Books are a warm hug, an adventure through a dozen other lives, and a way to explore the world around us. Happily, authors have not disappointed us this year with their beautiful storytelling and breathtaking descriptions. Here are only ten of the most interesting up and coming books of 2021.
1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Part of the Brown Sisters series, Act Your Age, Eve Brown looks to be the most delicious romance of the year.
After hitting him with her car and breaking his arm, Eve Brown infiltrates B&B owner’s Jacob Wayne’s life in unexpected ways. They’re opposites, antagonists to each others way of life, but they might also be exactly what each other needs.
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Available March 9, 2021.
2. Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian
A magical potion that imbues the drinking with stolen confidence, a directionless man in search of purpose, and a heist to help his high-school friend help her mother is the perfect backdrop for Gold Diggers. It’s a story of stolen ambition, multi-generational conflict of the immigrant experience, and the perils of expectation.
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Available April 6, 2021.
3. Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
Sitara survives a deadly coup and is smuggled out of the palace in Afghanistan and adopted by an American diplomat. Thirty years later, Sitara is now a renowned surgeon and the man who may have murdered her family all those years ago is brought into her E.R. Her world is thrown into chaos as she considers the past and the need for revenge.
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Available March 2, 2021.
4. Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll
Surviving the White Gaze is a powerful memoir from Rebecca Carroll about her struggles in a white-centric town as a Black woman. It tackles the issues of racism, the harm of white-centric only identity, particularly for a Black woman isolated from people who looked like her, and follows Carroll as she finds her healing in her chosen black family.
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Available February 2, 2021.
5. Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
A humorous love story about cosplay, bedazzling, and crafters Be Dazzled is sure to sparkle. Raffy has a passion for design, creation, and a competition that might give him the opportunity for sponsorship. Raffy’s ex-boyfriend is his main competition, and when they are forced to work together, Raffy must balance his lingering feelings for his ex and creating the art he loves.
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Available January 5, 2021.
6. How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
How Beautiful We Were takes on colonialism, capitalism, and America’s drive for profit in this story about a fictional African town named Kosawa. It follows the devastating effects of an American oil company’s drive for profit above people and how the people of Kosawa decide to fight back against the brutal eco-terrorism inflicted upon them in the pursuit of greed.
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Available March 9, 2021.
7. The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
In an interesting twist on the old story, the fairy Puck takes ownership of his story for the first time. Set in a world of fairies and magic, The Iron Raven follows Puck through adventure, rivalries and dealing with ancient threats with Kagawa’s beautiful style and voice. It’s the first in a trilogy and I for one can’t wait to read it.
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Available February 9, 2021.
8. The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
Graci Kim weaves Korean mythology into modern-day Los Angeles as Riley Oh deals with the consequences of a ritual gone wrong. On the outskirts of her family, as she’s the only one without magic, she and her sister concoct a plan to share her sister’s magic. Only their binding ceremony goes horribly wrong and nearly kills her sister. In the aftermath, Riley must go on a quest to retrieve the last fallen star to save her sister’s life and make things right again. If only she can figure out what the last fallen star is…
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Available May 4, 2021.
9. The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
From best-selling novelist Helen Hoang, The Heart Principle follows a violinist who had gone viral and the weight of the expectation that follows. Facing burn out, she decides to engage with a series of one-night stands, only to meet the tattoo having, motorcycle using man she doesn’t think is her future. A sizzling romance sure to make our toes curl!
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Available August 31, 2021.
10. Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo
A Muslim American girl struggles with her identity as a first-generation American in this captivating novel. She’s bullied at school and longs to find her place, in a homeland she’s never visited, and it’s a sweeping, magical look at what home means and how to find it once more.
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Available March 2, 2021.
What books are you looking to read in 2021? Let us know in the comments below!