Best Break Out
This list is for the best break out novels...the book that created buzz and established the author's career.

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101 Inconclusive Death an Aaron...
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102 Wildefire (Wildefire, #1)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 6,317 ratings
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103 The Bone Church
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 249 ratings
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104 Pride and Prejudice
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,437,335 ratings
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105 Witch in the Woods (Witch i...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 47 ratings
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106 The Ocean
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 462 ratings
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107 Love, Eternally (The Roman ...
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 304 ratings
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108 After the Fall (The Roman T...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 134 ratings
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109 The Emerald Talisman (Talis...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 3,028 ratings
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110 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 106,300 ratings
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111 Boycotts & Barflies
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 6,982 ratings
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112 The Eyre Affair (Thursday N...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 72,399 ratings
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113 Lightmasters: Number 13
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 113 ratings
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114 Falling Under
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 561 ratings
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115 First Grave on the Right (C...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 36,652 ratings
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115 Spellbound (Spellbound, #1)
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 9,832 ratings
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117 Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 51,143 ratings
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118 The Lovely Bones
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,223,095 ratings
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119 Pulse Of Heroes (The Pulse #1)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 225 ratings
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120 Consequences (Consequences,...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 24,214 ratings
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121 Nine Lives
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 73 ratings
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122 The Redhead Revealed (Redhe...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 12,827 ratings
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123 The Childe (The Childe, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 555 ratings
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124 Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Sa...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 31,693 ratings
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125 The Sacred Oath: Book One o...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 42 ratings
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126 Bound By Blood: Volume 1 (B...
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 206 ratings
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127 Miss Peregrine's Home for P...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 265,373 ratings
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128 The Forest of Hands and Tee...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 58,382 ratings
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129 The Girl of Fire and Thorns...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 38,560 ratings
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129 Soul Protector (Soul Protec...
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 385 ratings
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131 Twenties Girl
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 92,592 ratings
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132 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 322,621 ratings
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133 Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Sa...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 21,641 ratings
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134 Fire of Stars and Dragons (...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 179 ratings
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135 Te Amo... I LOVE YOU
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 484 ratings
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136 The Egg Said Nothing
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 219 ratings
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137 Trust: Betrayed (Trust Tril...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 178 ratings
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138 Muscle Memory
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 159 ratings
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139 The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 276,916 ratings
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140 Return to Me (Roman Time Tr...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 93 ratings
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141 Last Sacrifice (Vampire Aca...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 145,674 ratings
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142 Wired
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 49 ratings
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143 Backstage Pass (Sinners on ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 40,713 ratings
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144 Poison Study (Study, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 71,918 ratings
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145 The Mark of Cain (The Cain ...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 67 ratings
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146 The Orb of Truth (The Horn ...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 197 ratings
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147 Intrinsical (The Yara Silva...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,792 ratings
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147 Burning Hearts (Sanctuary P...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 41 ratings
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149 Cassidy Jones and the Secre...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 690 ratings
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150 Sin
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 113 ratings
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151 The Nightlife: Las Vegas (T...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 317 ratings
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152 Reflections: A Modern Antho...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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153 The Assassins' Village
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 94 ratings
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154 The Historian
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 165,469 ratings
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155 Darkfever (Fever, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 85,934 ratings
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156 Diavolino
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 55 ratings
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156 Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 33 ratings
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158 Down The Path
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 122 ratings
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159 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 920,239 ratings
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160 Bucket of Face
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 66 ratings
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160 Shade (Shade, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 10,758 ratings
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160 Here Lies Death
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 64 ratings
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163 Set the Night on Fire
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 123 ratings
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164 The Commander And The Den A...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 49 ratings
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164 Felix and the Sacred Thor
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 31 ratings
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166 For the Love of a Vampire (...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 5,749 ratings
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167 Tearing Honor
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 8 ratings
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167 Becoming Edward
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3.16 of 5 stars 3.16 avg rating — 278 ratings
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169 Unwritten Rules
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 2,756 ratings
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169 Perpetual Night
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 36 ratings
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171 The DUFF: Designated Ugly F...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 47,386 ratings
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172 Anathema (Causal Enchantmen...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 3,137 ratings
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172 The Fallen Star (Fallen Sta...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 18,827 ratings
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174 Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy,...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 10,360 ratings
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175 Storm Front (The Dresden Fi...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 143,945 ratings
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176 Be Careful What You Wish Fo...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 338 ratings
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177 One Insular Tahiti
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 32 ratings
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178 Love Unscripted (Love, #1)
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 51,496 ratings
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179 The Sky is Everywhere
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 37,841 ratings
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180 Raised by Wolves (Raised by...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 20,808 ratings
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181 The Angels Are Here (Parado...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 286 ratings
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182 Final Justice  (A Lorne Sim...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 181 ratings
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183 Slammed (Slammed, #1)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 114,545 ratings
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184 Beastly
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 119,939 ratings
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185 Darkness & Light (Holloway ...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 204 ratings
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186 The Changelings (War of the...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 2,356 ratings
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186 October Snow
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 156 ratings
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188 Every Last Kiss (The Bloods...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,780 ratings
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189 Starfish Girl
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 96 ratings
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190 Bridges: A Tale of Niagra
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 32 ratings
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191 The Tiger's Wife
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 61,543 ratings
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192 Apocalyptic Empire: The Hat...
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 34 ratings
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193 The Portal Between (The Por...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 34 ratings
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194 Spellbound in His Arms (The...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 213 ratings
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195 The Silver Mist
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 60 ratings
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195 Sweet Seduction
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 14 ratings
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197 How to Eat Fried Furries
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 39 ratings
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198 Not Magic Enough (The Comin...
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 50 ratings
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198 Love in the Time of Dinosaurs
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 88 ratings
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198 Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 98,926 ratings
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message 2: by Jerome (new)

