This is my second Top Ten Tuesday in two weeks! I don’t think that’s ever happened before. Man, am I on the ball today (toweeks?). In case you’re unawares, Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by The Broke and the Bookish that gives prompts like this one every Tuesday. If you haven’t already, they’re worth checking out!
I’m actually not aware of many debuts, so this topic for me is going to be incredibly skimpy. But there is one I’m really looking forward to!
1) Emotive by Kevin Laymon
Emotive is a tale of life, love, compassion, and the pursuit of happiness as told through the eyes of the story’s narrator Linus. Linus is a puppy living in a small city located in the rolling hillsides of upstate New York. When the abnormalities of his owner Sam are all he knows since birth, he gains a perspective of unyielding acceptance and love towards the man who feeds him, takes him to the park, and murders women in his basement.
I absolutely love the sound of that synopsis. This one’s set to be out in April of next year, and it can’t come soon enough! It seems like it’s going to be dark, but how can it be when it’s narrated by a dog? Definitely looking forward to seeing how it goes.
2) This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
This one’s been on my TBR for months- I added it based on a review from another blogger that loved it. Looking forward to reading something so time-sensitive, because I think all of the books I generally read are a little too traditionally written.
3) How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for thosetrials and immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials.
Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history is about to repeat itself.
This synopsis brought up some lost feelings of the kinds of books I used to read, and I’d really love to explore them. My hope is that it feels something like The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, which felt like starting a new life to me. Probably the most re-read book I own. This is disappointing, because I had a chance to meet Kelley Armstrong and I could not for the life of me find my copy of The Summoning! I was going to buy a new one then and there just to have her autograph on it, but she wasn’t selling any copies. Woe is me.
4) These Vicious Masks by Kelly Zekas
England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.
Is it me, or are all the books I’m looking forward to next year incredibly dark? Talk about holiday spirit.
So that’s it for my top ten-uh.. four. I’d love to see what everyone else is looking forward to! Happy Tuesday!