One of the advantages of working as a book reviewer and in a book store is that you get a multitude of advanced reading copies long before the books are published. One of the disadvantages is that you get a multitude of advanced reading copies long before the books are published.
I do like getting the jump on things and having an "in" on books that are highly anticipated. But when I say multitude, I mean just that. Any given season, we get 100-300 ARCs into the store. Now I'm an avid reader, but come on, even I can't keep up with that. Consequently, my pile grows and grows. Often, some books just have to be put on the "someday" pile. And more often than not, a book becomes terribly popular, then the publisher decides an ARC is not needed to create buzz and bolster sales. That means, unlike the general population, I have to wait MUCH longer to read the sequel.
The following books may or may not have sequels, but here's hoping if they do, the publishers won't leave me hanging.
Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater. Carniviorous horses from the sea. A budding romance. A much anticipated race. The perfect combination.
Cinder - by Marissa Meyer. Based on the Cinderella fairytale. This one takes into the distant future and does it well. This quartet (each based on a specific fairytale) will keep everyone wanting more.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green. We all know that whatever John writes is going to be good, but this one is great. Poignant and heartbreaking, this novel takes a real look at teens with cancer. People will be talking about this one.