Badass Bookie's Favourite YA Debuts of 2011
1) Divergent by Veronica Roth - Review
This one seems to be on everyone's best reads of 2011 list and it should be there, I didn't really have high expectations for the book actually, I thought the cover wasn't so appealing but then I read the book and wow, it was mind-blowing, life-changing, body-shockingly amazing! Roth is a talented writer and Divergent is one of the best dystopias I have ever read! READ IT!
2) The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross - Review
Another unexpected favourite! I wasn't a big fan of steampunk before I read this debut but after reading it, I've definitely been keeping an eye out for more novels like this one! Great characters and great plot, it's set i the a 1800's which was a beautiful time and I honestly thought Cross did an excellent story-telling job. I can't wait to read the sequel!
3) Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini - Review
I have to give it to Starcrossed for a captivating romance line. Greek Mythology is a newish trend in YA fiction and Angelini has written this beautiful novel about forbidden love and fate and family honour. A very addictive kind of novel, I'm a total romance junkie and this was my dose. I couldn't put it down and I loved everything about it! Worth the money and time!
4) Die for Me by Amy Plum - Review
I sang very highly of this novel when I first read it and I still do! Again, really great romance and a really great setting. Paris, handsome mysterious young men and fighting evil? What's not to love about Die for Me? I was so GA GA over this novel because it was beautiful, Plum has written spectacular debut and it's very original. One of 2011's best!
5) Entangled by Cat Clarke - Review
Unlike the other favourite this one was more of a hidden gem and colour me shocked because I didn't think I would enjoy it. I usually find myself at odds when it comes to depressing sob stories but this one was different. A real tear-jerker and I really felt that I could connect with the main character, Grace. I don't think I've ever gotten so angry over a book with Entangled but what Grace went through really broke my heart and I strongly recommend everyone to read this novel.
I'm only going to give ranking to my top five but I have read so many fantastic debuts this year that I had to mention the ones that didn't rank in my top five. ALL these books also got a 5/5 ( and even 6/5! ) rating from your truly, every single one of them is worth your money and time so please support and read!
Most Original and Culturally Different - In the Arms of Stone Angel by Jordan Dane ( Review )
Most Action- Packed and Totally Thrilling - Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson ( Review )
Most Road-Tripy and Good Vibe Feeling - Saving June by Hannah Harrington ( Review )
Most Cute, Frothy, Funny and Romantic - Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik ( Review )
Most Just Read It and Awesome - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi ( Review )
Badass Bookie xx