To end 2018, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday left in the year will be dedicated to a list of 6 books that absolutely wowed me this year.
Today is all about new, debut authors from 2018 who released books which I absolutely ADORE. Although I’ve already mentioned quite a few debuts in my earlier posts for this short series, there are still a bunch of debuts left which I adored and can’t scream enough about!
For starting off authors, these books are awesome and I can’t wait to get more books from them in the future! (And almost all of them do, so phew! I’m excited!)
Without further ado, here are today’s 6 reads:
The Disasters by M.K. England
Obviously, from how much I’ve been raving about The Disasters this month, you can tell that I am a huge fan of this book.
It’s such a light and fun space adventure that I can’t not love reading and I definitely recommend to anyone looking for a diverse read with fun characters and a light, fluffy plotline (despite it being sci-fi) that let’s you just enjoy the time you spend reading!
Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for a super heavy read, and if that’s the case with you, I so recommend M.K. England’s The Disasters! So definitely pick this one up, *wink wink*
Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
Not only do we get Quality Content™ when Penguin Teen absolutely roasts Arvin Ahmadi, but also we get this great book and honestly if those two things aren’t enough for you, I don’t know what is?
This book is just super amazing not only in the way that the main character learns a lot and has a really great journey, but also in the way that I still haven’t finished the crossword for this and I’m feeling guilty.
(Okay, maybe that isn’t so great.)
But still! This is a really fun and awesome read and I definitely recommend you check this out. Arvin’s contemporary debut is super underrated, and I hope a lot of people pick this up, as well as his sophomore novel, Girl Gone Viral!!!
A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
I read this wayyy back in 2017, so you know it has to be good for me to still be raving about it over a year later.
A Conspiracy of Stars was just so good? Not only does it have an awesome, diverse cast, but I also love the science and how freaking great the conspiracy (yes, see the title) is. It’s a lot of fun and Cole’s worldbuilding is so on point.
Plus, the way she talks about colonialism through this book is really nuanced and I think it’s a really great approach that is super underrated and deserves more from readers. Nuance plus action and adventure is what makes A Conspiracy of Stars such a great read, and one I think a lot of people shouldn’t miss! I can’t wait for the sequel, An Anatomy of Beasts as well as that awesome preorder giveaway…
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
This was just so much fun and super underrated.
Honestly, I admit that I didn’t have high hopes when I started this, as I was still suspicious of the Jimmy Patterson imprint (I know better now–Jimmy is awesome) and thought Stalking Jack the Ripper was a one hit wonder, but boy, was I wrong.
(I really hope none of the Jimmy people who follow me see this because I’M SORRY I HAD SO LITTLE FAITH Y’ALL.) But Gunslinger Girl was so good and I absolutely adored the action and adventure in this futuristic yet Western world that was so atmospheric I couldn’t help but have a fun time!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I mean, obviously Children of Blood and Bone makes this list.
Not only was this just awesome and action-packed and full of mayhem and magic, but it also had a really engaging story for me that I can’t wait to see continued in Children of Virtue and Vengeance.
I love how we’re getting more diverse fantasies and although diversity isn’t the only good thing about this book, it’s certainly a highlight, as it brings so many fresh and new elements to a fantasy that I was missing from other works. So definitely check this out if you haven’t already!
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Ummm yeah, DUH OF COURSE THIS IS ON THE LIST.
I mean, not only was this a fan-freaking-tastic book about sisterhood and war and magic (it’s a portal fantasy!!!), but it was also just really beautiful and emotional and something that’s gorgeous (both inside the book and on the cover)!
I definitely recommend you check The Light Between Worlds out because wow it was great and meaningful and impactful and oh-so-beautiful I just can’t even. The sisterhood vibes were great (although, please be aware of the content warnings before reading!) and I found this to be an awesome and lush read!