Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is 2014 debuts we’re most excited for.
The Year of the Rat by Claire Furniss
This one is a slight cheat as I was lucky enough to read an ARC in December, but it’s a stunning and poignant read. Pearl is 15 and her mother has just died giving birth to her baby sister, Pearl has nicknamed her the Rat as a reminder that she is the reason her mum is no longer here.
Trouble by Non Pratt
This is another sneaky one as I have actually read it, but it’s released in March. It’s a great YA contemporary debut and a great read that is filled with humour, emotion and realistic characters. Hannah’s fifteen and pregnant when Aaron, the new quiet boy at school, offers to be her baby’s pretend father and an unlikely friendship forms.
Inspired by the true story of one of the youngest recorded soldiers in the First World War, Valentine Joe tells the story of Rose who visits Ypres with her grandfather to visit the graves of soliders who died in the First World War. Late at night she sees a young soldier leaving for the front line …
Half Bad by Sally Green
I remember reading about this on the Bookseller website and it sounds great. It is set in England where witches live amongst humans and it sounds amazing. Nathan is the son of the most powerful and cruel Dark witch. He has to escape and find his father by his sixteenth birthday where he will come into his own as witch and receive three gifts from his father, or he will die.
I love contemporary YA and this sounds like a compelling read. Sophie’s nearly died twice. Once in a car accident when she was fourteen, an accident that left her scarred and with an Oxy addiction. Then when she’s seventeen her and her best friend, Mina, are confronted by a masked man and Mina dies. Facing blame and disbelief she’s clean, Sophie returns from rehab and searches for Mina’s murderer.
So many other bloggers have been talking about looking forward to this one and while I wasn’t sure when I read the first part of the summary, I’m incredibly intrigued by this one and the concept f having lived dangerously and acted out a bucket list in the belief you are dying, then to find out you aren’t!
The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis
I’m incredibly intrigued by this debut which has been compared to Patrick Ness and David Almond’s writing. It tells the story of thirteen year old James, who discovers a homeless man in an abandoned house and the two go on a journey to cure the homeless man’s ‘dark curse’.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
This just sounds brilliant. The rumour is Dorothy has returned to Oz and the power has gone to head. This is the story of Amy Gunn, the other girl from Kansas and the one who has fight on behalf of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I was invited to a bloggers evening at Walker Books late last year and we got to have a Google hangout with Leslye Walton. Hearing her talk about the book just made me want to read it more and it’s the next book I’m planning on reading. I love magical realism and I think this going to be a very different and enjoyable read. It tells the story of Ava, a young woman who is born with wings and not only her own life but her family’s saga too.
Liz was the first ever book blogger I met and she’s a lovely person. I know her debut YA is going to be fantastic and I’m so excited to read it! Contemporary urban fantasy, Grimm fairy tale references, what more do I need? Kit is a proud Blackhart and her training is really put to the test when she discovers an injured Fae prince by her home and has to protect him. I absolutely cannot wait for this one.