Fledgling Author Chat- Contemporary, Mystery and Thrillers

 

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I  hope you enjoyed our first chats introducing you to some of the 2016 debut authors. We have another chat coming this Sunday at 3pm EST. This time we’re taking a look at the contemporary, mystery and thriller debuts. I wanted to post those titles for you so you can get more details.

The Books

25159262Liars and Losers Like Us 
by Ami Allen-Vath @amilouiseallen
Release Date: March 1 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:
Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.

For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.

When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.

With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.


22449806The Year We Fell Apart
by Emily Martin @thatEmilyMartin
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary:
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 become 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.


22864430 The Girl Who Fell
by Shannon M Parker @shannonmparker
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

Summary:
His obsession.
Her fall.

In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.


23480844Firsts
by Laurie E Flynn @laurellizabeth
Release Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.


23197843 Suffer Love 
by Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblake
Release Date: 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Summary:
Elizabeth Bewley at HMH has acquired world rights to Suffer Love by poet and debut novelist Ashley Herring Blake. The book, a modern-day take on Romeo and Juliet, tells of two teens brought together by attraction, only to be torn apart by their parents’ choices. It will pub in spring 2016; Rebecca Podos at Rees Literary brokered the deal.


23272028A Study in Charlotte
by Brittany Cavallaro @skippingstones
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Summary:
The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.


18629735 The First Time She Drowned 
by Kerry Kletter @kkletter
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books

Summary:
The beautifully sad struggle of a girl desperate for the one relationship that has caused her the most pain

Cassie O’Malley has spent her whole life trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically. It’s been two-and-a-half years since her mother dumped Cassie in a mental institution against her will for something Cassie claims she didn’t do. Now, at eighteen, Cassie enrolls in college, ready to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.

But as she struggles to find her way forward, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is the truth? And more important, whose life must she save?

A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.


Fear The Drowning Deep
by Sarah Glenn Marsh @SG_Marsh
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:
In 1913, a teen girl knows there’s something sinister in the waters around her Isle of Man home. Together with the mysterious boy who washes ashore, Bridey must face her fear–and the danger–before the ocean claims everyone she loves.


22692740 Symptoms of Being Human
by Jeff Garvin @jeffgarvinbooks
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

Summary:
The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.


24529123 This is Where it Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp @mariekeyn
Release Date: January 5th 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Summary:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Unscripted Joss Byrd
by Lygia Day Peñaflor @lygiaday
Release Date:  August 23rd 2016
Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Summary:
Katherine Jacobs at Roaring Brook has acquired Filming the Locals, a YA debut by Lygia Day Peñaflor about a young actress struggling to meet the demands of an ambitious director, his edgy script, and her pushy mother.

Publication is scheduled for spring 2016. Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.


Flower
by Shea Olsen @SheaOlsenBooks
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Summary:
Charlotte made a promise.
Charlotte will be Valedictorian.
Charlotte will get into college and escape the temptation that has plagued every woman in her family: boys.

Until the night, Tate Collins—bad-boy and pop icon—walks into the flower shop where Charlotte works, and everything she thought she wanted begins to break apart.

Tate Collins is famous, gorgeous, and desired by every high school girl across the country.
Tate Collins has a secret.
Tate Collins only wants one thing: Charlotte.

And desire will unravel them both.


21945590 Underwater
by Marisa Reichardt @youngadultish
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux

Summary:
Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.


25613771 Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here
by: Anna Breslaw @annabreslaw
Release Date: April 2016
Publisher: Razorbill

Summary:
After her beloved TV show is cancelled, a teenage girl in New Jersey starts writing fanfiction about the popular kids at her high school.


 

22752127 The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner @jeffzentner
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers/Random

Summary:
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.


22608764 How it Ends
by Catherine Lo
Release Date:  June 7th 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Summary:
How it begins…

“You’re in my English class, right?”
I almost checked behind me to make sure she wasn’t talking to someone else.

How it unravels…

“You can be my best friend without being my only friend.”
Her words were knives raked along my skin. I could hear the goodbye in every syllable.

