Saturday, 18 December 2010

Top Five YA Debuts of 2011 according to....YOU!

I was just about to delete the spreadsheet for my 2011 YA giveaway when I thought of doing this. Please note, this is just for fun, and the list is in no way a conclusive list! For my 2011 YA giveaway, readers were asked to pick their top five debuts of 2011 and I've compiled a list of the most popular. Any surprises here? There were for me.  For starters, the debuts I'm most looking forward to, Timeless by Alexandra Monir and Amy Plum's Die for Me don't feature in the top five. Also, The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney wasn't really on my radar before this, but it got lots of votes so I may just have to check it out.

What do you think of the list? It looks like the angel trend in YA is set to remain popular!  Is your most anticipated debut for 2011 on there? If not, tell me what it is. I might find a new book to add to my never-ending TBR!

Also, if you've already read any of these, let me know if they are living up to the hype!

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher:  HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen books.
Release date: Feb 15th  2011

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: January 11th 2011 (US) / March 3rd 2011 (UK)

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Publisher:  Flux (US) /  Corgi Children's (UK)
Release date: February 2011 (US & UK)

Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: January 4th 2011.

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what it is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place--and out of place, at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make--between honesty and deciet, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

 Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Publisher:   Simon & Schuster Children's (US) / Voyager (UK)
Release date: March 22nd 2011 (US) / August 4th 2011 (UK)

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.


  1. I loved Wither. Completely wonderful!

  2. I can't wait to read all of these. I just got Across the Universe yesterday through an ARC tour---so excited to read it! I like the idea of angels sticking around too. I need a break from vampires. :)

  3. These are all on my wishlist for 2011 and I think they are all on my debut author challenge list too. We obviously all have great taste in books lol

  4. I am really anticipating Wither and Across the Universe! :)

  5. I adored Unearthly! I thought that one definitely deserved its hype. The others I can't wait to read:)

  6. I adored Unearthly! One of my favourite reads of the year!! I also loved Angelfire. And I'm halfway through The Iron Witch and it's also fantastic!

  7. I've read Unearthly and Angelfire, and thoroughly enjoyed them both. :)

  8. I am super super excited to read Wither! Great list!

    XOXO~ renee

  9. Thank you so much for including Angelfire!! It's so great to hear that people are excited for it! I read the rest of these books besides The Iron Witch and they are fantastic! 2011 is looking bright for debuts =)

  10. And thank you for including AtU, too! :) I hope you all like it. As for me, I can't wait to read the other four on the list!

  11. Sigh, these are all on my list. How am I supposed to get through my TBR pile when there's so much great new stuff coming out to be excited about too?

  12. I've read AngelFire, and loved it. The Iron Witch I'm waiting patiently for from Amazon, Unearthly I've got to read, and Wither is on my WoW and's going to be a fab year for books I think.

  13. These all sound great ... my wish list just got a lot longer! Fab post - thanks :-)

  14. YES! I'm waiting for all five of these to be published. Cannot wait.

  15. Wither is the one out of those five which I'm really desperate for - looks amazing! Great list.

  16. I agree! But like you, I'm looking forward to Timeless and Die for Me. There's so many interesting books coming out. It's a little overwhelming!


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