Hi friends,

I apologize again for the slowness of my site but it’s not coming from me but from my host since Sunday!!

Anyway, lets talk about today’s topic: the best debut that I have read in 2021!

It may seem strange but I have only read this year some books/series now become famous but that were indeed debut books!⁠

My winners today are:⁠

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

Thomas Cresswell is now become my book boyfriend of the year!

That story reads itself.

It has all the ingredients that I am looking for in a book:

-rapid pace, filled with action, clues to read and mystery to elucidate;

-clever, highly enjoyable and relatable characters;

-a love story in the making;

-beautiful writing flowing effortlessly;

-historical setting in one of my favorite periode in times (what can I say, I love reading about carriages and gowns from that era).

Cherry on top, it proves my point that you can have extremely good banter, an acerbic tongue and even insult people all while using very proper language! No need to curse to give a good tongue lashing! I honestly hate that new habit of some authors to use plenty of foul and curse words in their dialogs to make their heroes seem strong and tough. If a little cursing does not bother me in some books, a lot of it becomes just vulgar to me and frankly put me off my read, even if I am reading about dark romance.

There is nothing more pleasurable than to read about Audrey Rose insulting the superintendent of Scotland Yard all while smiling and using only proper words!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Here too I was very late to the hype but once I began reading, I totally got why so many loved it!

“Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.”

Stephanie Garber swept me off my feet with Caraval! It was tricks upon tricks upon illusions!

I finally jumped on the bandwagon and read Caraval, to my daughter’s utmost pleasure!

Is the hype deserved?


Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boullay

What’s funny is that when I wrote my review, I wrote:

“Just know that this book will be in my top 5 reads of 2021 and that I experienced it like I did with Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Both are totally different and unique but both are books that feel alive and will haunt me for a long time.

If this does not make the list of “best debut novel” for the Goodreads 2021 I’ll be disappointed!

And you know what?

It was a finalist of “Best Debut” on Goodreads and it won the Young Adult Award!

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Ohhh I have all of these on my tbr. I actually grabbed the trilogy of Caraval on a clearance section at Barnes and Noble and still need to read it. I’m so happy you loved it so much, yay yay yay!