Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Anticipated Debuts of 2013

I love reading other blog posts that feature upcoming titles, so I thought I'd share with you all the 2013 debuts that I'm looking forward to reading! (Debuts I have already read are not included here.)

Release Date: March 5, 2013
Published by: Simon Pulse

A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel.

Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not…
  • That cover is seriously freaky o.O. I don't read a whole lot of horror, but I am looking forward to diving into this one!

Rush by Eve Silver
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Published by: Katherine Tegen

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.


  • Hmm, I'm not eager for the "maddeningly attractive" team leader romance, because most of the characters I've read with that kind of description have been kind of irritating. But the survivalist theme? The sci-fi aspect? The guaranteed action and "game" aspect? Those sound exciting.


The Oathbreaker's Shadow by Amy McCulloch
Release Date: June 6, 2013
Published by: Random House

Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.

A gripping YA action-adventure fantasy, the first part of a planned duology.



  • This sounds AWESOME. The world building, the desert like feel of the cover, the title, the synopsis with political and magical implications and action and adventure and YES ALL OF IT.

Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
Release Date: September 2013
Published by: HarperCollins

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors. She particularly enjoys defying authority, especially if that authority orders her to wear a petticoat. She wouldn’t be caught dead eating tiny, crustless sandwiches, and she already owns a rather pointy sword. There’s only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.

Girls belong at Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, learning to waltz, faint, and curtsy. But Hilary and her dearest friend, the gargoyle, have no use for such frivolous lessons— they are pirates! (Or very nearly.)

To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an “X,” a magical treasure that likely doesn’t exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.

Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?



  • An adventure story set in historical times of petticoats vs. pirate gear and treasure hunting? Yes. Also, the summary sounds kind of amusing, or at least that I anticipate there being a great deal of humor in this story, which is always a plus.

Fates by Lanie Bross
Release Date: Unlisted 2013
Published by: Delacorte Press

The story of an Executor sent to earth to bring about human destinies, who finds herself unaccountably experiencing human emotions, leading to an epic romance set across multiple worlds.
  • Destiny, emotion issues, epic romance, multiple worlds. Many keywords that pique my interest.

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

A reckless wish taken from the darkest desires of the heart…

A bloody razor engraved with the names of the girls who turned to dust…

An endless cycle that feeds of loneliness and craves destruction…

Together, these pieces form a twisted puzzle that Annaliese Rose Gordon has to solve. Trapped in a body that isn’t hers—with no memory of how she got there—she must unlock the secrets of her past in order to escape the horrors of her future.



  • A twisty thriller? I'm always down for those. And yeah, it helps that the cover is really beautiful too.
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.



  • Mystery, romance, adventure. Sounds a bit eerie (that second paragraph--assassins and stalker cats?) and am looking forward to reading about the magical implications behind the summary.
Starglass by Phoebe North
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Published by: Simon & Schuster

My darling daughter,

Know that I never would have left the Earth if it hadn't already been doomed. . .


The generation ship Asherah coasts through space, bound for a planet its passengers have never even seen. On the eve of their arrival, sixteen-year-old botanist Terra discovers that her orderly society has fractured. Walking home one night through the long-abandoned engine rooms, she witnesses the murder of an innocent man. Now, called on by the Children of Abel, a group of rebels intent on destroying the High Council, Terra must prove her mettle--assassinate the ship's rising captain. In order to carry out her task, Terra must betray her father, deceive her teacher, and challenge everything the Council has ever taught her was true. 

The rebels think that Terra has nothing left to lose. But when she falls for Silvan Rafferty, the boy that she's meant to kill, Terra learns that "doing your duty" isn't always as easy as it seems.


  • I am looking for a good YA science fiction novel to recommend to everyone, one that I feel represents the genre well. I saw that Phoebe North blogs about science fiction novels and I'm hoping that her book will reflect this. Plus, I like that she's made everyone on the ship Jewish to combat the default Christian assumption.
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepard
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Published by: Balzer + Bray

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.



  • Victorian era sci-fi, a Gothic thriller, romance... I've read a lot of reviews which have suggested that the love triangle takes precedence over some of the creepier scenes, but also that the horror is very well-written. Either way, I'm still excited.
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.



  • I've been following Natalie's blog for a couple of years, and she gives great writing advice, so I'm looking forward to seeing her put those principles into practice. Also invisible girl. It was pitched as X-men meets the Godfather. Piques your interest, no? 

Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Published by: Katherine Tegen

If she has water, she has life. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.


  • Survival and wilderness themes. The quiet, thoughtful impression I'm getting. The drama, the action, the dread. Also, evocative, spare language sounds great for this kind of novel.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
Release Date: Unlisted 2013
Published by: Dial

... pitched as “Gone with the Nuclear Wind". It is supposed to be a cross between "Gone with the Wind" and "Mansfield Park", but set into the future 200 years from now. According to the author's blog the "crux of the plot centers around nuclear technology".

... is set in a world ruled by the lavish Gentry, who force a people called the Rootless to handle the nuclear material that powers their large estates. When a Gentry girl is attacked, sixteen-year-old Madeline Landry can't escape the rumors of revolution and retribution circulating through the ballrooms--and the city's new golden boy David is at the middle of them. Soon, she finds herself forced to choose between her duty and her desires, her ancestral destiny and her conscience.