Jerome Peterson Who decides on the books that get posted on this list and why?


message 3: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Jerome wrote: "Who decides on the books that get posted on this list and why?"

Anyone can add books or vote for one already on the list. If you go to the "add books to this list" tab you can add which ever books you think fit the description. That way it's open for all goodreads members to voice their opinion. :)


message 4: by Tanja (new)

Tanja Interesting to see that some books are on the list more than once and that books made it that are obviously not the authors first book and therefore shouldn't be on a list called "Break Out Author Novels"


message 5: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Actually, the term "Break Out Novel" doesn't usually apply to debut novels, but to the book -- usually the third or fourth -- that breaks a novelist out to a big readership.


message 6: by Sherry (new)

Sherry But I am nevertheless honored to be included on this list. :)


message 7: by Jerome (new)

Jerome Peterson You hit the nail on its head, Sherry.


message 8: by Kim (new)

Kim De Lair SR & EL (Icy to her fans) are two of my favorite authors who took it to the next level! They are beloved on the fandom and will always be beloved as they make their mark in the mainstream. Love you guys and your stories. KimiD


message 9: by Chris (new)

Chris Hackett I just added my book to this list since I am actually a breakout Author. Hopefully someone sees it at some point.


message 10: by Cheryl (last edited Jul 13, 2011 06:57AM) (new)

Cheryl Bit confused about this list since the description says: "This list is for new authors and their books." And yet Stephen King is on the list? Is this list for Break Out Authors (which would be a new or old -- not age -- author with a book that is finally a hit? Is it for "new authors"? And "new" as of when? Which is it? Does it matter? Probably not but it's still confusing.... ha-ha..


message 11: by Breanne (new)

Breanne This vote was for Colleen Houck. Tiger saga all the way :)


message 12: by Anna (new)

Anna I was excited to see Crushed on here. I just finished reading it, and the writer is addictive. I love her style. The characters are very cool. Can't wait for the next book.


message 13: by Dana (new)

Dana Pratola By mistake there are two of my book on here - one with a cover one without. Will the votes from each be combined?


message 14: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Doherty Sherry wrote: "Actually, the term "Break Out Novel" doesn't usually apply to debut novels, but to the book -- usually the third or fourth -- that breaks a novelist out to a big readership."

