Monday, 31 December 2012

My Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2013!

Welcome to the final post in what's going to be a series of the Top or Best of my reads in 2012 and also what I'm looking forward to in 2013. Of course these are all of my own personal opinions and I would love to hear your thoughts on my selections.
This final post is going to feature the debut novels I cannot wait for that are released in 2013! This post will only show debut novels, if you're looking for sequels etc then check out my previous post. Anyway, there have been many debut authors who I've been following for a while now and finally in 2013 we will be able to see their work. I love that the readers get to go on this journey with them. In no particular order, here are my most anticipated Debut Novels of 2013:
Series: The Falconer #1
Release Date: 30th May 2013
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Synopsis: Lady Aileana Kameron can sing, paint prettily, and murder the fae as easily as dancing a waltz. But how far is she prepared to go for vengeance . . . ?

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

18 year old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh's social events - right up until a faery kills her mother.

Now it's the 1844 winter season. Between a seeming endless number of parties, Aileana slaughters faeries in secret. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, every night she sheds her aristocratic facade and goes hunting. She's determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city's many dark alleyways.

But she never even considered that she might become attracted to one. To the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind. Nor is she at all prepared for the revelation he's going to bring. Because Midwinter is approaching, and with it an eclipse that has the ability to unlock a Fae prison and begin the Wild Hunt.

A battle looms, and Aileana is going to have to decide how much she's willing to lose - and just how far she'll go to avenge her mother's murder.
I've followed Elizabeth May's photography for a couple of years now and when I found out she was writing a novel I was so excited! 2013 is the year I will finally get to read it! It's also set in scotland and I love how beautiful everything is there! There is so much in this book that I'm looking forward too!
Release Date: 6th June 2013
Publisher: Random House Childrens
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all - not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.

A gripping YA action-adventure fantasy, the first part of a planned duology.
I found out about this through Amy's blog and ever since I've been dying to get my hands on a copy! It just sounds so good, doesn't it? The whole idea is so unique and I'm so excited for it!  
Release Date: 5th March 2013
Publisher: Tor (US)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Synopsis: 16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the Dusty has to follow the clues--both within Eli’s dreams and out of them--to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
I can't wait for this! I love the cover, it really pulls me in and the book itself sounds so awesome!
Release Date: 29th January 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Synopsis: Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.
It was the cover of this book that really drew me in and after reading so many contemporaries this year, this sounds brilliant!
Release Date: 2nd April 2013
Publisher: Abrams
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Synopsis: In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
I love a good ghost story and this one seems to be a good place to start! Just look at the creepy cover!
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles #1
Release Date: 2nd January 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Synopsis: The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope...

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.
Here's another fantasy novels that's been buzzing on my radar all year! I can't wait to pick it up!
Series: The Madman's Daughter #1
Release Date: 29th January 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Synopsis: In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.
Another gorgeous cover and a title that screams at me! This is at the top of my list for next year!
Release Date: 1st May 2013
Publisher: Point
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Synopsis: Curtis Sittenfeld's PREP meets THE SIXTH SENSE in this spine-tingling, unforgettable debut.

Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known. There are gorgeous, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of girls with secrets to spare. Only . . . something is not quite right. One of Cam's new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don't seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. But what? The answer will leave Cam--and readers--stunned and breathless, in this thrilling debut novel.
I stumbled upon this recently and it just sounds so interesting!
Release Date: 5th February 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 361
Synopsis: An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.
This is a book that reviewers have said so many good things about and I just want to read it already!
Well there you go! My Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2013! There are so many good books coming out next year that it was so hard to narrow it down but there you go! I would love to hear which books you're looking forward to most in 2013, leave a comment and let me know. There's still time to check out my other posts in this series! For now though, I wish you all a Happy New Year! Have a good one!


  1. Wow, these are awesome! I literally added them all to my Goodreads to-read shelf! Thanks for this list!

  2. Oh, amazing list :D Thank you for sharing. <3 Sigh. The Madman's Daughter is amazing :D I hope you'll love all of these books. <3 Dying to read City of a Thousand Dolls! And of course, The Nightmare Affair. <3 still waiting for that ARC via NetGalley that was promised :\ ugh. Hopefully soon :)
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books


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