How it Ends.

Why should I keep her secrets when she didn’t keep mine? All it would take was one little click and a carefully worded message.

How it Ends is an honest, heart-wrenching tale of a friendship from first meeting to breakup. Told through alternating points of view, it is about two best friends’ tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing and what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.


Take a look at the science fiction, fantasy and historical debuts we talked about last Sunday. We’re also giving a pre-order of the 2016 debut of your choice away! Enter here.

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Fledgling Author Chat- The Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical Books

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I hope you enjoyed our first chat 2 weeks ago introducing you to some of the 2016 debut authors. We have another chat coming this Sunday at 3pm EST. This time we’re taking a look at the fantasy and science fiction books. I wanted to post those titles for you so you can get more details.

Here’s the list on Goodreads for easy adding


23212980Into the Dim
by Janet B Taylor @Janet_B_Taylor
Release Date: No date yet
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Summary:
“Seventy-two hours, then we have to be back at the clearing. Sunrise on the third day.”

Being “the home-schooled girl” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t endear her to her dad’s perfectly blond, very Southern family. When her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world implodes. After being shipped off to an aunt she’s never met, Hope learns there’s more to her mother’s “death” than she ever dreamed. At her aunt’s manor, high in the Scottish Highlands, Hope begins to unravel the shocking truth about her family. Her mom isn’t just a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is currently trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. To stage a rescue, the sheltered teen must join the Indiana Jones-wannabe team of time-jumpers, before her mother is lost for good. In a brutal, medieval world, Hope will discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free…or the very key to Hope’s undoing.


21936937Blackhearts
by Nicole Castroman @nicolecastroman
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary:
Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. This is their story.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.


The Bride of Dusk and Glass
by Roshani Chokshi @NotRashKnee
Release Date: Spring/Summer 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Summary:
Eileen Rothschild at St. Martin’s Griffin has bought The Bride of Dusk and Glass by Roshani Chokshi, pitched as a Hades and Persephone-style romance infused with Indian mythology, about an unlikely princess who must overcome her sinister horoscope and embarks on a quest to unravel her true identity and find the one she loves.


21979832The Girl from Everywhere 
by Heidi Heilig @heidiheilig
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Summary:
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.


23677316Burning Glass
by Kathryn Purdie @KathrynPurdie
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins

Summary:
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.


21421609Assassin’s Heart
by Sarah Ahiers @SarahAhiers
Release Date: February 2nd 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary:
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.


Ivory & Bone
by Julie Eshbaugh @JulieEshbaugh
Release Date: 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins

Summary:
The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in a tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.


Consider
by Kristy Acevedo @kristyace
Release Date: April 18th 2016
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press

Summary:
As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?

The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.

To stay or to go. A decision must be made.

With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.


Beyond the Red
by Ava Jae @Ava_Jae
Release Date: March 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:
A feud on a distant, crimson planet with established nanite technology creates a violent uprising that threatens the reign of a teenage queen and forces her to turn to her rebel half-blood bodyguard for help, before the planet’s human population is destroyed at the hands of her power-hungry twin brother.


Ever the Hunted 
by Erin Summerhill @erinsummerill
Release Date: Fall 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Summary:
Sarah Landis at HMH has acquired Erin Summerill’s debut novel Ever the Hunted and its sequel, a fantasy that follows 17-year-old Britta Flannery who is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. Her father, a legendary bounty hunter, is murdered, and the stakes are fatal if she doesn’t find his killer.


Flashfall
by Jenny Moyer @_JennyMoyer
Release Date: 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt

Summary:
In a world bounded by the radioactive flash curtain, the miners of Outpost 5 burrow into tunnels in search of cirium ore, the only element that can keep the distant Protected City safe from deadly sickness. No miner’s handier with her axe than teenage Orion, whose fame as Chief Ore Scout and mastery of infamous Tunnel 9 – the most terrifying of all the tunnels – are legendary. Mining took the life of Orion’s mother, radioactive storms killed her little brother, but like all her people – not least her forever caving partner Dram – Orion knows they are indeed the fortunate ones. OK, they work in brutal, deadly conditions, but it’s what her people do, and what they’ve always done; a life of service in return for food and shelter. And now there’s a big new motivation: when she and Dram finally bring up 400 grams of cirium (a lifetime’s work for most miners, but now so attainable for Orion and Dram), they will have earned a new life of freedom in the Protected City. Blue sky, fresh air, peace . . . it’s all so close now, Orion can practically smell it!

