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As someone who spends the majority of her review time on Indie authors, I feel like I see more than my fair share of debut novels, but oddly enough I really have no clue what was being released to mass-market in 2016, so this actually required some research on my part!
Top 10 Debut Novels I’m Looking Forward to in 2016
(These are in no particular order.)
1.) The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie – The first line of the synopsis reads “For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business.” That, combined with the fantastic cover, is enough to have me tentatively looking forward to picking this up at some point. This looks like it might actually be outside the realm of the typical Young Adult fare that’s being put forth lately (anyone else ridiculously tired of Dystopian Novels with cliche love triangles?).
2. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky -Here’s an excerpt from the Goodreads synopsis: “In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stands in her way.” It sounds interesting, doesn’t it? And look at that gorgeous cover!
3. Borderline by Mishell Baker – Here’s the piece of the excerpt that caught my attention ” she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.” Also, the main character is supposed to be parapalegic too which means its another book offering diversity/disability in lit. YAY!
4. Consider by Kristy Acevedo – Here’s why it caught my attention: “As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?” So Young Adult Sci-fi with a main character that suffers from a disorder. Diversity and Disability in lit! Of course I was going to put it on this list!
5. Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse – Here’s what caught my attention: “a collection of five time-spanning, interconnected novellas that weave a subtly science-fictional web that stretches out from the present into the future, narrating an eerily plausible end of the world.” (via the interview from Sweet Sixteens) Its one of those novels that could be completely awesome, or fail horribly, so this is a tentative inclusion onto my list. Here’s hoping it knocks everyone’s socks off!
6. Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs – Here’s the first part of the synopsis: “Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life–or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporation selects her for a top-secret project, she can’t say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she’ll be set for life.” So it looks like we have a Latina main character which is nice, if they don’t white-wash her, and a trip to the future. Could be good. Could be bad. Time will tell. (Confession, this is on Netgalley but I haven’t requested it because I’m afraid it’ll be disappointing.)
7. Prince of Nightmares by John McNee – While not his first work overall, this is his first novel, so I’m saying he qualifies! This really is just an excellent book that calls to mind the best parts of your favorite horror movies. You have to read it if you love horror books and movies like The Shining, Ghost Ship, The Sixth Sense, etc.
Yes, I’ve already read this book (bless you, Netgalley!) but I had to include it. Mostly because finding ten debut authors that I actually want to read is hard!
8. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nuevel – Again this is a book that I’ve already reviewed thanks to Netgalley, but I think that it will please quite a few people, and that the author may indeed be a breakout hit for others. (I wasn’t thrilled with the book, but I think its because I set the bar way,way too high.) The blurb says its “World War Z meets The Martian”. I will say don’t go into this expecting the snappy dialogue you got in the Martian. The blurb is referring more to the science portion of things.
9. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley – What caught my attention? The name. But here’s the first couple synopsis lines: “When the remains of a young child are discovered during a winter storm on a stretch of the bleak Lancashire coastline known as the Loney, a man named Smith is forced to confront the terrifying and mysterious events that occurred forty years earlier when he visited the place as a boy” (Turns out this novel was already released in 2014, small-scale, but is being re-released. Its a debut novel and I’m desperate here, so its stays. )
10. Poppy Mayberry, the Monday by Jennie K. Brown – Goodreads synopsis reads: “What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a ‘Wednesday”? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not—Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, without lifting a finger. But her Monday telekinesis still has some kinks, and that plate of spaghetti she’s passing may just end up on someone’s head. And if that’s not hard enough, practically perfect Ellie Preston is out to get her, and Principal Wible wants to send her to remedial summer school to work on her powers! It’s enough to make a girl want to disappear…if only she were a Friday. ” This middle-grade fiction work looks just silly enough to be intriguing, and even though there’s not a cover available to cinch my interest, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
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