Mug up on the books before they hit the cinema..


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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