But then some strange newcomers arrive in camp, and Orion makes a discovery that changes everything. The miners have been betrayed, and Outpost 5’s real purpose is far more sinister than they’d realized. Kick-starting a rebellion, Orion and Dram don’t only have to combat the terrifying flash bats, tunnel gulls, and bone-crunching orbies of Tunnel 9 – now they must question everything they thought they knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. Now they’re about to discover that Outpost 5 was a holiday camp compared to the burning sands and surreal punishments beyond the perimeter, where the only promise is death.

Somehow they must survive, because not only are Orion and Dram falling in love – they are also carrying with them a powerful secret. One which could free their people and change their fearful world.


Fear The Drowning Deep 
by Sarah Glenn Marsh @SG_Marsh
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:
In 1913, a teen girl knows there’s something sinister in the waters around her Isle of Man home. Together with the mysterious boy who washes ashore, Bridey must face her fear–and the danger–before the ocean claims everyone she loves.


24790901The Abyss Surrounds Us 
by Emily Skrutskie @skrutskie
Release Date: February 8, 2016
Publisher: Flux

Summary:
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she’s not about to stop.


The Blood Rose Rebellion
By: Rosalyn Eves @RosalynEves
Release Date: N/A
Publisher: N/A

Summary:
The romantic fantasy adventure set during the political unrest of 19th-century Europe follows a 16-year-old British socialite exiled to Hungary and swept up in a revolution to overturn world order.


24934065Rebel of the Sands
By:  Alwyn Hamilton @AlwynFJH
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Publisher: Penguin

Summary:
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.


The Reader
By: Traci Chee @tracichee
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Putnam

Summary:
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.


18520647Where Future Ends
By: Parker Peevyhouse @parkerpeevy
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Summary:
Five teens, five futures. Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world. Brixney must escape a debtor colony by finding a way to increase the number of hits on her social media feed so she’ll attract corporate sponsorship. Epony goes “High Concept” and poses as an otherworldly being to recapture her boyfriend’s attention. Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard. And Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

These are stories about a world that is destroying  itself, and about the alternate world that might be its savior.  Unless it’s just the opposite.


T25467698he Love that Split the World
By: Emily Henry @EmilyHenryWrite
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Razorbill

Summary:
Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.


A Hidden Affinity
By: Audrey Crass/Coulthurst @audwrites
Release Date: 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Summary:
Audrey Coulthurst’s A Hidden Affinity pitched as Malinda Lo meets Game of Thrones, about a future queen who falls in love with her fiancé’s sister.


Bound by Blood and Sand
by Becky Allen
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Summary:
A new YA fantasy series in the vein of Tamora Pierce, exploring class and power. The novel follows a slave girl in a desert world where the magical Well is running dry; when she discovers a source of magic, she may have the power to save the water and her world, but returning the water means saving her slavers.


Timekeeper
By: Tara Sim
Release Date: 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:
Every city in the world is run by a clock tower. If one breaks, time stops. It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old Danny knows well; his father has been trapped in a town east of London for three years. Despite being a clock mechanic prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but time itself, Danny has been unable to free his father.

Danny’s assigned to a damaged clock tower in the small town of Enfield. The boy he mistakes for his apprentice is odd, but that’s to be expected when he’s the clock spirit who controls Enfield’s time. Although Danny and the spirit are drawn to each other’s loneliness, falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, no matter how cute his smiles are.

But when someone plants bombs in nearby towers, cities are in danger of becoming trapped in time—and Enfield is one of them.

Danny must discover who’s stopping time and prevent it from happening to Enfield, or else he’ll lose not only his father, but the boy he loves, forever.


