Debuts are one of the releases I most look forward to, as the field is so full of promise. You just never know whether you’re about to discover a new favorite author in less than 400 pages. It’s pure bookworm magic. And I think we all deserve to know some of the most exciting releases soon to hit shelves. It was very difficult to decide what my “top 5” list was for this topic, so be prepared for more posts going forward on this topic. But without further ado, let’s cut to the books!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Caraval is one of the hottest releases of winter 2017, drawing comparisons to one of my all time favorite books, The Night Circus. It’s original, it’s epic, and it’s got raving reviews to back it all up. Though I’ve been let down in the past by so called 4.37 star ratings on Goodreads, I choose to remain optimistic. One of my favorite reviewers wrote that the action is nonstop, with each chapter bringing a new twist in the ever expanding story. I also love the idea of strong sister bonds, which is a central plot point between protagonists Scarlett and Tella. And with that comes the story’s conflict; Scarlett must find her sister before the carnival is over in five days, less she disappear forever. Books with a set timeline are always hit and miss for me, but I hope Garber can carry Caraval’s strong suits all the way through for an awesome January read. Even better? With this being Garber’s debut effort I may have an author to replace Erin Morgenstern with.
2.The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give, a fictional account of a police shooting and subsequent fallout, has been on my radar for a while. There’s never been a book more relevant for 2017, and I can’t wait to see how Angie Thomas delivers this important story. I was a bit let down by another take on Black Lives Matter, All American Boys, so I’m hopeful that this widens my view on the issue. Numerous publishers certainly think so, with Balzer + Bray recently winning a thirteen house auction to the six figure rights. Oh, and Fox pictures has optioned to make the film, with Amandla Stenberg set to star. To me, it seems like this book is on the surefire track to success (as well as shaping some lives in the process) and I want to be there when it happens. Thomas has the bar set high with her debut, with everyone watching to see if she can rise to the occasion and deliver a truly excellent story. I’m confident she can!
3.When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This May 2017 release has potential to be either a collateral flop or amazing on fifty different levels. Such is the territory with contemporaries. However I’m confident enough in its success to add it to this list. It’s a nontraditional love story (or more accurately, anti love story) at its finest, following two Indian American teens as their parents attempt to arrange a marriage between them. In an interesting gender switch up, Rishi is thrilled at the idea of conforming to traditional Indian expectations, and meeting his wife at software programming camp. A camp where his “other half” has been shipped to unwittingly. Told in alternating perspectives, I can’t wait to see what happens when everything goes down.The synopsis seems to shine a big light on cultural traditions, something I’m extremely interested in learning about here. If nothing else, I expect a sweet and fun read that delivers something a little different. Besides, it’s always great to add a new, diverse voice to YA with a debut author such as Sandhya Menon.
4.Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
Let me tell you, I am SO excited for this one. As in ‘counting down the days in anticipation’ excited. I can only hope Caroline Leech, a debut author, delivers in her World War II romance Wait for Me. Star crossed love is really the only way to go in fiction, and the saga between German POW Paul and Scottish Lorna promises to break your heart in the most devastating way possible. One can only hope. I’ve really been yearning for a good historical love story since reading Beth Kephart’s Going Over, and Wait for Me definitely follows in a similar vein. Reviews have been scarce thus far, but after being recently featured on Epic Reads I’m hoping the hype picks up. Oh and don’t even get me started on that cover. I’m almost considering framing it as wall art. I will for sure if this story is everything I hope it will be, adding a new voice to historical fiction in the process. January 31st cannot come soon enough.
5.The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
The Edge of Everything may seem like a contemporary romance, judging off the title and brief synopsis, but in reality it’s anything but. Jeff Giles debut, which releases in just over a week, follows Zoe as she meets a mysterious bounty hunter named X. He’s from a version of hell called the Lowlands, and has been sent to kill the person who attacked Zoe and her brother. This pretty much sums up in two sentences everything I know thus far, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not immensely curious. It’s an incredibly innovative premise, and I love the idea of a not-quite-dystopian/not-quite-science-fiction set in our very real world. It’ll be an interesting fusion of concepts for sure, and I’m curious to see if Giles doesn’t inspire more authors in the future. As the pages cryptically state, ‘One More Soul’. Let me know in the comments if you also thought this one was anything but a sci-fi!
What debuts are you most looking forward to in 2017? Are any that I mentioned on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!