Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I Am Looking Forward To


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish over here. Today’s theme is “Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I Am Looking Forward To.” I am legit so excited for these and cannot wait for 2016 to come any sooner!

10. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

“Jeff Garvin’s debut young adult novel, Symptoms of Being Human, Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen, starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity.” (x)

9. Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

“Kathy MacMillan’s debut novel, Sword and Verse, is a Young Adult Fantasy. In a land where writing is the sacred privilege of a few, a slave girl gets the extraordinary chance to learn the Language of the Gods when she becomes a royal tutor. But her dreams are threatened by her forbidden love for the prince, and her loyalty is tested by the Resistance, who dare her to join in the fight for her people’s freedom.” (x)

8. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

“Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel, Rebel of the Sands is a Young Adult Fantasy. Sixteen year old sharpshooter Amani Al’Hiza just wants to get out of the miserable one horse town where she was born. But when a shooting contest goes wrong she winds up running for her life instead, crossing a desert full of ruthless bandits, dangerous ghuls and powerful djinni, with nothing but a dwindling supply of bullets and a rakish foreigner wanted for treason.” (x)

7. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

“Roshani Chokshi’s debut The Star-Touched Queen is a Young Adult fantasy. A dark Hades and Persephone style romance set in the lush fantastical realms of ancient India where a princess must overcome a sinister horoscope to find herself and rescue the one she loves.” (x)

6. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

“Emily Skrutskie’s debut novel, The Abyss Surrounds Us, is Young Adult Science Fiction. Seventeen-year-old Cas Leung has spent her whole life training sea monsters to defend ships from pirates. When pirates kidnap her and force her to rear a beast of their own, Cas must decide whether taking vengeance on her captors is worth becoming even more monstrous than the pup she’s raising.” (x)

5. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

“Nicole Castorman’s debut YA novel Blackhearts is inspired by the tale of Blackbeard. It’s the story of a forbidden romance between a servant girl desperate for freedom and the master’s son who dreams of a life at sea. But they are caught up in something bigger than their circumstances: a love that changes the course of history.” (x)

4. The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter

“Jeff Zenter’s debut The Serpent King is a young adult novel about growing up in the rural South. Three outcasts–the son of an imprisoned Pentecostal snakehandling minister; a sweet-natured, blue-collar fantasy fan; and a well-known teen fashion blogger–try to make it through their final year of high school with their spirits and senses of self intact.” (x)

3. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

“Evelyn Skye’s debut novel is a Young Adult Fantasy pitched as Daughter of Smoke and Bone meets The Night Circus. In The Crown’s Game, star-crossed lovers battle in a lush, magical version of tsarist Russia in 1825.” (x)

2. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

“Heidi Heilig’s debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere, is a Young Adult Fantasy. Nix has grown up time-traveling on her father’s ship, navigating from one map to another—including those of history, myth, and legend. But then her father finds a map of 1868 Honolulu. Determined to travel there to save her mother’s life, he pulls Nix into a political intrigue involving sugar barons, opium dealers, and a plot against the last King of Hawaii, but they both know changing history risks erasing Nix’s very existence.” (x)

1. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

“Emily Henry’s debut, The Love That Split the World, is a Young Adult speculative novel pitched as the heady romance and nostalgia of “Friday Night Lights” meets the world-bending mystery of “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Guided by the enigmatic apparition she calls Grandmother, an adopted teenager must find her place in the world by navigating a cosmic phenomenon that allows her to see different versions and eras of her small Kentucky town; the stakes are raised when she falls in love with a beautiful but elusive boy.” (x)


These are just some of the dozens of debuts that I’m looking forward to reading in 2016. Do you have any debuts that you are looking forward to in 2016?



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