Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To
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HUZZAH FOR DEBUTS! Aren’t they the most fun? I love being able to discover new authors, and I love just as much being amazed at all the awesome story-telling talent it STILL OUT THERE, being discovered every day. This is obviously not a knock on established authors, mind you. But debuts get me a different kind of excited, and these 10 2013 debuts in particular.
The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff (April 9, 2013 from Delacorte)
Woot! This fantasy debut sounds kind of awesome, what with prophecies, ghosts, golden rats, secret identities, and a country that’s perma-misty, which is CREEPY, all adds up to AWESOME. (I don’t even know, but I’m totally drinking the kool-aid right now)
Does this cover not look like sweet, swoony summer lovin’ to the max?! Obviously, there’s also some other more intense things going on–like a girl who is dealing with the aftermath of family tragedy who has to work to support her summer. But there’s also a boy who complicates things in that tingly way that boys do.
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff (April 9, 2013 from Alfred Knopf)
Holla, Rump! This book is exactly what you think it is: it’s the childhood story of one Rumplestiltskin. Also, MIDDLE GRADE. I die.
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar (March 21, 2013 from Dial BFYR)
I’ve shouted this one out before because it sounds adorable: young girl finds a genie, makes wishes while falling for said genie, and is cute and heart-fluttery overall. Also, Lindsay Ribar is a Jersey girl. PROPS FOREVER.
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (March 12, 2013 from Random House Children’s)
The Bluebeard tale is actually really dark and unsettling, friends. You know, what with the man who takes women and marries them and tells them they can have LITERALLY anything they want, they just can’t go into this one room in his house, which of course they all do, at which point, Bluebeard KILLS THEM AND KEEPS THEIR DEAD BODIES. I’m really intrigued by this Southern Gothic retelling, which takes place on a plantation.
Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School #1 by Gail Carriger (February 5, 2013 from Little, Brown)
Gail Carriger is no newbie author, friends, but this is her YA debut. I don’t always gravitate towards steampunk, but something about this one tickles my fancy. It’s probably the school part. And also the spy/assassin part. Because what else would young girls in Victorian England who like to dismantle clocks and such need to learn in school aside from normal finishing school stuff? Obviously.
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski (May 7, 2013 from Simon Pulse)
Don’t tease me with a road trip, friends. But a road trip that is the result of a restraining order because the main character sets her cheating ex-bf’s car on fire? LULZ this sounds awesome.
Legacy of the Clockwork Key: The Secret Order of Modern Amusementists #1 by Kristin Bailey (March 5, 2013 from Simon Pulse)
What’s that? Is this a series about a secret order? I’M IN. Because this is also a book about a dangerous invention and the only girl who can destroy it. There’s deadly secrets, mystery, and a stablehand. LOVE stablehands. Very excited about this one, which is also another steampunk. Go figure.
Hooked by Liz Fichera (January 31, 2013 from Harlequin Teen)
Native American girl winds up on the golf team at her high school and ends up butting heads (and maybe uglies) with the resident big man on campus, who kind of hates her a little bit at first because she took his best friend’s spot on the team. Guys, this is a book about THE GOLF TEAM. I’m hoping for at least one solid Caddyshack joke. And also probably some really interesting racial and cultural elements, too.
The Madman’s Daughter: The Madman’s Daughter #1 by Megan Shepherd (January 29, 2013 from Balzer + Bray)
THIS ONE. Sounds epically creepy. I’ve never read The Island of Dr. Moreau, but I’m completely intrigued by the idea of a girl trying to get out of her father’s shadow without be branded by his crazy, only to wind up embroiled in it anyway.