Top Ten 2017 Debuts I Want to Read

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What’s this? A Top Ten Tuesday post on… a Sunday? Yeah, well, I’m slightly behind due to the Great Blogging Crisis of 2016, so I’m playing catch up. And I couldn’t not do this list because debuts are one of my favourite things to talk about. I am, admittedly, very out of the loop when it comes to new releases at the moment. I’m trying my best to catch up, but there are just so many of them. So I’ve gone through Goodreads and picked out the debuts that look most interesting. I’m not sure if they’ve been getting good reviews or if there’s been any buzz about any in particular, but I’ll get there eventually, okay?

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 24th February 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: one-half-stars

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

I’ve decided that Fridays are going to be my negative review day. Why? Because why not. I kind of need motivation to review the books that I don’t want to gush about, whether it’s because they’re dull as hell, or actually just painful. And The Sin Eater’s Daughter gets the honour of going first because it was truly, truly tragic.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel ShriverWe Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 3rd July 2006
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not of the boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband. Uneasy with the sacrifices of motherhood, Eva fears that her dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so drastically off the rails.

This was the most eerie freakin’ book, you guys. As soon as I finished it I had to sit down and go over what I had just read. The entire thing gave me chills. I’m pretty sure it gave me weird dreams.

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Best Books of 2016

I mentioned in my epic comeback post that 2016 wasn’t the best year when it came to reading. I talk about it more in-depth in that post, but in short, I got very, very distracted and I landed myself in a massive reading slump that lasted half of the year. So this list is nowhere near as detailed or diverse as it could be, as I did most of my reading in January and February and then completely fell off the wagon. But without further ado, here are my favourite books of 2016.

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1. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl From Everywhere was my first read of 2016, and it’s one of the few that stuck with me. Heilig has a wonderful writing style that captivated me from the beginning, and I loved journeying back to Hawaii with the characters and becoming immersed in the world. It also helped that there was an EPIC SHIP that I hope will continue to develop in the sequel, which I have yet to read. 

2. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

While it took me a bit to get used to the multiple points of view in this novel, This is Where It Ends blew me away. It’s unsettling, harrowing, and totally unputdownable. Shut up, that’s a word. The ending reduced me to tears, and I’m actually considering doing a reread at some point this year, which is something I very rarely do.

3. When We Collided by Emery Lord

This was one of the more emotional reads of the year. One of the main characters in this book has bipolar disorder, which meant Lord’s enticing writing style mixed with a deeper topic. And she did it marvellously.

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