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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101 Wildefire (Wildefire, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 5,709 ratings
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102 Witch in the Woods (Witch i...
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 40 ratings
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103 The Ocean
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 423 ratings
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104 A Game of Thrones (A Song o...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 757,973 ratings
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105 Love, Eternally (The Roman ...
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 266 ratings
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106 After the Fall (The Roman T...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 126 ratings
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107 The Emerald Talisman (Talis...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,767 ratings
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108 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 89,440 ratings
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109 Boycotts & Barflies
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 5,871 ratings
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110 Pride and Prejudice
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,327,689 ratings
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111 LIGHTMASTERS: Number 13
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 110 ratings
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112 Falling Under
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 528 ratings
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113 The Eyre Affair (Thursday N...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 69,030 ratings
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114 Spellbound (Spellbound, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 8,748 ratings
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115 Pulse Of Heroes (The Pulse #1)
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 246 ratings
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116 Consequences (Consequences,...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 21,942 ratings
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117 Bound By Blood: Volume 1 (B...
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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62 avg rating — 197 ratings
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118 Nine Lives
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 73 ratings
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119 The Redhead Revealed (Redhe...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 11,633 ratings
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120 The Childe (The Childe, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 490 ratings
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121 Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Sa...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 27,072 ratings
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122 Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 42,032 ratings
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123 First Grave on the Right (C...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 31,229 ratings
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124 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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125 The Girl of Fire and Thorns...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 33,830 ratings
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125 Soul Protector (Soul Protec...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 364 ratings
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127 Twenties Girl
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 84,785 ratings
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128 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 277,048 ratings
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129 Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Sa...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 19,383 ratings
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130 Fire of Stars and Dragons (...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 122 ratings
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131 Te Amo... I LOVE YOU
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 279 ratings
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132 The Egg Said Nothing
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 201 ratings
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133 Trust: Betrayed (Trust Tril...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 132 ratings
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134 Muscle Memory
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 151 ratings
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135 The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 264,439 ratings
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136 Return to Me (Roman Time Tr...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 99 ratings
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137 Miss Peregrine's Home for P...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 230,399 ratings
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138 The Forest of Hands and Tee...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 55,588 ratings
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139 The Nightlife: Las Vegas (T...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 282 ratings
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140 Wired
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 47 ratings
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141 Poison Study (Study, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 66,044 ratings
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142 The Lovely Bones
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,145,256 ratings
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143 The Mark of Cain (The Cain ...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 45 ratings
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144 The Orb of Truth (The Horn ...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 166 ratings
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145 Intrinsical (The Yara Silva...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 1,634 ratings
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145 Burning Hearts (Sanctuary P...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 39 ratings
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147 Here Lies Death
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 56 ratings
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148 Cassidy Jones and the Secre...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 584 ratings
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149 Sin
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 100 ratings
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150 Last Sacrifice (Vampire Aca...
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 131,969 ratings
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151 Reflections: A Modern Antho...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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152 Backstage Pass (Sinners on ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 37,557 ratings
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153 The Assassins' Village
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 79 ratings
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154 The Historian
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 159,141 ratings
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155 Verland: The Transformation
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 102 ratings
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156 Diavolino
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 51 ratings
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156 Liquid Comfort - A Surf Story
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 25 ratings
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158 Down The Path
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 102 ratings
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159 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 866,236 ratings
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160 Bucket of Face
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 65 ratings
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160 Shade (Shade, #1)
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 10,068 ratings
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162 Set the Night on Fire
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 110 ratings
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163 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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163 Felix and the Sacred Thor
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 30 ratings
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165 For the Love of a Vampire (...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 5,363 ratings
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166 Tearing Honor
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 7 ratings
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166 Becoming Edward
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3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 261 ratings
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168 Unwritten Rules
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,691 ratings
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168 Perpetual Night
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 35 ratings
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170 The DUFF: Designated Ugly F...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 37,721 ratings
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171 Anathema (Causal Enchantmen...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 2,685 ratings
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171 The Fallen Star (Fallen Sta...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 16,810 ratings
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173 Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy,...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 9,637 ratings
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174 Apocalyptic Empire: The Hat...
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 35 ratings
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175 Storm Front (The Dresden Fi...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 128,681 ratings
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176 Be Careful What You Wish Fo...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 283 ratings
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177 One Insular Tahiti
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 31 ratings
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178 Love Unscripted (Love, #1)
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 48,635 ratings
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179 Darkfever (Fever, #1)
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 79,444 ratings
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180 The Sky is Everywhere
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 32,478 ratings
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181 Raised by Wolves (Raised by...
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182 The Angels Are Here (Parado...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 267 ratings
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183 Final Justice  (A Lorne Sim...
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184 Slammed (Slammed, #1)
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 101,593 ratings
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185 The Last Song
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 288,927 ratings
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186 Beastly (Beastly, #1)
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187 Darkness & Light (Holloway ...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 193 ratings
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188 The Changelings (War of the...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 1,921 ratings
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188 October Snow
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 126 ratings
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190 Every Last Kiss (The Bloods...
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191 Starfish Girl
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 90 ratings
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192 Bridges: A Tale of Niagra
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 29 ratings
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193 The Portal Between (The Por...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 35 ratings
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194 Spellbound in His Arms (The...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 165 ratings
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195 The Silver Mist
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 52 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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198 Love in the Time of Dinosaurs
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 80 ratings
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198 Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
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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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