Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels for 2015

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels for 2015Top Ten Tuesday: Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Anticipated Debuts

1) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: This should come as no surprise to anyone. I’d say it’s probably the most anticipated LGBTQ book of the year for most people! The cover is so cool and everyone who’s read it so far seems to think it’s absolutely amazing so. I AM SO EXCITED.

2) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: A FANTASY SET IN A ROME-LIKE WORLD. AND IT’S APPARENTLY REALLY BRUTAL AND DARK. AS ALL ROMAN AND ROMANESQUE SETTINGS SHOULD BE REALLY. The Classicist in me is flailing so hard. There’s so much hype surrounding this, I really hope it doesn’t let me down.

3) The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey: This is the UK cover! WHICH I PERSONALLY ADORE AND I THINK IT’S SO SO PRETTY and eminently superior to the US cover. So everyone says this is gonna be a good book for everyone who loves Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I feel like that’s super difficult to live up to, surely, because Daughter of Smoke and Bone is absolutely amazing. But maybe I’m just cynical and this book will be as good as people say it is!

4) The Flywheel by Erin Gough: This one sounds like a really beautiful coming-of-age story about a queer girl! I had a look at the author’s blog and I’m already enamoured with her prose style, so I think I’m gonna love this one.

5) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: A reimagining of A Thousand and One Nights! AMAZING REVIEWS SO FAR. The setting and the heroine just both sound really great.

6) Paperweight by Meg Haston: This one will probably break my heart. A story about a girl with an eating disorder. I love the cover. I also love the blurb, especially the last sentence: “Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?”

7) Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward: OKAY SO DYSTOPIAN WITH GIRLFRIENDS!!! GIRLFRIENDS IN A DYSTOPIAN ALERT ALERT ALERT. The premise sounds super weird and creepy and intriguing: the earth starts bleeding and growing hair and bones! I’m totally in.

8) More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: YES. Another hotly anticipated LGBTQ novel! And yessss, intersectionality is where it’s at: “Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.”

9) Anything Could Happen by Will Walton: Another LGBTQ debut. Okay so David Levithan says this is good which probably means this is gonna be amazing. I just love stories like these. Something quiet and lovely and understated and real.

10) Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott: … Schoolgirl/teacher story. I know. BUT IT SOUNDS REALLY GOOD. (I still need to read Unteachable by Leah Raeder…) THE SOLE REVIEW FOR IT ON GOODREADS MAKES ME SO UNBEARABLY EXCITED.

Honourable mentions

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11) Court of Fives by Kate Elliott: Well, Elliott is already a very established writer in adult SF, but this is her YA debut. I have no idea how the hell I’ve managed to never read any Elliott, so now that she’s publishing a YA book I AM DEFINITELY READING IT.

12) Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee: Um, historical fiction about a Chinese girl and a runaway slave and their friendship on the run!!! AND COWBOYS!!! A DIVERSE YA WESTERN, LIKE HOLY SHIT WHY ISN’T THIS IN MY LIFE ALREADY.

13) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I just love the cover too much. A girl is outside to the allergic world. But she falls in love with her next door neighbour… “The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.” YES I LOVE ME SOME INNOVATIVE STORYTELLING METHODS.

There are actually more I could have included but I got lazy…..

Are you also excited for some of these? What are your most anticipated debut novels for 2015? (Feel free to Link me to your TTT posts!)

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels for 2015

  1. Lisa 6 January 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Both Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and More Happy Than Not are on my most anticipated list too. For obvious reasons I would think – they are on a lot of people’s lists. They both sound so darn amazing, and the things I’ve heard about them are really good!

    I didn’t know about any of the other books you have on your list, but they all sound really interesting, and my ‘new releases I need to buy’ list just got a little bigger.

    WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD OF BLEEDING EARTH BEFORE!? It sounds so interesting, and so darn creepy. But it has me intrigued now, and wow, I’m excited!

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:43 am

      Yeah, after reading everyone’s TTT posts I’m now like…. CRAP I HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS I NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR AND BUY. There goes all my money!

      I know I hadn’t heard of Bleeding Earth until Laurel @ Rainbow Reading posted about YA LGBTQ releases of 2015 that she was looking forward to and Bleeding Earth was the only one on her list I hadn’t heard of yet! I REALLY HOPE IT’S GOOD.

  2. Carola (@brilliantreads) 6 January 2015 / 2:00 pm

    I’m excited about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda too! And thank you for mentioning Bleeding Earth, it sounds really good (and creepy. And good. Also: girlfriends!)

    I’ll definitely check out the others too 😀

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:41 am


  3. christine danielle 6 January 2015 / 2:36 pm

    Really loving your list. I wish I had known these books before so I would’ve had something to write. 😀

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:45 am

      Yeah there are loads of books coming out in 2015 that look really great. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. vlangloisx3 6 January 2015 / 7:42 pm

    SO YOU’VE JUST MADE ME EXCITED FOR BOOKS NOW. And yes I know what they are about due to your little reactions there so YAY. Well, kind of know. I’ll fully know when I pick it up so yeah. OK THE COVER FOR THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT is SO MUCH BETTER than the US version.

