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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Happy Debut YA Book Birthday

You know what I'm celebrating this week?  My first sunburn of the season... one of these days I will learn!  But at least it means I got to enjoy some time on the beach and in the sun, which all-in-all is a very good thing.

We also have some debut YA book birthdays to celebrate this week.  There are MANY of these that I REALLY want!!  Put your hands together for ...

VENGEANCE BOUND by Justina Ireland

The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge…no matter how far it takes her.
Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.
Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

THE COLLECTOR (Dante Walker #1)  by Victoria Scott

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of Hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment: Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of Hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions long ago buried.

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

MY LIFE AFTER NOW by Jessica Verdi

What now? 

Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it's all too much--she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of. 

And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family? 

Now her life is completely different...every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.

THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS by J.J. Howard

Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.

A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake--and facing a terrible tragedy--Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi's mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn't there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus's fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi's ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it's Lexi's own future that's thrown into question.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

So, what do you think of this week's line up of debut authors?


6 comments:

elizabethwatgibson said...

Oh, so many wonderful books to read and enjoy. Will be putting these on my TBR list.

Katja Weinert said...

Great reviews on all these books already, I'm especially impressed by the reviews for In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

Glad you've had sun, not so glad you got sunburn :) Spring and Summer seem like non-starters here in the UK at the moment.

Kelly Hashway said...

The first one looks really interesting.

Beth said...

Those last two seem really good. And I'm excited about the historicals making their way to YA!

C. Lee McKenzie said...

That a pretty spectacular line up, Jessie! As to the sunburn . . . "Ouch!" But I'll bet there are people in Michigan who are envious. :-)

Logan E. Turner said...

I'm most intrigued by In the Shadow of Blackbirds and That Time I Joined the Circus. Very cool!

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