Today I’m bringing you a list of more than 40 books by Latine authors coming out in 2023 to be on your radar. This is not a complete list by any means, I decided to include only books that have titles announced, for example. Do let me know if there is a book I am missing!
Lists is divided by eight categories; Magic in the air (fantasy/speculative), Unforgettable romance (romance), Hiding in the dark (horror), Soul-crushing and heartwarming (YA contemporary/romance), Historical, Mischief and big hearts (Middle grade contemporary), Graphic novels and Poetry. To best of my knowledge, these are the release dates of the books but they may change. All titles are linked to Goodreads page. All pre-order links are my affiliate Bookshop code, for not extra charge to you, I get a small commission.
2023 Latine books is going to be spectacular, be sure to keep your eyes on these authors!
MAGIC IN THE AIR
Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman. “Twin sisters, both on the run, but different as day and night. One, a professional rogue, searches for a fabled treasure; the other, a changeling, searches for the truth behind her origins, trying to find a place to fit in with the realm of fae who made her and the humans who shun her.” Pub date: January, 3rd. Pre-order.
The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejia by Alexandra Alessandri. “Encanto meets The Chronicles of Narnia by way of Colombian folklore in this middle grade fantasy adventure.” Pub date: February, 21st. Pre-order.
The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa. “El Diablo is in the details in this Latinx pirate fantasy starring a transmasculine nonbinary teen with a mission of revenge, redemption, and revolution.” Pub date: February, 28th. Pre-order.
Pilar Ramirez and the Curse of San Zenon by Julian Randall. Sequel to Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa.“The Land of Stories meets Dominican culture and mythology” Pub date: February, 28th. Pre-order.
Lucha of the Night Forest by Tehlor Kay Mejia. “An edge-of-your-seat fantasy about a girl who will do anything to protect her sister–even if it means striking a dangerous bargain. Dark forces, forgotten magic, and a heart-stopping queer romance make this young adult novel a must-read.” Pub date: March, 21st. Pre-order.
The Witch and the Vampire by Francesca Flores. “a queer Rapunzel retelling where a witch and a vampire who trust no one but themselves must journey together through a cursed forest with danger at every turn.” Pub date: March, 21st. Pre-order.
Last Sunrise in Eterna by Amparo Ortiz. “A goth girl, an elf prince, a missing mother, and a magical island where elves lend their magic to humans for seven days.” Recipe for a perfect disaster. Pub date: March, 28th.
Venom & Low by Anna-Marie McLemore and Elliott McLemore. “A lush and powerful YA novel about owning your power and becoming who you really are – no matter the cost.” Pub date: May, 16th. Pre-order.
The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero Lacruz. “Set in a lush world inspired by the history and folklore of South America, discover this sweeping epic fantasy of colonialism and country, ancient magic, and a young woman’s quest for belonging.” Pub date: July, 25th.
The Greatest Living Warrior in Nefaria by Adi Alsaid. Debut middle grade fantasy. “The novel follows possibly invisible, decidedly friendless Bobert, whose bid to impress his classmates by using a cursed gumball machine leads him into the center of a highly incompetent (but very ambitious!) evil wizard’s wicked scheme to take control of the kingdom.”
A Warning About Swans by R.M. Romero. “A YA fairy tale in verse, set at the court of King Ludwig II, in which swan maiden Hilde, feeling imprisoned by the responsibility her father Odin created her for, gives up her magical wings to forge her own fate in the human world.”
Sinner’s Isle by Angela Montoya. “A dual POV Latinx fantasy romance, pitched as Pirates of the Caribbean meets Serpent & Dove.“
Lucero by Maya Motayne. Book 3 of A Forgery of Magic series.
Sun of Blood and Ruin by Mariely Lares. “A Zorro reimagining weaving Mexican history and Mesoamerican mythology into a thrilling historical fantasy with magic, intrigue, treachery, romance, and adventure.”
Rostam and the Red Dwarf by Olivia Abtahi. “MG sci-fi/fantasy based on The Persian Book of Kings“
Thief Liar Lady by D.L. Soria. “A Cinderella reimagining in which she and her “evil” stepfamily are grifters conning their way into high society, and must now navigate a high-pressure world of political intrigue, dysfunctional family dynamics, and unexpected romance.”