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:40 am

      EVERYONE IS MAKING ME SO EXCITED FOR BOOKS. I HAVE WAY TOO MANY BOOKS ON MY TBR NOW. THIS IS SO TERRIBLE. I know ughhhh the UK cover for The Girl at Midnight is making me so excited.

  5. Jo 6 January 2015 / 8:07 pm

    I’m afraid to say I haven’t heard of any of these! But a fair few of them sound so good! I wouldn’t mind doing TTT myself, accept I don’t know of many debuts this year.

    Currently reading The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. I’m enjoying it so far, but not much has happened yet, but I’m intrigued to see how David’s trans story will go. I also have My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, which I’m really intrigued by! And Vendetta by Catherine Doyle, which I’m hoping is good! 🙂

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:40 am

      I spend most of my time perusing the YA 2015 lists on Goodreads so I’m excited for quite a lot of new releases this year, debuts or not!

      Ooh, glad to hear you’re enjoying it so far! I hope it is fab the whole way through! I’m debating whether to request an ARC of My Heart and Other Black Holes, because I feel like that sort of contemporary book isn’t really my thing at the moment, but so many people have been saying it’s amazing that I’m kind of tempted! Vendetta looks interesting as well. TOO MANY BOOKS TO READ, TOO LITTLE TIME.

      • Jo 8 January 2015 / 3:48 pm

        Aaah. I forget to use Goodreads! I might have to have a look. Would help me write a post for my work’s blog. Hmm.

        I LOVED The Art of Being Normal! Really good! And there was a twist I didn’t see coming! Should hopefully be writing and posting my review tomorrow. 🙂 My Heart… sounds really good, I’m excited to read it! Vendetta sounds different, but I generally have bad luck with books published by Chicken House – Lobsters is the first one I’ve enjoyed in years. But I have my fingers crossed I’ll like this one.

  6. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts 7 January 2015 / 1:36 am

    Many of these books seem so raw that does certainly make me want to delve into them at some point. I even toyed with the idea of joining Cayce’s reading challenge so I can finally dust off Ari & Dante (that has come highly recommended by everyone) and give a chance to some of these newer LGBTQIA books since I haven’t read much into this subgenre. Perhaps mood reading will decide all of that for me haha.

    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:14 am

      You should join Cayce’s challenge! I mean, you only have to read a minimum of 3 LGBTQ books, it shouldn’t be too hard! Hahaha yes, I’m possibly the only person in the world who isn’t head over heels in love with Ari & Dante. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. But literally everyone else I know loved it so. You should probably check it out! I read a lot of LGBTQ stuff so if you ever want recommendations I will always be happy to provide them. 😀

  7. shannonmiz 7 January 2015 / 2:34 am

    GAH, so many of these made my list!! And the ones that didn’t almost did! Bleeding Earth literally *just* missed the cut, and I wasn’t completely sure that The Wrath and the Dawn was technically a debut, so I left it out just in case (I still am not sure!) but such a great list you have!!

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:44 am

      Yeah I’m not entirely sure The Wrath and the Dawn is a debut either but I guess it doesn’t matter too much, haha. I think I will be doing another post about non-debut 2015 releases I’m looking forward to!

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

      • shannonmiz 9 January 2015 / 6:41 am

        That’s so funny, I was thinking of doing the same! It makes sense to showcase the non-debuts too, right?

  8. Cait 7 January 2015 / 4:43 am

    *runs wildly to goodreads* I hadn’t heard of Bleeding Earth (wut wut wut…I want) and The Girl At Midnight, but ALL you need to say is “fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and I am so there like a flash. XD

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:19 pm

      I KNOW everyone seems to not have heard of Bleeding Earth yet! I hadn’t heard of it until recently either. I’m really really really hoping it’s good! PLEASE DON’T LET ME DOWN BOOK. And yeah if The Girl at Midnight is even like, 60% as good as Daughter of Smoke and Bone then it will be amazing. I LOVE DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE TOO MUCH.

  9. Kayla Sanchez 7 January 2015 / 6:56 am

    I was going to skip The Wrath and the Dawn, but EVERYONE and their mother is freaking out about it already; I figure it’s probably going to be one I’d regret missing!

    • Cynthia (Afterwritten) 7 January 2015 / 3:20 pm

      HAHA yeah I wouldn’t be all that into it either if not for the hype! And I kind of really love the cover. So. I will give it a go, I think! 😀

  10. Lucy 7 January 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Gorgeous list! I have my eye on so many of these titles. Can’t wait to read The Flywheel, Anything Could Happen and Simon. Looks like it will be a good year! Happy reading 🙂

  11. Cayce 11 January 2015 / 6:52 pm

    From your list I want: More Happy Than Not, The Flywheel, Bleeding Earth (this one is new to me), Anything Could Happen and a physical copy of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The other books sound good too, but I think I’ll wait until the first reviews are out….

    Basically, give me all the LGBT!!!

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