I’m very happy to say that I read a lot of wonderful 2019 debuts and nothing makes me more delighted than promoting the works of newbie authors on my blog. So, here I am with a list of my ten favorite debuts of last year. Hope you have fun reading…!!!!
It’s just inevitable that Red, White and Royal Blue makes into any top favorite list I ever make for the year 2019 because that’s how much I adore this book. Such an awesome debut and I can’t wait for the next which features a sapphic romance.
I just happened upon Blood of an Exile while watching a booktube video and thought it might be fun to read another adult fantasy book with dragons. Even though I’m not really used to following male fantasy protagonists, the author completely blew me away with the writing, characterization and thrilling plot of this book and I’m totally in love with Silas Bershad the Flawless. Sorcery of a Queen can’t release soon enough.
This past couple of years has been me discovering my love for ensemble casts in fantasy novels and the author does such a brilliant job with multiple POVs in There Will Come a Darkness. It’s a wonderfully written book with great characters, lots of action but also with an underlying theme of history and morality and I had so much fun reading it.
I thought Bringing Down the Duke would be fun historical romance but the way it tackles class issues, the suffragette movement and feminist issues in general during those times is brilliant and kudos to the author for giving us such an awesome romance.
With a lot of commentary on caste oppression and the toll it takes on the people who are oppressed for generations but still have to perform their thankless duties, The Merciful Crow is a stunningly profound debut but it’s not all dark and depressing – the magic system is gross but fascinating, the action sequences are cool and the banter between the characters is hilarious. We also have an awesome developing romance and I can’t wait to see where it’s all going in the sequel.
From the gorgeous cover to the twists and turns on every page, Descendant of the Crane is a stunning debut which had me on the edge of my seat for most of the time. My only gripe is that I just want more and we still don’t know if we’ll ever get a sequel.
Forbidden romance between two sister-wives against the backdrop of a revolution forms the crux of this fierce fantasy debut while also tackling so many important themes like patriarchy and immigration. We Set the Dark on Fire totally fired me up while reading it and despite being declined for the ARC, I’m eagerly waiting for the sequel which releases TODAY….!!!!!
A Match Made in Mehendi was a joy to read with it’s amazing family and friendship dynamics, a swoony budding romance and the lovely story of finding one’s passion. I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.
A very quiet kind of fantasy that focuses more on the characters and their everyday life, I completely fell in love with the beautiful story in The Candle and the Flame , the found family and friendships, but most importantly one of the best fictional cities ever, Noor. I wish I could live there.
An almost autobiographical tale about a biracial Black and Jewish teen trying to straddle between two cultures and finding her own voice and identity, Color Me In is profound, thought provoking and quite emotional. It’s also memorable for me because it got me out of a bad reading slump.
Even though The Poppy War released in 2018, I only read it last year and the author so blew my mind with her storytelling that I can’t not mention this brilliant debut on my list. The sequel The Dragon Republic is even better than I expected and I can only hope that the sophomore books of all the authors I mentioned above will impress me even more.
Did you read any of these debuts? Did you enjoy them too? What are some of your favorite debuts of 2019? Share all your recommendations below….