My favourite debut of 2013 so far has been ACID by Emma Pass. Jenna was such a kick-ass, awesome character that I loved straight away. The story was fast-paced and full of action meaning that I was definitely never bored! To make it even better, there was romance in the book but it was realistic with no instant love, etc. I personally think that Amber should read ACID straight away for the debut-a-thon *hint, hint* but that goes for anyone! – Rita from Weaving Pages
Before I started Altered, I was a bit worried because 1. A cover this gorgeous will always raise up my expectations & 2. How can a debut author write about 4 guy characters – Sam, Trev, Cas, and Nick – without any of them being undeveloped, two-dimensional characters or leave one of them out of the book anytime for too long? However, Jennifer Rush managed to nail it down perfectly. – Kelly from Effortlessly Reading
So my fave debut (so far) of 2013 has to be either Pivot Point by Kasie West or Geek Girl by Holly Smale. I loved the sci-fi element of the former, and the dual storylines. It was really gripping and I thought the characters were written with lots of detail, and personalities really shone through (my review). I adore Geek Girl because not only is the author AWESOME, it is one of the funniest YA books out there at the moment. Not only contemporary, it also carries an important message, and for that I will always champion it (my review). Both these books also have sequels coming soon, which shows how amazing their writing is! – Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa
To those of you who know me, it will come as no surprise that I’m taking this time and place on Amber’s blog to explain why you need to read If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. Aka my favorite debut of 2013. Aka one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Aka the book that made me cry – a lot. If You Find Me is a realistic fiction novel about child abuse, and thus will not appeal to all kinds of readers, but it has one very important message: there is always hope. To everyone who loves a heartfelt story, a wonderful sister relationship, a loveable main character, and beautiful writing, or if you just like to cry: PLEASE read this book. It is truly incredible. – Judith from Paper Riot
I have to say, this year has been the year of ups and downs. I’ve read some amazing as well as some disappointing debut novels. However when I looked back at what I’ve read the last month, I noticed that many of the debuts are the books that I still remembered and still seem to recommend. I love contemporary and dystopian/apocalyptic novels, however my favorite debuts are from all genres. The first book that I really enjoyed and would recommend for anyone is Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn. A paranormal/mystery novel that was mind blowing and a definite adventure, also, it is a standalone! *book shimmy for that*. Another book that I am sure has stolen the hearts of many readers is actually a new adult novel and it is The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. Drop everything you are doing and pick this book up, you won’t be disappointed. Beautiful and heartbreaking. The last debut that I loved, Amber you are going to love this, is Pivot Point by Kasie West. I try to avoid time traveling books of any kind. I don’t know how but I picked this book up and couldn’t put it down until I finished, literally. Kasie West has automatically been added to my must-read authors list. These three books are currently my favorite debut books from the sixteen debut books I’ve read this year. – Juhina from Maji Bookshelf
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (My review)
The first in a planned 7 book fantasy series The Bone Season is a highly original read.
Why I loved it:
– Complex characters
– Phenomenal world building
– Crossover appeal
– Set in London, 2059
– A romance that took me by surprise
Who I would recommend it to: People who enjoy fantasy/dystopian books
Why I loved it:
– A Dimitri/Rose type relationship – age gap, student-teacher relationship that blossoms into a friendship, unresolved feelings, and GAH! I ship them. I ship them SO MUCH.
– Strong and capable mc
– Magic, swords, and political intrigue
Who I would recommended it to: Fantasy fans.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (My review)
In the Shadow of Blackbirds is a dark and beautiful story that had me on the verge of tears.
Why I loved it:
– It’s a standalone
– A heart-achingly beautiful childhood best friend type romance told through flashbacks and letters
– It’s set in 1918, during the time of the Spanish Influenza and WW1
– Plucky and intelligent mc
– Mystery, ghosts, and supernatural occurrences
– Atmospheric descriptions coupled with black and white pictures
Who I would recommend it to: EVERYONE. – Renu from The Page Turner
Pivot Point by Kasie West is my favorite debut so far. I still have moments when I think back on how awesome it was and then shudder in the glory of the feels. It was a compelling story in a beautifully creative world. The pacing was brilliant, and the two timelines intertwining was mindblowingly awesome. I loved the main character, Addie, and her friendship with Laila. And the romance was so subtly perfect and addictive… I can’t get enough of it!
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill is a close contender for my favorite debut though. This story is intense and action-packed. I loved the characters, with the three main characters having extraordinary depth and growth throughout the book. This also has one of the best villains I’ve read about, in terms of motivations and back story. I didn’t want to put this book down for a second, and the last forty-something pages were just mindblowingly awesome, heartbreaking, and perfect. Keep an eye out for this one! – Debby from Snuggly Oranges
Whew! So, have you found anything you desperately need to pick up? I’m dying to read All Our Yesterdays, and I’m 99% certain that I’m going to love it, since Debby and I are bookish twins. Renu has totally sold me on The Bone Season (for some reason I thought it was a crime novel, haha) and The Cadet of Tildor (student-teacher relationship, you say?), and Debbie convinced me to try Geek Girl even though I wasn’t sure it was my thing. I want to tell Rita to stop talking to me about ACID, but I just can’t. I NEED TO READ THAT BOOK. And yes, Judith, I’ll definitely be reading If You Find Me. I’m starting it at midnight!