Last Reads Readathon: Best 2012 Debuts!

Hello everyone!  Today I will be posting for my day of the Last Reads of 2012 Readathon, hosted by The Bookshelves, Jen Ryland/YA Romantics and Singing and Reading in the Rain.  My post is titled Best 2012 Debuts I've Read, which is basically a feature of the awesome 2012 YA debuts I've read and loved!

So, here we go!

The Friday Society
by Adrienne Kress
Pages: 440
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: December 6, 2012
by Dial

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Be your own hero.

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

Masque of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin
Series: Masque of the Red Death #1
Pages: 319
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: April 24, 2012
by Greenwilow

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club--in the depths of her own despair--Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for--no matter what it costs her.

by Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #1
Pages: 250
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: March 27, 2012
by Balzer + Bray

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Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth--her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

The Selection
by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: April 24, 2012
by HarperTeen

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


  1. I haven't read any of these! Fail. But I do own a couple and definitely plan to read them at some point. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  2. These are all on my TBR list. ;)

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life
    ~New Follower~

  3. I haven't read any of these yet! Hoping to get the selection for christmas :) Good luck with your challenge :)

  4. Thanks so much for hosting! I'm going to do an update post tomorrow and link to all the challenges so far and post my own lists for the challenges.

    I have read a LOT of great debuts this year so your challenge is going to be hard. I agree with all your choices except I still have not read my ARC of the Selection. Yet!

  5. So glad to see The Friday Society on your list as I am picking that up from the library today-hope I love it too!


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