Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For

Posted January 14, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

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Last year, I did this topic, and I read 8 out of the 10 I chose. Of those 8, only 3 made it above 3 oranges. I’m scared I jinxed these books. So… I’m a bit hesitant. But I still want to showcase a few debuts I’m definitely looking forward to. I’m not going for ten, because I honestly don’t know about many debuts so far, and I don’t want to fill up my list with debuts I’m casually sort of kind of debating having an interest in. *cough*

2014 Debuts I Have GRABBY HANDS For

A Mad, Wicked Folly1. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Published on January 23rd, 2014 by Viking Juvenile
Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

Alienated2. Alienated by Melissa Landers
Published on February 4th, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

The57LivesOfAlexWayfare-144dpi3. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen
Published on March 4th, 2014 by Strange Chemistry
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

2014 Debuts I Need To Know More About

Half Bad1. Half Bad by Sally Green
Published on March 25th, 2014 by Viking Juvenile
A stunning, magical debut. An international sensation.

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

16210411 (1)2. Extraction by Stephanie Diaz
Published on July 22nd, 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin
“Welcome to Extraction testing.”

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves Promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With urgent writing, fluid dialogue, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.

Red Rising3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Published on January 28th, 2014 by Del Rey
Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

One 2014 Debut You Should Be Buying

Cruel BeautyCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Published on January 28th, 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
I read this last week and was completely in awe. It’s a five star read, and you will be seeing my review next week. A couple days after finishing, I went and pre-ordered a physical copy because YEAH it’s that good.

Let’s Talk!

Are any of these debuts on your list? I really can’t wait for A Mad, Wicked Folly – I’ve even pre-ordered it already. Also I’m laughing at how my categories split these into blue covers and red covers. LOL. Which debuts should be on my radar? Seriously, link me to your lists, because I feel extremely out of the loop.

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22 responses to “Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For

  1. Ooh, I have all but a couple of these on my list. Most looking forward to Alienated and A Mad, Wicked Folly.

    PS. I love the spreadsheet you did and just made one up for myself. Hoping I’ll actually keep up with it for the whole year!

  2. Your blog is so pretty and happy!! I love your header! I’m thinking about reading Alienated and Cruel Beauty. They’re both out of my comfort zone a little, but look like they could be really really good. I think I’ll wait until some more reviews are posted before I make a final decision. Cool list this week though 🙂

    My TTT

  3. Okay, Extraction was not on my radar but it sure is now!
    Cruel Beauty!!!! I really enjoyed that one too! Half Bad is on my list as well.
    I passed over A Mad, Wicked Folly the first time I heard about it but I’ve seen that the early reviews have mostly been positive, so I’m putting it in the maybe column. It certainly sounds original! Though not sure if the time period is for me.

  4. Love your list!! We definitely have a lot in common here! Extraction wasn’t on my list but I’ll definitely be adding it after seeing in on both yours and my sister’s lists!!

    jaime @ Fic Fare
    Top Ten Tuesday

  5. Cruel Beauty sounds like an amazing read and I have pre-ordered myself a copy. I hope I’m going to love it too! Alienated and 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare are both on my list too, because aliens and TIME TRAVEL.
    I have seen Red Rising on so many lists! So many people are looking forward to it but I hadn’t even heard about it before today’s top ten lists. It sounds really awesome though, and I can definitely see why so many people are looking forward to it. *adds it to Goodreads now*

  6. I read about 12 debut’s in 2013 and most I enjoyed but a few were awful. My plan this year is allow myself to DNF if I know there is nothing the book can do to make me enjoy it. Much easier that way.

    I’m really looking forward to Half Bad. Love stories about witches and this one seems pretty unique.

  7. Your list is simply amazing. I’ve seen the 57 lives floating around and I know I must add it! I actually did go to and it’s confusing because on the cover, it says 57 and the title is fifty-seven. I just hate it when that happens. Anyways, 2014 looks like it’ll be a great debut year!

  8. I admit I totally judged Alienated by it’s cover and never even read the blurb for it. SO many people are raving about this and it sounds really freaking cute. That’ll teach me. I’m so eager for Red Rising and Half Bad! Extraction is a new one to me but sounds awesome. Great picks!

  9. I saw the quote from Cruel Beauty on your spreadsheet post the other day. I HAFF to read. This could be The Book To Get Me Out My Reading Rut *crosses fingers*

  10. Great list! I’m so excited for so many of these and they made my list too. I read and loved ALienated, but I am still super excited to get my hands on the finished hardback! There seems to be so many good books coming out in 2014, I’m not sure where I’ll find the time to read them all. I hope you get to all of your picks 🙂 My TTT.

  11. I wasn’t very interested in A mad, wicked folly until I read the review on Cuddlebuggery. I love the sound of the MC. Alienated looks good and such a pretty cover. Cruel beauty *dreamy sigh* Absolutely adore/love/cherish that book. I can see myself re-reading it soon.

  12. It makes me ridiculously happy that CRUEL BEAUTY made your list! I’m excited to hear that you loved it. It’s been getting mixed reviews, which worries and intrigues me at the same time. I can’t wait to read it for myself though and see how I end up feeling about it!

  13. Cruel Beauty looks like a winner! I was trying to decide on Half Bad. I think I may hang back a little and wait to see the early reviews before I become excited.

    • Right? I’m so hesitant with Half Bad because ehhhh witches/wizardry…. it’s gone so wrong so many times before and all the PNR books I pick up seem to disappoint me. So I will wait on some ratings on that one before I decide to bite or not.