Hello everyone! 2021 is a year which is going to have some amazing book releases across genres. Hence, this year I decided to divide the book releases post into half -yearly so that I can include more books.
There’s so many books it took me such a long time to compile them and even then I am sure I might have left some. But I have tried to include as many as I found and honestly get hyped because this year is going to be so great! I will be including the Goodreads link for all the books so that you can add them to your ever increasing TBR shelf easily.
JANUARYThe Knockout by Sajni Patel- A rising star in Muay Thai figures out what (and who) is worth fighting for in this #ownvoices YA debut full of heart. This honestly sounds so good and I’m definitely intrigued to read it!
Clues to the Universe by Christina Li-This #ownvoices debut about losing and finding family, forging unlikely friendships, and searching for answers to big questions will resonate with fans of Erin Entrada Kelly and Rebecca Stead.
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas- International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.
Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha- A rare, searing portrayal of the future of climate change in South Asia. A streetrat turned revolutionary and the disillusioned hacker son of a politician try to take down a ruthlessly technocratic government that sacrifices its poorest citizens to build its utopia.We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal- Lush and striking, hopeful and devastating, We Free the Stars is the masterful conclusion to the Sands of Arawiya duology. I’m so excited to find how this duology ends!!
Wings of Ebony by J.Elle- In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry–and with evil sinking its claws into humans and gods alike, she’ll have to unearth the magic of her true identity to save both her worlds.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo- Acclaimed author of Ash Malinda Lo returns with her most personal and ambitious novel yet, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare.
FEBRUARYMake Up, Break Up by Lily Menon – As two rival app developers clash again and again—and again—Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson Craft’s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. Could it be that everything she thought about Hudson is completely wrong? Could the creator of Break Up teach her what true love’s really about? This is Sandhya Menon’s first adult romance and I am really pumped to read it!
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard – Award-winning author Aliette de Bodard returns with a powerful romantic fantasy that reads like The Goblin Emperor meets Howl’s Moving Castle in a pre-colonial Vietnamese-esque world.
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna– A West African feminist fantasy which has badass women and comparable to Black Panther? I couldn’t be more excited!
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le-When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.First Comes Like by Alisha Rai-The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes. I love Alisha Rai romances plus this one has fake dating too so I’m so excited to read it!
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers- A refreshingly timely and relatable debut novel about a young woman whose life plans fall apart when she meets her wife. Everything about this book sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!
Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado- Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. Harder when your whole life is on fire, though. A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.
MARCHAmerican Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar- Fans of Sandhya Menon, Erika Sanchez and Jandy Nelson will identify with this powerful story of a young artist grappling with first love, family boundaries, and the complications of a cross-cultural relationship.
Amina’s Song by Hena Khan-In the companion novel to the beloved and award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina once again uses her voice to bridge the places, people, and communities she loves—this time across continents.
Ravage the Dark by Tara Sim-In part two of Scavenge the Stars ,through glittering galas, dazzling trickery, and thrilling heists, Cayo and Amaya will learn that the corruption in Moray goes far deeper than they know, and in the end the only people they can trust are each other
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert-In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally. One of most anticipated books as I loved the first two books in the Brown sisters and I absolutely can’t wait for this one!The Unbroken by C.L.Clark– A sapphic North African inspired fantasy featuring a princess and soldier romance! Honestly, just give me this book already.
Lost in Never Woods by Aiden Thomas– When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers. A Peter Pan retelling is always intriguing plus I loved Cemetery Boys by the author last year so much, makes me more excited for this one.
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore– An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care.
APRILZara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan– From the author of the “heart-wrenching yet hopeful” (Samira Ahmed) novel, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, comes a timely, intimate look at what it means to be an immigrant in America today, and the endurance of hope and faith in the face of hate.
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman– From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity.
Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi– The fourth book in the Pandava series which is highly recommended to me by my friends! I have not read it yet but I plan to binge them when it releases so I’m really excited for it!Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur– After her father vanishes while investigating the disappearance of 13 young women, a teen returns to her secretive hometown to pick up the trail in this second YA historical mystery from the author of The Silence of Bones. I loved The Silence of Bones so much and it was one of my top 3 last year so I’m pumped for this one!
