Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Debut authors can always go either way: they can either be great, new, exiting reads, or books that we wish we never even heard of. I used to be very wary about authors that hadn’t had any previous success in the book industry, but I realized that everyone, at some point, had to start somewhere. And reading a book that’s not so great (or even awful) every now and then doesn’t really hurt you. You’re not even wasting your time because you can let others know what you thought of the book—even just your friends. If you liked the book, they’ll be more likely to want to read it; if you stress to them how much you didn’t like it, they’ll be less likely to read it, or they might read it just to formulate their own opinion. And they might even tell others, and so on and so on.
Reading new authors also helps them in their career. Promoting a book that you like gets the book more well-known. And if you didn’t like it, it might encourage the author to fix what was disliked about their book. (Sometimes.) But I feel the major perk to reading new authors is that you get to read something that no one else knows about yet. The media hasn’t built up the book’s popularity, all your friends aren’t reading it, and you’ll be able to be the one to share it first. It’s a good feeling when something you love gets recognized suddenly as something great.
I’m aware that this post is almost seven months late, but I feel that since there are so many new authors this year that I should highlight a few of them (even if I am a little late). Now, onto the books!
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu — Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and when super-popular Brandon dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault, the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth.
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller — All Vicky wants is to be an artist, but after she disgraces her family’s name, her parents decide to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski — Following her instinct, Kestrel buys a slave up for auction—with unexpected consequences. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano — When a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance…on her. And if Nearly doesn’t figure it all out soon, she’ll be next.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno — Molly suffers from blackouts that create severe holes in her memory. For all of her seventeen years, she’s felt like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper — Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whale men safe and prosperous at sea. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected—one she might not be able to make.
Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule — A young soprano enrolls in a remote music academy where nothing, not even her mysterious young vocal coach, is as it seems. Sing’s coach has secrets of his own, secrets that are entwined with the myths and legends surrounding Dunhammond, and the great creature they say lives there.
The Falconer by Elizabeth May — Lady Aileana Kameron sheds her aristocrat ways and becomes a fairy killer after her mother is murder by one. But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has to decide how much she’s willing to lose – and just how far will she go for revenge?
Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett — Annabelle dreams at night of a blue-eyed boy–and he’s just that, until one day he walks into her chemistry class. He’s proved that dreams can come true, so does that mean that nightmares can, too?
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco — Okiku, a young girl who was brutally murdered in Japan 300 years ago, now hunts child murders. And when a strange boy moves into the neighborhood, both are drawn into a world that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page — Oz has become place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling. Dorothy found her way back to Oz, and now it’s up to the other girl from Kansas, Amy Gumm, to stop her from taking over.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge — Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle–a shifting maze of magical rooms–enthralls her. Nyx has to decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
So I hope everyone enjoys at least one of these books from a new, debut author. And in case you didn’t notice, this was a special post! I’ll now (hopefully) be posting book articles on random topics regularly every Wednesday, so start checking those out. (In case you’re unfamiliar with my blog, I post book reviews every Saturday at 10:00am, and now I’ll be posting additional articles Wednesday at 10:00am as well.) Keep on reading, everyone!