As we step into the new year, January 2024 brings a fresh and exciting collection of debut books that promise to captivate, inspire, and entertain. From thrilling mysteries and heartwarming romances to groundbreaking science fiction and profound literary works, this month’s most anticipated debut novels offer a diverse range of voices and stories. These upcoming titles are not just books; they are gateways to new worlds, offering readers the first glimpse of tomorrow’s favorite authors and storytelling masters. Here is list of 10 Most Anticipated Debut Books of January 2024
10 Most Anticipated Debut Books of January 2024
- Say You’ll Be Mine by Naina Kumar
- Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend (Mischief & Matchmaking, #1) by Emma R. Alban
- Where You End by Abbott Kahler
- Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody
- The Longest Autumn by Amy Avery
- The Mayor of Maxwell Street by Avery Cunningham
- Twenty-Seven Minutes by Ashley Tate
- The Principle of Moments (Order of Legends, #1) by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson
- Sky’s End by Marc J Gregson
- So Let Them Burn (Divine Traitors, #1) by Kamilah Cole
Say You’ll Be Mine by Naina Kumar
Naina Kumar’s debut novel, ‘Say You’ll Be Mine,’ is a light-hearted romantic comedy. It’s about Meghna, a theater teacher, and Karthik, an engineer, who pretend to be engaged to avoid family pressure. Meghna, heartbroken over her best friend’s engagement, teams up with Karthik for a fake relationship.
As they navigate wedding preparations and family expectations, their pretend romance starts feeling real. The story is packed with humor, cultural insights, and a journey of self-discovery. It’s a charming, feel-good book that explores love, family, and the surprises life throws at us.
Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend (Mischief & Matchmaking, #1) by Emma R. Alban
Emma R. Alban’s first novel, ‘Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend,’ is a captivating queer romance set in Victorian times. The story revolves around Gwen and Beth, two debutantes plotting to pair up their parents.
While Gwen is carefree and not keen on marriage, Beth faces pressure to find a husband. Their plan hits a snag when they start falling for each other, complicating everything. It’s a heartwarming tale of love, friendship, and unexpected romance, filled with humor and delightful mischief. The book is like a lesbian version of Bridgerton, full of charm and playful twists.
Where You End by Abbott Kahler
A gripping debut novel Where You End,” by Abbott Kahler dives into the obsession with true crime and complicated female friendships. The story follows Teddy Angstrom, whose sister disappeared ten years ago. After her father’s suicide, Teddy discovers his involvement in a Reddit community obsessed with her sister’s case, leading her into a dark world of conspiracy theories.
As she gets dangerously involved with an amateur sleuth named Mickey, Teddy’s life spirals out of control. This book offers a thrilling journey through grief, obsession, and the unpredictable nature of truth, wrapped in a mystery that keeps you guessing.
Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody
A captivating thriller “Rabbit Hole” by Kate Brody delves into the shadowy world of true crime obsession. The story follows Teddy Angstrom, who is drawn into investigating her sister Angie’s unsolved disappearance, a case that led to her father’s suicide.
As Teddy plunges deeper, she encounters various challenges, including conflicts with her boyfriend and colleagues, and a growing fixation on Mickey, a mysterious amateur detective. This intense journey through grief and the murky waters of online sleuthing offers a darkly humorous and suspenseful read, making you question trust and reality.
The Longest Autumn by Amy Avery
Amy Avery’s “The Longest Autumn” is a magical story where Tirne, a human, gets stuck with Autumn, the god of the season, in the human world. This happens because a special Mirror that connects their worlds breaks.
With Autumn around for too long, crops start failing and he becomes more human, leading to unexpected feelings between him and Tirne. While everyone is trying to fix the Mirror, Tirne uncovers temple secrets and meets Sidriel, a mysterious sorcerer. The book is full of fantasy, romance, and intrigue as Tirne faces tough choices.
The Mayor of Maxwell Street by Avery Cunningham
The book “The Mayor of Maxwell Street” by Avery Cunningham is a gripping story set in 1920s Chicago. It’s about Nelly Sawyer, a wealthy Black debutante, who joins forces with Jay Shorey, a speakeasy manager, to uncover a crime boss. Nelly, initially a society girl, becomes an investigative journalist, diving deep into the criminal underworld.
Jay, craving a better life, is caught between different worlds. Their partnership sparks love and danger as they navigate racial tensions, class struggles, and Prohibition-era violence. The book beautifully mixes romance, history, and suspense, although it has some slow parts.
Twenty-Seven Minutes by Ashley Tate
A thrilling book “Twenty-Seven Minutes” by Ashley Tate is about a big mystery in a small town. Ten years ago, after a car accident on a bridge, Grant Dean didn’t call for help for 27 minutes, and his sister Phoebe died.
Grant has a big secret about that night, and his friend Becca knows it too. Meanwhile, June is trying to find out what happened to her brother Wyatt, who disappeared the same night. The story, full of twists and secrets, is told by different people and ends with a surprising truth.
The Principle of Moments (Order of Legends, #1) by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson
The novel “The Principle of Moments” by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson is an exciting space adventure with time travel. It has two main stories: Asha’s in the year 6066, where she’s a worker in a galaxy ruled by a powerful emperor, and Obi’s in 1812, a time-traveler tired of his journeys and dealing with love and personal mysteries.
Their paths cross, and they get involved in a thrilling prophecy. The book is full of action, emotion, and cool space scenes. It’s great for anyone, even if they don’t usually read sci-fi, because it focuses a lot on the characters and their relationships. In 2024, this amazing sci-fi and fantasy book made a huge splash as the first to win the brand-new Future Worlds Prize
Sky’s End by Marc J Gregson
A thrilling YA fantasy debut “Sky’s End” by Marc J. Gregson takes readers on a journey into a harsh and unforgiving world. Conrad, a scrappy underdog, refuses to accept his murderous uncle’s legacy and enters a dangerous competition called the Selection of the Twelve Trades to rescue his sister.
The story is filled with vigorous training, manipulative peers, and a brutal final test. As Conrad delves deeper into this world, he discovers whispers of rebellion below the toxic black clouds of the Skylands. This action-packed series is reminiscent of popular titles like Attack on Titan and The Hunger Games, making it a must-read for fans of exciting adventures.
So Let Them Burn (Divine Traitors, #1) by Kamilah Cole
The novel “So Let Them Burn” by Kamilah Cole is an exciting fantasy book with a Jamaican twist. It’s about Faron Vincent, a young girl with godly powers, who once used her magic to save her island from the dragon-riding Langley Empire. Now, at 17, she’s famous but bored.
Her life gets complicated when she goes to a peace summit and her sister Elara gets magically connected to an enemy dragon. Faron must choose: save her sister or protect her homeland. Meanwhile, Elara uncovers dark secrets about the Empire. The story is a thrilling ride about sisterhood and tough choices.
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