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A Reader of Fictions: Top Ten 2013 Debuts For Which I Am Making Grabby Hands

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Top Ten 2013 Debuts For Which I Am Making Grabby Hands

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It's no surprise to anyone that I am making grabby hands at a number of the forthcoming debuts. Choosing just ten is tough, but here goes. Any debuts I've already read are excluded, because, much as I love most of them, these other books need love too.


1. Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice: This book was already on my radar (hello, adorable middle grade cover with a LIBRARY) when Kayla Beck of Bibliophilia, Please told me she thought I would LOVE it. So, now I need it.
2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Spooner debuted last year, but this will be Amie Kaufman's first novel, so I'm counting it. It just sounds so good! Plus, I really enjoyed Spooner's debut and I love when authors team up.
3. Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff: I am such a sucker for fairy tales, and Rumplestiltskin has not been a popular pick. Very curious to see what Shurtliff will do with it!
4. The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher: Smart, funny middle grade mystery with a Rear Window twist? Umm, how awesome does that sound? Also, the adorable cover isn't hurting anything.
5. Starglass by Phoebe North: The cover of this one disappoints me, but I heard from Lenore Appelhans, author of 2013 debut Level 2 that just happens to be out today (*cough cough*), that Starglass rocks, so it has jumped to my must-have list.
6. ACID by Emma Pass: Much as I crave every dystopian novel, some are more appealing than others. In most genres, I avoid blurbs, but with these they can really help me tell how much promise one has, mostly because you can tell if it seems like it might actually BE dystopian. This one sounds dark, violent and creepy. Heck yes!
7. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher: This sounds like a very honest contemporary novel, which is pretty much my favorite kind of contemporary. I'm also very curious about the fact that this YA novel is getting published by an adult imprint. Is it too steamy for the teen imprints or is this just one of those oddities of the publishing process?
8. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski: Ever since I saw this cover, I have been desperate for this book. I love that her summer went up in LITERAL flames. She sets her boyfriend's car on fire! This probably should not be so incredibly appealing to me, but whatever. WANT.
9. Red by Alison Cherry: This may just be my most drooled over debut currently. Alison is hilarious on Twitter, and the book sounds very darkly funny. An author's twitter persona has burned me before, but I'll try one more time.
10. The End Games by T. Michael Martin: Look how awesome the cover is! *points* That caught my eye first, but the blurb makes me very curious to find out what's going on in this world.

 
Which 2013 debuts are you most excited for?

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37 Comments:

OpenID tigerlilyrachel said...

I have a copy of The S-Word and I'm so excited to read it. I love contemporary that deals with tougher stuff, and I really hope this one is done well. I also love the synopsis for How My Summer Went Up in Flames. The girl sounds...awesome haha.

January 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Joanne Levy said...

I'm really looking forward to THE WIG IN THE WINDOW and RUMP, too. Also DESTINY, REWRITTEN, just for the cover alone. RED, well, I haven't heard much about it, but being that I'm a red, well, you see where this is going.

January 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Dark contemporaries are my favorite right now. They are so good at delivering feels like a punch to the kidneys. So painful; so good.

Doesn't she sound awesome? At first I was like "meh, happy contemporary" and then I was like "is she holding a GASOLINE CAN?" and then I read the synopsis and was like "O_O MUST HAVE RIGHT NOW."

January 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Audra said...

I had lots of relevant things to say, but then Fassbender being cute distracted me. Anyway, you cracked me up with your comments on How My Summer Went Up in Flames -- why aren't you local?? Also, Rump is adorable for a Rumplestiltskin book altho the cover makes me think it is about to become a Pixar film.

January 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

All of the middle grades! I'm so particular with middle grade books, but I've found I'm pretty good at picking out the ones that will work for me, so I expect all of those to be fantasmagorical. Also, I expect this from Red too!

January 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, I'm not even sure where local is. I should go look on Twitter but I am too lazy. Are you going to BEA this year? I'm pretty sure I'm going!

Maybe it IS about to become a Pixar film? WHO KNOWS?

January 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Audra said...

Boston!

Sadly, I don't think I can swing BEA, it's during my 2nd busiest work month ever. Le sigh. Maybe next year. I'm so envious you're going!

January 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww, boo! I was in Boston once! I was young, and remember pretty much nothing. Sad day!

January 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Madigan McGillicuddy said...

