LIST: 5 2022 debuts i’m unbelievably excited for


I know we still have a few months left in 2021, but naturally, I’m already looking forward to 2022…because of the books! There are so many great ones coming out next year. The debut list is looking particularly amazing, so here are 5 2022 debuts I’m unbelievably excited for!

Of course, there are other debuts I’m hyped for or still need to discover! These are just a few that I’ve been thinking about all year. This list also includes a mix of young adult and adult books from a span of March to September. As of writing this, September is a full year away, so there are still preorder links and covers to be revealed!

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A Magic Steeped in Poison (The Book of Tea #1) by Judy I. Lin

rep: Chinese/Taiwanese-inspired world and characters; (Taiwanese-Canadian author)

[ out March 22, 2022 ]

Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

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A young adult fantasy debut about a magical tea-brewing competition! The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m so excited to read more about this premise. Tea-making as a tradition is especially intriguing, especially amidst “bloody court politics” and a “mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret.” Also, if you dislike long wait times for sequels, the second book has already been announced as 2022 as well!

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This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves

rep: bisexual Mexican-American protagonist; (bisexual Mexican-American author)

[ out March 29, 2022 ]

Enrique “Quique” Luna has one goal this summer—get over his crush on Saleem Kanazi by pursuing his other romantic prospects. Never mind that he’s only out to his best friend, Fabiola. Never mind that he has absolutely zero game. And definitely forget the fact that good and kind and, not to mention, beautiful Saleem is leaving L.A. for the summer to meet a girl his parents are trying to set him up with.

Luckily, Quique’s prospects are each intriguing in their own ways. There’s stoner-jock Tyler Montana, who might be just as interested in Fabiola as he is in Quique; straight-laced senior class president, Ziggy Jackson; and Manny Zuniga, who keeps looking at Quique like he’s carne asada fresh off the grill. With all these choices, Quique is sure to forget about Saleem in no time.

But as the summer heats up and his deep-seated fears and anxieties boil over, Quique soon realizes that getting over one guy by getting under a bunch of others may not have been the best laid plan and living his truth can come at a high cost.

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A young adult contemporary about a bisexual boy trying to get over his crush! This book promises a fun, chaotic plot, as well as complex personal journey. Messy characters all the way! I love reading books with both a fun plot and strong character development, so I’m excited to read This Is Why They Hate Us.

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Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

rep: Chinese-American protagonist and main characters; (Chinese-American author)

[ out April 5, 2022 ]

Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums, about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.

History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism: priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now.

Will Chen plans to steal them back.

A senior at Harvard, Will fits comfortably in his carefully curated roles: a perfect student, an art history major and sometimes artist, the eldest son that has always been his parents’ American Dream. But when a shadowy Chinese corporation reaches out with an impossible—and illegal—job offer, Will finds himself something else as well: the leader of a heist to steal back five priceless Chinese sculptures, looted from Beijing centuries ago.

His crew is every heist archetype one can imagine—or at least, the closest he can get. A conman: Irene Chen, Will’s sister and a public policy major at Duke, who can talk her way out of anything. A thief: Daniel Liang, a premed student with steady hands just as capable of lockpicking as suturing. A getaway driver: Lily Wu, an engineering student who races cars in her free time. A hacker: Alex Huang, an MIT dropout turned Silicon Valley software engineer. Each member of his crew has their own complicated relationship with China and the identity they’ve cultivated as Chinese Americans, but when Will asks, none of them can turn him down.

Because if they succeed? They earn fifty million dollars—and a chance to make history. But if they fail, it will mean not just the loss of everything they’ve dreamed for themselves but yet another thwarted attempt to take back what colonialism has stolen.

With poetic language, a fun, commercial hook, and a plot that spans the Western world, Portrait of a Thief is both a cultural heist and an examination of the Chinese American identity, as well as a necessary critique of the lingering effects of colonialism that readers won’t want to miss.

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An adult mystery exploring colonialism and the Chinese American identity! Portrait of a Thief has been at the top of my mind since I heard about it on Twitter when it was announced. I mean, Chinese Americans working together to take back Chinese art stolen by Western museums! We all know I love a good heist story, and I’m also incredibly pulled in by how this book will discuss “the colonization of art” and “the complexity of the Chinese American identity.” I just got an eARC and I can’t wait to dive into this book immediately.

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Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

rep: East Asian-coded protagonist, bisexual brown side character, lesbian side character; (Chinese-American author)
cw: self-harm in a ritual/magical context, body horror

[ out July 26, 2022 ]

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.

Violet’s wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can’t change her fate. And as the boundary between hatred and love grows ever thinner with the prince, Violet must untangle a wicked web of deceit in order to save herself and the kingdom—or doom them all.

Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Bookshop | IndieBound | Mysterious Galaxy (signed + personalized)

A young adult fantasy with an Asian anti-heroine and “a bickering love/hate trainwreck of a romance!” I’m mutuals with Gina on Twitter, and every time she tweets about this book, I lose my mind a little more. Everything about it is perfect for me: anti-heroine, love/hate romance, fun fantasy, literally just everything in her author’s note. Seriously, can July come any faster please???

The Fortunes of Jaded Women by Carolyn Huynh

rep: Vietnamese protagonists and characters; (Vietnamese-American author)

[ out September 2022 ]

Carolyn Huynh’s THE FORTUNES OF JADED WOMEN, follows a family of estranged Vietnamese mothers and daughters who grapple with a psychic’s prediction—that the family, all in one year, will experience a death, a marriage, and a pregnancy.

Watch out for preorder links!

An adult fiction novel that follows two generations of Vietnamese women! I first heard about this book from Loan Le, whom I am mutuals with on Twitter and who is editing this book, and I can’t wait to read The Fortunes of Jaded Women! I’m obviously excited for more Vietnamese representation, but I’m also intrigued to see how this book explores the complexity of these mother/daughter relationships.

What 2022 debuts are YOU excited for?

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13 thoughts on “LIST: 5 2022 debuts i’m unbelievably excited for”

  1. I haven’t heard about The Fortunes of Jaded Women, but I’m definitely going to check it out–especially because we have a lot of the same anticipated debuts on our lists!

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