Top 5 Debut Novels (Top 5 Tuesday #25)

Hi Blisses,

Maybe you’ve noticed but I’ve been saying I’m finally back on blogging after a hiatus but alas, I’m really not. Aside from blog tours and Blitz, I haven’t posted anything here. But really, I’m not getting lazy or falling out of love with blogging. Actually, I’m doing something to make my blog and blogging a hundred times better. πŸ™‚ My blog is undergoing a major redesigning. I thought it’d be easy that I expected I’ll have a brand new blog by June 25th. That’s my birthday people (this reminds me I need to make a birthday wishlist on Amazon. haha) Anyway, I don’t think I’ll have everything ready by June 25th so I decided to post as often as I can again. I can’t let my blog stays inactive anymore. I miss interacting with everyone. Seriously.

So okay, let’s get on with the main reason for this post. Shanah from The Bionic Bookworm hosts Top 5 Tuesday and every month she assigned topics/prompts for each week. She’s really good at these topics and such an amazing person and so if you haven’t checked out this meme and her blog, better do it now. Here’s the JUNE TOPICS πŸ™‚

This week’s topic is Debut Novels and my brain went berserk because there are plenty. I think it’s because authors spend more time and preparation for their first book. Of course I can’t say that this is true to all authors but most of them. Anyway, let’s just get on with my list. And kindly check my reviews. πŸ™‚

Top Five (5) Debut Novels

1.) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Here’s the truth, before I read The Hating Game I was not so into contemporary romance anymore because I felt like every contemporary romance I read were all lust and ripping each other’s clothes and lacking in romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading smuts, smexy, erotica books too but only when I’m in a certain mood. That’s why that time, I got invested in Historical Romances because it usually takes time for MCs in Historical Romance before they get naked. Reading The Hating Game was very refreshing even though it has few, if not most, of the cliched tropes in Romance. Thankfully, they are tropes that I REALLY like and I think Sally Thorne did a great job at making clichΓ© more interesting.

My Review HERE.

2.) To Kill A Kingdom  by Alexandra Christo

As a retelling of The Little Mermaid, this one did a great job. No, actually no because compared to the aforementioned tale, To Kill A Kingdom is one dark tale of a Prince and a Siren. Why? Well here’s to make it clearer:

She’s the princes’ Bane. He’s a Siren Killer.
They’re both royalties; a Siren Princess and a Golden Prince.

But the concept isn’t the only reason why it’s in my list. The writing is another factor. I love the author’s writing and I think she especially good at writing fight scenes.

My review HERE.

3.) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I think everybody know this book so little explanation is needed. Maybe I can just talk about my favorite character, Amari. She’s one of the major characters but not the main heroine. She’s not the one who’s in the cover of the book. Amari is a princess but she’s not quite contented of her life. It’s very obvious there’s more to her that just being a princess. And oh my God, she didn’t disappoint. Her character ARC is such a win and enough reason for this book to be in my list.

My Review HERE.

4.) The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I’ve read so few novels that were written in verse and so far, I haven’t find any I don’t like. Especially this one. This book surprised me  because I wasn’t expecting I’d love it as much as I did after reading it. Just by reading the blurb, it’s obvious it has such a deep theme but it went deeper than I expected. Hehe.

My Review HERE.

5.) The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I swear to God, I didn’t want to read this book. Why, because the lead guy is an escort. Let me be clear, I don’t have anything against escorts. In fact I care for them that I was worried the author would handle that part wrong or awkward. I wouldn’t want to read that, OK? But the author proved me wrong. This book turned out to be sweet and heartwarming and at the same time, sexy. I love it. And most of all, the story handled the escort-part right.

My Review HERE.

There you have it guys — 5 debut novels that I like. If you did this meme or have a similar/almost similar list, drop your post link in the comments so I can read them. Remember, I missed interacting with you all so let me read and catch up on your posts.

Let’s chat.



18 thoughts on “Top 5 Debut Novels (Top 5 Tuesday #25)

  1. Yvo says:

    Great list! I loved The Hating Game as well despite the fact I’m not that into contemporary romance and I really enjoyed Children Of Blood And Bone as well. I can’t wait to read To Kill A Kingdom and Poet X!

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  2. Noriko says:

    Great post, Lili! I read The Hating Game and yes, I absolutely loved it! I think I’ll need to read The Kiss Quotient… I’ve got her 2nd audiobook on my TBR!

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