I don’t know about you, but I find it really easy to read books by the same author over and over again because I know they are reliable. Reading this way is great for when my mood changes, but what it doesn’t do is open me up to new reading experiences and new authors.
I’ve been lucky enough to read some wonderful debuts over the last few months and I thought it might be great to let you know who I loved, who I’m looking forward to and find out which debut authors are you looking forward to this year.
Like most of us, I am a big YA reader however a couple of the books I am most excited for are not in this genre. While you have no doubt heard of a couple of these books, I’m hoping I can put a couple of new books on your radar.
BOOKS I‘VE READ
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- The Edge of Everything – If you love a dark read with lots of suspense and interesting characters then I suggest you pick this up. There are some great plot twists scattered throughout that gave the book a suspenseful edge that keeps you hooked. Zoe is a great main character and her counterparts served her and the overall story perfectly. The writing in this is absolutely superb and this twisted tale is executed fantastically.
- Caraval – All the stars in the universe go to this book. All of them. The world building in this is phenomenal and the characters will take you on one amazing journey. Highly recommend to every young adult fantasy lover and those that think magic is dope!
- Frostblood – If you are looking for a fast paced adventure with a fiery female lead and an epic fantasy world, then I would definitely suggest giving this a go. If you find this a bit slow in the beginning, definitely stick with it because you’ll be drawn in to the adventure before you know. I will definitely be picking up book 2 when it is out.
- The Bear and the Nightingale – Written as a fairy tale, we follow Vasya as she navigates a life under the watching eye of her fellow villagers in a time where politics, religion and feminist ideals are up in the air. What I love about this character and the book overall is the way Arden portrays Vasya. Even in the trickiest of situations, she never stoops to making Vasya feel like a victim of her surroundings; she stands tall amongst the masses. If you are looking to read a great debut with very few flaws, stunning characters and vivid world building, look no further.
- A List of Cages – Let me be upfront and say that this is not an easy book to devour as it features characters dealing with an extreme amount of abuse and the aftermath of living in a volatile environment. Don’t let that put you off though, because light does shine through the darker moments. I love these characters and I love this story, heart, mind and soul.
ON MY TBR PILE
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- One of Us Is Lying – One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
- The Hate U Give – Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
- The Someday Birds – Charlie wishes his life could be as predictable and simple as chicken nuggets. And it usually is. He has his clean room, his carefully organized bird books and art supplies, his favorite foods, and comfortable routines. But life has been unraveling since his war journalist father was injured in Afghanistan. And when Dad gets sent across country for medical treatment, Charlie must reluctantly travel to meet him. With his boy-crazy sister, unruly twin brothers, and a mysterious new family friend at the wheel, the journey looks anything but smooth.
- Lincoln in the Bardo – On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel – in its form and voice – completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.
- The Leavers – Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past. This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.
Let me know which debut authors you are looking forward to checking out this year.