2013 is set to be the year that a whole load of awesome books finally make it into the cinema, and with the movie versions of everything from The Great Gatsby to Cloud Atlas ready for release, we thought it was about time we rounded up some of the ones we’re most excited about.

We’ve been talking about Beautiful Creatures and the first part of The Mortal Instruments films a lot lately, so it’s inspired us to have a bit of a delve about to see what else is coming up this year.

Whether you’re into flesh-eating zombies, dystopian worlds, cutesy romcoms or a touch of high school blackmail, there’s something for everyone - by way of a whole bunch of hotties including Logan Lerman, Dave Franco, Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Radcliffe, Jamie Campbell-Bower and more..

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - out August 16

For fans of: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, duh.

Who’s in it: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Sean Bean.

What’s it all about? You might not be able to tell from looking at him that Percy’s dad is Poseidon, God of the Sea, but being a half-blood isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Mortals can’t see the monsters Percy spends his whole life fighting, so when a game of dodge ball is turned into a death match against a gang of cannibal giants, poor old Percy can hardly ask his gym teacher for a helping hand, can he?

And that’s just for starters. This time Camp Half-Blood is under attack and unless Percy and his friends can track down the Golden Fleece, the whole place will be invaded by monsters. Big ones.

Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer - out now

For fans of: Perks of Being a Wallflower and Mean Girls. Yeah we went there

Who’s in it: Glee’s Chris Colfer and the hilarious Rebel Wilson

What’s it all about?

High school outcast Carson Phillips has an unusual tactic to getting into his dream college; he’s going to blackmail the most popular kids in school into contributing to the newspaper he’s editing.

Unfortunately blackmail isn’t always as simple as it sounds and the deliciously dark and laugh out loud tale that follows unearths all the dirty little secrets lurking beneath the surface of your average high school.

Horns by Joe Hill - out some point in 2013

For fans of: Stephen King - he is Joe’s dad after all.

Who’s in it: Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple

What’s it all about?

One morning Ig wakes up and finds a pair of horns have sprouted from his head. At first he assumes he is hallucinating following the rape and death of his beloved girlfriend, Merrin, in inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world, but there is nothing natural about the horns, which are all too real.

It’s not all bad though, and as the only suspect in the crime that he didn’t commit, he sets out to use his new macabre talents to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good got him nowhere so it’s time for a little revenge. It’s time the devil had his due.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer - out March 22

For fans of: love triangles, Twilight and directors who seem to have given themselves an impossible task. HOW are they going to make this a movie?

Who’s in it: Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel and Max Irons.

What’s it all about?

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away even after her body is taken over by one of the parasitic alien souls that have invaded earth. Wanderer, the invading soul, never expected the trouble she’d have from her human host and a battle of wills ensues between their thoughts and memories.

But unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met, the man Melanie is in love with. Forced to become unwilling allies they set off in search for him in a story or what might be the first love triangle to feature only two bodies.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - out some point in 2013

For fans of: Lauren Oliver, Celia Rees and Ally Condie.

Who’s in it: Saoirse Ronan and British newbies George MacKay and Tom Holland.

What’s it all about?

15 year old Daisy thinks she knows what love is, but sent away from Manhattan to England to stay with her aunt and cousins she’s never met, she‘s about to discover what real love is: something violent, mysterious and wonderful. With her aunt called away on business, London is attacked with bombs and occupied by an unnamed enemy, leaving her and her cousins isolated and alone as their world explodes into a million bewildering pieces.

Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, and with no adults or rules, the bond between Daisy and her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, something they can’t hide from forever and in the end they must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

When: 2013 - although exactly when is yet to be confirmed.

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - out November 22

For fans of: The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Who’s in it: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin

What’s it all about?

The second chapter in the Hunger Games trilogy finds Katniss and Peeta trying to recover from their gruelling experience as puppets of the Capitol.

But despite making it out alive and together, defying the President has its consequences and Katniss must play her cards very carefully if she’s going to get herself, her family and Peeta out of this alive.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks - out February 14

For fans of: Nick Sparks and his cupboard full of romantic tearjerkers - The Last Song, A Walk to Remember and the Lucky One are our faves.

Who’s in it: Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel (he’s hot stuff)

What’s it all about?

Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak and when mysterious young woman Katie appears in the small town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. But with a boat load of issues of her own, Katie is torn when her resolve not to form any personal ties is tested when she meets kind and serious hottie Alex. Can Katie learn to trust again or will her haunting secret follow her to the sheltered oasis of Southport?

The Spook’s Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney (movie to be The Seventh Son) - out October 18

For fans of: Stardust and anything with Ben Barnes and his fit face in.

Who’s in it: Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.

What’s it all about? For years Old Gregory has been the Spook for the country, ridding the local villages of all evil. Now his time is coming to an end, but who will take over for him? 29 apprentices have tried - some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Now only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope; the last apprentice.

Serena by Ron Rash - out sometime this year

For fans of: The Great Gatsby, The Age of Innocence and Tender is the Night

Who’s in it: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Rhys Ifans

What’s it all about? It’s 1929 and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains. But she soons shows herself to be the equal of any many, hunting rattlesnakes and even saving her hubby’s life in the wilderness.

Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish whoever fall out of favour, but when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. When she suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ instense and passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves towards a shocking reckoning.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - out February 8

For fans of: World War Z and Beautiful Creatures

Who’s in it: Nicholas Hoult, Dave Franco and Aussie newbie Teresa Palmer (who coincidentally completely reminds us of a blonde Kristen Stewart)

What’s it all about? R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity and no pulse, but he has got dreams. He doesn’t like killing people; he prefers riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. Suppose you could say he’s a little bit different to his fellow Living Dead. So when he falls in love with the human girlfriend of one his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might just transform the entire lifeless world forever.

The Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card - out October 15

For fans of: Never Let Me Go and The Host.

Who’s in it: Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Asa Butterfield.

What’s it all about? On a futuristic earth, the human race are facing annihilation. With an alien threat on the horizon, ready to strike, the Government must create the greatest commander in history to save everybody’s future.

Ender Wiggin is unusually gifted and despite being their last hope, he must survive the rigours of brutal military training in space before he can attempt anything. But with leaders ready to us any means possible to save mankind, are they creating a hero or a monster?

So what do you think of all that then? Any that you are WELL EXCITED to see make it into the cinemas?

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