This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.The time has finally come for all of the “Best of 2015” lists, and I am STOKED. It has been a pretty baller reading year – for me, anyway. And more specifically, how great has this year been for debut authors? Seriously, I found so many excellent debuts that I can’t resist putting them on this list, because I’m DESPERATE for their sophomore novels. Hats off to you guys. You killed it!
2015 Debut Authors
1. Becky Albertalli: Yeah, she was ROBBED of the Goodreads Choice Awards, because Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda has basically been a favorite of everyone I know who’s read it. And for good reason: it was fluffy, adorable, and so happy-making, and it also made great points about equality and LGBT rights. This book is “gift it to all your friends and family to force them to read it” good. (I have done this, yup.) So I can’t wait to see what Becky comes up with next.
2. Renée Ahdieh: Woah, just woah. The Wrath and the Dawn blew me away. I mean, yeah, sweeping, epic story, intricate and complex characters, and a romance to die for – but her writing is also just AMAZING. That definitely puts her on my “must have all the next books ASAP” list.
3. Francesca Zappia: Now that I think about it, Made You Up is probably one of two books that got me closest to tears this year. And for good reason. That book is loaded with voice, unique characters, and such a touching ship… but it has a killer plot twist that just obliterated my heart. This book made me feel all the things, and for a debut author to accomplish that? Woah. Serious props.
4. Rhiannon Thomas: A Wicked Thing is a subtle kind of novel that won’t work for everyone, but Thomas made her story all about character – and you know that’s my jam. (It actually inspired that discussion post.) I adore Sleeping Beauty anyway, but I thought what she did to make the story her own was fantastic. I can’t wait for the sequel. MUST HAS.
5. Sarah McGuire: Possibly one of the most underrated and overlooked books/debuts of 2015, Valiant was SO GREAT. McGuire basically hit the nail on the head of how to write an awesome, addictive, and super fun fairy tale retelling. It just had that x-factor that makes books super engaging and entertaining to read. And her characters and the ship were awesome. I’m almost sad it’s a standalone, but regardless I’m interested in whatever McGuire brings out next!
6. Becky Wallace: The Storyspinner was truly excellent. Such a high-paced, entertaining story with diverse characters and excellent ships… It takes skill to write a book with so many POVs, but Wallace nailed it! They slowly but surely got me to fall in love with all of them. This is a great book for all fantasy fans, but definitely if you’re new to the genre, looking for somewhere to start. It’s just so good.
Other Author Discoveries
1. Ellie Marney: YEAH, you might have expected this one, seeing as how for the past two weeks, the blog has been entirely Marney-centric. I binged the Every series because I just couldn’t get enough of it. The swoony swoons for the swooniest of swoony ships. And modern Sherlock is always going to kick ass in my book. I can’t recommend this series enough. Seriously. You need to read it.
2. Robin LaFevers: Another case of “read the first one, had to read the rest of the series AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE”. I tried to read more historical fiction this year, and the His Fair Assassin series was one of my first stops. And how – freaking – good – was that? Oh man, it was basically everything I wanted. Great characters, ships, writing, storytelling, and those touches of fantasy made it all too awesome. That’s one for the all-time favorites list, and LaFevers, I have got my eye on you.
3. Morgan Matson: I KNOW, I’m like the last person on earth to get around to reading Morgan Matson, and in some ways I still fail because I only read her latest, Since You’ve Been Gone. But that book was so amazing and so feelsy, that it rightfully put her on this list. Oh man. Character, voice, swoons… I want more contemporary romance like this in my life. I really need to prioritize catching up on her other books.
4. Rachel Hawkins: Yeah, this is another author that I’ve been meaning to read for years, but I finally did it in 2015 with Rebel Belle. How super refreshing and fun! Man, that was addictive and shippy and wonderful. Yeah, I didn’t like Miss Mayhem quite as much, but I’m still stoked about this author because I need more light, fun paranormal romance books in my life.