Welcome to the very first edition of the brand new reading/blogging event that Flavia and I are hosting, Calendar Girls! It’s a monthly event designed to ignite bookish discussions between bloggers based on the monthly theme. For more information, check out my or Flavia’s launch posts!
Best Debut Novel of 2016
I read a lot of books in 2016, forty-six to be exact, and a handful of those were debut novels. In other words, this was not an easy decision to make. There were quite a few amazing debut novels out there, but I didn’t even have to think about my choice when I saw this one sitting in the list! That being said, my choice for best debut novel of 2016 is…
by Holly Jennings
First off, I’m super biased when it comes to this book because I just love the concept: full immersion gaming! (But better than Ready Player One.) However, I have some very solid reasons for why I think this was the best debut.
First and foremost, this book is dark. I love dark fiction and this book wasn’t afraid to really delve into the more sinister pieces of one’s psyche or of fame. There are some very raw and real and it doesn’t shy away from anything. Rather, it lays them out in all their gruesome details to really show the reality behind the characters’ lives and struggles.
The second ties back into the first because it deals with the main character, Kali Ling, and her struggles. She is a female gamer in a male-dominated gaming industry. She is of Asian descent and has stereotypes thrust upon her by the media and her publicist. She is the captain of her gaming team and, because of the previous-stated characteristics, everyone is expecting her to fail. And the story deals with how Kali faces all of these items and other horrors of the gaming industry.
Anyone else read ARENA by Holly Jennings? If you haven’t, you should!
And the sequel, GAUNTLET, comes out in April!
Calendar Girls’ picks for Best Debut Novel of 2016
Flavia @Flavia The Bibliophile : Iron Cast
Mandy @Book Princess Reviews : The Star-Touched Queen
The Reality Bug Book Blog : Ever the Hunted
Lauren @ Two Birds, One Blog : The Immortals
Matxi @ Matxi reads Books : Stalking Jack the Ripper