Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Top 10 of 2013: Best Debuts of 2013

You can find links to the other blogs taking part in this event at Fiktshun.

For today’s post we had a selection of topics to choose from, so I selected Debuts. Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer are the first two titles in her Lunar Chronicles Series. These reinterpretations of classic fairytales are massively inventive and enjoyable. Again, they are billed as YA, but do not feel anything other than excellent Sci-Fi / Fantasy titles.

Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima was my most anticipated title of 2013 because I Jan is a dear friend of mine. It is a refreshing take on the Paranormal Romance genre with a wonderful heroine, full of courage and strength. It is set in Maine, but draws upon the werewolf traditions of Ancient Wales.

A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant was a NYOBG choice after being recommended by Jan. It was delightfully smutty and kept me giggling for quite some time. Fortunately, the character work and plot are engaging and so it does not simply depend upon the sex scenes to keep the reader interested. This Romance title was surprisingly good, and I say that as a person who normally avoids the genre.

The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schaffer begins her The Shattered Sigil series with an unusually earthy title that is very much dependent on landscape and how the characters move through it. Presenting a variety of unusual magic systems, it is almost more interested in studying the characters at its center and following their evolving relationship than in hurrying through a convoluted plot. I look forward to continuing the series next year.

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