How is it already July? That’s insane! One good thing about this month at least is all the exciting new releases hitting shelves! Summer is the season for reading after all, and to celebrate that I have six books we all read need to read sooner than ASAP. There’s two super sweet contemporaries meant to be in your beach bag, a magical realism, a fantasy, a mystery, and a highly anticipated anthology. So without further ado…let’s cut to the books!
Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland- July 11, 2017
Can I just start off by saying this cover is beautiful? The suitcases, the florals, the warm California sun I can feel on my skin…yes, sign me up. This one definitely fits the contemporary bill, but has a lot less to do with summer romance and more about chasing your dreams. However, if the synopsis is anything to go by, Leila Howard doesn’t plan on following conventional cliches about Hollywood success. Instead she intends to portray all the ups and downs protagonist Becca encounters, and offer readers a realistic take on launching a film career. There’s also a promising female friendship, and a seemingly adorkable love interest. I definitely think there needs to be more career centric contemporaries out there, so hopefully this one finds a nice balance. Disney-Hyperion contemporaries are always very hit or miss for me, but fingers crossed for a winner!
The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller- July 11, 2017
The Art of Starving came to my attention when it was reviewed by a favorite Goodreads user of mine, to mixed emotions. It’s stirred up some controversy already, with it’s magical realism plotline that centres around anorexia. In the story protagonist Matt, a bullied gay teen, believes starvation has given him superpowers. He needs to know what happened to his sister Maya, and the only way to do that may be by infiltrating bully Tariq’s mind. Usually magical realism is not for me (read: at all), but this one has so much potential that I have to check it out. I’ve never read from the perspective of a male with an eating disorder, but that’s definitely a POV I need to check out. Finally, it’s my hope that Sam J. Miller can bring sensitivity to this topic and portray it in a thoughtful way.
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas- July 25, 2017
I was really excited to read Kara Thomas’ debut, The Darkest Corners, last year, but after reading a few chapters decided it just wasn’t for me. However I am still pumped to read her sophomore effort Little Monsters. Namely because it’s a mystery thriller that doesn’t have the world ‘girl’ in the cover. Need I say more? But putting that obvious originality beside, Little Monsters has a premise with potential at its core. Protagonist Kacey has stepped into a new life with her step family, one strangely welcoming and warm. She’s made great friends in Bailey and Jade, who accept her wholly into their clique. That is until they grow distant, not inviting her to the biggest party of the year. And she’ll never find out why, because Bailey dies that night. Of course suspicions immediately turn to the new girl, and Kacey will need to fight to prove her innocence. This one’s being blurbed as for fans of Pretty Little Liars, and I’m excited to see if it rises to the occasion.
The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana- July 18th, 2017
This oh so exciting fantasy is being billed as a mashup of The Star Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn (the latter of which I love), and I could not be more pumped to read it. There’s so much going on in the synopsis that it’s a bit hard for me to summarize, but basically we follow Princess Amrita. Her palace has gone under siege, and her kingdom destroyed by a rivaling emperor. In her escape she’s joined by an enslaved oracle, Thala. The latter encourages her to search for the so called Library of All Things, fabelled for being able to reverse fates. Awesome, amiright? Yes. Because obviously. And they’ll also be some romance and some adventure and some more OMG I need this story in my life yesterday moments. Just add it to your TBR and get excited.
Lucky in Love by Kasie West- July 25, 2017
I’m looking to broaden my expertise on YA romance, and Kasie West’s Lucky in Love seems to fit the bill perfectly! I’ve only read one other West contemporary, and it was enjoyably sweet and lighthearted. It’s my hope though that this one can manage to be just a little more humorous and heartfelt, making this a chick lit I can recommend! For those of you living under a rock, it follows protagonist Maddie; a hard working teenager who wins the lottery on a whim. With her life suddenly unrecognizable, she has to completely reevaluate her relationships with those closest to her. One constant though is her coworker Seth who, astonishingly, doesn’t seem to know her secret. But does she even want to tell him? There’s a lot of opportunity here for West to humanize Maddie, and she already seems like a very relatable and down to earth protagonist. I can tell my summer of contemporaries is going to have to make room for this one.
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie- July 11, 2017
I have no idea if this anthology will be a complete flop or something worth reading. The idea behind it is definitely unlike anything I’ve read before, with thirteen published authors and well known booktubers teaming up to write short stories. Each is from the perspective of an infamous villain, and recounts the events leading up to their heinous deeds. The only takes I know are being reimagined are Sherlock Holmes, “Medusa”, and “Jack and the Beanstalk”, but regardless there are several authors I’m very interested in reading from. There’s Renee Ahdieh and Victoria Schwab (whose work I adore), and more than a few writers I’ve wanted to read for ages. Namely: Andrew Smith, Samantha Shannon, and Susan Dennard. I think this is a great opportunity for me to see if I want to read their full length books, and potentially save me from some negative reviews. Can’t wait!
What books are you most looking forward to in July? Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments!