Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Favorite YA (+ one Middle-Grade) Debut Novels of 2015

I read 24 debut novels this year and participated in That Artsy Reader Girl's Debut Author Challenge Link-Up almost every month. I've really enjoyed having the opportunity to discover new authors just as their books are coming out. Here are some of my (JoLee's) favorites from 2015:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard:
This book came out in February of 2015, and we haven't been able to stop talking about it since. Who is looking forward to the sequel? (featured here)

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera:
This is gutsy debut just slayed me. I am so pleased to see it on so many "best of the year" lists. (featured here)

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle:
I got a copy of this book at BEA, and I was in line right behind the cover designer. The cover is pretty fabulous, and I highly recommend this for anyone wanting a creepy Halloween-appropriate tale. (featured here)

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff:
This book is takes an honest look at how suicide effects those who are left behind. (featured here)

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley:
This lovely middle-grade novel is about magic, belief, friendship, family, and, of course, the circus. (featured here)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir:
Here's the other big fantasy debut of the year. I love the dark and violent Ancient Rome-inspired setting. (featured here)

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia:
Mental health was a common theme in many of the books I read this year. This is an extra-impressive debut to me because Francesca Zappia wrote large portions of this book in middle-school and high school. (featured here)

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos:
I love the inventiveness of this story, The combination of fashion and fame with a dystopian setting is brilliant.

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