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So, I decided to make a list of some debut authors that are going to make their first appearance later this year. Debut authors hold a special place in my heart, because all authors were, at some point, debut authors, awaiting the success of their first novel. One day, I hope to be a debut author too. I always give author’s first books a chance: most of the time they are very good, and hold a lot of promise for further books. Anyway, onto the list:

Wordless by AdriAnne Srickland
Release: August 8

“The Gods made their Words into flesh, giving privileged individuals the powers of creation…”In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never dream of meeting the all-powerful Words … much less of running away with one. So when a gorgeous girl literally falls into his lap during a routine trash run, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes isn’t sure if it’s the luckiest or worst day of his life. That girl is Khaya, the Word of Life, who can heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block with ease. And yet she needs Tavin’s help.By aiding Khaya’s escape from the seemingly idyllic confines of Eden City, Tavin unwittingly throws himself into the heart of a conflict that is threatening to tear the world apart. Eden City’s elite will stop at nothing to protect the shocking secret Khaya hides, and they enlist the other Words, each with their own frightening powers, to bring her back.”

I first heard of this book last year around New Year’s. I wanted it so badly. I’ve thought about words and what it would be like for someone to have the power over a word and what it meant, and it sounds so interesting in this books! I really an excited to see how the magic of the Words affects the entire world.

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
Release: August 5

“In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.”

This book sounds simply amazing. I love the premise, and the setting, and the mystery. Kai (while I’m not overly fond of the name) sounds like an interesting girl and I really want to learn more about her world.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Release: October 14

“A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.”

This cover!! I saw the cover release on Tea Time, a weekly show on Youtube by two women who work for HarperCollins (You should check them out!). I tend to love YA fantasy because I love the magic and everything, but it isn’t as dense as some adult fantasy can be. Really looking forward to this one.

Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
Release: September 23

“A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder–and the one boy who can help change her future.Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane–a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.”

Magic! And witches! The cover is very striking, and I really like the purple color. The premise of this book sounds interesting. I love reading about people trying to understand their magic powers, so this one looks right up that alley!

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Release: September 2

“The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.”

I am a little confused as to what this book is about, but it’s been hyped as The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale, so my interest was piqued. And the cover it beautiful!

I know: the next two are already out. But I haven’t read them yet and they look awesome.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Release: May 6

“Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?”

I am a huge sucker for books that take place in old time periods. 1844 Scotland? Sign me up! And I like the twist on the ‘pretty girl with double life’ plot.

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Release: June 10

“Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.”

I’ve heard a lot of mixed review on this book. It apparently take some ideas from Gone by Michael grant (which I have not read, so I cannot compare them) and some older television shows. Again, the girls on Tea Time raved about it, so I’ll definitely give it a shot!

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
Release: July 8

“Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.”

The final book in this lineup I actually haven’t heard that much about, even though it comes out soon. I read the author’s blog and she said Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series was a huge inspiration for her. That series is still one of my favorites and I cannot wait to pick this book up!

Thank you so much for reading! What are some of your most anticipated debut books of 2014? Let me know in the comments! Bye!