Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I HEART YA #5: Juicy Debuts in 2012!

Welcome to the 5th weekly I HEART YA Blog Carnival! (And Happy HEART Day!) I HEART YA is a Blog Carnival for readers, writers, and lovers of young adult fiction. Every Tuesday there will be a blogging prompt that celebrates my favorite reading genre --YA fiction. Bloggers are invited to write their own take on the topic and post a link in the comment section, or if you prefer just put your thoughts in the comments. Either way, if you own a blog, grab the button to show your pride, and add your link to the list below. If you're not sure what to do, go to the I HEART YA tab for more details. 

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. 

I have to say upfront that I realize I'm one of them, so while I hope you're all excited as I am for the release of ExtraNormal, I'll bow out from the running for the sake of today's carnival. (Besides, I'm just a week or so away from my big cover reveal, so I'm holding back on promotions until then.) (But I am so danged excited!)

Becoming calm again...

Last week the criteria was 2011 books that deserve a spotlight for their quality. Since the vast majority of 2012 debuts haven't debuted yet, I'm just going to make the criteria 2012 debuts that sound the most juicy from their back cover blurbs, titles and covers. 

And here's where another thing I have to say upfront. While I appear totally calm (or at least the letters I'm typing on the screen appear calm) I am totally freaking out. You see, I had intended to include at least one indie author in my list, hopefully more. But what heck? I can't find any! Where are you guys? I'm assuming I'm just a little high on peanut M&Ms or something and hence can't see or think clearly, but as I go through the list of upcoming debuts that excite me, I'm only finding big publishing houses. This has me more than slightly perturbed.

So I guess I'm gonna put three out there, but I'm really counting on SOMEONE finding a treasure-trove of indies making a triumphant debut! In the meantime, here are three that have me salivating:

The Treachery of Beautiful Things

Back cover blurb: "The trees swallowed her brother whole. And Jenny was there to see it. Years later, when she returns to the woods where Tom was taken to say good-bye at last, she finds herself lured into a world where stunning beauty masks the most treacherous of evils, and strange and dangerous creatures await—creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with allegiances that shift as much as his moods. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice—and not just her own."
Holy Canoli - I can't even add to that. I'm there. Absolutely draws me in.

The Selection 

Back Cover Blurb: "For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. 

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined."  
Accchhh! Seriously, that blurb could say: "gibbety bibbety goober nose" and I'd still want to buy the book! 

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

Back cover blurb: "On the night of Becca’s high school graduation, the discovery of an unidentified dead girl left to bleed out on the side of a dirt road sends the town—and Becca—into a tailspin. Becca has always longed to break free from her small home town, but as the violence of the outside world creeps into her backyard, she withdraws and retreats inward, paralyzed for the first time in her life." 

There's nothing really flashy about this cover or blurb, but I think that's why I like it. A good old-fashioned mystery with plenty of intrigue.

So what about you? What are you excited about in 2012? Any indies we should know about? 

If you need help, here's a link to GoodRead's 2012 debut list.

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  1. Those all look really good! I've been waiting for The Selection and mostly because that cover is just gorgeous (though someone did comment that it looks like she's sniffing her armpit lol). Still gorgeous despite that little pit bit :-)

    1. Hmm! Haven't noticed the armpit prob. Dang. Still great though!

  2. http://www.sarahbelliston.com/2012/02/exciting-books-of-2012.html

    Here's mine. And I'd heard of the selection too. So pretty.

  3. ooo cover reveal! How exciting!!

    I have all 3 of those on my to-read list too (I just discovered Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone a few days ago!). And I had the same reaction to The Treachery of Beautiful Things - I read the description and I was like, "DONE! To-read! Can't wait!"

    Here's my post: http://pidginpeasbooknook.blogspot.com/2012/02/i-heart-ya-carnival-5-juicy-debuts-in.html