The Summer I Ate the Rich by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite. YA fantasy inspired b Haitian zombie lore.
Ana Maria and the Fox by Liana De la Rosa. “A marriage of convenience between a Mexican heiress and a shrewd London politician makes for a scandalous Victorian bargain.” Pub date: April, 4th. Pre-order.
The Fall of Rebel Angels by Zoraida Cordova. “Love story between a woman suspected of murdering her former lover and a fallen angel who is cursed to search for his wings on Earth every one hundred years.”
HIDING IN THE DARK
The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro. “A woman is haunted by the Mexican folk demon La Llorona as she unravels the dark secrets of her family history in this ravishing and provocative horror novel.” Pub date: April, 18th. Pre-order.
Saint Juniper’s Folly by Alex Crespo. “A queer YA gothic mystery, pitched as Cemetery Boys meets The Devouring Gray, in which a straight-laced golden boy and a novice witch team up to rescue Jaime, a Mexican-American teen with a cryptic past, who’s become trapped inside a haunted mansion in Vermont.”
SOUL-CRUSHING AND HEARTWARMING
Saints of the Household by Ari Tison. “A haunting contemporary YA about an act of violence in a small-town–beautifully told by a debut Indigenous Costa Rican-American writer–that will take your breath away.” Pub date: January, 17th. Pre-order.
Brighter Than the Sun by Daniel Aleman. “An affecting, timely, and thought-provoking story about going after your dreams, making tough choices, and learning that change gives as much as it takes.” Pub date: March, 21st.
Into the Light by Mark Oshiro. “a new contemporary coming-of-age novel laced with a twisty, dark mystery you’ll have to read to believe.” Pub date: March, 28th.
Ander & Santi Were Here by Jonny Garza Villa. “Aristotle and Dante meets The Hate U Give meets The Sun Is Also A Star: A stunning YA contemporary love story about a Mexican-American teen who falls in love with an undocumented Mexican boy.” Pub date: April, 4th. Pre-order.
Wings in the Wild by Margarita Engle. “This gorgeously romantic contemporary novel-in-verse from award-winning author Margarita Engle tells the inspiring love story of two teens fighting for climate action and human rights.” Pub date: April, 18th. Pre-order.
You Don’t Have A Shot by Racquel Marie. “A queer “Bend It Like Beckham”, set at a soccer camp where two arch rivals must come together to redeem their reputations and lead their team to victory.” Pub date: May, 9th. Pre-order.
Caught in a Bad Fauxmance by Elle Gonzalez Rose. Queer, Latinx YA rom-com. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Schitt’s Creek.
I Like Me Better by Leah Benavides Rodriguez. “Pitched as a YA Latinx Roman Holiday, the book tells the story of Camila Torres, a Mexican-American teen movie star, who takes time off in Puerto Rico after a devastating and very public breakup, and falls for a charming local who works at an old-school cinema.”
The Making of Yolanda La Bruja by Lorraine Avila. Coming-of-age YA novel about a girl initiated into her family’s religion and having a vision about a school shooting at her school.
Where There Was Fire by John Manuel Arias. “In John Manuel Arias’s lush and lyrical debut, the Cepeda-Mora women wrestle with the aftermath of colonialism, a deadly secret, and an all-consuming fire.” Pub date: September, 19th. Pre-order.
MISCHIEF AND BIG HEARTS
Sincerely Sicily by Tamika Burgess. “comes the captivating and empowering story of Sicily Jordan—a Black Panamanian fashionista who rocks her braids with pride—who learns to use her voice and take pride in who she is while confronting prejudice in the most unexpected of places.” Pub date: January, 3rd. Pre-order.
Saving Chupie by Amparo Ortiz and illustrated by Ronnie Garcia. “A middle grade graphic novel about Violeta Rubio and her friends’ mission to protect their local Chupacabra, set in a recovering town in Puerto Rico.”
Morivivi by Vanessa Flores. Follows a 12-year old as he navigates the aftermath of a hurricane.
Promises of Gold by Jose Olivarez. “A groundbreaking collection of poems addressing how every kind of love—self, brotherly, romantic, familial, cultural—is birthed, shaped, and complicated by the invisible forces of gender, capitalism, religion, and so on. But even though the path to love is not easy, it is a path worth treading.” Pub date: February, 7th. Pre-order.