I said I was going to write a list of debuts I’m looking forward to back in January, when I posted my Most Anticipated 2019 Releases and deliberately left debuts off the list, and here I am, 5 months later finally doing that. I wanted to give the amazing debut novels coming out this year their own spotlight, so I picked 10 of my anticipated favourites to talk about!
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (September 10)
This is an adult science fiction novel featuring lesbian necromancers. I really feel like someone looked inside my brain and decided to just tick all the boxes of what I wanted in a book and boy am I excited to pick this up. It’s not secret that I love sci fi but I think necromancers in sci fi is a pretty unique concept and I can’t wait to see how the two elements get blended.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (May 14)
This is probably one of the most hyped debuts of the year so it’s really not surprising that I’m including it. The thing I’m most excited for in this story is actually the setting, I think ancient Arabia is going to be a fresh setting for an exciting story. Plus I’m a sucker for a good enemies to lovers ship and all the early reviews were raving about it. I’m a simple man.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (April 2)
If I had to put this list in an actual order The Devouring Gray would be at the very top. It sounds like a modern take on the classic paranormal novels that got me into young adult in the first place, plus it’s compared to Stranger Things which I adore the atmosphere of. Not to mention the complicated relationships that are, by all accounts, weaved into the story excellently.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (April 2)
2019 is the year of enemies to lovers apparently, not that I’m complaining in the slightest. I’m also very captivated by the twining of religion, magic and politics that the synposis seemingly hints at and also I saw fan art of Malachiasz and you can colour me very intrigued by what the fuck is up with him.
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (February 5)
As a history nerd I’m a very big fan of historical fiction, and Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky focuses on a portion of history I admittedly don’t know much about, so I’m very excited to learn. There’s also apparently OCD rep? And as a person with OCD I’m hoping it’s done well and can show publishers that people appreciate mental health representation in more than just contemporary stories.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (April 9)
Everyone and their mother is talking about this book and I really really want to join them. I saw a pitch that compared this to A Game of Thrones and as someone that adores court politics in his fantasy that excites me more than I can fully express. It’s also a standalone and I really like the finality a standalone offers over a series.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (September 3)
What’s this? Another book with an enemies to lovers romance in it? You bet your boots! Ignoring how pretty the cover is, I love the idea of a 17th century France inspired setting. Most of the century is dominated by the rule of Louis XIV, who highly valued the arts and culture of his people, and I’m excited to see how that translates into a fantasy world.
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (February 26)
This is one of two dystopias on this list and holy shit am I glad dystopia is coming back to be better and gayer than ever. This book includes a resistance movement, social commentary, and of course girls falling in love with each other when they probably shouldn’t be. I’m really excited to jump back into a genre I love.
The Black Veins by Ashia Monet (July 17)
Everything about this book is right up my alley. Urban fantasy? Road trips? Found families? YA without romance? If I had to make a checklist of all the things I love in a book all of that would be on there. All the early reviews make this book sound fantastic and with both POC and LGBT representation, things that are missing from a lot of urban fantasy, I don’t think it’s possible for this book to disappoint me.
The Fever King by Victoria Lee (March 1)
As the other dystopia on this list, I have high expectations for The Fever King. I also sort of get X-Men vibes from the synopsis which i’m hyped for. I always say the number 1 way to get me to read a book is to compare it to X-Men and while no one has technically done that (at least in the reviews I’ve read) I’m doing it myself so it still counts.