The period between January and April is a notoriously hot time for first-time novelists to release their soon-to-be-discovered literary gems. Khaled Hosseini, Paula Hawkins, and Angie Thomas are just some of those who’ve cemented this trend. And going by what we've seen (and heard) so far, 2018 is proving to be an exciting year for debuts. From super creepy thrillers, domestic dramas, and transcendent coming-of-age stories, to stunning YA fantasy and already-optioned-for-a-movie character studies . . . emerging authors are shining through!