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Sweet Reads: Jump Into July With These New Releases!

Sweet Reads: Jump Into July With These New Releases!

It’s July, readers! We’re back again with the best new book releases to keep you company this month. Stay tuned while we catch you up on all the most exciting book releases coming at you in July, and why you should add them to your TBR!

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Who We Were in the Dark by Jessica Taylor

Image Source: Penguin Teen

Donner Lake is full of magic––supposedly. Nora, Grace, Wesley, and Rand reunite there as much as possible, where they share ups and downs and growing up. But two years later, Grace is missing and it’s up to Nora to figure out where and how everything went wrong and attempt to fix her fractured friendships. This is twisty thriller perfect for a chilly summer night for fans of Genuine Fraud!

Release date: July 5
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Frightmares by Eva V. Gibson

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If you loved Fear Street in both book and movie form, then you’ll wanna check out this new spooky read! It follows Dave, who’s working at a tourist destination called Frightmares House of Horrors for the summer. When things go wrong at the already declining haunted house, the employees walk out and Dave ends up covering a role for a friend, but he discovers more than he bargained for when he stumbles upon a real dead body. But things get even spookier when he returns to the scene of the crime with help and the body has vanished!

Release date: July 5
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Content warning: sexual innuendo, gruesome depictions of death, vomiting.

The Darkening by Sunya Mara

Image Source: Clarion Books

It’s always a good time for a YA fantasy debut! This epic tale follows Vesper Vale, who is the daughter of failed revolutionaries. Vesper lost her mother to the Storm that swirls outside the city and curses anyone who touches it, and she’s determined not to let the same fate happen to her father when he’s caught on the run. In order to do that, she must enter a world of dark magic, soldier-sorcerers, princes, and manipulation. Plus, there may be more to her mother’s death than she knew. We are dying to know what happens!

Release date: July 5
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The Charmed List by Julie Abe 

Image Source: Wednesday Books

This book sounds as sugary sweet as a snow cone, which is exactly what we want to combat the July heat. Ellie Kobata is a quiet girl with an Anti-Wallflower List that she’s sure will lead to a summer of risks and adventures. She’s hoping it leads to a road trip with her bestie, making her art Instagram public, and more, but instead, she gets stuck in a car with Jack Yasuda, her enemy. Her plans quickly sour from charmed to cursed, but as they drive down the California coast to a magical convention, another item on the Anti-Wallflower List may be coming to fruition (falling love).

Release date: July 5
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Content warning: death of a parent.

A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy by Jeff Bishop

Image Source: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Billed as You’ve Reached Sam meets John Hughes, this contemporary has our hearts already. Cam is looking forward to summer and winning back his girlfriend, Allison, who dumped him. Instead, things go horribly wrong when Allison is left comatose after a car accident and Cam himself tears his ACL in a basketball accident. In his misery, he starts seeing Allison after taking his pain medication, and suddenly the summer gets interesting again.

Release date: July 12
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No One Is Alone by Rachel Vincent

Image Source: Bloomsbury YA

This contemporary follows Michaela, whose life is turned upside down after the death of her single mom. Her dad dropped in for holidays and birthdays, but she barely knew him. When she loses her mom, she’s left with the reveal that she was the product of an affair and her dad has been married with three other kids the whole time. Now, she has a half-sister the same age who isn’t too happy to be sharing her room with Michaela. Michaela has to adjust to not only family secrets revealed, but a whole new life and school.

Release date: July 12
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Content warning: car accident, death, overdose.

Out of Her Depth by Lizzy Barber

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In this shimmery thriller, college student Rachel gets into a summer job in Florence. Whisked away from her native London, Rachel is immersed in the lavish lifestyle of the privileged young people around her, including her coworker Diana. But beneath the glamor, there’s darkness in the rivalries and secrets woven between the elite. When it all comes to a head one night, resulting in death, Rachel is caught up in a web of manipulation and glitz.

Release date: July 12
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We Made It All Up by Margot Harrison

Image Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This story has complicated friendship, fanfic, and a mysterious death. What a combo! When Celeste moves to Montana and meets Vivvy, a local heir and social pariah, she gets wrapped up in her world of fanfic and that leads to the reveal of Celeste’s past and a kiss with popular boy Joss. But when Joss ends up dead, Celeste can’t remember what happened and if she played a part in it. But as she explores that night and uncovers the truth, secrets are revealed about everyone in their small town, including Vivvy.

Release date: July 12
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Content warning: violence, alcohol use, sexual assault, stalking.

Youngblood by Sasha Laurens

Image Source: Razorbill

Queer Vampire Diaries meets dark academia boarding school with a mysterious conspiracy?! Say no more. Kat and her mother live among humans and survive off a synthetic blood substitute, but then Kat gets accepted to a prestigious vampires-only school, things look up. Meanwhile, Taylor is already a student at Harcote, but she’s over the conservative values of her world. When Kat and Taylor end up as roommates, it’s a shock, because they were best friends once upon a time. When both girls discover secrets at Harcote that lead them to powerful vampire figures, their lives collide in more ways than they could have bargained for.