Great list! Haha, your "grabby hands" at the end made me laugh. I'm looking forward to plenty of these myself.

January 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

How have I read a book on this list? *baffled* Anyway, Rump is quite adorable and I generally quite pleased with how it was done. The ending wasn't quite as good as I was hoping but still, quite solid. And Rump himself is rather cute.

January 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Woo! GIF for the win!

January 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

How HAVE you read a book on this list? o_O

January 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger KM said...

The title of this most made me laugh. I'm really excited about some of these, too, especially STARGLASS and THESE BROKEN STARS - this seems to be the year of awesome sci-fi. :)

January 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Julie@My5monkeys said...

#9 is on my list too. Fassbender distracted me with his grabby hands :) 8 and 10 are also on my list too

January 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Kat Balcombe said...

Oh The End Games sounds exactly like my kind of book. Must have!!!!

January 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

This was my goal! I love sci fi, so I would be okay with that. :)

January 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Ashleigh Paige said...

I'll fight you for an advance copy of Red. Just saying. :P

For the moment, I'm doing my thing where I hide and peer warily at ACID. A lot of my friends are getting excited over it and I ain't moving a muscle toward it until people I know start getting to it. I'm thinking about Starglass because Phoebe is my friend and also fabulous, but I don't know. I'm just not a big sci-fi fan.

January 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Aly said...

So... How My Summer Went in Flames looks soooo interesting. I can't wait for the S-Word either, I want more contempt YA and this looks compelling.

January 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I also really want Destiny Rewritten, Rump, and How My Summer Went Up in Flames. (I too love the literal in that title.)

January 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

*puts dukes up*

I love science fiction, and I got the go ahead that Starglass is awesome. I'm giving ACID the benefit of the doubt. We'll see!

January 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM  
OpenID aliceinreaderland said...

I LOVED How My Summer Went Up in Flames, and These Broken Stars is on my list too! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/debuts/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

January 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oooh, you've read it already! Squeeeee!

January 15, 2013 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Leela said...

Oooo, Destiny rewritten seems adorable :)

January 15, 2013 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Sinclair said...

Oh YES to All These Broken Stars, Acid, S-Word (which is on EW, BTW) and Red. DO WANT!

January 15, 2013 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Shelver506 said...

I used to feel the same way about STARGLASS, but the cover keeps growing on me. I kinda like it now. It'll be pretty as a hardcover.

My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-10-tuesday-most-wanted-2013-debuts.html

January 15, 2013 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Ooh, which author's twitter persona burned you? Mine? Tahereh Mafi's? That's actually one reason I don't follow a lot of authors on twitter or a lot of author blogs. I have, however, followed Phoebe since long before she had a book deal and I know she's incredibly intelligent and hard-working, so I'm very interested to read her book. RED sounds really fun, and I'm now interested in the S-Word for the same reason you are, which I hadn't thought about before. The cover screams slightly-pretentious-literary-fiction to me, and I wonder why they're marketing it that way.

January 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm not going to say, but I'm much pickier about following authors now. :(

January 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Bookworm1858 said...

I'd heard of most of these except for The Wig in the Window, which sounds very much like something I'll love as a big Hitchcock fan. Great list!

January 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

I got an ARC of Rump at Comic-Con and read it in a sitting shortly thereafter.

January 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

The End Game cover still creeps me out. I also can't wait for How My Summer Went Up In Flames. I'm not at all bothered by the fact that you like that she literally set her boyfriends car on fire. Not sure what that says about me, but whatever. Looks awesome.

January 16, 2013 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, really? I love it SO MUCH. We will just assume the fact that we think that's awesome because that's the totally normal response.

January 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

You're just too classy!

January 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

This gif is pretty much talking about me: http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2ll2ijfpC1r3ydtso1_500.gif

January 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Lindsay Ribar said...

The Wig in the Window! Red! I love both of those books SO MUCH!

January 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

:D

January 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

Some of these MG books look fantastic. I saw the first one, but the Wig in the Window is new to me. I must have it!!

I also really want Red. Red heads for the win!

The End Game is also new to me but I gotta look into that and see if it would be something for me. Creepy, creepy cover.

Love this list!

January 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Alecia Putnam said...

Awesome list! The tops on my list include BEING HENRY DAVID by Cal Amistead, DEAR LIFE, YOU SUCK by Scott Blagden, and DR. BIRD’S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS by Evan Roskos.

January 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM  

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