It is officially July, meaning that it is now time for my summer 2021 anticipated releases list! I did one for January-March, April-June, and now July-September. It’s a nice excuse for me to do some research on new books to add to my TBR, and I hope that all of you are going to be able to find something interesting as well. So, let’s get started!
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim | Released July 6th
I know that there are so many more books to come on this list, but I can tell you that this is definitely one of books I was most looking forward to. This is a retelling of The Six Swans with an east-Asian inspired setting, which we do not get enough of. Plus, there’s an arranged marriage trope, which I haven’t actually read much of, but I am excited to see how it goes. Paired with its beautiful title and stunning cover, this is going right to the top of my TBR.
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass | Releasing July 13th
Horror is usually not the genre for me. I can’t watch scary movies, I can’t go into haunted houses, and I am essentially scared of everything. HOWEVER, this book’s concept sounds so good with the MC being able to see the dead’s final moments and I might as well give it a try. I really love that this book is #ownvoices with both black and gay representation. Plus, it also covers a lot of powerful, heavier topics of racism, homophobia, and mental health.
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan | Releasing July 20th
This book is marketed as ACOTAR meets The Cruel Prince (two of my favorite books ever), which is honestly enough for it to get on this list. I cannot tell you how obsessed I am with everything fae, and I’ve been looking to read more books with them recently. There are seelie/unseelie courts, a love triangle with princes, AND political intrigue. I’ve also heard that there is a bit of a Cinderella spin, so I’m excited to see how that works out as well.
Curses by Lish McBride | Releasing July 20th
I will forever be obsessed with Beauty and the Beast retellings especially after loving A Curse so Dark and Lonely. So, this gender-bent one immediately caught my eye. This one features our MC, Merit, who is cursed to live as a beast forever if she does not marry by her 18th birthday. Enter our charming love interest, Tevin, who has agreed to help Merit on finding her best match in exchange for paying off his mother’s debt. But…what if he is her best match??
Small Favors by Erin A. Craig | Releasing July 27th
This cover is actually so gorgeous AND it’s a Rumpelstiltskin retelling, which I have been waiting on for years. This one features a small town called Amity Falls, which has been ridden with mysterious activities. All of these connect to mystical beings, who agree to fulfil any of the resident’s desires for a small favor (get it, the title haha). This is the same author of House of Salt and Sorrows, which I have not yet read. I have some friends who loved it though, so why not give the author a try?
How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao | Releasing Aug. 3rd
This book gives me the biggest One of Us is Lying vibes and I am absolutely here for it. After our MC Nancy finds her ex-best friend dead, it is soon revealed that her three closest friends are the suspects, based on the school’s social media app. The four of them must work together to discover who the true killer is, before all of their secrets become exposed. Being a student, thrillers set in schools are always fun because of how relatable the dynamics are, and I’m excited to see where this goes!
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould | Releasing Aug. 3rd
This is yet another thriller that features Snakebite, Oregon, a town being haunted by the dead. Our MC Ashley and the daughter of an infamous TV ghost hunter, Logan, must work together to figure out the secrets of the town and what is truly going on. This sounds like such an ominous, yet interesting & atmospheric read. I really love the sapphic LGBTQ+ rep, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the relationship develops through the events of the story!
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee | Releasing Aug. 3rd
This month is so good for YA thrillers, and I just have to talk about this final one! It’s about a boarding school, haunted by its history of witchcraft and five former students who supposedly haunt the dorms of the schools. When our MC Felicity joins forces with new student Ellis in order to learn more about the “Dalloway Five,” they are forced to confront the past. We get dark academia, we get morally gray characters, and we get another sapphic romance, making this book pretty perfect in my eyes.
A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert | Releasing Aug. 3rd
This standalone (yes standalone!) features so many amazing tropes that I really don’t read enough of. There’s an arranged marriage, political intrigue, and the chosen one in this beautiful fantasy world where Princess Jiara must marry her sister’s betrothed when she is killed by an assassin. She struggles to adapt to this new kingdom with her dyslexia and lack of knowledge on how to speak the new language. However, she must quickly adapt to identify the killer and bring her sister justice.
The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith| Releasing Aug. 31st
This book features a 1911 New York City setting with a secret school for witches??? PLUS, a murder mystery where Frances is enchanted by a boy named Finn, who appears in her dreams and wants to help her discover what truly happened to her brother. I sense this romance coming, and I’m already getting excited over it. There’s also Native representation in the MC, Lea, as well as feminist themes throughout the entire novel.
The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young | Releasing Sept. 7th
September has to be my favorite month for releases, with so many authors I love releasing new novels or sequels. First up we have a standalone from Adrienne Young, which is actually set in the same world of Fable, which I both read and loved last year. There is a slow-burn forbidden enemies to lovers romance where our MC Bryn is desperate to earn trust and a place with her long-lost crime family, who makes money through a fake gem trade.
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Releasing Sept. 7th
I try not to put sequels on this list because they might not apply to everyone, but I just had to talk about this one because of how much I loved The Inheritance Games last year! It is a book full of twists, riddles, romance, and it helped reignite my love for YA mysteries/thrillers. Look, I never like love triangles, but there’s something about the one in this book. The first book ended on the worst cliffhanger, and I am absolutely ready to see where this book takes us as well.
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer | Releasing Sept. 14th
Here we have another retelling by Brigid Kemmerer, but this time it’s Robin Hood instead of Beauty and the Beast! It features the kingdom of Kandala, plagued by an illness that is only cured by a limited elixir, mostly made for the royal family. To save her neighbors and the people around her, Tessa and her best friend Wes steal the elixir and distribute it to those who need it the most. There’s a romance, which I always need in my fantasy books and a super gorgeous cover.
Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber | Releasing Sept. 28th
Like The Last Legacy, this one is also set in the same world as Stephanie Garber’s past series, Caraval! The worlds she creates are always so magical and whimsical, and I am so excited to dive back into them. This one features our MC Evangeline, who makes a bargain with the Prince of Hearts to stop the wedding of the love of her life. Books with bargains them are always going to be my favorites, and honestly, I think we need more of them.
Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray | Releasing Sept. 28th
We are finally finishing off this list with a gorgeous #ownvoices Pan-African inspired fantasy with mental health rep. There’s magic and mythology and everything you could possibly want in a YA fantasy. It focuses on Koffi and Ekon, who must work together to hunt down a vicious monster that has plagued their city. They both must enter a magical, dangerous jungle, as their relationship and romance slowly develops along the way.
Anyways, that concludes my list! I hope you found some interesting reads, and I might go ahead and preorder a couple of these before they release. Sorry it’s a week late too! I meant to publish this last week, but I got lazy and lost track of time, so some of these books already came out haha. In the meantime, I just finished reading King of Scars, so hopefully I’ll publish the review for it next week or so? I’m currently reading Rule of Wolves right now too, so I might just make the post a review of the series as a whole.
Hope you all have an amazing Tuesday!