Release date: July 19
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Content warning: lesbophobia, blood, murder, violence, panic attack.

The Work Wife by Alison B. Hart

Image Source: Graydon House

Zanne is a personal assistant to a powerful Hollywood couple, and during the event of the season, she could be promoted to chief-of-staff and be able to pay off her student loans and buy a house. When a former business partner crashes, Zanne must contend with how entangled she is in her bosses’ world. This story is told over the course of one day and is packed with twists from three perspectives that grapple with privilege and complicity.

Release date: July 19
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Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke

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This poignant YA love story is a sweet romance about an ambitious girl finding love. The main character has big college dreams and a crush on the new superstar basketball player. But the reappearance of her estranged mother throws a wrench in things. This one is shaping up to be moving and emotional as much as it is sweet and romantic!

Release date: July 26
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Content Warnings: depictions of anxiety and depression, discussions of sexual assault, discussions of abortion, alcohol use, discussions of alcoholism, parental abandonment, grandparent death (backstory, off page).

For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa

Image Source: HQN

Cooking romances are our bread and butter and we can’t wait to dive into this sweet and salty story! Nina is co-host of a cooking competition show, but her high hopes are dashed by her annoying co-host, restaurateur Leo. When they’re caught in what looks like a compromising situation by paparazzi, the show’s producers decide that’s just what they need for their careers, much to Nina’s chagrin. Cooking, fake dating, and enemies to lovers… we’re in.

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Release date: July 26
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Beasts of Ruin by Ayana Gray

Image Source: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The sequel to Beasts of Prey is finally here! Now, Koffi is now a servant to the god of death, and on a new quest, she must learn to keep surviving. Meanwhile, Ekon is on a mission to rescue Koffi from her fate. Koffi and Ekon will do anything to be reunited again, but they have massive forces against them. Will their destinies still align?

Release date: July 26
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Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

Image Source: Delacorte Press

Calling all fairy tale lovers! Violet is a prophet who influences the court with her divinations. Prince Cyrus plans on stripping her of her role when he takes over his reign, but Violet won’t let it happen if she can do anything about it. When Violet unwittingly awakens a curse, her life and feelings get tangled up with Cyrus’, of all people. This fantasy debut sounds positively enchanting, and we can’t wait to see how Violet and Cyrus’ story unfolds!

Release date: July 26
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The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner

Image Source: Entangled Teen

We’re screaming over sapphic warrior women with Norse mythology inspo and epic adventure! Sigrid is a stable hand with big dreams of becoming a valkyrie. But when she sees a vision of her dreams coming true, she resolves to do anything to make it happen. But Mariam is the only thing standing in her way, and the only one who can help her. The two must battle sea serpents, night elves, and all kinds of obstacles to reach their destinies. And, the feelings between Sigrid and Mariam quickly develop into something more.

Release date: July 26
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Content warning: abandonment, alcohol consumption, animal death, blood, bullying, death, violence, fire/fire injury, grief, toxic parental relationship.

The Witchery by S. Isabelle

Image Source: Scholastic

Halloween is coming early this year, and we couldn’t be happier about it. This spooky tale follows baby witch Logan, who has just arrived at Mesmortes Coven Academy in a witchtown. When she meets Iris, a deathwitch, Jailah, and Thalia, a greenwitch, she’s thrust deeper into the world of witches and the curse on the town. During the Haunting season, they may have to team up with the Wolves to keep the peace in town and break the curse. It’s giving The Craft plus Maggie Stiefvater and Leigh Bardugo vibes!

Release date: July 26
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Twice as Perfect by Louisa Onomé

Image Source: Feiwel & Friends

Adanna’s life is all about duty. But when she gets back in touch with her estranged brother, her life gets shaken up. She’s determined to find out what really happened that caused her brother to leave after an argument with their parents, and how he went from setting out to be an engineer to being a poet. Amid helping her cousin plan her wedding to an Afrobeats superstar, Adanna must navigate parental pressure, a debate competition, her love life, and more to figure out where she goes from here.

Release date: July 26
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Long Story Short by Serena Kaylor

Image Source: Wednesday Books

Beatrice grew up homeschooled, so when she gets the chance to go to the Connecticut Shakespearean Summer Academy across the country, she jumps on the chance to prove to her parents that she can survive as a normal teen girl. Over the course of the camp, Beatrice experiences teenage rites of passage, including love, a new friend group, parties, and theater. This sparkling contemporary debut is perfect for fans of camp, theater kids, and readers looking for summery fun.

Release date: July 26
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Enjoy a summer full of reading with these scorching books! Be sure to let us know in the comments below what you’re planning on reading this month! You can also find us on Twitter @thehoneypop, or on Facebook and Instagram.

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