Four Upcoming Fall Debuts You’ll Fall in Love with Too by Taylor Tracy

Every fall brings a whole new pile of new releases to read and love, not unlike the leaves that will fall from the trees here in Jersey. I’ve gotten the chance to read quite a few of these upcoming gems recently (which are also ALL debuts and so doubly need your support and money) and want to share four of them that should be in your online baskets to pre-order immediately. There’s something for everyone, too, whether you’re a hardcore SFF fan or are looking for something more contemporary.

What’s it about?

Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose: Her parents. Her best friend. Her home. Even her face. She doesn’t need a mirror to know what she looks like–she can see her reflection in the eyes of everyone around her.

A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be “normal” again. Whatever that is. Ava knows better. There is no normal for someone like her. And forget making friends–no one wants to be seen with the Burned Girl, now or ever.

But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn’t have to face the nightmare alone. Sarcastic and blunt, Piper isn’t afraid to push Ava out of her comfort zone. Piper introduces Ava to Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, and slowly, Ava tries to create a life again. Yet Piper is fighting her own battle, and soon Ava must decide if she’s going to fade back into her scars . . . or let the people by her side help her fly.

Why should you read it?

I love heavy contemporary books that will utterly crush my soul. And as far as those go, even Scars Like Wings occasionally pushed my limits. Still, this was the type of book that I had to read in one sitting because I was so hooked by Ava’s story and her recovery. This book twists and turns in the best ways.

It’s also a book about musical theater, grief, friendship, messy families and more. I’m also here for girl solidarity and complicated relationships between girls that might seem like the classic mean girl trope, but turn out to be way more messed up and complicated.

Part of me was hesitant to read this one because it’s not #ownvoices and goes so in depth to recovery, but it also seems clear that Erin did her research. Even though Ava’s story and her circumstances are so specific, the emotions of this book felt so relatable too. I know the feeling of pushing away the people who want to help you so well.

Overall, Scars Like Wings is a beautifully written and emotionally complex book about embracing your scars and living your life no matter the challenge…and finding the people that will overcome every hurdle by yourself. Poignant and heartbreaking, but ultimately soul-healing, Scars Like Wings is a gorgeous debut that soars. 

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What’s it about?

Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.

For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.

Why should you read it?

I’m just going to start this off with the fact that I STARTED the line for this book at BEA last May. Keep in mind that I only vaguely knew what the book was about, but the cover was gorgeous and I felt like I had to have it. I must have had a pretty strong instinct because I Hope You Get This Message is hands down one of my favorite books of all of 2019.

Partly contemporary, partly speculative, wholly gorgeously written. If you’re a fan of Shaun David Hutchinson’s book We Are the Ants, this book needs to have been on your radar yesterday.

I loved all three of the teens in this book, even though they made some of the worst decisions…but, y’know, they acted like teens would during the maybe-apocalpyse. I admired Cate’s dedication to her mother and appreciated the depiction of a relative with mental illness that felt honest instead of solely negative. I loved the representation of the realities mental healthcare and how imperfect Jesse was. His character also felt very honest and I loved the rapport he had with his therapist, and how being gay and being depressed were parts of him, but didn’t define his story arc at all. Finally, I loved sweet Adeem and learned way more about radio than I ever thought I would in a YA book.

Filled to the brim with hope and a touch of chaos, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

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What’s it about?

Inception meets The Magicians, except with better wigs and a maniacal drag queen sorceress attempting to unravel the reality of Connecticut (yes, the state) and replace it with something…well something better than Connecticut.

Ryan La Sala’s debut fantasy is an #OwnVoices story following Kane Montgomery, a gay teenager piecing his life back together after an attack robs him of his memories. As Kane searches for who he was, he uncovers a war for the creative rights to reality itself, each battle played out in an imagined world turned real: a reverie.

Reveries are worlds born from a person’s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to resolution. Reveries have rules and plots, magic and monsters, and one wrong step could twist the entire thing into a lethal, labyrinthine nightmare. Unraveling them is dangerous work, but it’s what Kane and The Others do.

Or did, until one of The Others purged Kane of his memories. But now Kane is back, and solving the mystery of his betrayal is the only way to unite his team and defeat reality’s latest threat: Poesy, a sorceress bent on harvesting the reveries for their pure, imaginative power.

But what use might a drag queen sorceress have with a menagerie of stolen reveries? And should Kane, a boy with no love for a team that betrayed him, fight to stop her, or defect to aid her?

Reverie is about the seduction of escaping inwards, about the worlds we hide within ourselves, and the danger of dreams that come true.

Why should you read it?

The number one reason you should read this is because Ryan is hilarious and his video content to market this book has been classic. Seriously. Check out his Twitter if you haven’t already.

But persona of its author aside, Reverie is a gorgeous book about being gay and being magical…seriously. The four teens at the heart of this book are so incredible and chaotic. Their personalities practically jump off the page and so do the dream worlds they explore unravel. Also, it has a drag queen villainess. Need I say more?

So much of this book felt larger than life and it was the kind of book that sucked me in and I couldn’t stop reading because I just wanted more. The out-of-control-dreams were what drew me to the book and they did not disappoint. They are wildly imaginative worldbuilding and sharply written.

This book also has my favorite elderly sapphic couple, who must be protected at all costs. Overall, Kane is such a relatable character. He messes up, he falls in love, he gets angry and he discovers his real power as he reclaims his memories and reckons with who he was in the past and who he can become in the future.

A book that uses magic to shed light on how people build realities and fantasies in their heads from what they want the most and who they want to be, Reverie is a stunning portrait of human nature through and through.

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What’s it about?

A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.

Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart.

When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first. 

Why should you read it?

If a book has an aspec main character, I want it. Hands down. Right now. Give me all the aces in YA. But what you have to understand about Tarnished are the Stars is that Nathaniel is the softest aro ace boy that ever lived (in a book), he must be protected at all costs and you need to read this book so you can appreciate the glory of seeing the words “aromantic” and “asexual” on the page. Also, this book has an f/f romance.

On the queer front, this book is literally the book of my dreams. Did I mention it’s also steampunk and takes place in outer space? The main characters literally have clocks for hearts, in what turns out to be an allegory for universal healthcare and vaccination. Look, you’re just going to have to read the book to see what I mean, but that’s a hill I will die on. Back to the characters, Anna is the smart, but clueless lead girl of my dreams. Eliza is so lovably badass and broken that I simultaneously want to hug her and hide from her. The writing is incredible.

The worldbuilding is innovative and fun. Again, clocks for hearts. It actually ends up being even cooler and more interesting than it sounds, which is incredible. The kissing is amazing. The death scenes are even better. And the banter. So perfect.

Rosiee is a doll and her first book is an all-around hit. Look, I went to a museum and blew half the day sitting in the café, long after finishing my art-fatigue-fighting coffee, just finish this epic queer sci-fi.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

Thank you so much, Taylor, for sharing some of your favorite fall debuts! Make sure you follow her on Twitter and check her blog out before you go! I promise you won’t regret it.

What book are you most looking forward to this fall? Let us know in the comments!

8 thoughts on “Four Upcoming Fall Debuts You’ll Fall in Love with Too by Taylor Tracy”

  1. Just Yesterday , I’ve received an ARC of ( Scars Like Wings ) 🙂 Now I’m Soooo Excited to start reading it ❤
    For me , I'm waiting for MANY books This Fall but ( Queen Of Nothing and Beard Necessities ) are my most anticipated books 🙂
    Thank you for this great Post . 😀

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