With the review of Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris published this week I can now say that I have completed the 2012 Debut Author Challenge! I have read twelve YA/NG debuts this year. I enjoyed some immensely and am eagerly awaiting sequels and novellas, and then there are some I didn’t enjoy as much as I had hoped, and others still where I can see the author has a lot of potential and will keep an eye out for new works.
The books I have read and reviewed for the challenge are (links go to the reviews)
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (3rd Jan, Penguin Australia)
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (1st Feb, Simon & Schuster Aust)
- Everneath by Brodi Ashton (2nd Mar, Simon & Schuster Aust)
- The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams (26 Apr, Simon & Schuster Australia)
- Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris (1 June, HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
- The Hunt by Andrew Fukoda (10 May, Simon & Schuster Australia)
- Storm (The Elementals #1) by Brigid Kemmerer (Allen & Unwin)
- 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
- The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler (12th June, Cedar Fort publishing)
- Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (1st Aug, Simon & Schuster Australia)
I have found the 2012DAC to be interesting because it has introduced me to many new authors, but I haven’t gone out of my way to read any of the novels above. I feel I would have read them anyway, with or without participating in the challenge, and thus it hasn’t exactly been challenging to me. But I like knowing I am supporting debut authors. Some of these books got a lot of publicity before they were even published, and others have slipped under the radar so I enjoyed highlighting them on my blog.
I don’t intend to stop here though – if you were to go to the challenge page, you will see I have about eight other debut novels in my possession that I haven’t read yet. So the widget on the sidebar is going to keep counting, and I will post another round-up post at the end of the year cataloging all the books I end up reading for the challenge! Since it’s only June, I think it will be interesting to see if I can read 24 debut novels!