Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling Hype

One thing that I love about each passing year are the up and coming debut authors. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke And The Bookish is  all about our most anticipated Top 10 2016 Debuts. Of course, I had to do mine on young adult books, and trust, these 10 2016 Young Adult Debut Books have got me feeling HYPE.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts That You Should Add To Your TBR Right Now

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debut Books To Add To Your TBR List:

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeThe Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye
Also by this author: The Crown's Game
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17th 2016
Pages: 416
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 0062422588

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

I chose The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye because GIRL. GIRL. That cover. I mean, okay you guys know how I am all about a fantasy novel? This cover is essentially promising me a great book. Furthermore, this is Russian-set fantasy and I cannot get enough of that setting.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeThe Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Also by this author: The Serpent King, Goodbye Days, Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on March 8th 2016
Pages: 384
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 0553524038

The Serpent King is a book you won’t be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page.” —John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner   Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.   He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.   Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

The Serpent King by Jeff Setner makes this list of top 10 2016 young adult debut books because of the hype surrounding it that I have seen via one of my good facebook friends (shoutout Pam). I saw her posting a picture of it and I am pretty sure she said it was good. Or, at least I remember the picture. And Pam is not one to BS. ALSO! The whole snake handling thing and faith within the book sounds really intriguing.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeLove, Lies & Spies by Cindy Anstey
Published by Swoon Reads on April 19th 2016
Pages: 368
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 1250084032

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

I added Love, Lies & Spies by Cindy Anstey because it sounded like those adult romances I read, but geared towards young adults. Also the main character seems like she is a bluestocking and I won’t lie, I cannot resist that kind of thing in books.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeThe Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) by Heidi Heilig
Also by this author: The Girl from Everywhere
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 16th 2016
Pages: 464
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 0062380753

Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.
In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig is on this list because I met Heidi at New York Comic Con and she was fascinating and I thought she seemed really personable. Also, she just really sold me on this book. AND! There is that whole Rae Carson comparison and yo, I cannot resist that ever.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeSword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
Also by this author: Sword and Verse
Published by HarperTeen on January 19th 2016
Pages: 384
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ISBN: 0062324616

Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.
Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

I picked Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan because, hello, duh, that book cover is a shiny object to fantasy magpies. I mean, there’s a giant sword on it. Also, there is a resistance and rebels and a girl who has a hard job, and oh my goodness, I am bouncing in my seat just thinking about this book.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Also by this author: The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, The Gilded Wolves
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 352
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ISBN: 1250085470

Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.
But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.
Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi made the list of Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debut Books because it is based on Indian mythology and is about a girl whose fate is a marriage of death and destruction and that sounds so legitimately awesome, I have lost my ability to even.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeAssassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Also by this author: Assassin's Heart
Published by HarperTeen on February 2nd 2016
Pages: 400
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 0062363786

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.
Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

I decided on Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers because the word assassin is in the title and that is kind of a big deal for me. There is a comparison of this book with The Godfather and Romeo And Juliet, and okay that sounds completely awesome to me.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeThese Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas
Published by Swoon Reads on February 9th 2016
Pages: 352
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 1250073898

Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.
England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas was on my list because it was set during the Victorian era and is a crossover of Jane Austen and X-Men and yo, that is right up my alley. It is exactly the kind of book I want to read.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeEnter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
Published by Disney-Hyperion on August 2nd 2016
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1484723872

I’m your protagonist—Reshma Kapoor—and if you have the free time to read this book, then you’re probably nothing like me.
Reshma is a college counselor’s dream. She’s the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all.
What's a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. Which is exactly what Reshma does after agent Linda Montrose spots an article she wrote for Huffington Post. Linda wants to represent Reshma, and, with her new agent's help scoring a book deal, Reshma knows she’ll finally have the key to Stanford.
But she’s convinced no one would want to read a novel about a study machine like her. To make herself a more relatable protagonist, she must start doing all the regular American girl stuff she normally ignores. For starters, she has to make a friend, then get a boyfriend. And she's already planned the perfect ending: after struggling for three hundred pages with her own perfectionism, Reshma will learn that meaningful relationships can be more important than success—a character arc librarians and critics alike will enjoy.
Of course, even with a mastermind like Reshma in charge, things can’t always go as planned. And when the valedictorian spot begins to slip from her grasp, she’ll have to decide just how far she’ll go for that satisfying ending. (Note: It’s pretty far.)
In this wholly unique, wickedly funny debut novel, Rahul Kanakia consciously uses the rules of storytelling—and then breaks them to pieces.

Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia is about this girl who has always been an overachiever, but she learns that actually she isn’t that special. This is one of the few contemporaries on my list because it seems to subvert the whole chosen one, Mary Sue trope, which I like.

Top 10 2016 Young Adult Debuts Got Me Feeling HypeThe Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
Published by Simon Pulse on January 26th 2016
Pages: 320
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 1481438417

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.
Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.
Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.
While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.
As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.
In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.

I added The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin because it has this comparison to Sarah Dessen. If you are new here, welcome, and BTW we love Sarah Dessen here! Thus, anything that has been compared to Sarah Dessen is an immediate must check out for me.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. THESE VICIOUS MASKS and THE CROWN’S GAME sound so good. I had a chance to read an ARC of THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Emily Martin and I would say it’s perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Kasie West – I think you will love it! 🙂
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    • Right? I am so pumped up for them. I just saw These Vicious Masks on Netgalley the other day and immediately ran to download it. 🙂

      AHHHH I am so so jealous that you’ve read The Year We Fell Apart already!

  2. Love your list! We have These Vicious Masks in common! I’m so looking forward to next year when all these amazing books start coming out! They all sound so amazing.
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  3. Yes I am also looking forward to Love, Lies, and Spies I mean come on it just sounds too good!! Great list so of these weren’t on my radar.
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  4. So many good books are coming out this coming year by the looks of it. I enjoyed reading your list. I love that blurb from Enter Title here. Definitely going on my wish list. The Girl From Everywhere also has me really curious. These Vicious Masks grabbed me by the cover alone. Thank you for sharing!
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  5. I’m looking forward to Love, Lies & Spies and These Vicious Masks 🙂 My TTT
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  6. I had a few of these on my list already but The Serpent King has been added to my wish list so thanks for the rec 🙂
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  7. Seems like there’s lots of great fantasy debuts to come next year! Cannot wait!
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