2013 Debut Novels We Are Looking Forward To

Hello YA enthusiast friends,

This post will highlight five (yup, it was hard but we are limiting ourselves to 5 books) 2013 YA debut novels we are dying to get our hands on. For eye candy purposes, we also tried to pick ones with covers already.

In the order of release date:
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Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She's desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark's feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her "sext" photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now... (out 2/1/2013)
Blaze reminds us a little of Good Girls by Laura Ruby, a novel we both loved.

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She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.
 (out 5/14/2013)
Huh. What could Megan's father have done to warrant their always changing fake identities? And adorable farm boy? We love Ethan already.

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Some say the seaside town of Echo Bay is cursed. They may be right. When a game of truth or dare spins out of control, three beautiful teen girls start receiving mysterious dares containing hints to dark secrets long buried. For artsy outcast Sydney Morgan; perfect, popular Caitlin “Angel” Thomas; and queen bee Tenley Reed, the truth is not an option.

This is no party game—-it’s do or die.

And it’s their turn to play.
 (out 5/14/2013)
We are hoping Truth or Dare will be a scare-your-pants-off, jump-at-every-tiny-creaking-sound kind of read.

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Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
 (out 5/21/2013)
We are intrigued by the synopsis. It seems like the author will take the invisible girl story line in a different direction. And we are curious how Fiona will deal with her father. Love the vibrant cover too!

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My darling daughter,

Know that I never would have left the Earth if it hadn't already been doomed. . .

The generation ship Asherah coasts through space, bound for a planet its passengers have never even seen. On the eve of their arrival, sixteen-year-old botanist Terra discovers that her orderly society has fractured. Walking home one night through the long-abandoned engine rooms, she witnesses the murder of an innocent man. Now, called on by the Children of Abel, a group of rebels intent on destroying the High Council, Terra must prove her mettle--assassinate the ship's rising captain. In order to carry out her task, Terra must betray her father, deceive her teacher, and challenge everything the Council has ever taught her was true.

The rebels think that Terra has nothing left to lose. But when she falls for Silvan Rafferty, the boy that she's meant to kill, Terra learns that "doing your duty" isn't always as easy as it seems. (out 7/23/2013)
Starglass had us at "she falls for the boy that she's meant to kill"--we are suckers with that kind romantic trope.

Maybe we'll do another one of these posts (highlighting debuts we are excited for) mid-year--we don't mean to ignore the awesome ones that do not have covers right now! By then more covers should be revealed for releases later in the year. 

So... what do you all think of our picks?

We did a lot of listing of books this week, but we will be back to our regular posts (reviews, "books we covet," author Q&A, etc.) in the coming week. 

Til then, have a great weekend everyone!

-Leslie & Michelle


  1. I am going to be adding The Rules for Disappearing to my TBR list. I hadn't heard of it before but it sounds like something I'd love! I am also intrigued by Transparent. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Ooooh. I'll admit. I wasn't really too thrilled with what I've seen of YA books that are releasing this year, except for some sequels and ending of series. I think Truth or Dare and The Rules of Disappearing sound really good. Great picks!

  3. We read the ARC of TRANSPARENT and really enjoyed it! Great cast of characters.

  4. So many great covers. I love the Transparent cover.

  5. I'm digging Starglass the most on this list.

  6. I definitely want to read all of these as well. Of the covers, I think Blaze is my favorite but the stories for all have a lot of potential.

  7. I'm going to add all of these to my wishlist. They sound great!


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