Monday 21 November 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge - I need your help!

So I have been thoroughly enjoying taking part in this year's Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and so far I've read 29 books that count towards the challenge.  The thing is that I was looking through my to read pile and realised I've still got 31 books on the pile that are all 2011 debuts!

Now I know I'm not going to have time to read and review all 31 of those books by the end of December so that's where you guys come in.  I'm going to spend at least the next couple of weeks reading only 2011 debuts and I'm going to try and get through as many of them as I can.  Where do you come in?  I want you to help me pick which order to read them in!  Have a look at the list below & leave me a comment telling me which one I should read first & I'll try and work through the list.  Which books have you read & loved? (I'd love to read your reviews so leave me a link if you can!).  Which books are on your to read pile / wish list that you'd like to see a review of?
  1. Angel's Fury - Bryony Pearce
  2. Artichoke Hearts - Sita Brahmachari
  3. Birthmarked - Caragh O'Brien
  4. Blood - K.J. Wignall
  5. Blood Magic - Tessa Gratton
  6. Bumped - Megan McCafferty (DNF)
  7. Carrier of the Mark - Leigh Fallon
  8. Clash - Colin Mulhern
  9. Dark Inside - Jeyn Roberts
  10. Deception - Lee Nichols
  11. Die for Me - Amy Plum
  12. Dolphin Way - Mark Caney
  13. Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson
  14. Forgotten - Cat Patrick
  15. Forsaken - Jana Oliver
  16. Girl Parts - John M. Cusick
  17. Here Lies Bridget - Paige Harbison
  18. Liesl & Po - Lauren Oliver
  19. One Seriously Messed-Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane & Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite - Tom Clempson
  20. Pretty Twisted - Gina Blaxill
  21. Socks Are Not Enough - Mark Lowery
  22. Soul Beach - Kate Harrison
  23. Spellbound - Cara Lynn Shultz
  24. Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini
  25. Tempest Rising - Tracy Deebs
  26. The Girl in the Steel Corset - Kady Cross
  27. The Replacement - Brenna Yovanoff
  28. The Truth About Celia Frost - Paula Rawsthorne
  29. Undead - Kirsty McKay
  30. Unearthly - Cynthia Hands
  31. Virals - Kathy Reichs
  32. We Can Be Heroes - Catherine Bruton
  33. Wildefire - Karsten Knight
This list has been compiled with the help of Kristi's lists and a little searching on Goodreads, there may be others on my to read pile that I've missed so I'll add them here if I spot them.  If I've made any mistakes & you know any of these books that don't count towards the challenge let me know & I'll remove them.  I'll be updating this post as I read & review the books on this list.

So which books should I be picking up first?  Feel free to make as many requests as you like in the comments and I'll try to get through as many as I can!


  1. Oooh, choices, choices, choices!

    I can't split them, so I'm going to have to say two. Just to be a pain.

    Two VERY different books with different audiences in mind, neither of which were aimed at 33 year old me, but I thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

    The links are to my reviews of the books. They're not your typical reviews...

    Die For Me by Amy Plum


    One Seriously Messed Up Week etc by Tom Clempson

  2. That's a lot to pick from! Whatever you do, don't miss out The Truth About Celia Frost. I'm marginally biased because we got to go to the book launch as it was local but it's a very clever teen thriller which raises all sorts of questions about scientific research.

  3. I have yet to read Die For Me so I would be interested to see what you think of it.

  4. You have to read Unearthly! I loved that one. Dark Inside is supposed to be amazing but I haven't read that one yet either.

  5. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is one of my favorite books of 2011, second only to Divergent.

    Good luck with your reading list! I have tons of books on my TBR pile that I hope to get to by the end of the year too, especially the books I got for Christmas last year!

  6. @ Neeky - Thanks for the recommendations, I'm not in the target audience either (I'm 32 lol) but I still love YA books :o)

    I finished Die For Me earlier today & really enjoyed it, One Seriously Messed-Up Week is up next, I bought that one as soon as it came out so I'm not sure why I've not got around to reading it yet! I'm off to check out your reviews now

    @ Maryom - Thanks for the suggestion, The Truth About Celia Frost will be the next book I pick up (after One Seriously Messed-Up Week...) I'll go and have a look at your review now :o)

    @ Nicole - I finished Die For Me earlier today & really enjoyed it so watch out for my review coming soon :o)

    @ Viv - I've moved Unearthly & Dark Inside up the list Viv, thanks for the suggestions. There are just so many good books to choose from that it's impossible to pick where to start sometimes lol

    @ Christina - ok I definitely want to get started on The Girl of Fire and Thorns soon since it comes so highly recommended :o) Sometimes my to read pile scares the life out of me but it's great to have so many awesome books to choose from so I'm not complaining really lol. Good luck catching up with everything you want to read!

  7. Latest suggestions:

    Sammee - Forsaken by Jana Oliver

    Louise - Angel's Fury by Bryony Pearce, Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton and Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

    That's my next few books decided on but feel free to make more suggestions :o)



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