Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme put together by the ladies @ The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they choose a new list and invite fellow book bloggers to join in, link up and visit other’s blogs. You can do so here. This week’s list is
Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015
I tried to narrow this down by books I don’t have arcs for because obviously those were “anticipated” debuts, which is why I requested them. 🙂 Here I go.
Denton’s Little Deathdate by Lance Rubin
Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that’s tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. Though he’s not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name….
Oh wait, that’s Cheers, not Denton’s Little Deathdate. Haha,
Imagine living in a world where you know your death date. What would you do? This isn’t like being told you have six months to live due to a deadly illness, this is knowing when you’re going to die. Would you create a list of goals? Would you stay inside to prevent your death on that day? These are all questions I wondered when I read the summary for this.
As if that’s not enough to make me say “Give me!”, this mysterious figure that shows up at Denton’s funeral warning of government people definitely is. Can I just say I love an evil government? I love an evil government. Give me an uprising, give me a revolution, give me The June Rebellion.
Okay, okay, maybe not that. That was a Les Mis reference and a sad one I might add. I. Want. This. Book. Now.
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.
A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.
This is it. This is the book I am dying dying dying to read. You all have no idea because I haven’t talked about it much or even heard anyone else talking about it. Which is crazy because I’ve been going insane as I wait to finally read it this year. Why must June 2nd be so far away! I’m going to cry. I just want it now! I WANT IT NOW. Please excuse my five year old tantrum tendency, this is a warning for the rest of the books on my list.
Now, to continue on rambling of this sure to be lovely, highly anticipated book.
I’m so interested in the relationship between these two characters who cannot, due to their circumstances ever meet each
other. I can relate to this a bit in one of my relationships I have with someone online, it’s mostly due to this I’m so so so excited to read it.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
You all saw this coming, right? You had to of. This is one of my most anticipated reads, obviously, but I mean, it’s so anticipated, that I would be reading it right now had I pre-ordered it for my Kindle. Alas, I have to wait until tomorrow when I have money to go purchase it. 🙂 I’ve heard it’s heartbreaking and sad and I’m really scared to read it but….I’m still excited to.
Hold the front door, I just read this is going to be a “major motion picture starring Elle Fanning”, say what? Wow! That’s great! i think. I’m scared….
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
Gah, I’m crazy about reading this book. It’s a combination of Neil Gaiman and The Fault In our Stars. I’m getting a strong Avatar vibe too, so that’s interesting. And it involves sky ships, so obviously it’s a must read. Let’s not forget that gorgeous cover. I read quotes from it on Faye’s review @ XpressoReads and I fell in love with it. The writing’s really poetic and it has such a wonderful plot.
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
A teen escapes to a boarding school abroad and falls for a Korean pop star in this fun and fresh romantic novel in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss.
Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who’s topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother’s breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.
She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie’s twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can’t stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can’t deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.
Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she’ll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process.
Korean Pop Star Meets Anna and The French Kiss. Let’s see, diversity, music, great contemporary writing style (if the Anna reference is anything to go off of)? Yes please! I want you now.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.
I’m reading this book in a few days! Hopefully! This weekend! I am so so so so so excited to read this.
My Heart and Other Black Holes sounds like it’s going to be really emotional because I mean, come on, a suicide a pact. Two people from different parts of the world come together to form a suicide pact. At least, I assume they’re from different parts of the world, but most likely they’ll be two classmates and find out they knew each other at the end. I’m not sure this is going to “too” heartwrenching because I sense a happy ending by that last question in the summary. Nonetheless, I’m excited!
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.
A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.
In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.
I was sold at “Emily Dickinson”. No really, I was. I have an E-ARC of this one that I’m going to try to read this week. It also helps it’s compared to Thirteen Reasons Why which I have not read but really want to…
I read on a website, to try and pair this one up with “My Heart and Other Black Holes”, both of these are books I want to read for Bout of Books this week, so I’m a little scared about the emotional level reading one after the other may have on me. And yes, I had already planned on reading one after the other before ever coming across the website so…wish me luck.
Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton (and Sona Charaipotra)
Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.
I’ve never read a novel involving a dance school and with three different girls all fighting for the same thing, it sounds like it will be really interesting. Hopefully each of the girls is developed enough that I’ll enjoy reading about them. I like that this seems like it will definitely be a story of frenemies which I think I’ll like.
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.
But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.
And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.
I love stories told over a period of 24 hours which I’ve said several times I believe. There’s just something really magical about it all and I’m so interested in seeing this couple reunite and reconnect and it sounds so lighthearted but kind of heavy. And it’s told in a non-linear format of flashbacks and the present time! I LOVE that. Which you most likely know if you’ve read my reviews for If I Stay and Falling Into Place. Haha. or my post on “Things I Like In Fiction”. 🙂
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time.
Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.
I love that more novels are coming out in free-verse. I’m excited for Skyscraping because 1. Mira discovers her dad is gay. That has to be a huge shock and is definitely something to get used to. 2. Her father may have HIV and 3. It’s told in verse so it will be interesting to see Mira’s feelings come across in poems rather than prose. I love that cover too.
Let me know what books you’re looking forward to this year in the comments. 🙂