Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To

December 1, 2015
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Below are my Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To:

1. The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig
The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig, Top Ten Tuesday, InToriLex
The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)
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. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.
 This seems soo awesome, and I usually try to steer clear of Historical Fiction, but a few of my book friends have already written great reviews for it. The multi genre novel seems to have something for everyone.

2. Everland by Wendy Spinale
Everland, Wendy Spinale, Top Ten Tuesday, InToriLex
 Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories and this dark version, seems right up my ally. I'm hoping for a great retelling.  
3. Beyond The Red by Ava Jae
Beyond the Red, Ava Jae, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
Beyond the Red
Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.
I enjoy good sc-fi, and this sounds like epic space opera Young Adult. Aliens, rebels and half bloods sound great to me

4. Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
Shallow Graves, Kali Wallace, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
Shallow Graves
For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.
Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.

I haven't read a decent and engaging zombie book in a long time. I'm hoping this would be a great remedy to fix the solution!! 

5. Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Dreamology, Lucy Keating, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
 Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

I admittedly shy away from contemporary novels, but the dreaming elements of the novel draws me in. Something that will take me out of my comfort zone, but hoping it will be worth it. 

6. Underwater by Melissa Reichardt
Underwater, Melissa Reichardt, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

Too many authors approach mental health issues the wrong way. From the positive reviews and serious tone of the synopsis I trust the author will have the appropriate care with sensitive subjects. 
7.Consider (Holo Series #1) by Kristy Acevedo
Consider, Holo Series#1, Kristy Acevedo, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
Consider (Holo Series, #1)
Winner of the 2015 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award

As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?

The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.

To stay or to go. A decision must be made.

With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.

This is another YA dystopia, but seems to have good feedback and features a protagonist with a anxiety disorder. This seems promising.  

8. Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
Sleeping Giants, Themis Files #1, Sylvain Neuvel, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)
World War Z meets The Martian. This inventive first novel will please devoted fans of sci-fi as well as literary readers hoping a smart thriller will sneak up on them.

17 years ago: A girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today: She is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. A swift and spellbinding tale told almost exclusively through transcriptions of interviews conducted by a mysterious and unnamed character, this is a unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts.

My love for science fiction compels me to read more adult books in the Genre. The use of interviews seems like a great way to keep suspense going, and the book is getting great feedback so far. 

9.Please Don't Tell by Laura Rims
Please Don't Tell, Laura Tims, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
Please Don't Tell
Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.

What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.

In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong.
I'm a big fan of thriller's and this seems like a great one, involving deceit and twins. I'm patiently waiting for this one.

10. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Symptoms of Being Human, Jeff Garvin, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday

Symptoms of Being Human
The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

 I really enjoy learning more about gender, this seems like a good book introducing a range of topics that teens should learn more about. I'm looking forward to it. 

What are some of the 2016 Debut Novels Your Looking Forward To?


Anonymous said...

Oooh, that book by Sylvain Neuvel sounds really interesting! I'm always up for more science fiction on my TBR queue so I'll have to keep a look out for it :) Great list, happy reading!


Kindlemom said...

I love these picks!

MeezCarrie said...

Dreamology looks so intriguing!! My TTT

Anonymous said...

A really great Top Ten, definitely going to read The Girl from Everywhere, Everland and Into the Red and I think I may give some of the others a try - very good recommendations!

Giovanna said...

Please Don't tell is one of my Top Ten too!
Great Top Ten!
My Top Ten Tuesday. :)

Tracy said...

The Girl From Everywhere looks SO good and made my list too! :D I'm not quite sold on Everland. I'll have to see some reviews for that one first...

Here are my Top Ten!

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Shallow Graves and Sleeping Giants are two I hadn't heard of before today. They look really good!! Great list!

Anonymous said...

So many awesome books on this list!!

Susan said...

SHALLOW GRAVES is on my list as well. DREAMOLOGY sounds intriguing, although I recently read a book with almost that exact premise that wasn't that great. Still like the idea, though.

Happy TTT!

Unknown said...

The Symptoms of Being Human sounds amazing, even though I have only just got into LGBTQIA+ fiction!

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InToriLex said...

I am too, Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for commenting! Happy to put some new books on your radar!

InToriLex said...

yes, it definitely does! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Awesome Glad I can add to your TBR list!!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for commenting, it looks like quality suspense!

InToriLex said...

yeah, I'll also see how those go first!! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

yes it does look Great! thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

yesh they both have great promise! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Thanks I really enjoyed searching for some gems! Thanks for stopping by!

InToriLex said...

Glad I can add to your TBR List!! Thanks for commenting!

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense said...

A few of these weren't on my TBR before today, but I've added Sleeping Giants, Beyond the Red, and Dreamology. I love this week's topic!

Bonnie said...

World War Z meets The Martin? Sleeping Giants is definitely going on my TBR. Great list!

YAlover96 said...

Great List!! I have The Girl From Everywhere on mine too and I equally can't wait for Consider or Shallow Graves. I just added Underwater to my TBR too!

Literary Feline said...

I couldn't resist adding Sleeping Giants to my list too. Beyond the Red is new to me--but it sure does sound good. And Everland too. So many new books coming out I want to read! This is a great list!

michellesminions said...

Sleeping Giants sounds awesome! I'm looking forward to all of those as well. Great list!

Michelle @ Michelle's Minions


Anonymous said...

Both 'Everland' and 'Symptoms of Being Human' look really good. Definitely adding them to my TBR list. My TTT

Kathy Reads Fiction said...

Underwater is one I noticed a while ago, but Please Don't Tell really has me intrigued. That one is new to me. I don't know whether to thank you or shun you for adding another one to my TBR.

Jessica @ The Psychotic Nerd said...

I'm excited to read The Girl From Everywhere, Shallow Graves, Dreamology, and Please Don't Tell! I haven't heard of the others, so I'll have to check those out! Great list!

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Inklings and Notions said...

Awesome list! Dreamology looks like a lot of fun.:)

Adventures with a Book Nerd said...

I am really excited to read Symptoms of Being Human! I have never read a book like it before, so I am excited to read it. Great list!

Cheryl Malandrinos said...

Love your list. Underwater sounds so good.

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InToriLex said...

yes it's great to get a headstart on the new releases for next year!! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

That tag line also jumped out and captured me too, Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Glad I can help you discover some new reads!! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Yes I'm excited for the new year and all the things to come! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for commenting, so glad I found out about Sleeping Giants!

InToriLex said...

yes they both have interesting premises!! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Lol I feel the same with these list, my TBR list is a site to behold!! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Definitely so, always happy to spread the news about hopefully good books, Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for commenting, its definitely does!

InToriLex said...

The cover design is awesome and we need many more books like it!! Thanks for commenting!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for commenting! I'm looking forward to it!

Petra said...

Shallow Graves is one of my most anticipated book releases next year. And I've heard great things about Beyond the Red. Great list. Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my TTT earlier. :)

InToriLex said...

yes it should be awesome, Thanks for commenting!!

Rhoda said...

Sleeping Giants sounds fascinating, I haven't heard of it before. *adds to 2016 wishlist*

InToriLex said...

Thanks for commenting, I can't wait to read them!!

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