Hello everyone! This year is drawing to a close and I’m beginning to get more excited for the new releases coming out next year. I have a very Type A personality so I’ve been working on my 2022 spreadsheet since January 😂 I’m always looking to diversify my reading and I’m thrilled to see more and more POC authors with books coming out. Today I’ll be featuring 2022 new releases that are written by East Asian authors!
DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS (January 11)
A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.
THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH THE SEA (February 22)
A girl travels to the Spirit World to break a curse that threatens the lives of her people in this feminist YA retelling of the popular Korean legend “The Tale of Shim Cheong.”
ONLY A MONSTER (February 22)
Joan has just learned the truth: her family are monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers. And the cute boy at work isn’t just a boy: he’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to bring her family down. Joan will have to embrace her own monstrousness if she is to save herself, and her family. Because in this story… she is not the hero.
A MAGIC STEEPED IN POISON (March 22)
In this enchanting debut, a young tea-maker travels to the capital city to take part in a cutthroat magical competition that could be the key to saving her sister’s life.
VIOLET MADE OF THORNS (July 26)
A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies.
BABEL (August 23)
A dark academia set in 1830s Oxford that interrogates language, translation, and colonialism. It’s The Secret History meets Jonathan Strange, enhanced by a heady dose of violent decolonization.
IF YOU COULD SEE THE SUN (Date TBD)
This debut follows a Chinese American teenage girl, who, upon discovering that she can no longer afford tuition at her elite Beijing boarding school, teams up with her academic rival and monetizes her strange new invisibility powers by discovering and selling her wealthy classmates’ most scandalous secrets.