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Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Debuts that Look Yummy

Well, hello there!

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish)! This week’s theme is Young Adult or Middle Grades debuts of 2014 that I want to read the most. I really enjoy reading debuts each year because it gives me a chance to get to know some authors that might not get as much attention as others simply because they’re new to the YA/MG scene.

As usual, there are some really good-looking debuts scheduled to release this year! I’ve looked long and hard at the debut list and, of course, some (more than others) just seem like they’d be right up my alley!

Oh yeah. I chose twelve this week, not ten, because I do what I want, when I want! hahaha

Defy by Sara B Larson

Defy by Sara B. Larson (Jan. 7)

Fantasy goodness!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Jan 28)

A new retold fairy tale!!

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers (Feb. 4)

An alien exchange program? Sign me up!

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (Feb. 4)

Flaunted as Downton Abbey meets The Selection!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (April 1)

Fantasy fun!

The Breakup Artist by Philip Siegel

The Breakup Artist by Philip Siegel (April 29)

Cute contemporary?!

Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose

Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose (May 8)

Weird cover, but it sounds like more fantasy fun!

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae (May 6)

Another cute contemporary romance just in time for summer?

Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz (Sept. 16)

No cover reveled as of Jan. 14, 2014. Captain Hook’s daughter?! Yes!

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (April 22)

Historical fiction awesomeness!

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer by Elizabeth May (May 6)

Steampunk/paranormal fantasy!!! YES PLEASE!

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman (July 10)

Middle Grades fun times with an adorable cover!

I have scoured the 2014 Debut list for the ones that sound the most exciting to me, but it is always possible I missed some.  Which debuts are you excited about this year?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Hello!

Welcome back BookTasty friends for our weekly Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by The Broke and Bookish). Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on covers we wish we could redesign. In general I am not that critical of covers, but sometimes there are some that just irk me. Most likely there are more than 10, but the ones mentioned below are some that just seem to stand out to me for whatever reason. The frustrating thing is that some of these are books I really, really enjoy!

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I just feel like there are just too many nipples with light radiating from them on this cover.

Wild Things by Clay CarmichaelWild Things by Clay Carmichael

This is a really nice little book, but the cover is just so boring.

Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate AlendarMarie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate Alender

It’s just too garish.

The Two Princessess of Bamarre by Gail Carson LevineThe Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

It looks a little too 1980s.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen JohnsonThirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I’m just not a fan of the way this girl is standing. It looks awkward.

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickThe Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

Someone please draw a shirt on Patch.

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

I’m just not a fan of the hair in the face I guess.

Icefall by Matthew J. KirbyIcefall by Matthew J. Kirby

I’m finally reading this book (and enjoying it!), but the cover totally prevented me reading it for a LONG time.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This creepy cover is seriously all that is keeping me from reading it.

Alienated by Melissa LandersAlienated by Melissa Landers

I really would like to read this book because it sounds fun (and it’s not released until 2014), but this cover has just too much going on.

How do you feel about these covers? Are there any that you’d like to redesign as well?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Alienated

Well hello again!

Just have to remind everyone that Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Sometimes I see a book and the cover turns me off but then I stop and read the summary and I’m interested. Well, that’s exactly what happened with Alienated by Melissa Landers. Alienated by Melissa Landers

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Oh my gosh. This cover. There is WAY TOO MUCH going on. Too many colors!  But, I’m totally into the summary! Alientated sounds like it has potential to be a cute sci-fi romance. Since this book isn’t scheduled to release until February 4, 2014 we have some time to wait.  I have hopes that the awful cover isn’t a sign of bad things to come…I want this one to be good! :)

What do you think? What titles are you waiting on this week?