August Anticipated Releases

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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 example last month’s post. 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.


4th:

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of high school and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.

But everything changes one afternoon in April, when four police officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.

As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson.

With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them?


Why I’m Excited:

This sounded like a character-driven, impactful book and it really is all that and so much more. It’s a stand-out book of the summer that you need to pick up. Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster for the eARC and I’ve just ordered myself a physical copy. Full review here.


6th:

Boy Queen by George Lester

Robin Cooper’s life is falling apart.

While his friends prepare to head off to university, Robin is looking at a pile of rejection letters from drama schools up and down the country, and facing a future without the people he loves the most. Everything seems like it’s ending, and Robin is scrabbling to find his feet.

Unsure about what to do next and whether he has the talent to follow his dreams, he and his best friends go and drown their sorrows at a local drag show, where Robin realises there might be a different, more sequinned path for him . . .

With a mother who won’t stop talking, a boyfriend who won’t acknowledge him and a best friend who is dying to cover him in glitter make up, there’s only one thing for Robin to do: bring it to the runway.


Why I’m Excited:

Boy Queen sounded like such a joyous coming of age story and the timing is incredibly relevant for me personally. I loved learning more about drag and seeing Robin learn to love himself. Thanks so much to Amber Ivatt at Macmillan Children’s Books for the ARC. Full review here.


Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.

Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball are forfeit.

But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world.


Why I’m Excited:

Please go and buy this book! Cinderella is Dead is just a phenomenal book that is probably an early contender for one of my favourites of the year, with its feminist, sapphic retelling of Cinderella. I mean that cover alone should persuade you to pick it up. Thanks so much to Bloomsbury YA for the eARC. Full review here.


Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence

Becks is into girls but didn’t come out because she was never in. She lives with her mum, stepdad and eighteen-year-old Silva, her stepdad’s daughter. Becks and Silva are opposites, but bond over their mutual obsession with K-pop.

When Becks’ mum and stepdad go on honeymoon to Japan, Becks and Silva are left alone. Except, Silva disappears. Becks ventures into the forbidden territory of Silva’s room and finds the first of eight clues that help her discover her sister’s secret life.

Meanwhile, Silva is on a journey. A journey to make someone love her. He says he doesn’t, but he’s just joking. All she has to do is persuade him otherwise … 


Why I’m Excited:

A sapphic mystery from one of the best YA authors around? Sign me up. I just love everything I’ve heard about this and have read some incredible reviews from people I really trust, so obviously I have now caved in and ordered myself a copy.


Every Little Piece of My Heart by Non Pratt

When Sophie receives a parcel from her best friend, Freya, she expects it to contain the reason why Freya left town so suddenly, without goodbyes and without explanation. Instead, she finds a letter addressed to Win, a girl Freya barely knew – or did she? As more letters arrive for more people on the periphery of Freya’s life, Sophie and Win begin to piece together who Freya was and why she left. Sometimes it’s not about who’s gone, but about who they leave behind.


Why I’m Excited:

It was the wonderfully chaotic #quiznon last week that first introduced me to this book and Non spoke so eloquently about the disability representation that I knew I had to have it in my life. This type of representation means a lot to me personally and unfortunately there is a lack of disability rep within YA, so I will always try to pick up any book that includes it! Aside from that, it sounds like such a good contemporary story.


Heartbreak Boys by Simon James Green

Faking the best summer ever is a lot harder than it looks…


At the start of summer, Jack and Nate find themselves dumpedas their respective exes, Dylan and Tariq, start up a new relationship together. Not only that, their exes start posting pics on social media, showing the whole world how fabulous their new life together is!

Jack and Nate are reeling. Not to be outdone, they decide to create their own ‘highlights reel’ and show their exes that they’re having an even better time.

But between the depressing motorway service station motels, damp campsites, and an ultimate showdown with the exes, something epic really is happening: Jack and Nate are learning to get over their heartache and open themselves up to new possibilities for love.


Why I’m Excited:

I love Green’s books, as they’re always hilarious and heartfelt & Heartbreak Boys is no exception. Also his constant championing of LGBTQ+ youth is incredible to see. I love the fake dating trope and the idea of how what we see on social media is not always the truth. Thanks so much to Harriet Dunlea at Scholastic for sending me a copy and my full review is here!


18th:

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood.

That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?


Why I’m Excited:

I was so, so intrigued by this synopsis and the promise of a lush, rich fantasy world that would tackle racism and sexism. I thought I would be utterly hooked and I was right (I started reading this last night and did not want to put it down). It just sounds so refreshing and new. Thanks to Hot Key Books for the eARC and my full review is here.


20th:

Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu

The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.

Cursed.

Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.

But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.


Why I’m Excited:

Feminist fairy-tale inspired stories are just my jam. This sounds like a possibly dark and lyrical tale with lush writing and interesting exploration of themes. I would also be remiss to not mention that gorgeous cover as well.


Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

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.


Why I’m Excited:

Gothic stories intrigue me endlessly and this creepy sounding, LGBTQ+ offering just hits all the right notes for me. The mystery elements also sound super intriguing and I feel like I will just easily get lost in the pages of Ghost Wood Song. Finally, anything that’s compared to Sawkill Girls is instantly going on my TBR. Thanks so much to Harper 360 YA for the eARC! Full review here.


The Missing Pieces of Me by Amelia Manderville

Willow and Dustin. They’re the perfect couple, everyone says so. And since the birth of their baby daughter, Dustin is sure his little family is all he will ever need.

So his world is shattered when he arrives home to find that Willow has disappeared, leaving only a cryptic note to say goodbye with no explanation of where she has gone or why she has left.

Determined to bring her home, Dustin sets out to find Willow. But the more he learns about the girl he loves most in the world, the more he feels like he’s trying to solve a puzzle without all the pieces.

Was Willow really keeping secrets from him?

Or was he just not looking closely enough in the first place?


Why I’m Excited:

I was really intrigued by this somewhat mysterious YA contemporary and Mandeville’s writing style kept that intrigue up throughout. It’s smartly structured, with shorter chapters that kept me hooked and two alternating timelines that were interwoven perfectly. Thanks so much to Frankie Banks at Little Brown Book Group for the eARC. Full review here.


24th:

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .

Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.

With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.


Why I’m Excited:

Now That I’ve Found You sounds like such a feel-good, heartwarming YA romance and honestly sounded like a YA Evelyn Hugo for me. The Hollywood element is also massively intriguing. Thanks so much to Elise Dumpleton and The Nerd Daily for going me the opportunity to read an eARC. Full review here.


27th:

Mad, Bad & Dangerous To Know by Samira Ahmed

It is August in Paris and budding art historian Khayyam should be having the time of her life – but even in the City of Lights she can’t stop worrying about the mess she left back home in Chicago. Only when she meets a dashing young Parisian – who happens to be a distant relative of the novelist Alexandre Dumas – do things start to get interesting. 

Two hundred years earlier in the Ottoman empire, Leila is the most favoured woman in the Pasha’s harem. Her position is meant to be a gift; but for her it is a curse, as she fights to keep her true love hidden from her jealous captor.

Echoing across centuries, as Khayyam uncovers the scintillating truth of Leila’s long-forgotten life, her own destiny is transformed forever.


Why I’m Excited:

This book centres around two fantastically fierce and brilliant female protagonists and the historical mystery element was so fascinating for me as a huge history nerd. Thank you so much to Stephanie Melrose at Little Brown for the eARC and my review is here.


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