I’m participating in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday again today, in which various bloggers give their top ten list on a given topic. This week’s topic is “Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To”. (Disclaimer: I didn’t do my research to know if these are all technically “debuts”, but at the very least, they are not sequels. Give me credit for something.)Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Level 2, by Lenore Appelhans. Debut: January 15th(Today!)
Which coincidentally, debuts today. As soon as I saw the summary of this book, my reaction was a “Yes! I must read that!” Plus, I’ve heard lots of good things about it in the blogging world. Hopefully, it’ll live up to its hype!
Summary from Goodreads: Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.
2. Slated, by Teri Terry. Debut: January 24th
I haven’t heard anything about this around blogs, but it caught my eye one day when browsing Goodreads. I’m always on the look out for a good Dystopian, and the premise sounds potentially promising. I’m a little apprehensive that I’ll be frustrated with the main character’s apparent slated memory, but it still sounds interesting enough to make the cut.
Summary from Goodreads:
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.
She’s been Slated.
The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?
3. Alice in Everville, by S.C. Langgle. Debut: March 19th
Another book that I added to my TBR shelf on goodreads simply because of the synopsis. Again, such a promising idea that I’m hoping delivers. Message in poetry, mazes. . . what more could a reader ask for?
Goodreads Summary: A poem can seem like a labyrinth, a maze of words you can lose yourself in. The key is to find a thread to hold on to, to guide you in your reading, to lead you into and out of a labyrinth of words…
Alice Little thinks she’s read every word the world-famous poet Sylvie Plate published before her untimely death…until she discovers a coded message hidden in Sylvie’s final collection of poems–a message that may explain the poet’s mysterious demise.
All she has to do is decipher the code and she knows she can convince her beloved English teacher, Miss A, that Sylvie’s message is real. Unfortunately, she only has one manic day at Everville Mall to do it. And between keeping track of her fountain-splashing, havoc-wreaking sister, finding a new copy of Sylvie’s poems, and…oh yeah…dealing with the blue-eyed, guitar-playing, majorly swoon-worthy Jaden Briar, who keeps popping up everywhere she goes, Alice wonders if she will ever finish deciphering in time
4. Taken, by Erin Bowman. Debut: April 16th
I think I might have a problem, considering out of the four novels listed so far, 3 are Dystopians. I think I’m OK with that. Taken sounds intriguing, and not gonna lie, this is one I probably won’t buy on my kindle because of the stunning cover. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate this beautiful cover?
Goodreads Summary: There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?
5. The Wrap-Up List, by Steven Arnston. Debut: January 8th
I’m a little wary of this one, because it has a pretty low average on goodreads from early reviewers, but I still want to give it a shot. Deaths(yes, plural) send letters to people before they die, telling them to make any last plans? Sounds like a book I want to read. Even though this has already been released, I’m gonna say it still counts since it’s a 2013 release.
Summary from Goodreads: In this modern-day suburban town, one percent of all fatalities come about in the most peculiar way. Deaths—eight-foot-tall, silver-gray creatures—send a letter (“Dear So-and-So, your days are numbered”) to whomever is chosen for a departure, telling them to wrap up their lives and do the things they always wanted to do before they have to “depart.” When sixteen-year-old Gabriela receives her notice, she is, of course devastated. Will she kiss her crush Sylvester before it’s too late?
Friendship, first love, and fantasy artfully mesh in this magically realistic world that ultimately celebrates life.
6. Stung, by Bethany Wiggins. Debut: April 2nd
I’ve heard good things about this book, and it seems beyond creepy, and I have a love/hate relationship with creepy books. The summary’s really not a whole lot to go on, but it’s interesting enough to make my list.
Summary from Goodreads: There is no cure for being stung.
Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.
Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.
Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.
7.When we Wake, by Karen Healey. Debut: March 5th
All right, yes, I know, another Dystopia(I think that brings my count to five), but this one deals with cryonic freezing, which is not something I’m accustomed to seeing a whole lot of in fiction. If this list was in any particular order, this one would be up there, probably right behind Level 2 and potentially Taken.
Summary from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?
Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.
8. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick. Debut: August 13th
After reading the summary, I have a feeling this book will either be possibly the best book I read all year or the worst, depending on how well written it is. It’s a heavy topic, but I feel after reading the summary that this book is probably going to tackle it magnificently.
Summary from Goodreads: Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.
But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.
In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.
9. Another Little Piece, by Kate Kayrus Quinn. Debut: June 11th
Honestly, after reading the summary and reviews for this book, I still have no idea what it’s really about. I’m OK with that, knowing that it’ll probably deliver on the suspenseful end of things.
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
10. In the After, by Demitria Lunetta. Debut: June 25th
This was a late addition; I typically schedule my posts over a week in advance and was planning on today being more of a Top Nine Tuesday, but I saw this book on Goodreads and had to add it.
Summary from Goodreads: Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.
After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.
I’m really excited to see what everyone else has put on their Top Ten Tuesday lists today–I have a feeling my TBR stack will probably go after reading some of the posts!