It’s almost July! When did that happen? While it’s not my favorite month since it means my birthday is over, it does mean LOTS OF NEW BOOKS! Let’s look at a few that look AMAZING!
Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo (July 7)
Callie Martinez-Silva didn’t mean to turn her best friend into a pop star. But when a simple pep talk leads to miraculous results, Callie learns she’s the newest muse of epic poetry, one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology tasked with protecting humanity’s fate in secret.
Whisked away to Muse Headquarters, she joins three recruits her age, who call themselves the Muse Squad. Together, the junior muses are tasked with using their magic to inspire and empower—not an easy feat when you’re eleven and still figuring out the goddess within.
When their first assignment turns out to be Callie’s exceptionally nerdy classmate, Maya Rivero, the squad comes to Miami to stay with Callie and her Cuban family. There, they discover that Maya doesn’t just need inspiration, she needs saving from vicious Sirens out to unleash a curse that will corrupt her destiny.
As chaos erupts, will the Muse Squad be able to master their newfound powers in time to thwart the Cassandra Curse . . . or will it undo them all?
Thoughts: MUSES!! MUSE SQUAD!! DO I NEED TO SAY MORE??
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (July 7)
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.
Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .
This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.
Thoughts: I screamed about this amazing book here!!
The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning (July 7)
A STABLE BOY
When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.
But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.
And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.
Thoughts: She’s got to save the stable boy??? OMG yes, please!! Also…we need more royalty stable boy romances. I know that’s cliche or whatever…but I need more.
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (July 7)
Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.
But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.
Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?
The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.
Thoughts: CREEPY AS HELL! Read my thoughts here.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (July 7)
There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.
As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.
Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.
Thoughts: I LOVE stories with girls who are poisonous to the touch. I have no idea why but there’s a similar character in The Alchemist’s Daughter and I just love the concept. A dude touches you and you don’t want him too? BOOM, he’s dead. Yes, I know there is a bad side, but….I’m looking on the “bright” side lol.
Also there is a boy who understands her!!! Give me all of that!
Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (July 7)
The thrilling sequel to SPIN THE DAWN, a magical series steeped in Chinese culture.
Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.
But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.
Thoughts: This cover is gorgeous and I need to get my ass in gear and read the first book because I have heard nothing but good things!
The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson (July 7)
Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.
But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.
As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.
Thoughts: REBELLION!! I love a rebellion. This is also another series that I need to read the first book because I have heard only good things!
Loveless by Alice Oseman (July 9)
Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.
As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.
But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.
Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?
Thoughts: A FANFIC-OBSESSED ROMANTIC!! i DON’T NEED TO HEAR ANYMORE. But also…ACE-REP!! Oh and everyone has been yelling at me to read Heartstopper so with that and this, clearly I need to read lots of Alice Oseman.
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Soloman (July 28)
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
Thoughts: Ok, I was first put off by the title because I thought this was one of those books where you follow two people as they fall in and out of love over years and…I do not like those stories, but now that I’ve actually read the synopsis (lol), this sounds good. I love some good loathing to lovers. And since I know the author is Jewish, I’m hoping at least one of the characters is too. 🙂
The Year of Witching by Alexis Henderson (July 21)
In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.
But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.
Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.
Thoughts: I love creepy forbidden woods that might not be what everyone things. Also, I LOVE OLD DIARIES IN BOOKS (see Dear Haiti, Love Alaine), And witches??? I mean I know my birthday is soon, but you don’t have to give me everything I love. This cover is also GORGEOUS and spooky.
This is My America by Kim Johnson (July 28)
Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?
Thoughts: If you watched the video of Kim Johnson and didn’t want to read everything she’s ever written, I don’t know what to tell you. I also really like books about investigations and skeletons coming out and this has all of that!
The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig (July 14)
The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.
Thoughts: GAY VAMPIRES!! I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this and let me tell you, it is A DELIGHT! Yes, it’s scary and Auggie could definitely do with a nice vacation after all he goes through, but it’s also really fun.
I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch and Victoria Ying (July 28)
Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other.
Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator’s block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce.
They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other…a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?
Thoughts: There is really nothing I love more than two people unknowingly working together on a fanfic site when they hate each other in real life. This is a newer trope I’ve seen a couple times and I’m all for it! Also…THERE ARE ILLUSTRATIONS! I’m a sucker for art.
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert (July 7)
Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?
Duke Crenshaw is do done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight.
Only problem? Duke can’t vote.
When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right. And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.
Romantic and triumphant, The Voting Booth is proof that you can’t sit around waiting for the world to change?but some things are just meant to be.
Thoughts: Romance and an important social issue equals a match made in heaven for me! There is also a cat or at least, a missing one. Everything I love!
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (July 21)
Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell.
Vada’s got a five year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stone internship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out-of-this-world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?
