Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Top Ten 2013 Debuts I'm Looking Forward To

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This list was probably the hardest Top Ten I've ever done. My TBR list has scores of 2013 debuts on it. So many amazing, brand new authors are joining the literary ranks this year. Here are just a tiny few of the books that I'm itching to get my hands on.


Also, if you want to get some inside scoop on some of the authors debuting in 2013, you should check out The Lucky 13s, a blog for and about a whole bunch of 2013 debut authors, so you don't miss a single one.

 The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)
Publish Date: January 29th
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.

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
Publish Date: February 5th
NOTE: This isn't a debut. I was fully aware of this before I put it on this list, but the brain farts, they happen to the best of us. This is what you get when you write your posts at two in the morning.  I'm leaving it on here anyway because I AM really looking forward too it and I'm too lazy to look up any other books. My bad, though.

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
Publish Date: March 12th
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

Publish Date: August 20th
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Publish Date: June 11th
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.
Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.
Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.
Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and
protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.
Publish Date: June 25th
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
City of a Thousand Dolls
Publish Date: February 5th
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.
Publish Date: February 26th 
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.
 Publish Date: March 5th
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, wh...more
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.


Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
 These Broken Stars
Publish Date: not sure
Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen never should have met. She’s the socialite daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, and he’s a decorated soldier fighting back rebellions on newly terraformed planets. But when the vast luxury spaceliner they’re both traveling on crashes, they find themselves thrown together as the two sole survivors on an unknown planet.

As they survive harsh conditions and dwindling supplies—not to mention each other—the two begin to uncover a mystery surrounding the abandoned planet that neither of them could have guessed.

The first in a trilogy, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a series of timeless, standalone love stories that span galaxies—and are linked by their shared worlds and one mysterious enemy.
 What books are you looking forward to? Any of the ones on my list? Leave your links so I can come visit!


  1. GREAT PICKS Madman's Daughter and Dualed on our list too

    Katie @ Inkk

  2. These Broken Stars is on my list too, and Mila 2.0 looks so good! :) The rest of my TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. Debating Ink but really looking forward to everything else, especially Mila 2.0 and Dualed!

  4. how on earth did I forget about Etiquette and Espionage!!!? that one sounds so amazing. great list
    My TTT

    1. Actually, I can't believe I was silly enough to put that on here! It's not a debut! *headdesk*

  5. Woah that LINKED cover is awesome! I haven't seen that on any lists yet I don't think.

  6. Its so awesome on how almost every one of these books you just mentioned are on my wishlist. :) From the eerie and the creepy to paranormal and the fantasy. (Therefore, you must have awesome taste in books. ;) ) You should also check out The Beautiful and The Cursed- it has an awesome cover and the summary sounds so intriguing!

  7. The Madman's Daughter and between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (that cover!) are the two I'm most looking forward too. The Symptoms of My Insanity sounds neat, too.

  8. I definitely approve of this list :) I'm excited for ALL of these, though they're not all on my list because, well... it has to be a top ten. Great picks!

  9. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 are all on my wish list. You can say that we are waiting for the same books :p


  10. I'm super excited about Etiquette & Espionage too, despite the fact it's not a debut. Also looking forward to Dualed and The Nightmare Affair.

  11. Nice list! The Madman's Daughter, Ink, Mila 2.0, Etiquette & Espionage, and Dualed are also all on my list! :D

    My TTT

  12. YES. That little girl is so me. It's like you came over and creepily took my picture when I didn't know. I can't wait to read The Madman's Daughter and Linked. This year is going to be so awesome. Yay for debuts!

  13. Awesome picks :D I hope you will love all of these! <3 I LOVED The Madman's Daughter and The Nightmare Affair. <3 Dying to read City of a Thousand Dolls :)

  14. Great list. Thanks so much for the heads up on the Lucky 13s blog. Awesome!


  15. 1. I think one day I'll corner you for a Tumblr tutorial so I can find out how you get all these cool GIFs.

    2. Great list! Especially INK. What a cover! Adding to my TBR list ASAP.

    3. My TTT, in case you're interested:

  16. Oh, yeah! Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and now, obviously 10 because it sounds awesome! 2013 is going to be amazing!

  17. Ahhh, I've wanted to read Dualed for so long, now. I've been entered to win it, like, four times, and still haven't. I did win a bookmark, though! Hehe.

  18. I'm late to the comment party, but we had a few of the same books on our lists yesterday!

  19. I'm definitely looking forward to majority of the books that are on your list. Especially Dualed and The Nightmare Affair.

  20. Great list! I'm very much looking forward to The Madman's Daughter, Nightmare Affair and Between the Devil.

  21. I'm excited for The Madman's Daughter and Mila 2.0 as well:D

  22. They all sound great. :)


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