Monday, December 5, 2011

2012 Debut Books I Love: Remarkable, Love & Leftovers, and Under the Never Sky

Since I'm part of the Apocalypsies, I've been lucky enough to get to read ARCs of some of next year's (about to be this year's, oh my!) debut authors.

I really mean it: I've been lucky. Some of these books have completely blown my mind with their awesomeness and I can't wait for them to come out so that the rest of the world can love them too.

Book blogger The Story Siren is running her annual Debut Author Challenge in which she challenges bloggers and readers to read and review 12 YA or MG books that are debuting in 2012. Whether you're participating in the challenge or not, here are just three of my book recommendations.

Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley
1. This is exactly the type of book I would have loved reading as a kid.
2. This is exactly the type of book I love reading as an adult.
Laugh-out-loud funny, oh-so-clever and sneakily filled with so much substance, this story made my heart soar with pure delight.
You'll love this book if you love: Dr. Seuss's sense of the absurd; awesomeness

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
This was the first novel-in-verse I ever read and, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about being able to be drawn in by a whole book of poems. There was no need to be skeptical. I devoured this stunningly realistically romance in just a couple of hours. My heart loved, ached, and broke right along with the main character's.
You'll love this book if you love: romance with depth; quick, impactful reads

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This might just be one of the most beautifully complex examples of worldbuilding I've ever seen that was only matched by the depth of its two main characters. Right from the very beginning, I was hooked on this stunning, page-turning story.
You'll love this book if you love: the action of The Hunger Games and the addictive qualities of Twilight.

And just in case you think I only read three amazing 2012 debuts, think again! I will be featuring more of my favorites on this blog in the coming months.

What do you think? Do any of these titles pique your interest? Or, if you've already read any of amazing were they?!


  1. COMPLETELY agree with you on Under the Never Sky and Love & Leftovers! UtNS blew me away with how brilliant it was, especially since it was two worlds being built into one, and the full scope of them. And, yes, the stunningly done characters. Love & Leftovers had a surprising emotional quality to it, given the verse nature. I don't always get as emotionally invested in verse novels, but this one, I totally did.

    And if you loved those two, I will for sure be picking up Remarkable when it comes out!

  2. Kari, if I can get one person to pick up Remarkable, I'll feel like I'm good on 2012 accomplishments! :-)