Thursday, 22 December 2011

Top Five YA Debuts of 2012 according to...You!

It's the time of year for wish lists! While I will be taking a blogging break for Christmas, some lovely authors will be popping by the blog to tell you what books they'll be wishing for in 2012. In the meantime though, here are the results of your hot picks for 2012 in YA debuts.  Last years list was heavy on angel mythology and dystopian fiction, but this year, while dystopian is still a hit, the number one must read YA debut for you guys is Brodi Ashton's Everneath, which has it's roots in ancient Greek mythology . Time travel and witches also feature amongst your hot picks for 2012!

Did your most anticipated debut for 2012 make the list? If not, tell me what it is. I might find a new book to add to my never-ending TBR!

If you've already read any of these, let me know your thoughts! 

Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Harper Collins (US)/Simon & Schuster (UK)
Release date: January 2012/February 2012.

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release date: January 2012

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Tempest by Julie Cross
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (US)/Pan Macmillan (UK)
Release date: January 2012.

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Fracture by Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walker & Co.(US)/Bloomsbury (UK)
Release date: January 2012.

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.

A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Release date: January 2012

Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.

Although a perfect fit for the paranormal romance genre, A WITCH IN WINTER avoids fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads, and tells the heart-wrenching story of a couple meant to be together, but being forced apart. Seth is utterly irresistible and Anna is an empowered, proactive young woman with unimaginable magic inside her. This is fast-paced, sensuous writing with believable incantations inspired by Warburton's research into witchcraft legend and old English

Great list, guys! I can safely say that all of these books are on my 2012 wish list! Hopefully I'll have some of the authors along to feature in Delightful Debutantes too!

Other books that almost made the Top Five list but just missed out were...
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Article 5 by Kristen Simmons and Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne.


  1. Cool list - A Witch in Winter definitely sounds interesting (and this is speaking as someone who's trying to avoid paranormal romance!)

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  2. I'm looking forward to all of those, especially A Witch in Winter! I read and enjoyed Fracture and I'm really excited for Harbinger too! Great list :).

  3. I really want to read A Witch in the Winter! I love that cover!

  4. I am especially excited for Everneath and Tempest. I have a copy of Tempest on my shelf- I am hoping to get to it over my winter break. A Witch in Winter is new to me- it sounds brilliant! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Everneath and Fractured both look awesome to me. I am hoping to read them before too long! The covers and summaries really appeal to me. Thanks for sharing this list. Now I know what to look for!

  6. I have a feeling that I'll be broke for 2012. So many great books coming out!

  7. I am DEFINITELY excited for Fracture! The other ones sound interesting too, but Fracture's the one I'm waiting for! Lol.

    Enjoy your blogging break! Sometimes we all need them.

  8. I've already read Tempest, it's really cool! There are so much "jumps" and sometimes it's not so easy to understand when (not where xD) Jackson is, but i loved it and i hope there'll be a sequel!
    I also made a review, it's in italian but you can translate it on my blog :)


  9. Awesome list! I can't wait to read all of these.

  10. I haven't read any of those yet but they are all on my wishlist for 2012. Everneath is right at the top of that list!

  11. I am so so so looking forward to reading all these books! I can't even pick which of them I'm looking forward to more, as they all sound like amazing reads.

    I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for your reviews of these!


  12. One more debut you might like to keep your eye on - I scored an ARC of Sam Hawksmoor's The Repossession and would highly recommend it as a really exciting sci-fi thriller.


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