Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Madman's Daughter and other debut novels you should check out

Hey everyone :)

So I found this blog by a group of YA authors who will have their first publication in 2013, they call themselves Friday the Thirteeners. So I asked myself to what debut author I am looking forward the most.
And trust me, that was a hard decision to make :D Honestly I am looking forward to all of the Friday The Thirteeners books, and I really hope we will continue to hear a lot about those authors in the future. I wish them all the best for their releases.
But here are my top 3:

1. The Madmans Daugther by Megan Shepherd (Balzer+Bray, Winter 2013)

First: The Cover is georgeous. Second: London, 1864 as the setting? I am in. And most important third: The synopsis sounds like this is going to be an awesome book. I cannot wait till it is finally released :D

"London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true. 

Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood."

This is actually the retelling of the classic Island of Dr. Moreau. Have you read it? Are you excited to get your hands on this book?

2.  Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (Dial/Penguin, Summer 2013)

This actually reminds me of one of my favourite Nightwish songs. Wonder if the authors knows it...
Well here is prove I want to read a book without a georgeous cover. See, I am not only tempted by covers! But I am not saying that the cover for this book is not geourgeous. It just does not have one yet.
Seriously, a dark and mysterious boy the girl falls in love with? My YA-heart is beating faster. The devil is in town? Sounds perfect for me. And the boy is called River! That's a uncommon but beautiful name there.

"Violet's grandmother had warned her about the Devil, had talked about him often, as though he were a best friend, or an old lover. But she never told Violet that the Devil could be real. She never told Violet that the Devil could be a dark-haired boy in vintage clothes who takes naps in the sun and likes old movies and vigilante justice. 

River West is the seventeen-year old stranger renting the guesthouse behind the rotting mansion on the sea, where Violet lives. And as eerie, grim things start happening in Violet's town, she begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling, coffee-loving liar with rascally eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something else? Something...evil? 

Violet's already so knee-deep in love she can't see straight.

And that's just how River likes it."

3. Insomnia by J.R. Johansson

He is forced to witness the dreams of other people? That's a really interesting concept. And I think it is time that I read a book with a male protagonist again.

"Sixteen-year-old Parker spends every night trapped in the dreams of the last person he made eye contact with, and it’s killing him. He misses soccer practice, falls asleep at the wheel, and his mom thinks he has a drug problem. His exhaustion from never reaching the deeper levels of sleep is getting worse every day, and he knows his time is running out. Until he meets Mia.

Mia’s dreams are the first Parker’s encountered where he can finally get real sleep. A good night of rest after so long is addictive. He has to have it. But getting it means he must follow Mia and find a way to make eye contact every day. Mia is increasingly freaked out, even turning Parker’s best friends against him. To make matters worse, Mia starts to receive threatening e-mails, and her wonderful dreams become scenes of a horror movie—and Parker is cast as the villain. He must discover who is truly tormenting her, and clear his name, before she turns him in for a crime he hasn’t committed–or worse, the true stalker makes good on his threats to end her dreams forever."

What books may 2013 bring you? Let's just hope the world does not go down in december :D Anyway I'm prepared for the Zombies...
To find out more about them and other great debut authors visit their blog. I just love the truth and dare thing they have going on :)

To what debut are you looking forward too?

Love and Words
All synopsis and cover taken from Goodreads


  1. Sorry for stumbling upon this so late, but thank you so much for highlighting INSOMNIA! :) It made my whole morning when someone sent me the link to this.

    1. Thank you so much for the comment! :) Your comment made MY whole day :D
      I can't wait to read your book :)


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