I’ve been participating in the Story Siren’s Debut Challenge since 2010. The first year I totally won! Then in 2011 I read six of the required twelve books, and reviewed none of them. (Go me.) I still enjoyed trying for the challenge, however, because it provided a reason for me to stay up to date on what was going on in the industry (at least a little), and then I got to show off my knowledge.
So I’m doing it again this year! On my goodreads list of 2012 debuts, I have 50 books. Because of that, I am not going to describe all of them, I’ll just mention
twelve thirteen. And with how long my “blurbs” ran last time, I’m giving myself a four-sentence-per-two-books limit. (So I can borrow sentences from other books if it’s absolutely necessary.) Now for some books!
Queen of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
Fairytale retelling with Cinderella as an assassin. Y’know.
Teen assassin raised by nuns hunts down former best friend (and current crown princess) with aid of enchanted piglet. Seriously.
Steampunk London where Vespa wants to catalog Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum and Unnatural-Revering Syrus does NOT want to be a slave in a refinery.
Maya needs to rescue her baby brother in the magical underworld of Paris where people have bronze salamanders for doorknobs.
In a world where everyone lives forever through reincarnation, Ana is a NewSoul. So what happened to the soul that was supposed to have the body she is in, and what will happen to her when she dies, and is her presence really a terrible omen for everyone?
In the land of Story, children take classes in Backstory and Outdoor Experiential Questing, so that they can be perfect characters; heroes, sidekicks and even villains. Una gets portaled into Story from our world– so what’s her plot like?
Modern day female Robin Hood encounters legal and romantic obstacles.
, by Bridgid Kremmerer
Becca meets four brothers who command the element. They’re marked for death, and now so is she.
Dystopian “The Bachelor” on steroids, our heroine’s true love for a lower-caste boy is THREATENED when she meets the omgsuperhawt prince.
Urban Fantasy inspired by Czarist Russia– former military cartographer as Main Character FOR THE WIN.
Violet accompanies her artist father on a business trip to Japan, but quickly finds herself embroiled in a dangerous treasure hunt for a missing Van Gogh.
Teen Virtual Reality gamer is a human weapon in WWIII.
In the future, where everyone is a computer, Zoe develops feelings and telekinesis.