11 YA Books Out In July 2020

Summer is the perfect time to pick up new reads and here are the July books I'm keeping under my radar. I hope you connect with the titles below, and remember to pre-order, buy on release week, or (if you're on budget) order these titles in your local libraries to get your hands on them.



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A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer - July 7


The first book in a new YA fantasy duology from a bestselling genre-expanding master, about a teenager who embarks on a quest to protect the world from an alternate universe where magic abounds and history has been rewritten.


After Jonathan Lambshead’s elusive grandfather dies, the recently orphaned teenager inherits the family mansion—and its contents. Jonathan soon discovers that the mansion’s basement holds more than just oddities: three doors serve as portals, with one leading to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where magic abounds, history has been re-written, and an occult dictator called Aleister Crowley leads an army pillaging alt-Europe. Jonathan learns of his destiny as a member of The Order, a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora, and embarks on an epic quest to protect Earth from Crowley’s dark magic.


Over the course of the duology, Jonathan uncovers more of the worlds outside of our own, the magic that permeates them, his own destiny, and the secrets buried in his family history.


#Fantasy #Horror #MagicalRealism #SciFi


Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 656 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power - July 7


From the author of the New York Times bestsellerWilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery–until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.


Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.


But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.


Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?


The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.


#Horror #Mystery #Thriller #LGBTQ #SciFi


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 352 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron - July 7


It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.


Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .


This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.


#Dystopia #Fantasy #LGBTQ #Retellings #Romance


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 400 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning - July 7


A PRINCESS

A STABLE BOY

A QUEST


When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.


But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.


And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.


The acclaimed author of Sea Witch turns the classic damsel-in-distress tale on its head with this story of adventure, identity, and love.


#Fantasy

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Loveless by Alice Oseman - July 9


The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.


It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?


Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.


As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.


But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.


Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?


This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.


#Contemporary #LGBTQ

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 448 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters - July 14


Sawkill Girls meets Beautiful Creatures in this lush and eerie debut, where the boundary between reality and nightmares is as thin as the veil between the living and the dead.


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.


Family secrets, a gorgeously resonant LGBTQ love triangle, and just the right amount of creepiness make this young adult debut a haunting and hopeful story about facing everything that haunts us in the dark.


#Fantasy #LGBTQ #Paranormal


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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The Extraordinaries by T. J. Klune - July 14


Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune's YA debut,The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.


Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?


After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick's best friend (and maybe the love of his life).


Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer's Renegades in TJ Klune's YA debut.


#LGBTQ #MagicalRealism #Romance

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 405 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Dust by Kara Swanson - July 21


The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.


Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real--since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire's desperate search points to London... and a boy who shouldn't exist.


Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.


The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan--and herself.


#Fantasy #Retellings

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Shielded by KayLyn Flanders - July 21


For fans ofSorcery of ThornsandFuryborncomes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.


The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It's losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.


As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn's--her brother's--magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.


Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong--the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it's too late--for her and for her entire kingdom.


#Fantasy


Level of Excitement:

No. of Pages: ~ 352 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy - July 21


A YA historical fantasy set in nineteenth-century Denmark, where secrets can kill and magic is a deadly gift.


For Marit Olsen, magic is all about strategy: it flows freely through her blood, but every use leaves behind a deadly, ice-like build-up within her veins called the Firn. Marit knows how dangerous it is to let too much Firn build up—after all, it killed her sister—and she has vowed never to use her thread magic. But when Eve, a fellow orphan whom Marit views like a little sister, is adopted by the wealthy Helene Vestergaard, Marit will do anything to stay by Eve’s side. She decides to risk the Firn and uses magic to secure a job as a seamstress in the Vestergaard household.


But Marit has a second, hidden agenda: her father died while working in the Vestergaards’ jewel mines—and it might not have been an accident. The closer Marit gets to the truth about the Vestergaard family, the more she realizes she and everyone she’s come to love are in danger. When she finds herself in the middle of a treacherous deception that goes all the way up to the king of Denmark, magic may be the only thing that can save her—if it doesn’t kill her first.


#Fantasy #HistoricalFiction


Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 352 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu - July 28


Damsel meets A Heart in a Body in the World in this incisive and lyrical feminist fairy tale about a princess determined to save her sisters from a curse, even if it means allying herself with the very witch who cast it.


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.


Told through the eyes of Reagan and Jane—the witch and the bewitched—this insightful twist of a fairy tale explores power in a patriarchal kingdom not unlike our own.


#Fantasy


Level of Excitement: High!

No. of Pages: ~ 304 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Thank you for checking these books out, I hope you found the links useful and stay tuned for next month's reads and new reviews.


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