Well hello, readers. I hope everyone on the east coast is staying safe in the aftermath of Sandy. We didn’t get hit too badly here in Syracuse, but I did use my “hurrication” to do some much-needed reading (Once and The Crown of Embers are no longer on my TBR List!).
The TBR list has no end, though. 2012 has been a big year for first-time authors, so here are some debut novels I’m looking forward to reading.
1. Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
A YA fantasy novel set in a land based on Russia and inspired by Russian folklore? You guys, this book is a combination of ALL OF THE THINGS I LOVE. When I first read the summary, I was a little creeped out by the flesh-eating monsters, but I’m choosing to look past that because, like I said, ALL OF THE THINGS.
2. Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
This is the first book in yet another trilogy. What can I say, good things come in threes. Anyway, this is the classic girl meets boy-from-wrong-side-of-tracks story…except in a futuristic dystopian society, with crazy technology, a protected dome, and a wild wasteland. What obstacles could they possibly face?
3. Reunited, by Hilary Weisman Graham
On the list of things I love: road trips and boy bands (we can discuss boy band allegiance at a later date, but just know that there IS A RIGHT ANSWER). Anyway, enough with the tangents. Since this book is about 3 former bffs who put aside their current warring ways to travel to their former favorite boy band’s one-time-only reunion show, I predict love at first read.
4. Send Me a Sign, by Tiffany Schmidt
Girl with cancer hides her disease from everyone while searching for signs she’ll live (and, from the sounds of it, falls in love with her boy best friend). I don’t know why, but I’ve always liked books that in some way involve terminal illnesses (no, I will not apologize for my former love of Lurlene McDaniel!). I’m going to go ahead and guess that there will be a lot of crying involved when I read this one.
5. Time Between Us, by Tamara Ireland Stone
Time travel! And romance! And teenagers! It sounds like that movie The Lake House, but SO MUCH BETTER.
What debut novels are you in a rush to read? Let me know what I need to add to my list!