Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

cd680-tttThis feature is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s prompt was pretty easy for me. I was able to nail down ten authors in less than ten minutes. The hard part was dealing with the fact that several of them don’t have covers yet, because I don’t usually feature a book unless it has a cover.

Anyway, go check out my list!

Amy Zhang
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Falling Into Place-Released Fall 2014
This Is Where The World Ends-Releasing Spring 2016

Becky Albertalli
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Simon vs the Homo Spaiens Agenda-Released Spring 2015
Untitled (No cover)-Releasing 2016

Brandy Colbert
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Pointe-Released Spring 2014
Little Lion (No cover)-Releasing 2017

Katrina Leno
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The Half Life of Molly Pierce-Released Summer 2014
The Lost & Found-Releasing Summer 2016

Aaron Hartzler
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What We Saw-Released Summer 2015
Twitch (No cover)-Releases 2016

Amanda Panitch
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Damage Done-Released Summer 2015
Never Missing, Never Found (No cover)-Summer 2016

Alexandra Sirowy
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The Creeping-Released Summer 2015
The Telling-Releasing Summer 2016

Wendy Mills
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Positively Beautiful-Released Winter 2015
All We Have-Releasing 2016

Natalie C. Parker
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Beware the Wild-Released Fall 2014
Behold the Bones-Releasing Winter 2016

Tess Sharpe
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Far From You-Released Spring 2014
Somewhere Between Right and Wrong (No cover)-Releasing 2017

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Waiting on Wednesday #23

97524-wowThis feature is hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It’s a way to showcase upcoming titles that we’re excited about.

My Pick
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Book Link: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads
Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.

That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. Even though she and her friends entered the swamp at the start of summer and left it changed, Candy’s the only one who can’t see or feel the magical swamp Shine. She’s also the only one who can’t see the ghosts that have been showing up and spooking everyone in town ever since. So Candy concentrates on other things—real things. Like fighting with her mother and plotting her escape from her crazy town.

But ghosts aren’t the only newcomers in Sticks, Louisiana. The King family arrives like a hurricane: in a blur and unwanted—at least by Candy. Mr. King is intent on filming the rumored ghostly activity for his hit TV show, Local Haunts. And while Candy can’t ignore how attracted she is to eighteen-year-old Gage King and how much his sister, Nova, wants to be friends, she’s still suspicious of the King family.

As Candy tries to figure out why the Kings are really in town and why the swamp that had previously cast her aside now seems to be invading every crack in her logical, cynical mind, she stumbles across the one piece of swamp lore she didn’t know. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may have all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.

My Thoughts
I had no idea until recently that Beware the Wild was getting a companion novel. I’m so excited for this book. I loved Beware the Wild and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this world. Plus that cover is gorgeous! I need this book in my hands ASAP.

What book are you looking forward to the most?

Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Book Title: Beware the Wild
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Published Date: October 21st, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Thriller
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her. 

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

Disclaimer: I received this book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
This book was straight up, freaking awesomesauce.

I really needed something creepy, so I was hoping that this book would deliver the creepiness that the cover teased us with. And it DID!
When the book really gets going, everything is different. Phin is not only gone, but no one remembers him. Not even his own mom. Sterling remembers him, but she also remembers memories of Lenora May. The Lenora May that appeared out of the swamp shortly after Phin disappeared. Nothing makes sense. She knows Lenora May isn’t actually her sister and she does remember her older brother Phin.
It isn’t until she begins talking to the town loner, Heath. Heath has his own secrets. The most important secret that he carries with him is that he believes Sterling. He knows she’s telling the truth. He remembers Phin and he remembers his best friend. His best friend disappeared into the swamp a year ago and, Heath’s been living with the knowledge that only he remembers his best friend. 
No one else in Nathan Payola’s life or home remembers him. Not his mom or dad. Only Heath.
Sterling knows she’ll be labelled as crazy if she talks to anyone about the swamp and the fact that she believes both Phin and Nathan and probably others have been taken by it. Even her friends Abigail & Candace “Candy” This book had a healthy dose of great friendships, which really excited me.
“I’m trusting you not to get eaten Saucier. And if that trust is misplaced, so help me, I’ll tell all of your worst secrets at your funeral.” -Candy-

As the book goes on, and we learn more of who Lenora May is and how she came to be, Sterling feels herself fighting the ever present pull of the swamp. It’s lights are enticing and her desire to save Phin is constant and relentless.

“As much as I hate that my brother is trapped here, I somehow can’t wish the swamp away.” -Sterling-

Lenora May’s past was one of my favorite things to learn about. I was so curious to figure out how she was connected to the swamp, why she had come out of the swamp shortly after Phin disappeared. I wondered if she had some sort of history with Sterling’s family. The idea that she could simply walk into the house and it was like she had been there all along was so mind boggling to me. I felt sympathy for Sterling who was so clearly confused initially.
I absolutely loved this book. I am so glad I read it when I did and I cannot wait to get a finished copy of it soon. The twists and the turns were there in abundance. The creepiness factor was very high as the world building was spectacular. I am giving this awesome and unique story 5 stars. I cannot wait to see what the author writes next.