Posts Categorized: 2011 debut author challenge

Review: The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, Harper Teen, Jennifer Castle, review, stand alone, young adult 5 Comments

The Beginning of After by Jennifer CastlePublisher Harper TeenRelease date: September 6, 2011Source: Publisher via NetGalleyFormat: eARCSeries: Stand alonePurchase: Book Depository Summary from Goodreads:Anyone who’s had something truly crappy happen to them will tell you: It’s all about Before and After. What I’m talking about here is the ka-pow, shake-you-to-your-core-and-turn-your-bones-to-plastic kind of crappy. Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which… Read more »

Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, first in a series, Harlequin Teen, Kady Cross, NetGalley, review, young adult 3 Comments

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady CrossPublisher: Harlequin TeenRelease date: May 24, 2011Source: Publisher via NetGalleyFormat: Hardback, 473 pagesSeries: Steampunk Chronicles #1Purchase: Book Depository Summary from Goodreads:In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the “thing” inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch… Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in… Read more »

Review: Wildefire by Karsten Knight

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, first in a series, Karsten Knight, review, Simon and Schuster, young adult 4 Comments

Wildefire by Karsten KnightPublisher: Simon & SchusterRelease date: July 26, 2011Source: Publisher, for an honest reviewFormat: Hardcover, 400 pagesChallenge: 350+ Page challengeDebut Author ChallengePurchase: Book Depository Summary from Goodreads:Every flame begins with a spark. Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the… Read more »

Early Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, around the world tours, first in a series, Harper Teen, Jocelyn Davies, review, young adult 4 Comments

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn DaviesPublisher: Harper TeenRelease date: September 27, 2011Source: Around the World ARC ToursFormat: ARC paperback, 391 pagesChallenge: Harper Teen/Imprint July 2011 Debut Authors ChallengePre-Order: Amazon Summary from Goodreads:On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites–like fire and ice–Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move–only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just… Read more »

Review: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, first in a series, Random House, review, Tessa Gratton, young adult 6 Comments

Blood Magic by Tessa GrattonPublisher: Random HouseRelease date: May 24, 2011Source: BoughtFormat: Hardcover, 405 pagesSeries: The Blood Journals #1Challenges:– Debut Authors Challenge– 350+ Page ChallengePurchase: Book Depository Summary from Goodreads:It starts off simply. Draw a circle … place a dead leaf in the center … sprinkle some salt … recite a little Latin … add a drop of blood … Maybe that last part isn’t exactly simple. Yet somehow it feels right to Silla Kennicott. And nothing in her life has felt remotely right since her parents’ horrific deaths. She’s willing to do anything to uncover the truth about her… Read more »

Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, Balzer and Bray, first in a series, Megan McCafferty, review, young adult 4 Comments

Bumped by Megan McCaffertyPublisher: Balzer + BrayRelease Date: April 26, 2011Source: BoughtFormat: Hardcover, 336 pagesPurchase: Book Depository Summary from GoodReads:When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While… Read more »

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, first in a series, Katherine Tegen Books, review, Veronica Roth, young adult 4 Comments

Divergent by Veronica RothPublisher: Katherine Tegen BooksRelease Date: May 3, 2011Source: BoughtFormat: Hardcover, 487 pagesChallenge: Debut AuthorPurchase: Amazon – Book Depository – B&N Summary from GoodReads:In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both…. Read more »

Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, Jessi Kirby, review, Simon and Schuster, stand alone, young adult 4 Comments

Moonglass by Jessi KirbyPublisher: Simon & SchusterRelease Date: May 3, 2011Source: Good Golly Miss Holly Arc ToursFormat: ARC paperback, 232 pagesChallenge: Debut AuthorPurchase: Amazon / Book Depository / Barnes & Noble Summary from GoodReads:I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both. Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first… Read more »

Review: The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, Egmont, Eilis O'Neal, review, stand alone, young adult 2 Comments

The False Princess by Eilis O’NealPublisher: Egmont USARelease Date: January 25 2011Source: BoughtFormat: Hardcover, 323 pagesChallenge: Debut AuthorPurchase: Amazon / Book Depository / Barnes & Noble Summary from GoodReads:  Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia’s led a privileged life at court.  But everything changes when it’s revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection.  Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best… Read more »

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

2011, 2011 debut author challenge, Aimee Carter, first in a series, Harlequin Teen, review, young adult 3 Comments

The Goddess Test by Aimée CarterPublisher: Harlequin TeenRelease Date: April 26, 2011Source: NetGalleyPurchase: Amazon or Book Depository Summary from GoodReads:It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests…. Read more »