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Top Ten Tuesday – 2014 Debuts! Woo!

Like last week, and the week before.. TTT is hosted by the fabulous Broke and Bookish

Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For

In release date order- any blurb info is from Goodreads. These authors may already be published, but are releasing a debut in a different genre e.g. YA 🙂


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Released 28th Jan

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.

…but of course they’ve been deceived! Dun dun duhhhh! I like the SF dystopian vibe this has.

About the author – Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body.

I like him already! ACCIO RED RISING!!



Dorothy Must Die! by Danielle Paige

Released April 1st

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Now THAT is a GREAT idea for a story. A little bit of piggybacking never hurt nobody.. as long as it’s done with grace and awareness. I’m looking forward to reading it very much.

About the author: (I couldn’t find much) Danielle lives in NY. Before turning to YA, she worked in television & was nominated for several Daytime Emmy’s. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.



Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Released April 1st

Yulia’s father always taught her that an empty mind is a safe mind. She has to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia, especially because she seems to be able to read the minds of the people she touches. When she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power where she can trust no one.

I’m all over this like a rash! I cannot WAIT! After Dimitri left my life (Vampire Academy) I have a Russian shaped spot to fill…

About the author –  ‘I’m an ex-Oklahoman and an unapologetic Washingtonian. I’m a Russophile, analyst, nerd, devourer of books (and worlds), impractical shoe hoarder, and Sheltie mommy.’

Nerdz is cool. And a shoe hoarder? I’m down with that!



Whisper by Chris Struyk-Bonn

Expected release in April

Whisper was a reject, living in a world so polluted and damaged that many humans and animals alike were born with defects.  She’d grown up in an outcast camp far from any village, and those who lived in the camp were like her:  disfigured. 

But on her sixteenth birthday, Whisper’s father came to take her back to the village where she was to fill her mother’s vacated spot and perform duties for the family.

I can’t say what drew me to this book exactly. There is something compelling and timeless about the premise, and yeah, I’ll admit it… I LOVE the cover!

About the author- ‘I love cats. I have three of them and one of them is about twenty pounds. I have been trying to figure out how to help him lose some weight, but he is just not interested, and the treadmill has not been working.’

She won me with that. Cats are proper little buggers when they want to be!



Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Released 8th April

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she’s fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that’ll take years to kick.

The second time, she’s seventeen, and it’s no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina’s murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

Again, GREAT cover. I hope they don’t change it! The full blurb does a great job of creating intrigue… I need to know what the ‘secret’ is!

About the author – Born in a backwoods cabin to a pair of punk rockers, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. Following an internship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she studied theatre at Southern Oregon University before abandoning the stage for the professional kitchen.

This chick is a BADASS!



Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Expected April 22nd

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen.

This is such a compelling idea. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this ‘feels’ when its read. If that makes sense.

About the author- Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn’t writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming.

She’s a busy bee! And I can totally relate to that! 🙂



Hexed by Michelle Krys

Released June 10th

If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties.

I really like the funky feel this has. A darkly chirpy kind of paranormal YA (is such a thing possible? Erk! I just said it, so, it is now!)

About the author – Seriously, click on to her ‘about’ page. That funky feeling I got about this book is backed up by her bio. MEGALOLZ!



The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Released June 10th

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

The blurb made me go ‘oooooooh’ and that’s usually an omen that I need to have that book in my life!

About the author – Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, can’t get enough of her two pesky German Shepherds, wolf cub, and two horses. She’s still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts–it was probably just lost in the mail.

Another Potter-nut? I’m totally won over now!



Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Released August 5th (my birthday! Woo!)

A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real … including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

I was drawn to this because it sounded different somehow. It’s got a psychological element to it that interests me very much.

About the author – There isn’t a whole lot to be dug up about her, but she got a wicked cool picture of her and a unicorn masked individual on her website! Tee hee!



So here’s the NINE debut books I’m UBER excited about.. I couldn’t decide on a tenth (in other words, I couldn’t find one), so any suggestions are welcome!

What are you eagerly waiting for?



YA writer. Epic reader. Professional procrastinator.

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – 2014 Debuts! Woo!

  1. I’m excited for a lot of these books (Red Rising is already pre-ordered, and Dorothy Must Die looks like it could be brilliant) but I’d somehow missed Sekret and it sounds great, so thanks for posting this and making me aware of ir!

    1. My pleasure! It’s always great to find something new to add to that tbr list, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  2. Ugh, have to respectfully disagree here, I definitely didn’t need more books on that mile long list when I’m already desperately trying to catch up…
    But oh well, I can’t unsee this now, so I’m putting Sekret on it, it sounds really awesome with the Communist Russia setting and you have a point about that Russian shaped hole… 🙂

  3. Great list! Servants of the Storm looks intriguing (love the psychological vibe…).

    Also – although it has nothing to do with me – hooray on the Attack on Titan thing. May have to give it another watch myself on Crunchyroll/Netflix 😀

    1. Yay! Really feeling the AoT good vibes today 🙂

      Yeah, I picked Servants of the Storm because it stood out from the usual stuff.

      Thanks for dropping in! 😀

  4. Dorothy Must Die sounds interesting, and it feels like a contender for my own self-pub novelette trilogy. Unfortunately, I’m no competition for a published novel. Will definitely look out for it.

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