Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I Heart YA Carnival #5: Juicy Debuts in 2012

Suze Reese
The I Heart YA Carnival is hosted by Suze Reese, author of the ExtraNormal series. Each Tuesday, a blog prompt will be posted about a topic related to the YA genre. Click the button to learn how to join in!

This week's prompt is: "Last week we looked at 2011 debut authors--which was even more fun than I expected, though my to-read list is getting out of control. It only seems fair to look forward this time (or maybe back if your reading list is more current than mine) and give a shout out to debut authors for 2012."

Oh, how I love browsing upcoming releases. :) It's so exciting to see all the new ideas coming out. I have a list a mile long of 2012 debuts I plan to read! Here are the newbies at the top of my list:

The Peculiars
by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Release date: May 1, 2012
Available as: hardcover
Pages: 354
Publisher: Amulet Books
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy, steampunk

From Goodreads:

"On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena's father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears."

(I think I might have a thing for the word "peculiar"...)

Dark Companion
by Marta Acosta

Release date: July 3, 2012
Available as: hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: Tor Teen
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, gothic

From Goodreads:

"When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She's even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper's cottage in the center of the birch grove.

Something's not quite right about the school -- or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She's also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.

Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school...and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

Kissing Shakespeare
by Pamela Mingle

Release date: August 14, 2012
Available as: hardcover
Pages: 352
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Suggested tags: young adult, time travel, historical fiction, 16th century

From Goodreads:

"Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school’s staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she’d like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he’s a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen’s really from. He wants Miranda use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn’t convinced she’s the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it’s her only chance of getting back to the present and her “real” life. What Miranda doesn’t bargain for is finding true love…with no acting required.


  1. Ooh, all three look wonderful! I haven't seen Peculiar or Kissing Shakespeare. Thanks for the heads up!

    1. No problem! Thanks for posting that 2012 Debut list on Goodreads - I spent my whole evening browsing it and expanding my to-read shelf. :)

  2. Oooh...The Peculiars sounds fantastic!

    1. I thought so too! :) I'm slowly starting to get into steampunk books...