2015 YA Debuts You Should Catch Up On

It’s nearly 2016 (sheesh, how did that happen?!?) and, if you’re anything like me, there’s no WAY you’ve read all the 2015 releases that you wanted to. And pretty soon there’ll be an onslaught of NEW books that will demand your attention and your soul and other minor things.

But there are several Young Adult debut authors you really cannot miss. Especially when most of them have new books coming out in 2016! Debut books can be tricky beasts, because often you can tell the author isn’t a pro yet. But this list? Ohhhh, my friends, these authors are already so stunningly talented, I can barely WAIT to see what their next novels will hold!

 

2 0 1 5     Y A    D E B U T S

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  • MADE YOU UP: This is such an important book because it’s about a girl with schizophrenia, but it’s not about her schizophrenia. Her illness doesn’t solely define her, and I think that’s a really important message. Plus it’s gorgeously written.
  • THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY: Okay but WOW, this book is creepy! It’s about cults and murders and juvie — and the protagonist has no hands.
  • SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA: This is probably the most adorable LGBT book of the year. All the characters are entirely relatable and realistic. Don’t get me wrong — I do love a contemporary where the characters wax poetic with soliloquies of love and meaning. But I also love books that are awkward and realistic. Plus there are Oreos in here. So. many. Oreos.

 

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  • THE WRATH AND THE DAWN: Definitely one of my all time favourite fantasies!! And it’s only a debut?! So I can only imagine the talent this author is going to bring to the table over the years! It’s a Persian folklore retelling of A Thousand and One Nights and has a good dash of magic with a mountain of delicious food descriptions.
  • DENTON’S LITTLE DEATHDATE: This book is hilarious. It makes fun of death rather ridiculously…so make sure you’re okay with gallows humour before devouring this!
  • BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MET ME: This one is told in letters between two boys with unusual disabilities. One is allergic to electricity. One was born with no eyeballs and has a pacemaker. Ergo — they can never meet or they’d kill each other! But the character development is phenomenal and you’ll never guess the ending….

 

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  • FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE: Another super realistically cute contemporary. Why is this one special?! It’s narrated by 3 characters in 1st, 3rd, and 2nd person! The characters basically burst off the page and one character has chronic-fatigue, which I hadn’t read in YA until now!
  • THE ACCIDENT SEASON: It’s beautiful. Absolutely mind-stunningly beautiful. It’s kind of an eerie book, set in October, so it’s all pumpkins and autumn and Halloween. And it’s magical and mysterious and — did I mention — the writing is gorgeous?!?!?
  • FALLING INTO PLACE: This is written by a 16 year old author. TALENT ALERT. It’s not the average contemporary either, because it’s narrated by a childhood imaginary friend. Unique, right?! It’s written in tiny chapters and it’s barely 300 pages so you can eat it in two bites, basically. The author has two books coming out in 2016, so her debut is a MUST read before they arrive!

 

Best YA Covers of 2015

I get sucked in by amazing covers all the time. And I’m not even sad about it! I think an extraordinary cover is a must for a book considering you spend more time with it on your shelf than you do reading the insides. (Although, one mustn’t judge a book solely by the cover…but it is hard, right?!)

And is it just me or are Young Adult covers just getting more gorgeous every year?! 2015 showed some absolutely GORGEOUS designs. I’ll be listing my favourites below and be sure to tell me of your favourites in the comments and what you think of my picks!

Note: All book covers link to purchase pages on this website! Click away!

 

F A N T A S Y

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I quite adore the variety of these fantasies covers…from city illustrations, to old book vibe to crow feathers! And just look at that typography. A book that makes letters look delicious enough to eat definitely wins favour with me.

 

W I L D    W E S T

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Apparently stories of the Wild West were quite popular in 2015. HUZZAH. (Yes, I am Australian, but I grew up with a slight fascination of the Oregon trail.) I adore Walk on Earth a Stranger for using the magic of gold dust on the cover. And Vengeance Road makes use of those famous wild west skulls. While Under a Painted Sky looks…painted?! The colours! The silhouettes! Help. I fell in love with a book cover.

 

D Y S T O P I A N

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It might be just my picks of the year but…the dystopian covers seem dark this year! And they totally make use of stunning pinpoints of colour. I adore how 5 to 1 has made use of Indian henna patterns to reflect the country the book is set in. Forget Tomorrow just zings with that perfect shade of blue-green. It’s like the ocean. It’s delectable. Zeroboxer just looks like it’s going to thump you in the face at any moment — and that’s what a good dystopian cover should probably do.

 

M E N T A L    I L L N E S S

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Apparently BLUE IS IN for books that deal with mental illness and disorders! Which makes sense since blue is often a colour that signifies pain and sadness. I also really like how simplistic the covers are.

P R E T T Y    D R E S S E S

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I will forever be addicted to covers that are just astounding gorgeous in the dress department. Plus it proves that you can be awesome and rule the world (as each of these girls are doing!) and were fabulous gowns. Blues and purples are obviously fashionable too in the fantasy rulership world. I shall keep that in mind in case I want to take over a fantastical country some time…

 

S C I E N C E    F I C T I O N

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Basically: STARS. If a book has a sci-fi label, it is largely missing out if it doesn’t make use of stars and galaxies. I haven’t met a sci-fi cover I didn’t love!

 

H I S T O R I C A L    F I C T I O N

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Historical Fiction seems very varied this year. Of course these are only 3 of the many YA books published, but I do like how hands are prominently featured in the first covers. Velvet Undercover falls prey to putting faces on covers….which usually is a no-no for me. But I love the colours so much. And the typography! So it still wins!