January 11th: 2017 Debuts You Are Excited For
There is already a ton of hype for well established authors, but here is an opportunity to discuss some debut (new) authors and showcase their books. There are plenty of debut author challenges and lists you can find if you are having trouble with this one.
At first, I wasn’t planning on doing today’s topic. I didn’t think there were many debuts on my TBR. But I’ve been trying to read more diverse books and there are quite a few debuts on those recommendation lists. These are merely five of the debuts I am excited for, there are many more. Surprisingly, most of these are contemporaries, though I tend to not be a fan of that genre anymore.
On December 13th, I already talked about some 2017 releases I am looking forward to!
Anyway, these are in no particular order:
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
publication date: May 30th 2017
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
As someone who grew up in Europe, I was taught that arranged marriages were a bad thing. On some level, I agree: forcing someone to marry someone who they don’t know, doesn’t seem like a good idea. But I doubt modern day arranged marriages are like that. Therefore, I am very excited to read When Dimple Met Rishi. It’s not the book’s or author’s job to educate me, but I hope their relationship is going to have a happy ending, as opposed to the Western idea that all arranged marriages are miserable.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
publication date: May 16th 2017
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
So these guys are supposed to make a girl fall in love with them, but they fall in love with each other instead?! That sounds amazing!
The Hate U Give by by Angie Thomas
publication date: February 28th 2017
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.
This book hasn’t even been published yet, but the movie rights have already been sold! I’m very excited to read The Hate U Give. This novel is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and this year, my opinion on it has changed a lot. My father is a cop – not in the USA though – and at first, I couldn’t believe that policemen were that racist. But we can’t deny what is happening anymore. Those shootings are far from normal and should not be excused. Murder is murder, it doesn’t matter whether you are wearing a uniform in the meantime. I hope everyone is going to pick this up when it comes out.
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
publication date: March 7th 2017
When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.
Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.
Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.
Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.
Like I’ve said, I’m not the biggest fan of contemporaries anymore. But when I read this synopsis, I was instantly intrigued.
27 Hours by by Tristina Wright
publication date: October 3rd 2017
Rumor Mora wants revenge. He’s lived all of his seventeen years on the colonized moon of Sahara, and he can’t remember a time when humans weren’t warring with the gargoyles—frightening beasts that attack human colonists during the night. Now the gargoyles have gone too far—they attacked his city and burned it to the ground. The sole survivor of the attack, Rumor is determined to avenge the death of his father, and no one is going to stand in his way. No one. Not even the incredibly hot boy who keeps trying to tell him that the gargoyles aren’t the monsters he thinks they are.
Nyx Llorca wants understanding. She was born deaf, and the moon vibrates under her feet in an urgent language she can’t figure out. As war between humans and gargoyles rages around her and the vibrations grow more insistent, she’s terrified that the moon is trying to warn her of something much bigger and more terrible to come. And if that isn’t enough, she’s fallen in love with her best friend and is terrified admitting the truth will destroy their friendship.
Jude Welton wants peace. He has lived most of his life in the forest community of Azrou, far from the colonies, and the bias of the humans who use the slur “gargoyle” to describe the creatures who live on Sahara. He belongs to a group of people who believe that the humans and creatures—called chimera—can exist together in peace. But when his chimera friend, Vala, goes missing, Jude must step out of his peaceful existence and directly into the war. And the angriest boy he’s ever met just happens to know where Vala is. Rumor is Jude’s key to getting her back—if only Jude can convince him that not all chimera are evil.
Braeden Tennant wants belonging. As the son of a colony commander, he’s grown up with expectations of a military future, of continuing the unending war against the gargoyles. All he wants to do is steal a spaceship and leave Sahara—maybe take an automata cat with him. But when he finds the seeds of friendship with Rumor’s arrival and is pulled into a vast conspiracy involving his friends, the gargoyles, the forest rebels, and his moms, he has to decide where his loyalties lie once and for all.
27 HOURS is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.
I’ve read somewhere that 27 Hours has an all diverse cast! That makes me very excited 😀 I’m still not sure whether science-fiction is my cup of tea, but I really want to give this book a chance! Unfortunately, the cover hasn’t been revealed yet, so I couldn’t include it in the banner.
Which 2017 debuts are you excited for? Do you plan on reading any of the books I mentioned? Feel free to leave a link to your ‘Top 5 Wednesday’ post!