Top 5 Wednesday

T5W: 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

n-the-longest-amount-of-time-that-love-can-actually-promiseGreetings friends,

School started again and I’m already missing the holidays – everything was so relaxing back then! Plus, I don’t have time to read anymore.

After this life update, today (January 11th) in the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group we’re talking about new authors that are debuting this year, 2017! They’re in no particular order, BTW, I just put them in as I thought of them. Let’s see…

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

SO. MANY. 5. STAR. REVIEWS. I’m really dying to get my hands on this book – even if I’m kind of on a book buying ban. I thought the Goodreads blurb was very intriguing:

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

“A game of love, heartbreak and magic”? “Legendary”? A girl playing a dangerous game to save her sister? Count me in!

This one’s published January 31st, already has a 4.36 rating on Goodreads and sounds like it’s going to be one of the best books of the year!

2. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

So this is a diverse read (by a WOC!) that’s a mix of sci-fi and fantasy with royalty and fugitives and wars in space. It sounds amazing! I haven’t heard that much from this book on Instagram but I’m still really excited!

Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

Nice! I think Rhee and Aly will make an interesting pair, and this plot sounds great so I really want to read it. Plus according to the reviews, Rhee is really badass and the book is kind of like Game of Thrones in space soo… Awesome!

It comes out on February 7th and has a 4.23 rating on Goodreads! The author said it’s going to be a duology and she’s already finishing up the second book.

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A YA fiction novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It has a lot of 5 star reviews on Goodreads already and I think it’s going to be a very big book this year because the movement it’s based on is very important! Here’s the blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

It has such a powerful message and it’s very important that YA readers read this book because from what the blurb says, I think it’s going to be a big mind-opener for many people… But they have to read it first!

It’s going to be published on February 28th and it has a 4.81 rating two months before the publication rate. That’s huge. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

4. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I hadn’t noticed until now but it seems like 2017 is going to be a great year for diverse books and authors. This is the story of a haitian girl who has some problems when moving to the United States:

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

This seems like it will be a very interesting coming-of-age story and Fabiola’s separation from her mom will be a sad, plot-thickening twist.

This will be published on February 14th and has a 4.42 rating on its Goodreads page. It will be a great release I’m very excited for!

5. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

If you like spy stories, this sounds like the book for you!

Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she’s always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Okay so the Black Angels seem totally badass, and even if the giving up everything for love trope is overused, in this book it might be even cool! Reagan sounds like an interesting character and the Goodreads reviews say she’s great.

It comes out really soon, on January 10th! It has a 4.23 rating on Goodreads and it sounds like it’s going to be a great contemporary romance!

So for this Top 5 Wednesday I chose all female authors for some reason! I had a lot of fun looking at lists of debut authors and choosing my favorites. If you did this too, you should definitely tell me so I can check out your choices.


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