July Anticipated Releases

With recent events, I could not be silent. I’ve linked here a thread of bail funds to support protesters who are arrested for demanding justice for victims of police violence. Here is the Black Lives Matter Carrd and 74 bail funds to support as well. I will be doing this on every post. If you have the funds to donate, please do but if not, please support and uplift Black voices and sign the petitions.

This year, I’ve decided to do something new, in addition to my monthly TBR, I want to shout about my most anticipated releases of each month and see how many of them I’ve read by the end of the year. For this, I’ve created a massive spreadsheet and have tried to keep an eye out for any upcoming releases that I hadn’t already heard about.

The books will be sorted by publication date and then if more than one book is published on the same date, they are sorted alphabetically by title. All publication dates are those of the UK, based off Waterstones, Amazon or direct contact from the publisher.

For each of them, I will include the synopsis and a little passage on why I’m looking forward to it.

2nd:

Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew

During her seminal sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, physics-lover and astronomy fan Frankie gets her period – but the next day a gruesome meme goes viral, turning an innocent, intimate afternoon into something sordid, mortifying and damaging.

Why I’m Excited:

I really seem to be drawn to books written in verse and this sounded like a feminist, taboo-busting smash-hit of a book. Luckily for me, I managed to win an ARC from the author’s giveaway and it was everything I could’ve asked for and so much more. Full review here.


Good Girls Die First by Kathryn Foxfield

Mind games. Murder. Mayhem. How far would you go to survive the night? 

Blackmail lures sixteen-year-old Ava to the derelict carnival on Portgrave Pier. She is one of ten teenagers, all with secrets they intend to protect whatever the cost. When fog and magic swallow the pier, the group find themselves cut off from the real world and from their morals. As the teenagers turn on each other, Ava will have to face up to the secret that brought her to the pier and decide how far she’s willing to go to survive. 

Why I’m Excited:

This sounded like such an unnerving, chilling YA horror/thriller and it was genuinely spooky and haunting. The lovely people at Scholastic UK sent me an ARC in exchange for an honest review, which is up here.


You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

Why I’m Excited:

I genuinely loved every single thing I heard about this title, so I preordered it and Waterstones pulled through with it arriving early! My full review is here.


7th:

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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.

Why I’m Excited:

I absolutely loved Bashardoust’s previous book Girls Made of Snow and Glass, so when I discovered that she was publishing another book and it was a sapphic fantasy inspired by Persian mythology, I knew I needed it! Amazingly, the awesome Kate Keehan and Hodder sent me an ARC and my full review is now up here.


The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien. 

Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn. 

Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart. 

Why I’m Excited:

I really enjoyed The Beautiful when I picked it up last year, so I was excited to continue Celine’s story and explore more of Ahdieh’s sumptuous writing and rich world-building. Here, we get more of that, plus even more character study and expansive mythology. Thanks to Kate Keehan and Hodder for the eARC & early finished copy and my full review is here.


9th:

Five Little Liars by Amanda Morgan

Nothing ruins summer vacation like a secret…especially when it involves a dead teacher.

Ivy used to be on top of the social ladder, until her ex made that all go away. She has a chance to be Queen Bee again, but only if the rest of the group can keep quiet.

Tyler has always been a bad boy, but lately he’s been running low on second chances. There’s no way he’s going to lose everything because someone couldn’t keep their mouth shut.

Kinley wouldn’t describe herself as perfect, though everyone else would. But perfection comes at a price, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to keep her perfect record—one that doesn’t include murder charges.

Mattie is only in town for the summer. He wasn’t looking to make friends, and he definitely wasn’t looking to be involved in a murder. He’s also not looking to be riddled with guilt for the rest of his life…but to prevent that he’ll have to turn them all in.

Cade couldn’t care less about the body, or about the pact to keep the secret. The only way to be innocent is for someone else to be found guilty. Now he just has to decide who that someone will be.

With the police hot on the case, they don’t have much time to figure out how to trust each other. But in order to take the lead, you have to be first in line…and that’s the quickest way to get stabbed in the back. 

Why I’m Excited:

I am such a sucker for YA mysteries, especially when they’re pitched as being a mix of I Know What You Did Last Summer and One of Us is Lying. It just sounds so thrilling and bingeable. Thanks to Laurie McShea and Simon & Schuster for the eARC and early finished copy! Full review here.


Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker – she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot.

The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map – and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.

And there’s someone – or something – stalking Lola’s every move.

The more she discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her… 

Why I’m Excited:

Like with Good Girls Die First, this sounded like a creepy, unsettling and thrilling read. It played such effective mind games with me as I read and thanks endlessly to Simon Armstrong and Penguin for the brilliant ARC. Full review here.


Loveless by Alice Oseman

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?

Why I’m Excited:

I mean, it’s Alice Oseman – of course I’m excited. She’s one of my favourite authors and this book is set in my hopeful future university & explores sexuality, identity, self-acceptance and friendship.


The Rules by Tracy Darnton

Amber’s an expert when it comes to staying hidden – she’s been trained her whole life for it. But what happens when the person you’re hiding from taught you everything you know?

When a letter from her dad arrives, Amber knows she’s got to move – and fast. He’s managed to find her and she knows he’ll stop at nothing to draw her back into the extreme survivalist way of life he believes in.

All of a sudden the Rules she’s spent so long trying to escape are the ones keeping her safe. But for how long?

Why I’m Excited:

This sounded like such a gripping and thrilling story and I knew Darnton had serious thriller chops from The Truth About Lies. It had such good twists and an excellently claustrophobic atmosphere. Full review here.


23rd:

Melt My Heart by Bethany Rutter

Lily Rose is used to people paying attention to her gorgeous twin sister, Daisy. But even though Lily loves her own fat body, she can’t shake the idea that no one would ever choose her over Daisy – not when they could have the thin twin.

That is, until she meets Cal, the gorgeous, sweet guy from New Zealand who can’t seem to stay away. The gorgeous, sweet guy who also happens to be Daisy’s summer crush. Lily can’t seem to figure out why she isn’t as into him as she should be. She should be head-over-heels in love, not missing time at the ice-cream shack with her life-long best friend, Cassie. Not wondering what Cassie is getting up to with Cal’s friend Jack, or what she’s thinking about when they’re alone . . .

With University threatening to tear Cassie and Lily apart at the end of summer, trying to keep Cal a secret from Daisy and a growing right-wing threat disturbing the usual quiet of their pleasant seaside town, Lily’s summer is set to be far from relaxing.

Why I’m Excited:

I loved Rutter’s debut No Big Deal last year, so I requested this as soon as I saw that she had a new book coming out (thanks a lot to Macmillan for the eARC). It just sounds so summery and romantic and my full review is here.


28th:

This is My America by Kim Johnson

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?

Why I’m Excited:

This just sounds like such an impactful, powerful read that delves into some of the biggest issues of our time. It sounds like a compulsive read that I really want to pick up!

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