I’ve never really been one to pay attention to debuts, but since joining the blogging community, it becomes clearer and clearer every year that this is something to be excited about. So in 2015 I’m pledging to pay more attention to the newbie authors out there and give them an extra special shout out, starting with these!
1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I NEED THIS. I saw the title months ago and ever since it has been on my radar. Then the synopsis came out and now I neeeed to know why she doesn’t have hands.
2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’m not exactly sure what this is about but apparently the world-building is reminiscent of Rome and also LOOOOK AT THE COVER.
3. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. So I think about this subject a lot – an impending apocalypse that we all know is coming and we can’t do anything about it. I’m hoping this one is as great as I wanted Tumble & Fall to be, but I have to say I’m nervous about reading it because its very premise is terrifying to me.
4. Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius. I have absolutely no hope of this actually being good, but it’s a modern day “retelling” of the story of Henry VIII’s second (and awesomest) queen, Anne Boleyn.
5. Those Girls by Lauren Saft. This list wouldn’t be complete without a dark contemporary and Those Girls sounds exactly like my kind of book.
1. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. As soon as I saw “schizophrenia” in the blurb, I added it to my wish list right away. No jokes – I love reading about mental health issues.
2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. What nabbed me first was that beautiful cover. Second was the name Twylla. Third, murder by touch. Come on – murder in her veins. Drooling! Yeah, this was a pick that I couldn’t avoid.
3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Blaming Steph and Cuddlebuggery forever for this one. She has me so ramped up, I can hardly stand it.
4. Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope. It was the POC on the front that nabbed me, but then I started to sniff around the description page. A fantasy novel with a non-white person? Yes, yes a thousand times over.
5. The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith. Not their first novel, but it is a new series. Since Vampire Empire is one of my favorite series ever, it certainly made the list. To say that I am excited is a bit underrated.