The purpose of this feature is to show you guys which YA debuts I’m most looking forward to, and which ones I’ve enjoyed. Hopefully it’ll also help build some buzz around some of these debuts. There will be one post at the beginning of each month showing the top three upcoming debuts I’m most looking forward to and excited for, and it will also wrap up the previous month by showing which debuts I read and enjoyed.
So, without further ado, here are the January debuts that I have read, and my thoughts on them in a sentence.
Splintered by A. G. Howard
A weird, weird book featuring controlling and manipulative love interests and strange birthmark orgasms, although that can almost be excused due to the beautiful writing style.
I want to get to Level 2 when I have the time, as well as Uses for Boys and The Madman’s Daughter. I’ve heard that the relationship in Nobody But Us is abusive, so I’m thinking about just picking it up to see what all that’s about? I’m curious!
And, *drum roll*, here are the February debuts that I am SO. FREAKIN’. EXCITED. ABOUT.
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
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.
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
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.
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.
Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.
L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.
But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?
Note: Pivot Point would totally be on here if I hadn’t read it already. But since I have, I feel it it my duty to tell you that I bloody well adored it. It came very close to being an All Time Favourite! My review will be up tomorrow.
That’s it for this month! January was a great month for debuts, with one great one and two amazing ones coming out. I’m sad that I didn’t get to read more of them, but there’s always time to catch up later on. I’m really looking forward to February! Let me know which debuts you read in January, what you thought of them, and which debuts you’re looking forward to this month!