Emily Recommends

Emily Recommends | Debut Authors of 2015

Emily Recommends

Everyone loves book recommendations and here at The Little Book Affair I like to give them. I haven’t recommended books in a while, so I’m here today to recommend 5 debut authors of 2015 that I read and really enjoyed.


1. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

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Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. (via Goodreads)

Why I recommend it: I thought this book was a great and exciting read. I really enjoyed the writing style and I loved the switching point of views.


2. The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey

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Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire. (via Goodreads)

Why I recommend it: I thought this was a really good start to a fantasy series. I pleasantly with how much I enjoyed the story.


3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. (via Goodreads)

Why I recommend it: I thought Everything, Everything was a cute YA read. It had it’s little quirks but I found it enjoyable and I think others will too.


4. Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin

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Life isn’t easy for single mother Ally Hughes. Teaching at Brown, her class load is huge and her boss is a menace. At home, she contends with a critical mother, a falling-down house, and a daughter who never misses a beat. Between taking care of the people she loves, teaching full time, and making ends meet, Ally doesn’t have time for a man. She doesn’t date. She’s not into flings. But then she meets Jake, an eager student, young in years but old in soul, who challenges his favorite professor to open up her life, and her heart, to love. It doesn’t work. In fact, his urging backfires.

Ten years later, Ally’s still single. Jake reappears and surprises her in a brand-new role: He’s dating Ally’s now-grown daughter. In this hilarious, heartrending tale, Ally is finally forced to concede (not only to herself) that an independent, “liberated” woman can still make room in her life for love. (via Goodreads)

Why I recommend it: This obviously isn’t a YA book, but I honestly really enjoyed reading this book. It was cheesy, funny, sexy, and just a great read.


5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. (via Goodreads)

Why I recommend it: I know Sophie Kinsella isn’t a debut author, but Finding Audrey is her debut YA novel and I absolutely loved it. She wrote  character with a mental illness and she wrote her in a way that was brilliant.


You can buy all of the books that I mentioned from Book Depository and if you buy them using my link I get a small commission which is helpful and much appreciated ❤


Those are 5 debut authors that I’ve read and recommend. What debut authors did you read and enjoy? 🙂

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