Top Ten (Well, Eleven) 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme/prompt for which you come up with a list of 10 books. This week’s theme: top ten 2017 debuts I’m excited for.

There are quite a few debuts coming out this year that sound amazing, so it was quite difficult to narrow it down and I ended up with eleven instead of ten. I swear I tried to narrow it down, haha. I decided not to include any of the books that I included in my TTT post from a couple of weeks ago talking about 2017 releases I was excited for or in my post from a few days ago talking about January releases I was excited for since that seemed a bit redundant (and helped me eliminate a lot of books). As usual, links will take you to Goodreads. Some of these books don’t have covers on Goodreads yet, but I’ve included covers for those that do. 🙂

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Releases January 3rd

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti book coverA teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn’t mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life. That includes taking her job… and her boyfriend. It’s a huge risk — but it’s just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I’ve been really into mysteries lately and this one sounds pretty interesting. And mildly creepy, haha. I’m really interested to see how it works out for Hawthorn taking over Lizzie’s life…

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Releases February 21st

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera book coverPretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.


Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

I’ve been seeing a lot of positive reviews for this and I really want to read it. It looks like a great coming-of-age novel and I love that it has a Latinx main character. I’m also kind of hating myself because I could’ve gotten a free ebook of this awhile ago but chose a different book. 😦

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Releases May 30th

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus book coverThe Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
    Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
    Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

I don’t even know where to start with this one! Like I already mentioned, I’ve been really into mysteries lately. The fact that this is being compared to The Breakfast Club (and honestly, the blurb alone gives me some of those vibes albeit a lot darker) is another reason why this sounds so good to me.

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

Releases May 2nd

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole book coverToday, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

I LOVE time-travel stories, but I feel like they’re oddly hard to come by in YA. Plus, I love stories set in the WWII era. It’ll be really cool to see that setting mixed with Kale’s modern life and how he has to hide the former from people in the latter. I will definitely be picking this one up.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Releases May 30th

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon book coverA 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.

There’s so much about this story that sounds fantastic. I really love that the main characters are Indian-Americans and the idea of one of them being totally into arranged marriages and the other against them (at least for the moment). This really sounds like it’ll be a really great rom-com. Can’t wait to read this one!

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Releases August 15th

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic book coverAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in a sumptuous, bewitching duology about the power of love, death, magic, and the many faces of beauty.

First of all, can we just take a minute to appreciate that book cover?! Gorgeous, right? There’s honestly not a single thing about this blurb that doesn’t appeal to me. The magical aspects sound really cool and I also love when YA books show strong family relationships (since a LOT of YA seems to completely ignore family), so the book centering on two sisters is awesome.

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Releases May 2nd

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman book coverAnise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?

This sounds like a wonderful contemporary story with the perfect mix of tough issues and romance. I also love how outspoken Laura Silverman is on social media about important issues (especially relating to ableism and anti-Semitism) so I want to help support her. Luckily for me, I got an eARC of this from NetGalley and should be reading it pretty soon! 🙂

27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Releases October 3rd

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.

Besides the fact that I want to support Tristina Wright who is really outspoken about the need for diversity in publishing, this also sounds fantastic. I really love the fact that this includes a deaf character and queer characters.

The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier

Releases April 11th

The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier book coverThe Outlander series for the YA audience—a debut, full of romance and intrigue, set in early eighteenth-century Scotland.

Saying good-bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do—until she meets Lord Pembroke. Jenna’s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England.

Jenna’s father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke’s inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke—nor mask her growing attraction to him. But there’s a covert plan behind the building of the garrison, and soon Jenna must struggle not only to keep her newfound friendship with Alex from her father, but also to keep her father’s treason from Alex.

Will Jenna decide to keep her family’s mutinous secrets and assist her clan’s cause, or protect the life of the young noble she’s falling for?

In Shelley Sackier’s lush, vivid historical debut, someone will pay a deadly price no matter which choice Jenna makes.

This is on my list mostly because I just love YA historical fiction and am always looking for more to add to my list, especially if it’s not WWII historical fiction (as much as I love it, it dominates the genre). I also don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in Scotland and I love reading books with new settings.

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson

Releases May 2nd

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie Nelson book coverWords are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.

Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason: the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school’s debate team to victory last year. Bannerman wants a championship win. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.

But when he’s paired with the Duke, his plans for an easy ride seem as if they’ve hit the rails. The Duke is the quintessential playboy, beloved by everyone for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and seemingly effortless favors.

And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.

But as Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of existing on the edge becomes addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.

But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple down.

A contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, Katie Nelson’s taut debut is perfect for fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska, Kate Brian’s Private series, and anyone who’s encountered the cut-throat world of competitive high school.

The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite classics and so there is no way that I could pass up a retelling. I don’t think I’ve ever read a modern or YA retelling of The Great Gatsby so this should be really interesting. 🙂

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Releases Fall 2017

Pitched as the never-before-told origin story of the sea witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” told in the vein of Wicked – from the villainess’s point of view.

I know this has pretty much no description whatsoever but I truly don’t care, haha. I love The Little Mermaid and I love villain origin stories. I cannot wait to learn more about this book and to eventually read it!

What 2017 debuts are you excited for? (Make sure you check out my 1-year blogiversary giveaway!)

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50 thoughts on “Top Ten (Well, Eleven) 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

  1. Okay, I both LOVE and LOOOOATHE you for introducing me to so many other books I’d not yet heard of…because they’re being added to my goodreads “want to read” list ASAP and that means even MOAR books added to the pile. (Didn’t I just promise myself I’d cut the pile down at least a little bit this year?! I’m off to a rotten start. XD )

    Seriously though, there are several here that are new to me….and sound SO super intriguing, I dunno WHY I haven’t heard of them before now. So thank you, thank you for that!

    Here’s hoping we both enjoy all the new books we pick up this year–or at least a good majority of them! Also, here’s my Top Ten Tuesday, if you’re interested in checking it out. No pressure or worries if you aren’t, though. Either way, I hope you have a great rest of your day. Happy book-ing to you!

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  2. This is a really interesting line-up you have here and I totally get your title — I tried to pick the top ten from 2016 and had a terrible time. I wanted to make it an even dozen but in the end I held myself back. I’m curious as to which of the above you might start with.

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  3. I did an arc for Lizzie Lovett and I was really excited to read it but I wasn’t a fan. Ive seen lots of reviews raving for it though so I guess I’m the only one haha

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  4. Omg, no, Kourtni! You’re not supposed to help me add to my TBR 😂😂 One of Us is Lying and Sea Witch sound suuuper interesting. I love YA thrillers (even if they can be really cliche, haha). I just found out about 27 Hours on Twitter the other day and it sounds sooo good!! Great list 😀

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    • Helping people add to their TBR is EXACTLY what I’m supposed to do, hahaha. I love YA thrillers too but do not read nearly enough of them 😛 I can’t wait to read 27 Hours! I’ve been following Tristina Wright on Twitter for awhile and definitely want to help support her work since she’s really outspoken about social justice issues. Plus the book just sounds really great, haha.


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