Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2015.

Going along with this post, I want to mention that I am taking part in That Artsy Ready Girl's 2015 Debut Author Challenge. For more info, click that link. :)

And, as always, Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

All synopses are from Goodreads, also, that's where the links will take you.

Final note before the list, this was a really, really, really difficult list to number. I am pretty excited for every single one of these books--and since they are debut novels, there is not previous author experience to fall back on.

So the top 5 books in this list are all pretty much a tie for #1.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels of 2015

 


10. “Tracked” by Jenny Martin
(May 5, 2015)
The Fast and the Furious gets a sci-fi twist in this action-packed debut

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her daring new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It's up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?
  
I'm pretty excited about this book because it looks like something different than anything I've read lately. Not a lot of Danica Patrick's in the YA lit universe. I've seen a lot of comments comparing it to Speed Racer, but I love Speed Racer, so I'm ready to read it
 

9.
“The Creeping” by Alexandra Sirowy
(August 18, 2015)
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her. 

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.
And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

First of all, the cover for this book looks absolutely terrifying. The book sounds creepy too--I hope this is reminiscent of "Don't Look Back" by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I'm really looking forward to a creepy contemporary, I can never seem to find them.


8.
“Rook” by Sharon Cameron
(April 28, 2015)
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
I'm kind of excited about this book because I have no idea what it's about. I understand that it's obviously a mystery, and someone about red-tipped feathers, but a history-based Dystopian? In Paris? Sounds AMAZING. 
 

7.
“The Conspiracy of Us” by Maggie Hall
(January 13, 2015)
To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.
Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war.

They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead.
To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all.

 I'm not a big fan of this being marketed as a YA-DaVinci Code, but otherwise, I'm pretty interested in the premise here.  I like that it's set in our time period (I think) but contains secret societies and code-breaking.
 

6.
“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
(February 10, 2015)
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
I don't know a lot of people who haven't heard about this book (or already read it, and if you have, I'm making my angry face). I know this is going to be a much-discussed book, and I'm excited about it. The caste system is particularly intriguing--and the our main character is starting from the bottom. Most fantasies lately have focused on princesses or higher castes helping the lower ("The Winner's Curse," etc.) 
 

5.
“The Sin Eater’s Daughter” by Melinda Salisbury
(February 24, 2015)
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.
She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
 I'm really excited about this main character. She sounds kick butt already, and I hope she doesn't disappoint. I forsee a lot of death in this book and moral decisions, and I can't wait! It comes out around my birthday and I probably will devour it as soon as it arrives.
 

4.
“The Leveller” by Julia Durango
(June 23, 2015)
Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.
I am ALL ABOUT mixing video games and YA books, mainly because I get to impress my gamer husband with awesome lingo and annoy him with questions. This seems reminiscent of "RUSH" and "Elusion," both two star books in my mind, so I'm hoping it delivers a lot more than that. It seems like it will and maybe it'll be a female "Ready Player One"!
 

3.
“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh
(May 12, 2015)
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.  
 In high school I actually did a Reader's Theatre piece based on A Thousand and One Nights and I LOVE that story, so a new take is something that I'm already fangirling over. Look. At. The. Cover. It is amazingly original for what's on the market, especially in this list, and so is the premise. I love re-tellings and I am all but salivating over this one.
 

2.
“A Wicked Thing” by Rhiannon Thomas
(February 24, 2015)

Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.
I just said that I love re-tellings, they're probably my second favorite YA style (after Dystopian) and so it's no surprise this is high on the list. The discussion of Sleeping Beauty's life after waking up is fascinating to me because I haven't considered it before--Thomas has an amazing description here, I'm excited to learn along with Aurora, and I am so pumped about this book. 
 

1.
“Nobody’s Goddess” by Amy McNulty
(April 21, 2015)
In a village of masked men, each loves only one woman and must follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Where the rest of her village celebrates this mystery that binds men and women together, seventeen year old Noll is just done with it. She’s lost all her childhood friends as they’ve paired off, but the worst blow was when her closest companion, Jurij, finds his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever loved her: she is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a Byronic man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him and who has the power to fight the curse. Thus begins a dangerous game between the two: the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled man is willing to lose.
Ok, here we are at #1, and I have to say that if I had a cover for this book I would probably try to break into a publishing house and steal it. This premise is absolutely one of the most interesting I have ever heard in years. Dystopians are amazing, but I don't even know if that's what this is. It might be a fantasy? Either way, turning the arranged marriages on their head, veiling the men, and a woman rebelling against being in charge. Yes. Please. Now. Please. Seriously. 
 

6 comments:

  1. I have read NOBODY'S GODDESS. It is fantasy, and it is wonderful. So thrilled to see it getting attention (and also highly anticipating the cover reveal).

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    1. Oh. My. Goodness. I am unbelievably jealous that you have read it! I keep re-reading the synopsis and I get excited about a new part of it each time. I am anxiously awaiting the cover. I hope it's as gorgeous as I'm picturing it. lol I might be mildly obsessed with this book already...

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  2. I keep seeing The Conspiracy of Us on people's lists and it looks amazing! I'll have to add it to my to-read list. Great TTT for this week. Nobody's Goddess looks so lovely. Definitely one I want to read!

    Kate @ Fictional Thoughts

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    1. I am pretty excited about "The Conspiracy of Us," and I'm glad it comes out this month. The synopsis is so exciting--and that cover is so amazing that I want a poster of it in my living room.

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  3. The Conspiracy of Us sounds REALLY good, and I'm in love with the cover for A Wicked Thing! I'm not sure if I'll ever get tired of girls in pretty dresses, no matter how overdone they are. haha!

    Red Queen was awesome!!

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    1. Right?! I am obsessed with them. I want to start getting poster-sized versions of some of these covers because they are amazing. Whoever designs them deserves all of the awards. lol

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