Hello everyone! I’m here today to share another ‘Top 5 Wednesday’. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is ‘2017 Debuts You Are Excited For’, which I’m actually super excited about. It’s no secret- and be honest- that a lot of them, we can fall into the trap of sticking to the same routine authors that we already know and love, and so we ignore new and upcoming authors and their work. Especially in YA, where there seems to be an endless number of trilogies and series (especially in the genre of Fantasy), this happens to me a lot, and in 2017 I’d really like to give some new authors a chance. The authors that I’ve chosen for this topic are in no particular order, as I obviously haven’t read from any of them before and so I feel it would be wrong to order them in any sort of way.

This topic is so important, and it gives us all the opportunity to discuss some upcoming authors and to also showcase their work. I’m an avid watcher of book-related videos on Youtube, and so I’ve heard about many 2017 debut authors, and the ones that I’ve chosen for this topic are only a small look into just how many there are.

I’ll leave a link to a Goodreads page down below where you can check out some more 2017 debut authors. There may be some hidden gems in there just waiting to be read! I’ll also have the link to the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group down below, and thank you again to the creators and managers of Top 5 Wednesday.

Caraval (Caraval, #1) – Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Page No.: 416


From what I’ve heard about this book from trusted reviewers, Caraval has been advertised as The Night Circus meets Laini Taylor, and while I haven’t read The Night Circus or any of Laini Taylor’s work, the concept intrigues me so much. Essentially, Caraval follows the story of sisters Scarlett and Tella, who for their entire lives have dreamed of attending Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance that engages its audience and leaves its audience awestruck. However, when Scarlett’s long-dreamt invitation to Caraval finally arrives, she soon starts to question if the show is what she thought it would be. When the organiser of Caraval kidnaps Tella and announces that whoever finds her is the winner of the show, Scarlett truly begins to wonder whether everything about Caraval is really just a performance.

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) – Elly Blake
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown
Page No.: 384


I’ve been craving a Fantasy novel like Frostblood for a while now, and I’m so highly anticipated its release. Frostblood follows the life of 17-year-old Ruby, a fireblood who must hide her abilities from the ruling and cruel frostbloods, that threaten to destroy all that is left of the firebloods. However, when Ruby’s mother is killed, she agrees to help a rag-tag group of rebellious firebloods to kill the rampaging frostblood King. Frostblood tells the story of Ruby as she tries to understand and control her abilities as she becomes a more important player in the game to kill the King- a position that Ruby feels exceed her desire to avenger her mother’s murder. But these plans are quickly soiled when Ruby is instead captured by the King himself, and forced to compete in the King’s tournament that pits fireblood prisoners against well-trained and blood-thirsty frostblood champions.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page No.: 464

The Hate U Give is one of the most important and relevant books I think I’ve ever heard of, and it hasn’t even been released yet. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give follows the story of 16-year-old Starr who lives caught between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood in which she was born and raised, and the lavish high school that she attends in the suburbs. However, when Starr becomes the one and only witness to the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil by a police officer, whatever Starr says (or chooses not to say) could destroy one or both of her worlds. This book has already been optioned for film, with the rights for it sold to Fox Studios, and is set to star Amanda Sternberg (most renowned for her role as Rue in the Hunger Games franchise).

The Edge of Everything – Jeff Giles
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page No.: 368


Of all of the books I’ve listed here, this is the one I probably know the least about. However, I’ve heard wonderful things about this book and once I heard the premise of it I knew I had to read it. The Edge of Everything follows 17-year-old Zoe and X, a bounty hunter sent from a hell called the Lowlands to claim souls. When Zoe’s father suddenly dies in a caving accident, and her neighbours mysteriously disappear, her and her brother are attacked in the woods, and saved by none other than X, who’s forbidden to reveal who and what he is to anyone but his victims. However, X wants to cast this rule aside for Zoe, but the differences between them threaten to tear them apart.

A List of Cages – Robin Roe
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Page No.: 320


I’ve seen countless reviews about A List of Cages on YouTube and 100% of them have been incredibly positive, so much so that I’m forcing my brother to buy this book for me and bring it back to Australia when he travels to the US later this month. A List of Cages has been compared to and recommended for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and I absolutely adored that book and so this is definitely high on my radar. A List of Cages follows two lead male perspectives, Adam and Julian, who were once foster brothers but who haven’t seen each other in over five years. However, when Adam takes up an elective in his senior year of high school to serve as an aide to the school psychologist, he’s reunited with Julian and learns that his once foster brother has new secrets, and Adam becomes more determined than ever to help him- even if it might cost both of them their lives.


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