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Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderfully bookish and list-loving folk over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To. Only a few of these were already on my radar, so preparing this week’s list has led to some exciting discoveries for me.

splintered 1. Splintered by A. G. Howard

I’ve been reading good things about this book in which Alyssa, descendent of Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, returns to wonderland. It sounds just a tiny bit psychologically disturbing and I love the cover.

2. Broken by A. E. RoughtBroken-144dpi-197x300

A modern spin on a Gothic theme that sounds both romantic and haunting, brought to you by Strange Chemistry, publishers of all things unique and original.

3. Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton) by Leila Rasheed

This new series sounds ideal for fans of Downton Abbey – like me!

4. Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

This other-worldy tale is set in a place that exists between two worlds – this one and the afterlife – and is released today.

madmans daughter5. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The heroine of this literary spin-off is Juliet Moreau, daughter of the infamous doctor and vivisectionist from H. G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau. She discovers that the doctor, presumed dead, is actually alive and travels to his tropical island laboratory to put an end to his horrific experiments.

6. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

I love books that delve into little-chartered world of dreams, and in this one Dusty, the heroine, breaks into people’s houses and invades their dreams – but it leads to her bring caught up in frantic chase to stop a serial killer when one boy’s murderous nightmare comes true.

7. Altered by Jennifer Rush altered

Please note that I was in no way influenced by the cover when selecting this book. Ahem! It features a girl called Anna whose father keeps four boys locked in the basement – a resource I’m sure many a teenaged girl fantasises about! But they are actually there as part of a genetic experiment, under the direction of the sinister Branch and soon Anna finds herself on the run from the organisation’s agents. Gripping stuff!

8. Ink by Amanda Sun

In which a girl is unwillingly uprooted to Japan and meets a hot Japanese boy whose drawings come to life and connect him to the ancient gods.

insomnia9. Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

I love the premise of this book. Imagine if, instead of sleeping, every night you entered the dreams of the last person you had eye contact with that day. That’s what happens to Parker, and for four years he hasn’t slept or had dreams of his own – until he meets a mysterious girl whose dreams allow him blissful yet totally addictive rest.

10. Starglass by Phoebe North

I’m not normally a fan of books set in space but this dystopian thriller caught my eye, and as I’ve resolved this year to try some books outside my comfort zone I might give it a shot. It’s set on a generation ship transporting earth passengers to live on a planet they have never seen before. One passenger, Terra, witnesses a murder that reveals a fracture in her people’s orderly society.

What are your most anticipated debuts of 2013? And will any of you be taking up the Debut Author Challenge hosted this year by Hobbitsies?

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  1. Great list of debuts! So many of these I’m looking forward to as well. Altered, Nightmare and Level 2 are on my radar, and Insomnia and Broken also look appealing. The debuts are really competing with the sequels this year- hope I can read a good assortment of each.
    Happy reading!

  2. I can’t wait for The Madman’s Daughter, Cinders & Sapphires, Level 2, and Ink! Altered and Splintered already came out and I can’t wait to read them both! 2013 looks like it’s going to be an awesome year! (:

    My TTT & check out my Most Anticipated 2013 Book Giveaway if you have time! 😀


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