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A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
Basically, during the Spanish Influenza, a girl refuses to go in a quarantine and then decides to volunteer for Red Cross and is surprised to find herself caring about strangers. One of those strangers is a boy. Historical (and researched) background, headstrong girl, a "handsome medical student and war vet" named Edmund, and deep stuff to make me think all comes together to make me giddy.
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
It says it's Downton Abbey (YES!) meets The Selection (oh boy) in a dystopian setting with love and rebellion and war. So this might seem like a similar plot these days, but I'm anticipating this greatly.
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
Admittedly, I thought this was an adult book by its cover. While I actually didn't want to be intrigued, I was after reading its synopsis since I love summer camp books.
Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
A alternate universe-type story about prom night? A perfectly fun read when I need to just reeeelaaaax.
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
I feel like I'm always talking about this debut, but I don't apologize because I'm stoked to read it. A girl goes to complete her crazy bucket list because she thinks she's dying with the help of her best friend who has a crush on her (named Harvey, which I love, since I'm on a dorky H-name kick). And now she has to face the consequences and, my goodness, can it get any cuter?
Nil by Lynne Matson
One year to escape an island or die? Count me in (to read it, not live it).
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Reality TV is a guilty pleasure of mine, I won't lie. I don't like how reality TV stars get so famous though because all they do is live in front of the cameras with part normalcy and part scripted thanks to the producers. So this book is making me more excited than it should.
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
That cover is gorgeous. I want, please and thank you. Also, it obviously involves letters, which I love.
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
So far, I haven't heard any really negative reviews on this and I'm incredibly happy because this sounds right up my alley. Historical Europe, scandal in a finishing school that leads an out-of-the-box kind of girl to pursue her dreams even though her parents are trying to marry her off. Everything. All of it. I just...please, I need this.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
I heard quite a few negative reviews at first, but now I'm hearing one positive review after the next and it's giving me Grabby Hands Syndrome. I love retellings. I love Beauty and the Beast. I love fantasy. I love this cover. I love it all.
Bonus: Alienated by Melissa Landers, Pointe by Brandy Colbert, The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Already read and recommend: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anna Blankman
What are 2014 debuts you're looking forward to?