Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group created by gingerreadslainey. This week’s topic is debuts we are excited about. Now, I was looking at all the books which are planned to be published over the course of this year and there are so many books I’m excited for. It was really hard narrowing this list down to just five books, but eventually I did manage it.
1.) Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval – magic, mystery, adventure. And for Scarlett and her sister, Tella, it represents an escape from their abusive father. When the sisters’ invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But then Tella is kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance. But she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.
I’ve already mentioned this book in my general most anticipated books of 2017 post because I am really looking forward to it. I keep seeing this book everywhere and all the reviews I’ve heard from people who’ve had ARCs have been positive. The plot sounds dark and mysterious and exciting, which are all things I love. I’m really excited to read this book as soon as possible to find out whether it lives up to all the hype surrounding it.
2.) The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Zoe’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their home. Then on a terrifying blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are attacked in a cabin in the woods – only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter called X. He’s sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside his rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.
This books been on my radar recently. I think the cover’s amazing and the plot sounds amazing too. It sounds like it’s going to have some forbidden romance in it and I haven’t read a book with forbidden love in a long time, so I’m definitely looking forward to this.
3.) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
I think this is going to be a very important and moving book, especially as it’s an own voices novel. The plot is very relevant to what’s been happening recently and I’m really interested to read a YA novel tackling the subject of shootings. Like the other books on this list, I’ve read a lot of great reviews for this one already so, hopefully, it will live up to my expectations.
4.) A List of Cages by Robin Roe
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain. Then the doctor asks him to track down the freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.
I’m mostly excited to read this book because some of my favourite booktubers have raved about this story. I know it’s going to be emotional, and it might even make me cry, but I really can’t wait for this book to be released.
5.) City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother finds work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, a respected business leader. But Tina soon learns that Greyhill’s fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it. With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for a local gang. One of her jobs brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships.
The plot for this books sounds amazing! I think it’s going to be a story I really enjoy, as I’m always down for badass female characters. And I’ve never read a book set in Kenya before so I think that’s going to be really interesting too.
What 2017 debut books are you excited for?