Best Debut Author Novels!
This list is for the best break out novels...the book that created buzz and established the author's career.

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1 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 784,446 ratings
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2 City of Bones (The Mortal I...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 572,658 ratings
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3 Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 774,642 ratings
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4 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 2,456,972 ratings
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5 Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel'...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 79,982 ratings
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6 Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 247,482 ratings
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7 Matched (Matched, #1)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 273,017 ratings
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8 Anna and the French Kiss (A...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 87,403 ratings
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9 Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 62,449 ratings
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10 The Iron King (The Iron Fey...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 93,802 ratings
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11 Graceling (Graceling Realm,...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 177,635 ratings
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12 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 2,227,108 ratings
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13 The Help
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 971,007 ratings
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14 Across the Universe (Across...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 58,224 ratings
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15 Wither (The Chemical Garden...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 57,882 ratings
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16 Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 32,370 ratings
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17 Angelfall (Penryn & the End...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 49,574 ratings
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18 Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 54,090 ratings
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19 Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 31,656 ratings
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20 Dark Lover (Black Dagger Br...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 147,592 ratings
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21 The Goddess Test (Goddess T...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 28,886 ratings
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22 If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 112,968 ratings
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23 Some Are Sicker Than Others
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 283 ratings
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24 Blood Red Road (Dust Lands,...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 30,693 ratings
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25 Firelight (Firelight, #1)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 36,432 ratings
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26 Memoirs of a Geisha
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 954,255 ratings
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27 Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 30,173 ratings
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28 Beautiful Disaster (Beautif...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 215,586 ratings
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29 After Forever Ends
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 743 ratings
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30 Thirteen Reasons Why
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 242,497 ratings
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31 The Law of Attraction (Lawy...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 3,485 ratings
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32 Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 18,309 ratings
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33 Born at Midnight (Shadow Fa...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 40,618 ratings
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34 Angelfire (Angelfire, #1)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 18,775 ratings
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35 The Time Traveler's Wife
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 820,432 ratings
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36 The Book Thief
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 526,033 ratings
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37 Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovel...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 101,739 ratings
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38 Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 158,083 ratings
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39 Beautiful Creatures (Caster...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 240,588 ratings
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40 Legend (Legend, #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 114,571 ratings
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41 The Nightlife: New York (Th...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 771 ratings
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42 Darkhouse (Experiment in Te...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 7,416 ratings
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43 The Kite Runner
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,132,899 ratings
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44 Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 13,669 ratings
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45 Before I Fall
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 112,455 ratings
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46 The Night Circus
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 232,039 ratings
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47 A Discovery of Witches (All...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 135,607 ratings
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48 The Clearing
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 71 ratings
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49 A Job From Hell (Ancient Le...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 4,815 ratings
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50 Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 10,985 ratings
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51 Seers of Light (Light, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 654 ratings
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52 Unexpected Gifts
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 68 ratings
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53 I Am Number Four (Lorien Le...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 144,107 ratings
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54 Meant to Be (The Saving Ang...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,042 ratings
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55 Speak
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 212,841 ratings
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56 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 468,540 ratings
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57 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 48,292 ratings
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58 Pulled
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 6,635 ratings
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59 Mirror Deep
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 87 ratings
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60 Farsighted (Farsighted, #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 753 ratings
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61 Entwined
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 19,169 ratings
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62 Brookhaven (Web of Fate, #1)
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 15 ratings
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63 Brightly Woven
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 5,828 ratings
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64 The Shadow of the Wind (The...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 182,671 ratings
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65 Between (Between, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 399 ratings
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66 Promise (Soul Savers, #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 4,761 ratings
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67 Portrait of Our Marriage
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 138 ratings
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68 Nearly Departed in Deadwood...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 2,243 ratings
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69 Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy,...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 55,307 ratings
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70 Mateguas Island (Mateguas I...
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4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 29 ratings
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71 Relics (The Thulukan Chroni...
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 95 ratings
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72 The Jewel of Medina
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 841 ratings
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73 Witch Song (Witch Song, #1)
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 1,898 ratings
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74 In Leah's Wake
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3.16 of 5 stars 3.16 avg rating — 1,823 ratings
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75 Obsidian (Lux, #1)
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 68,274 ratings
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76 Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 26,551 ratings
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77 Six Moon Summer (Seasons of...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,994 ratings
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78 Reason to Breathe (Breathin...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 47,977 ratings
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79 Demon Girl (Rae Wilder, #1)
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 4,612 ratings
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80 Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 70,754 ratings
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81 The Book of Lost Souls (Ivy...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 490 ratings
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82 Dream Caster (Dream Cycle, #1)
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 121 ratings
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83 Rogue Genesis (Shimmer in t...
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 65 ratings
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84 This Changes Everything (Th...
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4.73 of 5 stars 4.73 avg rating — 62 ratings
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85 The Understorey (The Leavin...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 781 ratings
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85 Remembrance (Transcend Time...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 2,344 ratings
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87 Looking for Alaska
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 301,416 ratings
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88 Heaven is for Real: A Littl...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 124,038 ratings
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89 Death Lies Between Us (An A...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 119 ratings
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90 The Zombie Room
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 4,991 ratings
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91 The Elephant Tree
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 4,421 ratings
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92 The Body Finder (The Body F...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 32,303 ratings
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93 Inconclusive Death an Aaron...
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 9 ratings
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94 Hearts in Darkness
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 23,911 ratings
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95 The Emerald Talisman (Talis...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,429 ratings
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96 Wildefire (Wildefire, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 5,361 ratings
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97 A Game of Thrones (A Song o...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 667,951 ratings
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98 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 661,160 ratings
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99 Trust: A New Beginning (Tru...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 275 ratings
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100 The Ocean
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 410 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 C. 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.)


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