Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday [21]: Ten Great Debut Novels



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This week I'm listing debut novels I've read and loved and whose authors I'm looking forward to reading again. Of course, I could have listed J. K. Rowling or Cassandra Clare and such, but I thought they were too obvious so I'm listing slightly less known books/authors. Some of them are well known within the book-blogging community but aren't quite so popular outside of it or I think they should get more credit. So here we go!

1) As You Wish by Jackson Pearce: I read this book a long time ago and I still remember how awesome I thought it was and how different I found the premise, with the story being about a genie and everything and I've been following the author since then. In the last few years, Jackson has come up with a new kind of companion novels/series that I've been meaning to read for a while but haven't gotten the chance yet. Hopefully soon!

2) The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: I absolutely loved that novel and I can't wait for her next one. It totally blew me away and I didn't expect it to... that's the best kind of feeling. Sadly it seems like it's the only thing she's ever published so I just keep on waiting for her next work...

3) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: I read this first book in the Hex Hall series a long time ago, and I absolutely loved it. When I finished reading that series I remember longing for something else by the author and checking out her Goodreads page every few days to see if she had anything else coming. It's kind of ironic that years later, I ended up picking up Rebel Belle without knowing that it was hers. She's just a great author.

4) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: I don't know if I'm cheating with this one, since it's not her first book, but it's her first YA novel, so I'm adding it to the list. I don't read much adult novels because I mostly find the authors kind of pretentious, so I really enjoy when an author who writes mostly for adults has a smooth transition to the YA genre and in this case, I absolutely loved Jennifer's first YA book, it was just fantastic!




5) Pivot Point by Kasie West: I found the novel and the writing fascinating and I really like her style. I've read and loved another book by her, I think it's her second published novel, The Distance Between Us. Overall I think she's the kind of writer whose work I would buy no matter what she writes, so I'm just really looking forward to reading more of her.

6) Slammed by Colleen Hoover: This one holds a special place in my heart for sure. It was one of the first books I read specifically for review and I fell in love with it. The characters and the drama had me sobbing at one point and then giggling like a crazy person a few pages further. Slammed was Colleen's first published novel and it was fantastic, but she keeps getting better and better and her later work is mind-blowingly amazing.

7) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: I only know of her first series, and I'm really looking forward to anything else she writes, because she's just that great of a writer. I absolutely loved her poetic style to portrait Juliet and can't wait for her next book.

8) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: The fact that this one is her first novel is ridiculous. It's freaking perfect! Where do you go from there? Seriously, My Life Next Door is one of my favorite YA Contemporary reads ever. The romance is sweet, the family dynamics are interesting and complex and the plot twists and secrets are perfect for the story. I'm really looking forward to anything by this author.




9) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I really enjoyed Red Queen, I loved the drama and the plot twists and I'm really looking forward to the second book. I can't wait to have it! February can't come soon enough.

10) The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall: I recently read The Conspiracy of Us and I'm so happy is going to be a series because it was pretty amazing. I loved the whole Dan Brown-ish plot in a YA setting, kind of like Ally Carter but different... it's just great and I'm really excited to read more. 



What's on your Top Ten this week? Have you read any of the debuts on my list?Let me know in the comment section below!

Love,

15 comments:

  1. Great choices! I definitely agree with Hex Hall and Red Queen, Slammed was also pretty good :D

    Joan @ Fiddler Blue

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    1. Yeah, I loved those ones, I'm really excited for Glass Sword too :D
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  2. You have got some great authors on your list. I really hope you can get around to reading more from them soon! :-)

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    1. I really hope too! There are times when I know an author is exceptionally good and I say to myself "I want to read everything he/she's ever written", but then there are so many other books by new authors that I get sidetracked and end up not following through... =/
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  3. Great list. You have a lot of books on here that I have read and loved myself - Slammed, The Sea of Tranquillity, All the Bright Places, Pivot Point and My Life Next Door. I still have a few of the others sitting on my TBR bookcase. Here’s my TTT.

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    1. I know... those books are precious! Colleen Hoover's new book is coming out like tomorrow, so yey!
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  4. I read As You Wish earlier this year and I really enjoyed it. Such a sweet fun read. Also enjoyed Red Queen and the Shatter Me series. I have several of the other books you mentioned but have not yet picked them up yet, Hex Hall series, Slammed, Pivot Point, and My Light Next Door. My Top Ten

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    1. I read As You Wish a really long time ago, but I remember loving it and wanting to read more from the author. You should definitely pick up My Life Next Door if you like YA Contemporary, it's just fantastic!
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  5. I loved My Life Next Door and really want to read more by Huntley Fitzpatrick. As You Wish also sounds really cute. Thanks for stopping by my list :)

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    1. I really loved it too! I have the second book which is like a "spin-off" of some sort... but I haven't actually read it yet, I'm really looking forward to it, though.
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  6. I have loved everything Kasie West has written and looking forward to reading anything new from Tahereh Mafi and Huntley Fitzpatrick. Great list! My TTT

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    1. I really enjoy Kasie's writing and I can't wait for more from Tahereh Mafi... it seems like it's been forever since the Shatter Me series ended!
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  7. I still need to read Red Queen!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/top-ten-tuesday-29/

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    1. OMG! You definitely should, it's pretty amazing and the sequel is coming out really soon.
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  8. Totally agree with Shatter Me! And I had NO IDEA that Slammed was Colleen's first book! It was actually my favorite of hers, go figure! And there are so many of these that I still MUST read, like The Conspiracy of Us, Red Queen, MLND... Great list!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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