A Shadow Bright and Burning
By: Jessica Cluess
Release Date: Fall 2016
Publisher: Random House

Summary:
Chelsea Eberly at Random House has bought debut author Jessica Cluess’s A Shadow Bright and Burning at auction in a three-book deal. In the story, pitched as Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell meets Shadow and Bone, a teen girl is selected as the first-ever female sorcerer (the Chosen One who must save the empire) but the glamour of her new life hides enemies who would love to know her dark secret – that she might not be the Chosen One after all. It will pub in fall 2016; Brooks Sherman of the Bent Agency did the deal for north American rights.


Though Evelyn Skye is not able to attend this Sunday I still want to highlight her book

The Crown’s Game
By: Evelyn Skye @EvelynSkyeYA
Release Date: 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Summary
Sixteen-year-old Vika Andreyev can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Eighteen-year-old Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters, and with the Ottoman Empire and other enemies threatening Russia, the Tsar wants an enchanter by his side.

Two enchanters in the same generation, however, are a rarity. And a problem. There is only so much magic in Russia, and it cannot be diluted. So the Crown’s Game was invented, a duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Royal Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected advisor. The defeated is sentenced to death.

The Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Of course, they both want to win. Until now, Vika’s magic has been confined to her tiny island home, and she’s eager to showcase her skill in the capital city of St. Petersburg. It also doesn’t hurt that the competition allows her to express her mischievous streak. Nikolai, on the other hand, is a study in seriousness. As an orphan with not a drop of noble blood in his veins, becoming the Royal Enchanter is an opportunity he could, until now, only dream of. But when Vika and Nikolai begin to fall for each other, the stakes change.

And then, the stakes change again, as secrets from both their pasts threaten to upset the balance of the Tsar’s—and the Russian Empire’s—power.

The Game is so much more complicated than it looks

We’ll be highlighting the contemporary, mystery and thriller debuts next Sunday, July 19th at 3pm EST

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2016 Fledgling Author Twitter Chat- #FAC16 + INT Giveaway

 

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Join Nicola @thewickedpowers, Rachel @yaperfectionist and myself for a Twitter chat to help celebrate some 2016 debut authors! We are so excited for this next year’s round of books and can’t wait for you to be introduced to these wonderful authors and their books.

Take a look below for the authors that are joining us for Sunday’s chat (we’ve included their twitter links so you can follow them there). I hope you find new books to add to your TBR and new authors to love. Also check out @TheSweet16s  on Twitter and on the web

Authors Participating in our Twitter chat this Sunday 3pm EST

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor @Janet_B_Taylor
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman @nicolecastroman
The Bride of Dusk and Glass by Roshani Chokshi @NotRashKnee
Liars and Losers Like Us  by Ami Allen-Vath @amilouiseallen
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig @heidiheilig
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin @thatEmilyMartin
The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M Parker @shannonmparker
Beyond the Red by Ava Jae @Ava_Jae
Firsts by Laurie E Flynn @laurellizabeth
Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake @ashleyhblake
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill @erinsummerill
Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie @KathrynPurdie
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer @_JennyMoyer
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro @skippingstones
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter @kkletter
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers @SarahAhiers
Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh @SG_Marsh
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie @skrutskie
The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry @EmilyHenryWrite
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin @jeffgarvinbooks
Ivory & Bone by Julie Eshbaugh @JulieEshbaugh
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp @mariekeyn
Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor @lygiaday
Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods @woodswrite
Flower by Shea Olsen @SheaOlsenBooks
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt @youngadultish
Consider by Kristy Acevedo @kristyace
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw @annabreslaw
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner @jeffzentner
How it Ends by Catherine Lo

Giveaway

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Debut Author Events

We love debut authors! Be sure to check out all the events hosted from these amazing bloggers to help promote and introduce you to the latest debut authors.

The Book Bratz- Debut Author Spotlight
A Perfection Called Books and Dana Square- Meet the Newbies (#MeettheNewbs)
The Artsy Reader Girl- Debut Dish
Fiction Freak- Get Your Debut On