Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks theme:
Top Ten Most Anticipated Debuts of 2015
Rachel and I have been planning an event in late spring/ early summer to highlight the amazing debut authors whose books are coming out this year. I have to say that I want or rather need to read them all.
I have also started reading some of the debuts already so here are four debuts that you need to read and I can tell you why!
Four Amazing Debuts You Need To Read:
I have mentioned a few times already my love for Shutter. This book is amazing and has so many amazing qualities to it. Shutter is dark, wonderfully written, action packed, horrific, paranormal, funny and a romance. I just can't wait to force everyone to read this book. This book needs to be a movie, calling this now. Also I need the sequel so please go read Shutter.
2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I had heard so many amazing things about this book, but I wasn't sure if it was going to be for me. I just randomly started reading it and I think the best way to tell you my love for it is that I finished it at 7am. I absolutely adored everything about this book and it touched me in a way that I book has not in a very long time. Despite having a very different tone, style, and plot from Perks of Being A Wallflower it had a very similar impact for me and will have a spot in my heart as a favorite book.
3. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
I love fairytale retellings, but I just don't read enough of them. This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and what would happen after she woke up. Of the fairtytales, I always find Sleeping Beauty to be the most boring and the least developed princess. Rhiannon Thomas develops Aurora as well as an entire fantasy world.
P.S: I am on the blog tour so there will be a giveaway in February!
4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My own tag for this book is Game of Thrones meets X-Men. I just can not get over how great the world building in this book was and how cool the concept of it is. I loved the characters and the twists that the plot took. I can not wait for the sequel and all the craziness that will ensue. This book is definitely going to be huge. Also this cover, is just gorgeous.
We, Rachel and I, literally have a list of 70+ authors whose books are debuting and there are over a hundred. This was like Sophie's Choice only picking this many. I am leaving links to other lists so you can find the full lists. Here are a few that I am extremely excited for.
I NEED TO READ THESE SOON!
Since I haven't read these and I can't tell you why you must read them I have included the blurbs. I think each book sounds amazing and each author is fantastic. So read the blurb and add it to Goodreads!
5. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!
Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.
To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.
Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.
6. Velvet by Temple West
First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.
After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.
Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?
7. Hunger, Heart, Fuel, Nation by Tessa Elwood
Lisa Cheng at Running Press has bought Tessa Elwood's YA novel Hunger, Heart, Fuel, Nation, pitched as a romantic Game of Thrones in space. In the novel, a girl takes her sister's place in an arranged political marriage between two intergalactic royal houses. The stakes are raised when the heroine finds she may be the illegitimate daughter of her family's sworn enemy.
It's scheduled for fall 2015; Victoria Marini at Gelfman Schneider sold world rights in a two-book deal.
8. Blood & Salt by Kim Liggett
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.
9. In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
High school senior Jonathan Aubrey creates worlds at will. In Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend, he’s given himself everything he doesn’t have in real life-–the track team, passing grades, and his dream girl–-until one day he confuses his worlds and almost kisses the real Kylie Simms. Now his girlfriend Kylie and the real Kylie are changing, and Jonathan must solve the mystery of his own life to save his love from a gruesome fate.
10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
Honorable Mentions( because Rachel and I have some special plans up our sleeves for showcasing all of the 2015 debuts that we are excited for.)
11. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
12. City of Savages by Lee Kelly
It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Warden Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For 17-year-old Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s 16-year-old sister, Phee, the P.O.W. camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.
When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the outbreak of the war, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual P.O.W. census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.
Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that ends in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District, and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past. Sky and Phee are dependent on each other, and their ragged posse, for survival, but as their feelings grow toward the handsome English boy Ryder, love and jealousy threaten to break them apart.
While primarily a thriller, City of Savages is also a story about the many meanings of sisterhood, told across two generations of New York women—those who survived a terrible tragedy, and those who were raised to live in its aftermath.
13. Romancing the Dark in the City of Lights by Ann Jacobus
A troubled teen living in Paris is torn between one boy who encourages her to embrace life and another – dark, dangerous, and deadly attractive – who tempts her to succumb to her fatal flaws.
14. Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
Rocky meets Gattaca in this thrill-ride of celebrity, competition, and responsibility.
Carr “the Raptor” Luka is an athletic phenom, a rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing. Training and competing aboard the lunar orbiting city-station of Valtego (where It’s More Fun on the Dark Side TM), all he’s ever wanted is to win the championship title.
His talent and marketability don’t go unnoticed by the top brass of the Zero Gravity Fighting Association. They assign him a brandhelm; after all, anyone who wants to be anyone needs a dedicated personal marketing strategist. Beautiful and ambitious, Risha is one of the genetically engineered Martian colonists that Earth dwellers view with resentment and suspicion. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity, and stolen his heart along the way.
But success could be the worst thing that happens to them. As his fame grows, Carr must come to terms with the fact that he’s become an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet now angry at falling into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. When Carr learns of a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating personal secret. Not only will his choices place into jeopardy everything he holds dear, they may spill the violence from the sports arena out into the solar system.
15. Prom Bitch by Ami Allen Vath
A high school senior navigating prom season amidst panic attacks, a new boyfriend, & a suicide letter from the class outcast.
Check out the Freshman Fifteens and the Fearless Fifteens for full lists of the 2015 YA and MG debuting *traditionally* published authors.
What are your most anticipated debuts of 2015? Any that I haven't included that you are freaking out over? Share your post down below!