Oops, I Did It Again: Debut Spotlight #3

Hello everybody! Today, as you may already know if you follow me on Twitter, I’m doing a part 3 of debut spotlights, bedause more just keep getting announced or I keep hearing of them, and I want to chat about it. Onto the post!


The Unforgettable Logan Foster– I think this was already out by the time I wrote the last post but I heard of it literally like the following day, so here it is on this list instead. It’s about a boy with an eidetic memory, whose new Foster parents turn out to be superheroes. I mean, what a fun concept!!

Just Right Jillian– again this one was already out but not on my radar! It’s about a young Black girl who is really shy kind of coming out of her shell a bit and I have an idea of when I’m going to read it and a cool bookstagram idea as well for it so I’m very excited to make that happen soon. If you want a clue, think about what is on the cover and what big event is coming up soon 😉

Drew Leclair Gets a Clue– I’ve already mentioned this book in another post for sure but I’m SUPER excited about reading it (hopefully soon!?) and I feel like as a disabled person who loves mystery books, it’s kind of my duty to shout about it. It features a character with chronic pain- who’s NAMED AFTER THE QUEEN HERSELF NANCY DREW- solving a mystery involving a cyberbully.

Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa– I pick up most books of this kind of Rick Riordan vibes type, and I think this one focuses on Dominican mythology which I’ve never read before and am really interested to learn more about it.

Forward March– this is a YA romance about a girl who is in her school marching band, and the concept of someone falling in love with the main character based on a false online dating profile is just so fun and I really want to read the book to see how the whole thing plays out! It’s also about the main character having to keep her sexuality secret because of her Republican dad’s presidential campaign being ongoing.

Lia Park and the Missing Jewel- I had got it into my head this was a mystery, but it turns out it’s actually a fantasy. I’d have read it either way though. It follows a girls who must travel to an undersea kingdom in Korea after an ancient protection spell is broken and her parents are being abducted.

A Proposal They Can’t Refuse– this is a fake dating book, and while that’s pretty much all I know about it, it’s also all I need to know to know I want to read it. Fake dating = hands down the best trope.

Lizzie and Belle Mysteries– I’ve still got no clue what the first book in this series is called, which is why I was holding off on putting it on one of these, but I LOVED the taster story of this in the Very Merry Murder Club and I have a feeling this new mystery series is going to be a HUGE favourite for me the next couple years.

Zo and the Forest of Secrets– this is a middle grade fantasy set in the Caribbean and I love the sound of it so much. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy and I’m very much looking forward to getting to it, and I think I’m going to be on the blog tour as well!

If You Still Recognise Me– I read Cynthia So’s short story in a Stripes anthology years ago now and I’ve always wanted to read more from them, so I’m finally getting my wish. It’s a contemporary romance about a girl who’s confused about her romantic feelings towards two of her friends and it’s exciting to see more f/f romance.

The Songs You’ve Never Heard– this is a YA about music, and if you follow me on Instagram or read my posts about music you’ll know that is another of the great Loves of my life besides books. Something that combines them is just guaranteed to win a place in my heart, really.

Boys I Know– I saw this described as being like… a racier version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is a series I’m a huge fan of, so I’m hopeful this will also be a success for me.

Paws– This is a younger middle grade than I typically go for, but I make no secret of the fact dogs are my favourite and I’m here for basically any book with a strong dog/human bond, and this book sounds like a gorgeous celebration of that. Also, stay tuned because I think I’m going to be revealing the cover of this one on Friday!

Ember Shadows and the Fates of Mount Never– this one was announced literally DAYS after my last post like this and I was SO annoyed cause I was dying to talk about it and I’ve had to wait AGES. It just sounds like exactly the kind of fantasy that I’ll be obsessed with, in the Starfell/Nevermoor sort of vein.

The Eternal Return of Clara Hart– I follow Louise on both twitter and Instagram and she’s super lovely, so I’m thrilled for her that her debut is coming out. It’s about a boy stuck in a time loop who keeps redoing the same time period over and over to try and save the life of a girl named Clara Hart.

The Whisperling– this is a middle grade about a girl who can speak with the dead, written by another writer I’ve been following on Twitter for ages, so I’m incredibly excited to read her first book! The comp titles suggest it’s one I’ll LOVE, too.

Dad’s Girlfriend and Other Anxieties– not going to lie to you, the title put this on my radar because I just think it’s funny and cute, and the book sounds like a great contemporary about a girl dealing with anxiety and changes to her family when her dad gets in a new relationship. I think there’s a road trip involved so I’m hoping this gives me Almost Flying kind of vibes!

Flip Turns– this one is an MG contemporary kind of vibe and I’m here for that anyway, but something that I’m especially excited about here is that this seems to be touching on the topic of consent as it deals with a girl who rejected a boy and is now seemingly being targeted for that, and I’m so thrilled to see a book about that for this age group.

The Trouble with Robots– this is a middle grade contemporary (I think, idk if it’s maybe Sci fi??) about two girls who hate each other being forced to team up for a robotics condition. As an extra plus, there is LGBTQ and autistic rep, which is super important!

Big Bad Me- this was a very last minute addition to the post because it only got announced YESTERDAY, just in the nick of time. It’s by Aislinn O’ Loughlin who I’ve known on social media for a while now and I’m so excited for that her debut is coming out just before Halloween. It focuses on a girl who discovers that she is a werewolf and based on the title alone, I just think it’s going to be a great time.

Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria- this is the start of a series about a magic school for alchemists and a character who loves baking. I am super super here for the whole synopsis 🥰

Hazel Hill is Gonna Win This One– this is an MG contemporary about a girl realising she is gay when she gets her first crush on another girl. It sounds so fun and joyful and wonderful and the author is hilarious on social media, so I’m just really looking forward to getting my hands on it.

Drizzle, Dreams and Lovestruck Things– this is a YA contemporary romance about 4 sisters who all have their own love stories. It sounds so sweet and lovely and cosy, and I am just really excited to lose myself in it’s pages at some point after it’s released. The author’s 2023 MG sounds incredible too!!

The Monarchs of Winghaven– this is middle grade contemporary with themes of nature and conservation, meaning it sounds like something I’ll enjoy for sure. It doesn’t yet have a release date listed which is why I’ve popped it on here at the end, but I’m hoping to know soon when it’s actually out!


Thank you so much for reading! Are you planning to pick any of these up? Which one are you most looking forward to? I’d love to chat with you in the comments!

Amy xx

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Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

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