Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Debuts

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Brooke and the Bookish. This week's top ten is of the 2014 debuts I am excited for. 

10. "Dear Killer" by Katherine Ewell: the blurb is really intriguing and I'm really hyped for this book. The only thing I'm weary of is the author's young age. I've had bad experiences with young authors in the past, but admittedly they were all younger than her, and Veronica Roth, whose book I loved, was not all that older than Ewell when she published her debut novel. So I'm willing to give Ewell the benefit of doubt.  

9. "Nil" by Lynne Matson: I have read some glowing praise for this book and the concept is really interesting, too. 

8. "Alienated" by Melissa Landers: I really like the premise. I have read a book with the alien exchange student premise before, but that one was actually an analysis of gender roles in our society (and it was really good). I don't think this one will be nearly as good, judging from the last paragraph of the blurb. I am kind of hopeful, because the premise is really cool and has a certain nostalgic flavor for me, I just hope that it's not an "Obsidian" rip-off. 

7. "Illusive" by Emily Lloyd-Jones: I admit it, I was intrigued by the fact that it was marketed as a mix of "x-men" and "ocean's elven". Which probably means it won't have anything to do with either of those, but it still caught my eye. And I really like the concept of the super-powered criminals.

6. "Banished" by Lyz de Jager: damn, I really hate this cover. But since a book should not be judged by its cover I am giving this the benefit of doubt and judging it by its premise, which is really cool, if not exactly the most original thing I've ever heard of. 

5. "The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavander" by Lesley Walton : This promises to be speculative fiction at its finest, I just hope it lives up to my expectations. Short excursus: I am not really a fan of the title,  it's far too long and it's hard to remember.    

4. "Midnight Thief" by Livia Blackburne: this one is not really a debut, but it is the author's first work that is not a novella, so I'm counting this as a debut. I have been wanting to get back into high fantasy for a while, and this novel really seems interesting, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one. 

3. "Defy" by Sarah B. Larson: the blurb promises a good hight fantasy with a kick-ass heroine, even though she gets abducted - her two love interests are captive with her, so she probably will be actually badass and not a damsel in distress in disguise.


2. "Red Rising" by Pierce Brown: it promises to be a good ya dystopia novel, which are pretty hard to find.

1. "Half Bad" by Sally Green: this one has it all: an intriguing premise, a gorgeous cover and glowing praise and witches. What's not to be hyped about? 

So, what 2014 debuts are you excited about this year?


  1. I am so excited for some of these!

    Check our TTT of this week.

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  2. Love your list! I pretty much want all of these.

  3. I'm very excited for Half Bad, Red Rising and Midnight Thief! I'm also afraid Alienated will be too similar to Obsidian, especially because I didn't like Obisidian that much. But I love aliens, so I'll keep checking reviews :) Dear Killer sounds amazing, but so far it received mostly negative reviews.. and too bad you don't like the cover of Banished, I think it's really pretty :) I've read Defy and really liked it, although it had some annoying moments. Great list!

    Lanaia @ The Temporary Escape

  4. I share your excitement for Half Bad very much so, and also for Illusive too! :D This is a great list and I hope you get to read them all very soon :D

    Top Ten Tuesday - 2014 Debuts

  5. Brilliant list. I do want to read most of these books. Especially Dear Killer!

  6. I left DEAR KILLER off my list :( I actually have a copy in hand from a trade show and haven't had a chance to dive in. It should have been on my list - supposed to be very twisted! I'm pretty excited about it.

  7. I will be awaiting reviews for many of these to see what I will end up reading but I am especially excited for Dear Killer! Great list!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  8. The cover for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavander is simply gorgeous! I hadn't seen this one anywhere on the list, so I am going to look out for it at my library. Great list!!!

  9. Great list! Several of these are new to me. So many books to get excited for in 2014. If only we had more time to read!
    Ashley @ Chronicles

  10. Dear Killer is one I am highly anticipating!!
    Amber @ www.polishedreaders.com

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  12. I just recently bought Defy, and I'm hoping to read it sometime soon! The romance and fantasy aspects of that book both sound great. Dear Killer also looks super intriguing. Great picks :)

  13. Wow, awesome list of debuts! I'm eager to get my hands on Midnight Thief and Ava Lavender. Banished caught my eye too.

  14. I almost put The Strang and Beautiful Life on my list, but yeah that title is just tooooo looong, so I skipped it. It does look like it might be good though. I like the cover of Alienated, but I'm still up in the air about it. I don't know if I'm into Alien books or not???

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT

  15. I love the covers of Alienated and Banished. Stunning.

  16. Great list! I'm so excited for so many of these and they made my list too. I read and loved Alienated, I've read Obsidian too and I didn't think they were very similar at all - except for the whole alien man meets human girl aspect. 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.

  17. Great list! I'm so excited for several of these. And I never heard of Illusive before, but now I definitely want to check it out.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  18. Ooooooh you have introduced me to something new! Nil looks really interesting!

    And I agree with you with the long names. I have actually stumbled across many books coming out this year that follow the title formula "The [some strange mysterious detail] of [full name]". It is a strange fad....lol

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a good weekend!