Sunday, January 2, 2011

I'm Challenged!

It's time for the Debut Author's Challenge where we challenge ourselves to read books by new YA authors. This challenge not only helps us discover new authors but challenges us to support as many as possible so they can continue to be awesome. Clink the following link to join the debut author's challenge 2011.*

And here are some books I find intriguing from authors Debuting YA books in 2011. I will pick at least 9** books from this list to read this year.

-- Form: Title by Author (Announced Release date) One sentance description. Why I'm intrigued.

The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson (January 8) Two girls create and sell a shirt addressing current racism to earn money for a post-graduation trip. These girls shake things up addressing the racism faced by those of mixed background with a little creativity, humor, and action.

XVI by Julia Karr (January 6)Girls are branded on their sixteeth birthday to be persecuted by the media and persued by violent sexual preditors. The main charactor in this story is dealing with the presure of turning sixteen in this world as well as solving her mother's murder.

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer (February 15) Rivals in an opera competition and ex-friends start to wonder if the solace they need can be best found in each other. Unlikely friendship may prevail amoungst over achievers in competion with each other.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (February 15) A girl finds she is the reincarnation of a great warrior and could be a turning point in the on-going battle between Angels and Demons. The eternal fight is always a great premise for a story.

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford (February 22) A girl dies after falling for a fallen angel and is endowed with a curios power. More Angels!

Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker (March 1) A girl recieves an email from her best friend, who recently died. Messages from the dead and mysteries about the circumstances of mysterious deaths.

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O' Roark Dowell (March 22) Janie will never be normal, but maybe that's for the best. No matter what society, especially high school society, says normal is boring; I much prefer wierd.

Blood Magic by Tess Gratton (April 26) Two people find each other among dark memories, death, magic, and the secrets of blood. Darkness, magical, the potential to find love while coming out of tragedy.

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky (May 23) A life lived online, its safe and easy, but is there something to the whole face-to-face closeness thing? Um, how could I resist a book about is about relationships online or IRL.***

Saving June by Hannah Harrington (May ?****) When her sister commits suicide Harper goeson a road trip and runs into a boy who may be able to reveal her sister's secrets. Suicide is a popular theme in YA lately, and, so far, the results are touching, and thoughtful; even enlightening.

Hereafter by Tara Hudson (June 7) Amelia knows she's a ghost, she doesn't remeber anything else, but suddenly she sees a boy drowning and ignores her problems to save his life. Mysterious: How did she die and noow that she has saved this guy what will happen next?

Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer (June 21) All girls school, broken friendship, obsession and death. I have to admit I devoured Pretty Little Liars like crack (secretly in a dark closet) and this book has the same pull.

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (June 14) Alex is wrought with guilt after a friend's death but finds the support he needs in the new young English teacher. I love stories about fantastic teachers.

Wildefire by Karsten Knight (July 26) Ash is only a sixteen year old girl, she also happens to be a Polynesian volcano goddess. High School and mythology, what else do you need?

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (August 2) An Urban Legend may be true after all. Urban Legend? say no more, I'm hooked.

My Un-fairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski (September ?) Actually contains many fairy tale creatures, They just aren't anything like your parents told you. 2 words: Bloodthirsty Unicorns.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (September ?) Anna was brutally murdered in 1958 and now takes revenge on anyone that enters her former home; Cas is supposed to dispose of dangerous poltergeists; but somehow when the meet things change for both of them. The title of this burns in the mind, and more than that, myterious ghostly girl, very exciting.

May B by Caroline Starr Rose (September 13) Abandoned on the neighbor's farm when a brutal winter rolls in. A tale of self-reliance, self- discovery, and survival.

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (NRD*****) What would you do if you knew how much time you had left? Hmmmm...what would someone do if they knew the end was near?

*There are potential prizes just for joining. Awesome prizes just for reading great books! Really check it out!
**I will be looking for books debuting October - December later as their aren't many descriptions out for books with later release dates.
***IRL (in real life.)
**** ? someday in this month, maybe.
***** No Release Date

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