Good morning bookworms!
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘debut novels’, and I am KEEN. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up!
Finding new authors is seriously one of my fave things ever, and when I love a book I tend to go back read their back catalogue… So, I’ve got some great picks for you today! So many, that I just couldn’t stop at 5… 🙈
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is one of my fave debut novels ever. I know I’ve been talking about this one a bit lately, but I’m super excited for the tv adaptation, and you can bet I’ll be crying if they don’t do it right… If that’s the case though, I’ll just reread the book and keep screaming about it until you guys all read it too.
The Sons of Thestian is one of my fave most underrated books ever. M.E. Vaughan builds this amazing fantasy world that’s full of intrigue and magic and monsters and it’s just… OMG… this is a debut?! Wowsers!
The Girl Who Fell by Violet Grace was another great fantasy novel by debut authors. ‘Violet Grace’ is a pseudonym for a couple who named their writing name after their children (I’m sure that’s what I read…) Anyway, I am keenly looking forward to the next book in the Chess Raven Chronicles, The Girl who Chose (out in September this year).
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. Have you heard me screaming about this one enough? I genuinely can’t believe Jessica Townsend was a debut author with this story. It’s amazing and so fantastical and I love it so much. And Wundersmith was just as good (which is quite a feat). I keep checking Goodreads for info about number 3, but it’s nowhere to be seen yet! 😭
Magician by Raymond E. Feist is an oldie, but a goodie. Feist is a master storyteller and this is one epic fantasy that absolutely blows your socks off. With a staggering 30+ books now under his belt (mostly all from the same world) it’s surprising that I still find his first novel my favourite.
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews 100% makes this list. I have loved BOTH of Cait’s books, but I understood a little bit of Beck’s pain as I had a monstrous piano teacher when I was young. Although, when I refused to sit exams and told her I wanted to play for fun she declared she’d never teach me again, so that’s where my pianist career ended! But this book is amazing and smash your heart to pieces, then gently sticky tape it back together and present it back to you (with a cake).
Persuading Annie was the debut novel by Melissa Nathan, and I loved it. It was also the last book of hers that I read as it was so difficult to get a hold of! A lovers to enemies romance (yep, that is the right way around) that is a fifty-fifty split of hilarity and tenderness, Melissa Nathan proved from the start that she was born for writing novels.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is quite possibly my new favourite enemies to lovers contemporary/romance novel. It’s so good and I was genuinely surprised that it was Thorne’s debut, and that she’s Aussie (and she lives in my hometown of Canberra). Since I’m moving back home, I’m hoping to meet her and then fangirl all about it and the short story epilogue that’s in the back of 99 Percent Mine.
Tithe was Holly Black’s debut novel and I loved it. And I must not be the only one because the entire Modern Faerie Tales trilogy is being rereleased in an omnibus that is gorgeous (and I have preordered it because I am mush for these books). The new cover is also gorgeous and matches with The Darkest Part of the Forest so I am dying.
Ilahara: The Last Myrassar by C. M. Karys – I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much you need this book – and it’s not even published yet. However, you can put money on the fact that as soon as it is available, I will be rereading it and also shoving it down everyone’s throats. (You’re welcome in advance!)