Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2012 Debut Books I Love: Something Like Normal, Chained & The Vicious Deep

2011 and 2012 have become the years of the ARC for me (luckyyyyy) as I've gotten to preview some of this year's most anticipated debuts.

And I thought I'd share some of my very favorites in case you too want to be tapping your toes and waiting anxiously for something extraordinary to read. (Here is part 1 of my series, by the way, two of which are already out!)

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Heartbreaking, beautiful and food for thought. This book made me really think about the sacrifices and bravery involved in becoming a Marine. Its voice and story are going to stay with me for a very long time.
You'll love this book if you love: deeply layered contemporary stories.

Chained by Lynne Kelly
I'm about 99.9% certain this book is going to be on 2013 Newbery lists. It's emotional, gorgeously written and involves a completely unforgettable friendship between a young, determined boy and a fantastically nuanced elephant.
You'll love this book if you love: sheer beauty, really. But also emotional friendship stories.

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova
And now for something completely different...I so appreciated the quirky, funny voice of this fun and fantastic adventure story about a teenaged Brooklyn merman prince, the sea witch out to get him and the human girl he loves.
You'll love this book if you love: quirky, unique stories. And mermaids, obviously.

Have you read any of these fantastic books? And, if not, think you'll be picking any of them up?


  1. I'm dying to read Something Like Normal by Trish Doller!

  2. I love the sound of all three and can't wait to read them.

    Safari Poet