The purpose of this feature is to show you guys which YA debuts I'm most looking forward to, and which ones I've enjoyed. Hopefully it'll also help build some buzz around some of these debuts. There will be one post at the beginning of each month showing the top three upcoming debuts I'm most looking forward to and excited for, and it will also wrap up the previous month by showing which debuts I read and enjoyed.
So, without further ado, here are the February debuts that I have read, and my thoughts on them in a couple of sentences.
This started off well, but dropped in quality very quickly. It included insta love, borderline abusive relationships, and "wet, violent" kisses.
A FREAKING AWESOME DEBUT that alternates between two timelines, and includes people with mind powers. Mind powers FTW.
An action-less novel about witches. Why wasn't there more magic?!
A haunting debut about a girl with multiple personalities, all of which protected her when she was kidnapped.
A good fantasy novel that took from several different cultures, not just medieval Britain! Also: cat shipping!
An okay novel about a girl who meets her mother for the first time. I wanted to see more of her grief, though, because I'm evil like that.
I haven't managed to read Dualed yet (this sickness has cut into my reading time) but I want to get to it ASAP!
Aaaaaaaaand here are the March debuts that I'm really freakin' excited for:
Linked by Imogen Howson
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.
Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.
Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.
Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else's hands?
But Oliver is more than just a genie -- he's also a sophomore at Margo's high school, and he's on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him.
A whole lot more.
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
Let me know in the comments below which debuts you are looking forward to in March, and which ones you read in February! Did you read any of the ones that I showcased in my last Debut Showcase post?