Here’s what’s coming for you in July! The perfect reads to enjoy by the pool! (While all the normal people are swimming….)
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.
Okay, do I really need to put up more of a summary than that? It’s about HP’s kid y’all!!!! You’re going to read it no matter what. Even if you’re doing like my best friend, N, and waiting to hear other people’s feedback first, if you’re a Potterhead, you’re in.
2. And I Darken by Kiersten White
Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.
Historical fiction and HAVE YOU SEEN THAT COVER??? I love it! That look in her eye gives me chills! I need this book to become a big thing so I can justify dressing as her for Halloween one year!
3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters.
So August can steal souls with music. That’s his thing. It’s like…he’s a one man, evil boy band.
Like Justin Bieber.
Only, one that you’d want to read about.
4. The Boomerang Effect by Lindy Spencer
On an innocent walk home from school, Katy suffered a brutal attack, leaving her comatose. The legal system failed to convict the men responsible for this heinous crime – instead found them not guilty.
They’ve gotten away with it, or so it seems. They continue on with their lives while Katy lies in a hospital bed, still comatose.
Several years go by, bringing us to now. Something, or someone, has found a way to bring these individuals to justice; the perfect murder has been created and is being unleashed on the individuals responsible for Katy’s situation.
So first off, I mean no offense to whoever the artist is, but this is not my favorite cover of all time. I don’t like it much. But a story about rapists and the people within the justice system who failed a 15 yr old girl getting murdered by some vigilante? Yes, please. I’m there. I’m so there.
5. The Lost and Found by Katrina Leno
Frannie and Louis met in an online support group. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things.
They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost.
Great concept. Again, not one to read contemporary that often, but this one has potential.
6. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
Okay, so I just recently picked up the first book in this series to add to my GIANT TBR pile. I’m excited that more books are coming. That means I’m this much closer to a binge read!
Plus, Rachel Caine is awesome!
7. What the Dead Want by Norah Olson
16-year-old Gretchen takes photographs to understand the world around her.
When Gretchen’s great aunt Esther calls unexpectedly to tell her that she has inherited the pre-Civil War mansion on her mother’s side, Gretchen understands nothing except that her aunt needs her help. But what she finds there is beyond her imagination. The house is crumbling apart, filled with stacks of papers and journals from decades, even centuries past, and it’s crawling with rodents. It’s also full of secrets and a legacy of racism and violence so reprehensible that the ghosts of the past are exacting revenge on the living.
Ghosties, Civil War and photographs. Sounds promising!
8. Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
With her mama recently dead and her pa sight unseen since birth, fourteen-year-old Amelia is suddenly in charge of her younger brother and sister, and of the family gas station. Harley Blevins, local king and emperor of Standard Oil, is in hot pursuit to clinch his fuel monopoly. To keep him at bay and her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father, and fast. And so when a hobo rolls out of a passing truck, Melia grabs opportunity by its beard. Can she hold off the hounds till she comes of age?
More historical fiction, this time during the depression. I love learning about other time periods, and everything from the Great Depression right into WWII is right up my alley. Depression-era Virginia? All I’m picturing is District 12 right about now…
9. Battlesaurus: Clash of Empires by Brian Falkner
In this stunning sequel to a unique alt-history adventure, dinosaurs from a forbidden world have been turned into unstoppable weapons by one of the most ferocious military leaders of all time. In the wake of Napoléon’s crushing victory at Waterloo, the vicious French general Marc Thibault and his brigade of giant carnivorous battlesaurs have struck terror across Europe.
Okay….so how did I not know this was even a thing? This is the second in a series and normally we don’t like to put up sequels unless we’ve read the first, but COME ON!!!! An AU with Napoleon riding a DINOSAUR???? Even if this series is ridiculous, I’m pretty sure I HAVE to read this! #trexreads
10. Mirage by Tracy Clark
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever—in this eerie and atmospheric thriller.
Don’t read a lot of contemporary, but the daughter of skydivers sounds like a person I would have a thousand and one questions for. Like, “Why on earth would you jump out of a perfectly good plane?!?!”
And she’d probably say, “You don’t do it on earth. You do it in the sky….”
And then we’d laugh because she’s crazy, and you don’t upset crazy people…
11. Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker
LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush, whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name.
CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out.
Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.
So I loved Gated and I’m intrigued to see what Amy Christine Parker can do with a bank heist. Especially one where two teens are competing to do basically the same thing. I already feel like this should be a movie…
12. Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.
THIS is why you should read YA. I mean, in the month of July alone we have Napoleon riding a triceratops, more HP, two sets of daredevils, and freaking conjoined twins. What other genre gives you that???
13. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
Sam Mather moves to Salem, Massachusetts, but she and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
Plus there are ghosts and shenanigans and if you’re anything like me you love anythign to do wtih the phenomenon that was the Salem witch trials. Plus, I have an ancestor who was hung during the trials. I feel like I have a personal stake in this!!!
14. Hollow City Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs, art by Cassandra Jean
Do we really need to say much about this? If ever a series deserved a graphic novel, it’s this one. I haven’t even finished the series yet, but I love this artwork!
15. Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
The Danék is a treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations. Wulliam’s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work. Wull dreads it.
Then the unthinkable happens. While recovering a drowned man, Wull’s father is pulled under—and when he emerges a dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside.
When Wull hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected—but never explored.
This just sounds fascinating. And so unique. The Riverkeep and water monsters and demon possession. This one could be amazing!
So what’s going on your TBR this month?? Are you excited about these, or did we miss some of your can-wait-for reads? Let us know down below!!!