  • Um, how about everything in that summary?

Release Date: September 19, 2013
Published by: Chronicle Books

Lady Aileana Kameron can sing, paint prettily, and murder the fae as easily as dancing a waltz. But how far is she prepared to go for vengeance?

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

18 year old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh's social events - right up until a faery kills her mother.

Now it's the 1844 winter season. Between a seeming endless number of parties, Aileana slaughters faeries in secret. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, every night she sheds her aristocratic facade and goes hunting. She's determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city's many dark alleyways.

But she never even considered that she might become attracted to one. To the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind. Nor is she at all prepared for the revelation he's going to bring. Because Midwinter is approaching, and with it an eclipse that has the ability to unlock a Fae prison and begin the Wild Hunt.

A battle looms, and Aileana is going to have to decide how much she's willing to lose - and just how far she'll go to avenge her mother's murder.


  • Okay, so this one isn't a YA debut, but it seems like Stormdancer in the sense that it's still getting a lot of hype from the YA community. And what's not to like? Romance, murder, revenge, fantasy, battle, action, Scotland 1844.

And, of course, my most anticipated read of 2013 is Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, the debut by April Genevieve Tucholke.

I keep my eye on debuts because I like having the option of discovering new talent to follow. I don't like how a lot of sequels and series books end in cliffhangers, so instead of getting my hopes up for the next book, I try to focus on others. These all look promising to me, and I hope they do to you too!

Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?

21 comments:

  1. You have some great books on this list. I am particularly excited about Another Little Piece and Transparent. =)

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  2. Great list! I'm excited about some of the same books.

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  3. This is a fantastic list Christina! You have some of my most anticipated reads on there, especially RUSH, TRANSPARENT, and CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS. There are some new to me books listed as well, so a huge thank you for putting them on my radar! I love adding to my "must have" list:)

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  4. I love this list! I'm pretty much excited to read all of these, but especially Starglass and Another Little Piece. Thanks for putting these on my radar! :-)

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  5. Yeah, most of these are on my most anticipated list as well, especially Starglass, The Murmurings, City of a Thousand Dolls, and The Falconer. Great list!

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  6. Great List Christina , I think I saw some of the titles you've mentioned on Edelweiss today. Check it out :)

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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  7. You introduced me to some great new books! I added Transparent and Magic Marks the Spot to my TBR =) My most anticipated read of 2013 is Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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  8. Ah, so many of these look good. I really want to read the darker ones, and especially The Mad Man's Daughter. I'm such a dark soul. Ha.

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  9. @Katie - I was just approved for them on Edelweiss. Check there too?

    @Brooke - Merr!! Can't wait to read them.

    @Jenny - I actually think I added RUSH to my list after I saw it on your WoW post ;).

    @Lauren - STARGLASS & ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE sound so promising! I hope we enjoy them.

    @Kara - Thanks! STARGLASS seems like a repeated most anticipated. I especially am excited about it because the author is a science fiction book blogger. Book bloggers unite!

    @Krazzyme - As soon as you left me this comment, I checked and yes, some of them were! I was approved for some thanks to your alert, so THANK YOU SO MUCH :DD.

    @Born Bookish - Glad to hear it! Unravel Me was a great follow-up to Shatter Me. Hope you enjoy it!

    @Xylia - Me too. Dark books often affect me more. I think it's because we want to fight more for the characters? Maybe. Possibly. Lol. Let's just embrace our darkness ;).

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  10. I was just approved for them on Edelweiss. Check there too?

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  11. I actually think I added RUSH to my list after I saw it on your WoW post ;).

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  12. STARGLASS & ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE sound so promising! I hope we enjoy them.

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  13. Thanks! STARGLASS seems like a repeated most anticipated. I especially am excited about it because the author is a science fiction book blogger. Book bloggers unite!

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  14. As soon as you left me this comment, I checked and yes, some of them were! I was approved for some thanks to your alert, so THANK YOU SO MUCH :DD.

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  15. Glad to hear it! Unravel Me was a great follow-up to Shatter Me. Hope you enjoy it!

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  16. Me too. Dark books often affect me more. I think it's because we want to fight more for the characters? Maybe. Possibly. Lol. Let's just embrace our darkness ;).

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  17. Wow, that's such a great list you have there. Half the books are new to me. I love the looks of Not a drop to Drink and the Oathbreakers' Shadow, looks great.
    As for the books I'm looking forwards- its Dark Triumph and Taken.

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  18. I know, aren't those covers so gorgeous?!? Can't wait to read them :DD
    AND ME TOO ON DARK TRIUMPH. I hear it's better than Grave Mercy :). Let us wait anxiously together!

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  19. You have a lot of my most anticipated on your most anticipated list! To name... them all! The Murmurings, Another Little Piece, City of a Thousand Dolls and The Madman's Daughter. And new, thanks to you: Rush, Starglass, Not a Drop to Drink and The Falconer!

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  20. Wow! Great list!The Murmurings caught my attention,thanks.Nice cover too.Cant wait to read it.

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