Top Ten Tuesday (15): Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking Forward To

November 30, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 23

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten 2016 Debuts I am Looking Forward To” and we’re happy to be participating!

I am particularly happy to be doing this one because I just got back from this year’s NCTE in Minneapolis (were any of you there?) and heard about a bunch of debuts I’m really excited about. (I even grabbed a few!)


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  1. Burning Glass – Kathryn Purdie: “Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.” She has to spy out assassins! I love it. Anything with young women who have special sekrit powers … I’m there.
  2. Sword and Verse – Kathy MacMillan: A fantasy world where literacy is a capital offense and prohibited to the lower classes; our protagonist has been learning in secret and keeping that secret means her life. I love YA fantasy!
  3. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro: SHERLOCK HOLMES, AHEM. Sherlock Holmes has an equally brilliant granddaughter who’s inherited his propensity for crime-solving as well as his “but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability.” Yes yes yes. ::grabby hands:: ::give it to me now:: Also, look at that cover!
  4. Blackhearts – Nicole Castroman: I love historical fiction, you guys! I can’t help it. I just can’t. And I live in North Carolina, and if you head out near the coast, you can’t help but run into Blackbeard museums / restaurants / themed motels everywhere. This is all to say: historical retellings of Blackbeard’s life = a thing that I am super interested in.
  5. Into the Dim – Janet B. Taylor: Teen girl discovers her mom is a member of a secret society of time travelers! Time travel to the 12th century! (“The age of Eleanor of Aquitaine,” which, I mean, I loved A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver and K. Hep in The Lion in Winter, that sounds effing AWESOME.) Finally, it is described as Outlander for teens, which, yes. TTT15p2
  6. Gena/Finn – Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson: Ok, so Kat Helgeson is a debut author so I’m counting it because I’m hella excited for this. It’s about fandom! And adolescents girls relating to each other through fandom! (And … queer stuff!) I’m in.
  7. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here – Anna Breslaw: The description of this book makes it sound a lot like Harriet the Spy, but with fanfiction and message boards taking the place of super secret diaries. It works for me.
  8. A Fierce and Subtle Poison – Samantha Mabry: I was told this was a retelling of a Hawthorne short story? In any case, it sounds amaaaazing. Listen to this description: “Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.” I picked this one up at NCTE and I am so, so excited for it.
  9. The Girl From Everywhere – Heidi Heilig: “Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake.” SF/F with some historical fiction thrown in = my jam. Well, one of my jams.
  10. These Vicious Masks – Tarun Shanker: Jane Austen meets X-Men. Do you need to know any more than that?

These are the just the debuts for this year! There are *other books* coming out, toooo. I’ve been in such a slump for the past few months that I’m really looking forward to 2016 – there are so many things I’m excited about, and I’m hoping it’ll be the kick in the butt that I so desperately need to jumpstart my reading.

What debuts are you most excited about? What did I miss?

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23 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (15): Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking Forward To”

  1. Wendy

    Oooh, Oooh, I was at NCTE too! I was so excited to meet authors and get books, but I didn’t focus on new releases. It was my first time; had you ever been before? I hope it hits the West Coast in another few years so I can go again–I don’t know if my district can afford to send me far away annually.

    I wrote a number of posts about my experience–here’s one where I collected all the awesome things I heard authors and presenters say.
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  2. J. Oh

    Awesome list, Layla! Most of these were on my to-read shelf, too, but I hadn’t heard of SWORD AND VERSE (which totally sounds like my jam) and A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON. I have an ARC of A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE and I’m super excited for it! (But unfortunately it’s relatively low on my to-read pile now, since I still have books from 2015 to get in first.) I’m really excited about THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE, which I first heard about seemingly ages ago as one of the successful-on-one-try queries on QueryShark.

    Ooh, something not on this list that I’m really really excited for: THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye. Such a beautiful cover (and author name?), and Russian-inspired historical fantasy is one of my favorite things.

    P.S. I’d been hearing/seeing so much of GENA/FINN that I didn’t realize it hadn’t published yet. But now I know! :)
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  3. Carina Olsen

    Yay :D Gorgeous list Layla. <3 I didn't do this list this week.. because I'm not excited for that many debut books next year at all, lol :) But I am curious about a few of these :D I just don't have room for any of them. Sobs. Maybe as ebooks, as I need to buy more of those. Heartbreak. But aaanyway :D So glad that you are excited for them all. <3 Hope you will end up loving all of them :)
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  4. Emma

    I’m excited for The Girl From Everywhere too- I hope we both enjoy it :D

    I keep seeing a lot of these other books everywhere, particularly Black Hearts so I guess I better check it out haha :-) Thank you for sharing these!

    Here’s my TTT @ Emma’s Bookery if you would like to check it out :-) Have a great day :-)

  5. Kimberly Keefe

    Yes! to A Study In Charlotte, Into The Dim, & Blackhearts!!! I considered a lot of the same books for my list (and picked some of the same ones as well). Plus, I see more books to add to my TBR list. Thanks!!! Here is my TTT list.