This is one of the hardest Top Ten Tuesdays I’ve done yet! It would have been difficult enough to find ten 2016 releases I want to read, but to find ten debut novels that I actually want to read was next to impossible. But I did it! Thanks to hours of research and NetGalley.
I may not end up reading all of these, but they’re definitely the 2016 debut releases I will be looking into when they come out. I actually have ARCs (advanced reader copies) of two of these books: The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert and Sleeping Giants by Sylvian Neuvel. So I will definitely be reading and reviewing both of those when they are released.
- This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, January 5. This one has been getting a lot of hype lately, and it looks pretty amazing. It addresses a topic that is, sadly, very prevalent today, and that is school shootings. I am very curious to see how it’s handled.
- The Reader by Traci Chee, August 30. Set in a world where reading is forbidden, this story follows a young girl who uses a book to search for her missing aunt and avenge her father’s death.
- The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert, January 5. This book sounds really intriguing – it’s about a recluse who lives in a sprawling secluded estate where, one day, a group of bizarre children mysteriously show up.
- The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay, May 10. I don’t know much about this book other than that it combines genres and takes place in three different cities in three different eras, and has been compared to David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. And that’s really all I need to know.
- Beyond the Red by Ava Jae, March 1. This book had me at alien queen. Basically, it’s kind of dystopian, but set on a different planet.
- Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, February 9. I’ve been wanting to read more books about pirates, since it’s been a while, and I actually studied pirate history in college. This one is about young Blackbeard, which sounds really cool.
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallari, March 1. Contemporary YA with a twist: John Watson’s great-great-grandson Jamie falls for Sherlock Holmes’s great-great-granddaughter Charlotte. Also, the cover is gorgeous!
- Sleeping Giants by Sylvian Neuvel, April 26. I think this book is going to be one of the major sci-fi releases of the year. A girl falls through a hole in the earth, and wakes up in what seems to be the palm of a giant hand. Years later, she’s one of the lead scientists trying to find out what the hand is, and where it came from.
- A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry, April 12. Boy meets girl. Girl is filled with poison.
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, March 8. A coming-of-age story set in rural Tennessee in which the main character is a rattlesnake-obsessed minister’s son.
You can check out all the Top Ten Tuesday posts over at The Broke and the Bookish. And let me know in the comments what 2016 debut novels you’re most looking forward to!