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart– Deadly, fierce, magnetically addictive: this Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut is a thrilling journey where dangerous magic reigns supreme and betrayal lurks beneath every word.
These Weathered Flames by Alexandra Overy– A queer retelling of “The Firebird,” a Russian folktale. When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.
MAYCounting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan– In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school’s resident bad boy.
Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee– From the critically acclaimed author of The Downstairs Girl comes the richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British – Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its ill fated maiden voyage.
The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S.Villoso– The stunning finale to the Chronicles of the Bitch Queen trilogy which decided how the journey of Talyien goes ahead and ends. One of my fave series and I am so excited! (cover to be revealed)
The Ones we’re meant to find by Joan He– One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars with sci-fi scope, Lost with a satisfying resolution. Descendants of the Crane is one of my all time fave book so this makes me super excited!From Little Tokyo with Love by Sarah Kunn– Celebrated author Sarah Kuhn reinvents the modern fairy tale in this intensely personal yet hilarious novel of a girl whose search for a storybook ending takes her to unexpected places in both her beloved LA neighborhood and her own guarded heart.
A Master of Djinn by P.Dejli Clark– Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns to his popular alternate Cairo universe for his fantasy novel debut, A Master of Djinn.
Off the Record by Camryn Garett– The behind-the-scenes access of Almost Famous meets the searing revelations of #metoo in this story of a teen journalist who uncovers the scandal of the decade.
Made in Korea by Sarah Suk– Frankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school.Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar– A South Asian romcom with sapphics and fake dating! I loved The Henna Wars so this only makes me more excited for this books!
Sister of the Bollywood Bride by Nandini Bajpai– For fans of Morgan Matson’s Save the Date comes a charming novel about one teen’s summer tackling disasters including, but not limited to, family, romance, and weather — as she plans her sister’s Bollywood-style Indian wedding.
Misfit in Love by S.K.Ali– In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.
Rea and the blood of nectar by Payal Doshi– A middle-grade fantasy about twelve-year-old Rea Chettri, who portals into an otherworldly realm to go on a secret quest to find her missing twin brother Rohan. The clock is ticking in this fast-paced, thrilling, and exciting adventure rife with evil creatures, a ruthless villain, and unforgettable friendships.
JUNEAn Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi– From bestselling and National Book Award–nominated author Tahereh Mafi comes a stunning novel about love and loneliness, navigating the hyphen of dual identity, and reclaiming your right to joy—even when you’re trapped in the amber of sorrow.
War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna– The finale of my favourite series of all time, the Celestial trilogy, and I’m so pumped and scared for it. I can;t wait to read how much this book will make me cry.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston– Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time. Red, White and Royal Blue is one of my faves and this one sounds so good that I can’t wait to read it!
The Chosen & The Beautiful by Nghi Vo– Nghi Vo’s debut novel reinvents this classic of the American canon as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice.Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria– Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri– Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother. (Tasha Suri is my absolute favourite and I would read anything she writes. Thats it.)
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé- An incendiary and utterly compelling thriller with a shocking twist that delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism, from an exceptional new YA voice.
Sisters of the Snake by Sarena and Sasha Nanua– Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Crown’s Game and The Tiger at Midnight.Rising like a storm by Tanaz Bathena– In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny.
Darling by K.Ancrum– A teen girl finds herself lost on a dangerous adventure in this YA thriller by the acclaimed author of The Wicker King and The Weight of the Stars—reimagining Peter Pan for today’s world.
The Chariot at Dusk by Swati Teerdhala– In the final book of Swati Teerdhala’s epic fantasy trilogy, the lands’ fate, their people’s livelihoods, and the bond that sustains their world all depend on what Kunal and Esha can offer—to the gods and to each other.
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta– Two girls on opposite sides of a war discover they’re fighting for a common purpose–and falling for each other–in Zoe Hana Mikuta’s high-octane debut Gearbreakers, perfect for fans of Pacific Rim, Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga, and Marie Lu’s Legend series.
Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon – From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the second installment in a brand-new series set an elite boarding school that’s a contemporary spin on fairy tales, this one a delightful, romantic twist on The Frog Prince. (cover to be revealed)
Which are your anticipated releases for the year? Tell me about it!