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01/05/2015 08:36 am ET | Updated Mar 07, 2015

16 Of The Most Anticipated YA Debuts Due Out In The First Half Of 2015

Ah, 2015. You are shaping up to be an incredible year for Young Adult novels.

There are a lot of highly anticipated sequels coming out, that I seriously can't wait to get my grabby hands on. Golden Son by Pierce Brown. The Rose Society by Marie Lu. And you've got the continuation of Marisa Meyer's awesome Lunar Chronicles sci-fi adventure and S.J. Maas' Throne of Glass fantasy series.

But there are some amazing debut novels hitting bookshelves in 2015 as well.

Epic fantasy. LGBTQ sci-fi. Pre-apocalyptic tales of growing up. Da Vinci Code style conspiracies. There are a lot of awesome new voices debuting in the next six months. Here are a few of them, and the books you should look out for.

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

(January 13th, 2015)

The first great YA read of 2015 pops up quite early in the year, with Maggie Hall's debut. A young girl discovers she's the heir to a dangerous secret society, and has to fight against it. An international thriller, in the vein of the Da Vinci Code, it's the first book in a trilogy. Hooray for welcoming in a new series!

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

(February 3rd, 2015)

Alameda's debut focuses on the last descendant of Van Helsing, a teenage girl who can see the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum... so she exorcizes ghosts using with an analog SLR film camera and her scrappy team of demon hunters. Awesome.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

(February 10th, 2015)

First off, this book wins Best Debut Title of 2015. Secondly, this plot. Oh. My heart. It is broken.
Two teenagers form a suicide pact, eager to leave the world behind due to horrible family tragedies. As they grow closer together, one starts to question it all, and needs to decide if she wants to die, or save the boy she's falling for so they can be together. /p>

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

(February 10th, 2015)

I was able to get an ARC of this one on NetGalley, and wow. Two girls who are rather different connect over the words of Emily Dickinson, and use her poetry to guide them through conquering their dark, emotional problems.

Tip: Pair this book with My Heart and Other Black Holes, to maximize your tear-flow over a long weekend.