Sneak Peek at Read It First Books of 2013

RIFers, happy 2013! We’re so excited about the books we’ll be sharing with you in the new year, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek at a few of them.

Bestselling author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto, State of Wonder) says of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra: “[It] is simply spectacular. Not since Everything is Illuminated have I read a first novel so ambitious and fully realized. If this is where Anthony Marra begins his career, I can’t imagine how far he will go.” Watch for our Read It First giveaway in January 2013.



The latest thriller from a RIFer favorite! The Doll by Taylor Stevens. In this high-octane thriller for fans of Lee Child, Barry Eisler, and Robert Ludlum’s Bourne trilogy, Vanessa Michael Munroe will have to fight fast, smart, and furiously to overcome a dangerous nemesis and deliver her trademark brand of justice. Watch for our Read It First giveaway in February 2013.

Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison is the slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son—complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble. Watch for our Read It First giveaway in February 2013.

A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air by Dean Jensen brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. Watch for our Read It First giveaway in March 2013.

Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas is a provocative, revealing memoir. Subtitled “A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight,” it’s sure to get people talking this year. Watch for our Read It First giveaway in March 2013.

The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill is a thriller with a unique style, written by a professional translator of English-language fiction into Spanish – a writer who’s going to get a lot of attention this spring. Watch for our Read It First giveaway in April 2013

In S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline, Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. For fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy! Watch for our Read It First giveaway in February 2013 – with a very special sweepstakes (hint: you and a few friends could win a trip to New Orleans!).


S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline – Excerpt

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  • Aimee

    As silly as it sounds I can’t wait to read Sophia Kinsella’s new book, I love her stuff, great beachy-read. I’m also looking forward to catching up on an oldie “Beautiful Life”

  • techeditor

    I’m looking forward to A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. I’m deciding, though, whether to request the ARC when readitforward offers it or hope that some book blog offers a hard cover copy, my preference.

  • Cheryll

    I received this book last week – thank you read it forward !! I started reading it last night and had a very hard time putting it down.