Thoughts: There are so many things to like about More Than Maybe! 1. it takes place in my state. 2. it has the best dad/stepdad EVER. 3. I’m on the blog tour and have been waiting to share my review for months since the release date was pushed back lol (review coming later this month). It’s also such a cute book!
All These Monsters by Amy Tintera (July 7)
Seventeen-year-old Clara is ready to fight back. Fight back against her abusive father, fight back against the only life she’s ever known, and most of all, fight back against scrabs, the earth-dwelling monsters that are currently ravaging the world. So when an opportunity arises for Clara to join an international monster-fighting squad, she jumps at the chance.
When Clara starts training with her teammates, however, she realizes what fighting monsters really means: sore muscles, exhaustion, and worst of all, death. Scrabs are unpredictable, violent, and terrifying. But as Clara gains confidence in her battle skills, she starts to realize scrabs might not be the biggest evil. The true monsters are the ones you least expect.
Thoughts: Fighting monsters and abusive fathers?? Sign me up! And she joins a international monster-fighting squad! I mean, come on…it doesn’t get much cooler than that.
Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy (July 7)
Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teen. When she’s not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, she’s volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove.
So far, her senior year has been spent trying to sort out her feelings for her maybe-crush Johnny and making plans to stay close to Grandma Lou after graduation. Of course, there’s also that small matter of recently discovering she can fly….
When the fictional world of The Grove crashes into Faith’s reality as the show relocates to her town, she can’t believe it when TV heroine Dakota Ash takes a romantic interest in her.
But her fandom-fueled daydreams aren’t enough to distract Faith from the fact that first animals, then people, have begun to vanish from the town. Only Faith seems able to connect the dots to a new
Thoughts: FAT QUEER SUPERHERO WHO CAN FLY!! Also, TV shows coming to her town sounds like my biggest dream and my worst nightmare lol.
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (July 21)
Amidst the whir of city life, a girl from Harlem is drawn into the glittering underworld of Manhattan, where she’s hired to use her knives to strike fear amongst its most dangerous denizens.
But the ghosts from her past are always by her side—and history has appeared on her doorstep to threaten the people she loves most.
Can one woman ever sacrifice enough to save an entire community?
Trouble the Saints is a dazzling, daring novel—a magical love story, a compelling chronicle of interracial tension, and an altogether brilliant and deeply American saga.
Thoughts: “she’s hired to use her knives to strike fear amongst its most dangerous denizens.” Yes, I would like all of that! This sounds SO GOOD! I also like that this takes place at the very beginnings of WWII because I like reading about that period, but it can be hard to find WWII-era books that aren’t Holocaust-related (which I cannot read).
Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters (July 14)
If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.
Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness.
But when her brother is accused of murder, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets.
In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing.
Family secrets, a gorgeously resonant LGBTQ love triangle, and just the right amount of creepiness make this young adult debut a haunting and hopeful story about facing everything that haunts us in the dark.
Thoughts: LGBTQ LOVE TRIANGLE! (sorry, I just needed to point that out) The fact that there is a magical/ghost-calling fiddle in this book makes me more excited than my poor heart can take. I also LIVE for family secret books. There is something so haunting and alluring to family secrets to me. (I like family gossip! Sue me.)
Running by Natalia Sylvester (July 14)
When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president, Mari starts to see him with new eyes. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero—while the whole country is watching.
In this thoughtful, authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator Anthony Ruiz is running for president. Throughout his successful political career he has always had his daughter’s vote, but a presidential campaign brings a whole new level of scrutiny to sheltered fifteen-year-old Mariana and the rest of her Cuban American family, from a 60 Minutes–style tour of their house to tabloids doctoring photos and inventing scandals. As tensions rise within the Ruiz family, Mari begins to learn about the details of her father’s political positions, and she realizes that her father is not the man she thought he was
Thoughts: A daughter possible disagreeing with her politician father IN PUBLIC? Shoot it into my veins, please and thank you! I wish there were more books about teens or young adults realizing their parents aren’t who they thought they were.
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13 thoughts on “Most Anticipated July Book Releases”
The Voting Booth sounds amazing! I’ve heard great things!
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Doesn’t it?? I cannot wait to read it!
Do you have ARCs of these?
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Only of The Fell of Dark.
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Gotcha… I thought we could do a buddy read on one if you did but I dont have that one… But I can do a reread of Witching with you… let me know when you read it. If I’m not crunched I would love to
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oh cool! Yes, I need to read it! I just requested it on Netgalley (why didn’t I think of that before??), so we’ll see.
I added This is My America to my tbr list. It sounds terrific. Actually, all of these sound terrific. I can see why you’re excited about them!
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Yay!! So glad you found one that sounded good to you!
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So many of these sound fun. I’m also looking forward to Unravel The Dusk and The Year of the Witching.
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Yay!! Both of those sound so good!!
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So many good books!
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Right?? We are blessed in July!
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