This is a hard year for debuts, especially marginalized authors who are already fighting harder. Check out some of the brilliant first time authors starting their careers this year and help support them by preordering or buying! For a full list of books I’m excited about publishing in 2020, check my goodreads shelf.
A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha
In a kingdom suffering from famine, the princess is cursed to turn all food she touches into flowers. But when a kiss sets her free, her love for the boy who kisses her could be her destruction. Based on Portuguese folklore! / YA historical fantasy
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
In a special school, special students fight monsters. But one girl thinks that the secret society has something to do with her mother’s death, and she’ll stop at nothing to figure it out. A King Arthur retelling with teeth.
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
In a world where religion rules with an iron fist, one girl finds out through her mother’s diary that her mother consorted with witches. At first horrified, she begins to realize that the Church has a dark past–and she may have the power to change its future.
Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald
A super weird sapphic story about a city where the only source of water is a witch who makes it out of blood. When one girl accidentally kills the witch, she must go on a strange journey to find another source of water before the city perishes.
Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas
I’m so hype for this. A trans boy accidentally raises a ghost…but the ghost is a former bad boy and doesn’t want to be exorcised so easily. Cue complications when the living boy starts enjoying the ghost boy’s company and doesn’t want him to leave.
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
The daughter of a star and a mortal is used to pretending to be normal. But when her mortal father’s life is in danger, she’ll have to go on a quest that takes her to the celestial palaces and beyond.
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
In a ruined city, there is a circus–and a competition to become the next performer. But as the performers’ tricks become riskier and more dangerous, the competition itself becomes more deadly as they realize something or someone is stalking and trying to murder them.