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Debut Author Challenge 2012

hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren

The objective of this challenge is to read and review a minimum of twelve YA or middle grade debut novels throughout the year. For more information please click here.

I will be aiming for one debut novel a month – meaning twelve books in total. There is a progress bar on my sidebar which will keep track of how I am going.

The conditions of the challenge say that the Australian release of the novel must be in 2012 (as I live in Australia), which means the books I can choose from will be different from bloggers in other countries.

Here is a list of YA titles which are eligible – I will read one (or two) a month and link to the review. The books in bold font are the ones I already own.


  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (3rd Jan, Penguin Australia)
  • Tempest by Julie Cross (5th Jan, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Fracture by Megan Miranda (5th Jan, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)
  • The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton (26th Jan, Immortal Ink Publishing – no Australian publisher at the moment) 
  • Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (30th Jan, Penguin Australia)


  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (1st Feb, Simon & Schuster Aust)
  • After the Snow by S. D. Crockett (1st Feb, Pan Macmillan Aust)
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (7th Feb, Atom)
  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg (27th Feb, Penguin Australia)
  • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (Murdoch Books)


  • Slide by Jill Hathaway (1st Mar, HarperCollins Publishers Aust)
  • Croak by Gina Damico
  • Everneath by Brodi Ashton (2nd Mar, Simon & Schuster Aust)
  • Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale (2nd Mar, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Starters by Lissa Price (29 Mar, Random House Australia)


  • Immortal City by Scott Speer (4 April, Penguin Books Australia)
  • The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams (26 Apr, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (April, Anderson Press)



  • Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (1st June, Random House Australia)
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (1st June, HarperCollins Publishers Aust)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – published as The Gathering Dark by Hatchette AU
  • Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen (7th Jun, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)
  • The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler (12th June, Cedar Fort publishing)


  • Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (1st Aug, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Shadows by Paula Weston (2nd July, Text Publishing)
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (2nd July, Random House Publishers Australia)
  • Insignia by S. J. Kincaid (10th July, FIve Mile Press)
  • Cold Fury by  T. M. Goeglein (24th July,  Putnam Publishing Group – no Australian publisher at the moment)
  • Fire in the Sea by Myke Bartlett (25th July, Text Publishing)
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (July, Hachette Children’s Australia)



  • Blackwood by Gwenda Bond (4th September, Strange Chemistry)
  • Shift by Kim Curran (4th September, Strange Chemistry)
  • Redemption by Veronique Launier (8th September, Flux Books)
  • Defiance by C. J. Redwine (11th September, Hachette Australia – Little, Brown and Orion)



  • Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard (6th November, Strange Chemistry US)
  • Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs (13th November, Entangled Publishing US)


29 books read so far!

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