That still doesn't explain "Wicked Appetite" by Janet Evanovich...she broke out long before that novel was published!!!


message 15: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Hanson My book Faithful Danger is on here (I didn't even know LOL) and it is as romantic suspense, it is break out for me. I write sensual Western historicals and inspirational Western contemporaries.


message 16: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Owen My book, Seeing Julia, is my debut novel and is now listed. It's contemporary fiction and has been well received by readers. I voted for a few of my absolute favorite novels. It's a great list!


message 17: by Terri (new)

Terri I added my book Forget Me Not to the list because it's new and I don't think anyone knows about it here. =) It's my first novel, I have a novella published as well. Thank you, if you choose to vote for me. =D


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Check out "The Ballad of Young Tam Lin." (You can read the first 3 chapters free on Amazon's Kindle sneak peek.) Historical fantasy romance. Great characters, compelling plot, wit and seriousness. I've laughed out loud many times, and had to hold back tears.


message 19: by Luse (new)

Luse Blood Red Road is a debut novel, c'mon people and read it. It deserves at least being Top 5 !!!! Blood Red Road by Moira Young to the end.


message 20: by Huimin (new)

Huimin ANGELFALL should be higher! it's fantastic!:)


message 21: by Tom Bombadil (new)

Tom Bombadil The Hunger Games wasn't Suzanne Collins's first book. She wrote the Gregor the Overlander series before it. I know I'm nitpicking but this detail annoys me a little (especially because I read those books as a kid and they were really good)


message 22: by Triv (new)

Triv S. Tom Bombadil wrote: "The Hunger Games wasn't Suzanne Collins's first book. She wrote the Gregor the Overlander series before it. I know I'm nitpicking but this detail annoys me a little (especially because I read those..."

I was about to say that--so I second it.


message 23: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Tom Bombadil wrote: "The Hunger Games wasn't Suzanne Collins's first book. She wrote the Gregor the Overlander series before it. I know I'm nitpicking but this detail annoys me a little (especially because I read those..."

They were excellent I agree. I love how I read her books before her work became super popular.


message 24: by Triv (new)

Triv S. Jonathan wrote: "Tom Bombadil wrote: "The Hunger Games wasn't Suzanne Collins's first book. She wrote the Gregor the Overlander series before it. I know I'm nitpicking but this detail annoys me a little (especially..."

I never read the Gregor series but I read the Hunger Games years and years before it was famous--before the second one was even out. The Gregor series is for under 10s, right?


message 25: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan The Gregor series is aimed at younger audiences yes. But they're still good reading now I've found.

I read the Hunger Games when a friend recommended them - which was just before the surge of popularity. Right after I read them everyone else was reading them as the next big thing. I probably would have bypassed them otherwise because I tend to avoid hyped up books.


message 26: by Triv (new)

Triv S. Yeah same, I always seem to read books just before they get popular. I prefer to read books that aren't well known but are amazing.


message 27: by Talyn (new)

Talyn I really hate the fact that people are gaga over Suzanne Collins's 'Hunger Games' when she wrote a kick-ass series a few years before -- Gregor the Overlander. I loved that series.. For some reason I hated Boots, though .__. But I liked Gregor's other little sister, and the huge rat.. what was his name? I don't remember.. been awhile.. 2007 to be exact x__X .. I don't mean to sound 'hipster', but I get a little angry when people celebrate someone for a book or song or movie when they did awesome work before and the public just seems to ignore their past and only focus on the present-future.. It's not fair D:


message 28: by PExoo (new)

PExoo Congratulations to JK Rowling! #29 Breakout author of the year!


message 29: by Kellie (new)

Kellie I don't like how The Hunger Games are on here. It wasn't Suzanne Collins first series.


message 30: by Tom (new)

Tom I added my first novel, A Once Crowded Sky (out from Simon & Schuster this July). It's a literary take on super heroes, and it's a lot of fun. Thanks in advance to anyone who votes for it. I really appreciate the support.


message 31: by Nasra (new)

Nasra Why is clockwork angel on there?! That's like her 4th book!!!!!!


message 32: by Hannah (new)

Hannah The Hunger Games isn't Suzanne Collins break out novel. She wrote another whole series before she wrote the Hunger Games.


message 33: by Anusha (new)

Anusha Suzanne Collins was pretty well known in the fantasy world for Gregor the Overlander before the Hunger Games


message 34: by Christian (new)

Christian Thank god I'm not the only one bothered by The Hunger Games' presence on here.


message 35: by Allan (new)

Allan Chinn Hunger Games is a good book, but hardly fits the category.


message 36: by Mike (new)

Mike I'm removing everything that doesn't fit. (Hunger Games, Shiver, Catching Fire, ect.)


message 37: by Martine (new)

Martine Allan wrote: "Hunger Games is a good book, but hardly fits the category."

i agree


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