While we’re saying goodbye to June, July is already knocking on doors. It’s official, bookish friends… Summer is here! That means we’ll have more time to settle back and binge every book we’ve been meaning to get to, but also to dive into all of these incredible July book releases. There are SO MANY good books coming out this month: piercing fiction, dystopian science fiction, fantastical romances, magical adventures, and all kinds of other genres. Looking for new reading material? All you need to do is scroll down and find it!
by Colson Whitehead
The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative, based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children
Abandoned by his parents, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy.
In reality, the Nickel Academy is a chamber of horrors where the staff abuses students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear. Elwood’s friend Turner thinks he is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.
by Bruce Holsinger
The Gifted School is a compelling novel about a happy group of friends and parents that is nearly destroyed by their own competitiveness, when an exclusive school for gifted children opens in the community.
Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, the novel observes the drama within a community of friends and parents. What will happen when good intentions and high ambitions collide with long-held secrets and lies? Seen through the lens of four families who’ve always been a part of each others lives, the story reveals not only the lengths that some adults are willing to go, but the effect on the group’s children, sibling relationships, marriages, and careers… It’s a humorous, keenly observed, timely take on ambitious parents, willful kids, and the pursuit of prestige, no matter the cost.
by Rory Power
Wilder Girls is a feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their boarding school. When one of them disappears, they will go to great lengths in order to uncover the truth of their confinement.
In the beginning, it started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
Spin the Dawn
(The Blood of Stars #1)
by Elizabeth Lim
In this sweeping “Project Runway-meets Mulan” YA fantasy, young girl poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land. As a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin.
Soon she will face the impossible task: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. Maia embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
by Kalyn Josephson
In this thrilling new fantasy debut, we follow a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental Crows that were taken from her people.
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, Crows are part of every aspect of life, until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything. The Princesses of Rhodaire are left to grieve and try to take the best of the situation.
But when princess Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
by Chuck Wendig
Wanderers is a dystopian novel that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.
Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking and heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. Like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.
For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence. As the rest of society collapses all around them, the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic.
by Kimi Eisele
If the grid went down, how would you find someone on the other side of the country? How would you find hope?
After a global economic collapse and failure of the electrical grid, chaos begins to escalate. Carson is a high school teacher of history who sees history bearing out its lessons all around him. He decides to head west on foot toward Beatrix, a woman he met during a chance visit to his school. With no internet or phone or postal service, can they find their way back to each other, and what will be left of their world when they do?
Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls and opportunists. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Beatrix and her neighbors turn to one another for food, water, and solace. Soon they start constructing the kind of cooperative community that suggests the end could, in fact, be a promising beginning.
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Gods of Jade and Shadow is one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore and Mayan gods.
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. She dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.
Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death. When god requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother, Casiopea sees opportunity to make her dreams come true.
In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the deep darkness of the Mayan underworld.
by Evan Winter
This debut epic fantasy will especially please fans of Gladiator and Game of Thrones. The world is caught in an eternal war, but there is a young man who will become his people’s only hope for survival.
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.
Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. When those closest to him are brutally murdered, his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.
by Duncan M. Hamilton
In his magnificent, heroic, adventure fantasy, Dragonslayer, Duncan M. Hamilton debuts the first book in a fast-moving trilogy: a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons.
Once a member of the King’s personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. Why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?
On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène who is about to be burned as a witch. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacing the young, untried King he pretends to serve.
Which new releases got your attention? Share your own recommendations!