Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Most Anticipating


Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2014 Debut Novels I’m Most Anticipating

I thought I might have overlap on this and my top ten 2014 releases list but surprisingly I didn’t since most of my most anticipated YA books of 2014 are from authors I’ve previously read and loved. So check that list out!

2014 YA debuts contemporary




Open Road Summer by Emory Lord

You know I love me some road trip-esque novels! I’m planning on reading this one soon (after all I’m really trying to stick with my Winter TBR list!) and I’m pretty excited! After a breakup the MC hits the road with her bff who is a country superstar and you can imagine the things that would ensue embarking on that trip — especially when the opening act is a rather attractive piece of eye candy.

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

How cute does this one look? PLUS it’s set in Italy and I am in desperate need of an armchair adventure back there because I MISS IT. If you like cute romances abroad, this looks like a good one to put on your list.

Behind The Scenes by Dahlia Adler

I’ve been wondering why there aren’t too many “set in Hollywood” kind of YA novels out there so I’m SUPER excited about this. The MC is best friend’s with one of the stars of a hot new drama and, when her own plans for college fall through, she is need of cash and becomes her friend’s assistant. It turns out to be fun plus she’s been spending time with her friend’s cute co-star and even shared a kiss…until a publicity stunt that has the two stars “dating.”

Half Bad by Sally Green

Witches!! I don’t read A TON of paranormal but I’m super excited about this one because it sounds all sorts of awesome. Magic + good witches + bad witches + England + living alongside humans. Count me in, please!


Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Road trip!! Plus I really love this cover. A LOT. I don’t know a TON about what this book is about but I know there is a road trip made by a girl named Leila and she crosses paths with four teens along the way. All the summaries I’ve found are kind of vague and I get the impression we are supposed to not really that much about Leila and her trip until we start reading! Very excited!

After You by Jessica Corra

I can’t wait until this cover is released so I can get further excited about it! It sounds like there is some sort of time travel-y, science fiction element to this. Camilla has the power to rewind any day and relive it as many times as possible and she remembers everything when she does it. Her sister ALWAYS dies at her own hand every time she tries to re-do the day. She finds some writings of her sister’s that show that she had the power to see the future and kills herself to protect Camilla. Camilla can’t accept that there isn’t another way and tries to alter things to make what her sister saw not come true so her sister doesn’t have to die. It sounds twisty and awesome and I want it!

Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs

I love summer camp sort of stories and so this one sounds interesting as it is set at some sort of smart camp! One of my best friend’s in high school went to a camp like this and I loved hearing all her stories and all the drama so this one immediately was added to my list! Love me any sort of coming of age story that happens during the summer in this sort of setting.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

I’m always looking for creepy, horror type stories and I was curious about this one immediately! Sofia makes friends with a group of girls on her first day of school who seemed like good girls until she finds herself caught up in something so horrible that she can’t get out of. The girls believe another classmate is possessed and so they have her tied up in a basement to preform an exorcism which Sofia thinks is really just torture. Sofia doesn’t want to go along with this but there is no way for her to leave and she doesn’t want to be next. THIS SOUNDS SO CREEPY AND I NEED IT.

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi

I love books that deal with a teens + their parents. Alex’s life has the normal teen worries but she’s got even more when her mom starts dressing like and taking on the identity of Amelia Earhart. Her mom’s delusions get even stronger as she plans her final flight and Alex tries to hold her life together and try to figure out what is happening to her mom. I feel like this one is going to be one of those that guts me. I recently read The Impossible Knife of Memory and it was a situation where the teen had to take care of the parent (in that case it was PTSD) and those types of premises are so interesting to me and this one sounds great!

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

YES a book about reality tv!! I am excited for some drama! The MC + her twelve siblings (holy crap!) were stars of a hit reality show until a scandal hits and the show is cancelled. Since then she’s tried to lead a normal life out of the spotlight and has even begun to build a new life but that’s about to change as the show gets picked up to be on air again and her mom and the producers won’t allow her to quit. This sounds fun especially for someone like me who is a reality tv addict.

The Half Life Of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

This was an insta-add for me because books with dissociative identity disorder just absolutely intrigue me!  This one sounds especially intriguing as the MC starts remembering things that her other identity has been suppressing from her.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

I love me a good mystery and this sounds like one! It seems twisty and complicated as the MC, who is sort of blamed for the death of her best friend, comes home from rehab and realizes everyone is looking at the wrong things to solve her friend’s murder. Also, I think the cover is pretty!


Honorable mentions: Falling Into Place (this sounds amazing — a story about a teen’s suicide attempt told from the perspective of her neglected childhood imaginary friend) , Point (mystery thriller that sounds interesting!)

Books I’m currently reading/have read that would have made this list: Side Effects May Vary & Love Letters To The Dead



So tell me…which of these books are on your list? Did you discover any new ones through my list? What are books that are on YOUR list but not on mine? I’d love to find new ones to add to my TBR!

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  1. I have HALF BAD and am eager to read it, especially with that cover. And BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME made my list, too. It looks so good!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  2. Dahlia Adler says:

    Thanks so much for the shoutout! And having read OPEN ROAD SUMMER and FAR FROM YOU already, I can tell you they are both excelllllent.

  3. We have some similar books on our list this week! I really want to read Far From You, Something Real and The Half Life of Molly Pierce. The Half Life of Molly Pierce particularly intrigues me! I keep seeing Open Road Summer around blogs, so I think that’s one that definitely has to be added to my TBR list.

  4. Great picks, Jamie! We have Open Road Summer and Something Real in common. And Behind the Scenes and Let’s Get Lost look awesome too. So much to look forward to!

  5. You have an amazing list! I love how creative you are btw! Added 2 books I was not aware of, thanks!

    Check our TTT of this week.

    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  6. I think they all look great. There are so many amazing debuts coming out this year. Also on my list is Far From You.

    My TTT :

  7. SO MANY of these that I want to read!! After You, Something Real, and Open Road Summer all sound really good. And Far From You and The Merciless made my list!! I so can’t wait for both of them! I love debuts!

    My TTT

  8. Great list! Coincidently, I was recently looking for new contemporary novels and your list have plenty of them. Definitely adding Open Road Summer, Wish You Were Italian & Far From You to my TBR!

    Happy Tuesday!

    My TTT:

  9. Awwww, pretty covers everywhere! The Chance You Won’t Return had me interested because of the cover and the title 😀 I think 2014 is going to be a great year for debut books!

  10. WOW, what a list, Jamie! I haven’t heard of any of the books you’ve mentioned, but I’ll be checking them out for sure.

    Happy Tuesday 🙂

  11. Great list!! Far From You and Open Road Summer are both on my TBR list as well. It looks like you have a lot of great books to look forward to this year. Happy Reading!!

    Here is my TTT:

  12. I have 3 of these on my list too. I’m super excited for Open Road Summer. That books sounds so fantastic. And really who doesn’t love a good road trip book?!

    My TTT List

  13. Looks like some great books! I’m thinking 2014 is going to be an awesome year for books! Here’s mine, if you want to check it out:

  14. OOoh we have like 4 picks in common! I’m super excited for Far From You, The Chance You Won’t Return and Open Road Summer. great list!
    here’s our TTT

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  15. I have Open Road, Italian, and Behind the Scenes on my list as well! And then the rest of your list made me go “OMG MORE BOOKS!” How did I not know about these?! So I just added new ones to my TBR yay! Great list!

    My TTT

  16. I want to read Far From You so bad! That cover is just absolutely gorgeous. I have read The Chance You Won’t Return, though. It was a fun little read. A bit bittersweet, but very interesting and educational. Great picks!

  17. I also have HALF BAD and MERCILESS on my list, good choices;) There seem to be so many great-sounding debuts this year, right? I’m not sure how we’ll ever get to them all! Awesome list Jamie!

    My Top Ten.

  18. I love the cover for Let’s Get Lost! SO SO PRETTY. I hadn’t heard of it before, but now I’m definitely adding it to Goodreads. And if we are supposed to not know much before starting Let’s Get Lost, even better, because I like to read books and not know so much about it. Falling into Place is also on my list. It sounds AMAZING. The synopsis had only one sentence, but it was enough to make me instantly excited. I mean, how crazy unique does it sound?!

  19. Some of those look really great – especially Behind the Scenes and Something Real. I’ll wait to see if you do read and love those ones and then decide if I’ll make time for them 🙂

  20. Thank you so much for this post! I know I want to read more standalones and more realistic fiction and this list has now been printed and will be going to the bookstore with me. Thanks!

  21. Breakfast Served Anytime sounds so good! I love a good camp book. I’ve been seeing a lot of these pop up all over everyone else’s list; must make them a part of mine as well! 🙂

  22. You have the cutest post set-ups.

    I’ve seen these books around but haven’t heard too much about them yet! Lots of contemporaries! I hope you love them all 🙂

  23. These all sound awesome! Looks like I’m going to have to add some titles to my to-read list!

  24. enjoy your new reads! I couldn’t think of any. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  25. Oh my gosh, The Merciless sounds so messed up, but AWESOME. But scary. I’m probably going to have nightmares after I read it, but whatever. Let’s Get Lost sounds interesting as well! I really want to know more about the story, but like you said, I think the intrigue/mystery serves a purpose in this case.

