you know anything about my love for the series Charmed you won't be at all surprised that I have been waiting for this book forever! Witches, historical fiction and scandal. Yes, please!

Blessed with a gift...cursed with a secret.

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other.
1) Winds of Winter: Technically, this book isn't even scheduled for release, but I really hope since the show has been signed on for another season that there's going to be lots and lots of pressure on George Martin to finish it up and put it to press! I've been putting off reading A Feast for Crows just so that I don't finish the series before there's a release date!

So those are my most anticipated reads! What are yours? And don't forget to check out the rest of the circus:

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