Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogging prompt hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I don’t participate every week, but I join in when I find the prompt interesting. This week’s prompt is to share ten 2014 debut novels, and I’ve limited that to YA. I’m particularly interested in keeping on top of new authors in YA. I’ll be writing about debut authors more in the future. These are the ones that have caught my eye so far this year.
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
I haven’t a chance to read this one, but it promises dark humor and is set in a small town in Wisconsin where a murder takes place. I’ve heard great things.
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
So this one is pitched as Downton Abbey meets The Selection and is also a sci-fi Gone with the Wind retelling? I like Downton Abbey and never read The Selection because reasons. I hated Gone with the Wind in high school when a friend forced me to read it. I am burnt out on dystopias, so I wouldn’t normally have been intrigued by this, but Bethany Hagen is a librarian in Kansas City, and I have enjoyed some sci-fi/post-apocalyptic retellings, like For Darkness Shows the Stars (review here). Marketing for a book can be weird, so I’m trying to ignore “blank meets blank” descriptions, which people seem very apt to throw on debut novels.
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Julie is also a librarian! And she seems very cool on social media. I’ve also heard great things about this YA contemporary about a cancer patient who has lived like she’s dying, but then goes into remission and has to deal with the consequences of some of her actions. I like the way this flips a more traditional cancer book.
Half Bad by Sally Green
A magical story by a British author compared to Marcus Zusak and Patrick Ness? Those are some big names, and I really have been dying for a new fantasy series that is a bit dark and very smart. Please let this be it.
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
A YA murder mystery/thriller with a romance. I am hoping this has a sort of Imaginary Girls quality with dreamy writing and beautiful and disturbing mood. It could be nothing like that. But ever since I’ve read that I want more books like it (yeah, I know, I should read 17 & Gone.) Also, it possibly has an LGBTQ character so that definitely put it on my radar.
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Apparently this is in the style of Perks of Being a Wallflower and Stephen Chobsky has even mentored Dellaira. The hook will either make or break the book, just like Perks. I really loved Perks (it was the first book I picked for the library’s teen book club!) so hopefully this is just as good. It seems to have a different enough plot and character to make it stand on its own, but I would love if it has the same mood and vibe of Chobsky. Plus Amelia Earhart.
The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi
This YA contemporary seems to be primarily about a mother-daughter relationship, which definitely interests me. I’ve also been reading Annie’s blog for years and have faith that her writing style will work for me. Plus Amelia Earhart.
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
I had read Livia’s writing blog for years, and this is dedicated to the fantasy heroines she loved as a younger reader. I really want to fall in love with a new fantasy series!
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
LGBTQ historical. Sounds kind of issue-y but I’ll give it a chance. I haven’t made a list of LGBTQ YA due out this year yet, but I’m going to get on that.
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Southern gothic with a hint of paranormal has piqued my interest. Plus, Natalie is a local author.
I try to seek out books by YA debut authors, especially more under the radar ones that aren’t getting a lot of promotion. I want to find the great ones, buy them for the library, and help readers discover them.
Other debuts I have my eyes on:
What 2014 YA debuts are you looking forward to? Have you read anything of these?