  26. Road trip books are my go-to books so yay for Open Road Summer!

    I’ve never read a good with book but I’m looking forward to Half Bad and I hope I like it.

    Looking forward to After You just as much as you are!

    Eee, this is my first time coming across Let’s Get Lost and hell yes, I’m gonna read it! =D

    The cover of Something Real is so funky.

    Sooo happy to see The Half Life of Molly Pierce on your list, Jamie! It’s my most anticipated of 2014 and I so cannot wait to read it. =D

  27. Hooray — just added six more books to my to-read list. Thanks, lady!

  28. Well, it looks like I just added a few more books to my ‘To-Read’ list! After You looks like it’s going to be so amazing! I can’t wait until they release the cover.

    I also have Something Real on my list. I was a sucker for Jon and Kate Plus 8 and the book’s summary reminds me of that whole debacle.

  29. Let’s Get Lost just sounds like the perfect kind of book for me, and I’m already excited to read it! I can’t wait to read Open Road Summer either, because it’s got music and a road trip in, so it’s pretty much already perfect without me reading it! And I’m in love with the cover of Breakfast Served Anytime, I can’t stop staring at it.

  30. Open Road Summer looks good. It looks like a Sarah Dessen type of book.

  31. So psyched for The Merciless! I’m really surprised I haven’t seen it on any other TTTs I’ve looked at today.

  32. I have to admit…I’m a shallow book cover judge-r. Most of the times, a cover will speak to me & I will usually purchase the book because of it. To be rational, I then read the description to see what is it that jumped out at me & unless it sounds like an utter disaster, I’ll buy it cause the cover reached out and touched me 😉
    Now that I got that entire pre-qualifying confession out of the way:
    Breakfast Served Anytime – Caught my eye-added it to my Goodreads!
    The Half-Life of Molly Pierce – I remember EpicReads presenting this cover and it definitely caught my attention. Very intriguing both cover & story.
    And…Far From You – Pretty lights on string…I was sold.

    Others I’m looking forward to:
    After the End by Amy Plum (cover sucked me in)
    Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
    Alienated by Melissa Launders (Want. This. Book. Now!)
    Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (have an ARC-very curious about this Downton Abbey meets the Selection-hence I was sold)
    The 57-Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. 😉
    Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam (BEAUTIFUL cover)
    and….probably many more…I’m gonna stop while I’m waaaayyyy ahead 🙂

  33. I’ve never heard of Falling Into Place, but it sounds really interesting! I’ll add it to my wish list so I can keep an eye on it when the cover and blurb is released!

  34. Since I love tv, I’m looking forward to Something Real the most! 🙂

    Thanks for the great list!

  35. I’ve seen Half-Bad on a couple lists now and I can’t believe that I forgot about it!! Grrr… really looking forward to that one. Also can’t wait for Love Letters to the Dead. How are you liking that one so far?

  36. I’m so thrilled you’re looking forward to Wish You Were Italian! Thank you! This is a great list–I’m adding more to my GR shelves!

  37. Oooo I can’t wait to see what you think of Side Effects May Vary, I loved it! And your list is so freakin’ fantastic — a few I hadn’t heard of but are now super high on the TBR! I’m right on board with you for Open Road Summer, Something Real and Far From You.

  38. They all sound pretty good, I will have to look into them.

  39. Breakfast Served Anytime has an interesting cover! I’ve never actually seen any of the books on your Top Ten before, and I’m glad I checked it out because I found a few titles that I want to look up some time soon (: And Side Effects May Vary and Love Letters to the Dead were on my TTT!

    Btw, you literally have my dream blog. Everything is so pretty. The graphics, the posts, the coding–it’s all so pretty. I just wanted to let you know!

    – Tori

  40. Oh, I can’t wait to see what you thought of Side Effects May Vary! Have you heard about A Mad Wicked Folly, or Stolen Songbird? I’m not sure exactly what genres you favor, but one of these might just work for you! (See my TTT here – …they’re both on there!) Happy Readings!

  41. Great list! I’m quite excited for a few of these myself, and Open Road Summer made my list too. There seems to be so many good books coming out in 2014, I’m not sure where I’ll find the time to read them all. I hope you get to all of your picks 🙂 My TTT.

  42. I hadn’t heard of LET’S GET LOST, BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME, THE MERCILESS or FALLING INTO PLACE until your post — and you can be sure I’m putting them on my list of books to consider reading this year. They sound like incredibly fun debuts (and a great variety too) so thank you for sharing!

  43. I just finished LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD as my first 2014 debut and I can’t wait to get to some of these other ones! Thanks for the list — it helped me add some more to my TBR list.


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