Beautiful Debuts I’m Excited For | Top 5 Wednesday


Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. You find out more about T5W and the weekly topics on the Goodreads group here.

This week’s topic is all about 2017 debuts that we can’t wait to read. There are loads of fantastic books coming out this year, and several with lots of hype already.

There is already a ton of hype for well established authors, but here is an opportunity to discuss some debut (new) authors and showcase their books. There are plenty of debut author challenges and lists you can find if you are having trouble with this one 🙂

I will be keeping my list purely to YA, as that’s what I read the most of. Also, you can click on any of the titles to take you to their Goodreads page.



On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

This sounds like a book that will truly leave me breathless. I’m very, very excited to read this, and I hope it shines the light onto the true terrors of U.S. immigration. American Street will be released on February 14th.


There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Okay, in all honesty this book sounds magnificent. A spy school that trains teenagers to become stereotypes? Potential betrayal? One of the best twists on a love triangle ever? YES PLEASE. The Love Interest is released on May 16th.


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. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

With all of the terrible things that have been happening in the POC community as of late, I can tell this is going to be one of the most important books of the year. It’s already getting fantastic reviews, and I can’t wait for this to be released. The Hate U Give is released on February 28th.


A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

I love pirates. I don’t read enough pirate books. I’m ALWAYS excited for new pirate books! Daughter of the Pirate King is also released on February 28th.


Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

This is probably one of the most hyped books in the blogging/bookish community as of now. Hopefully for good reason! It sounds so enchanting, and it’s been getting amazing reviews so far. I’m super excited to delve into this beautiful world. Caraval is released on January 31st.

What new and exciting releases are you looking forwards to? Any book I should keep my eye out for? Let me know!


20 thoughts on “Beautiful Debuts I’m Excited For | Top 5 Wednesday

  1. I’m really excited for Daughter of the Pirate King, The Love Interest, and of course, Caraval! They all seem so promising. I hadn’t heard much about The Hate U Give, but it sounds like a wonderfully diverse book to read. I’d love to read that type of story. Thanks for bringing it to my notice 😀

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  2. I’m really looking forward to reading American Street as well. Immigration is a topic that really interests me, but unfortunately I don’t think I’ve ever read about it in a YA book. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint! 🙂

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  3. Okay…but what happens if the girl in The Love Interest doesn’t choose either one? What if she goes with the nerd from biology class or the jock? I mean, I’m already seeing a hundred ways this could go wrong even without feelings. Geez, now I’m giving myself secondhand suspense.

    And The Pirate King’s Daughter? YES PLEASE. Seriously, everything about that looks fantastic. GIVE IT TO ME.

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    1. I’m getting the vibe from The Love Interest’s blurb that the two boys actually end up falling for each other, which would be so fantastic. Doesn’t Daughter of the Pirate King sound so good? I want to read it so bad!! 🙂


  4. I’m also interested in The Love Interest and The Hate U Give! THUG, especially, is one of those releases that I’m sure I’m going to read just because it’s so relevant right now.

    I’ve read Caraval and while I didn’t love it, it definitely is quite enchanting! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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    1. THUG (what an acronym lol) is a book that I hope everyone reads eventually, just to gain a potentially different perspective on the BLM movement. I do love a good enchanting book, and definitely hope that Caraval fits the bill! 😊


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