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Sweet Reads: Wrap Up Summer With These August Books

Sweet Reads: Wrap Up Summer With These August Books

It’s almost back to school season, and what better way to wrap up summer than by rounding up the last of this year’s summer book releases? We have the perfect list for ending your summer with a bang.

Get in all your summer reading joy while you still can and soak up those last bits of sunshine and freedom!

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It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano

Image Source: Viking Books for Young Readers

What’s the best way to transition your summer reading into fall, you ask? How about a marching band rom-com? This one follows Yasmín Treviño, who’s determined to impress her crush and college admission boards through marching band this year. But an anonymous Instagram account that’s giving Gossip Girl complicates things when Yasmín reports it and gets the whole brass section suspended. Yasmín must right her wrongs, so she takes over the tuba and the new brass section under pressure from the Instagram account and the looming marching band competition.

Book release date: August 2
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Content warning: cyberbullying & harassment, toxic friendship, misgendering.

My Imaginary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Image Source: HarperTeen

The second installment in the Mary series follows our favorite queen of horror and sci-fi: Mary Shelley. This unique take on reimagining history sees Mary’s life intertwining with Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron. Ada has a dream of creating a one-of-a-kind automaton, and with Mary’s help, the two discover they have the ability to make anything they dream of become real. When the automaton becomes a real boy, the girls are hunted by a mad scientist! This story is full of adventure and humor, and we love this trio’s other books so we know we’re in for fun with this one!

Book release date: August 2
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Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin

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If you loved Rachel Griffin’s The Nature of Witches, you definitely wanna check out this new release! Under scrutiny from the Witches’ Council and sick of moving around after being forced to leave her last town and her father behind, Iris vents by creating curses she never plans to cast. When Iris crafts the perfect curse for her witch-hating ornithologist peer Pike, a bird swoops down and carries it away before she can do anything about it. The worst thing is––the bird is an amplifier that will spread the curse to everyone in town. If the Witches’ Council finds out, they could strip Iris’ powers for good, so she has no other choice but to enlist Pike to help her track down the rogue bird.

Book release date: August 2
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These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

Image Source: Viking Books for Young Readers

The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out? We’re in. When Helen’s grandfather dies, she finds out he left everything, including the family’s ancestral home, Harrow, to her. There’s one condition: Helen must stay at Harrow for a year. The only problem is, Harrow has always haunted Helen’s dreams, so to survive the full year, she sets out to uncover the secrets the old home has to offer. This spooky story is perfect for taking us into fall!

Book release date: August 9
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Content warning: mentioned eye trauma, animal attack, lobotomy, poison, themes of child death, gun violence, knife violence.

How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta

Image Source: Algonquin Young Readers

Cheta and Zam are sisters but they couldn’t be more opposite. When Zam is invited to live with their aunt’s luxurious family, Cheta is jealous and leaves home too, under extremely different circumstances that lead her to having to make terrible decisions. When the sisters are reunited, Cheta’s fate lies in Zam’s hands. This story explores classism, colorism, abuse, and loyalty through powerful prose.

Book release date: August 9
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Content warning: physical & verbal abuse, panic attacks on-page, drug abuse mentioned, death of a grandparent, gun violence, kidnapping.

Cake Eater by Allyson Dahlin

Image Source: HarperTeen

This book’s official summary says: “She has a million followers on social media. She uses her fashion-forward eye to pick the perfect angle and filter on every photo. She’s iconic. She’s a trend-setter.” Who do you think it’s about? None other than Marie Antoinette in the year 3070. Marie arrives in Versailles with goals in mind, including marrying a prince and accumulating likes from her loyal fans. Instead of glamor, she finds that Versailles is full of secrets like bedroom surveillance, censored newsfeeds, and disappearances. Marie and her husband Louis set out to use their social media and hacking skills to their advantage in this fun new take on (future) history.

Book release date: August 9
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The Undead Truth of Us by Britney S. Lewis

Image Source: Disney Hyperion

Zharie Young thinks her mother has turned into a zombie. But when Bo moves into her apartment building with charm, she wants nothing to do with him, until he transforms into a zombie and her mind starts changing about monsters. Through love and mystery, Zharie tries to figure out the secrets of her mother’s death. This gorgeous fantastical novel dives into love and grief and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Book release date: August 9
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Content warning: self-harm, body horror.

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala

Image Source: PUSH

Mars is determined to learn all about his twin sister Caroline, who died under tragically horrible circumstances. And that means attending Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy. It’s there that Mars meets his sister’s friend group, dubbed the Honeys, who he’s sure are involved in his sister’s death somehow. As the mountain messes with his mind, Mars realizes there’s something much darker to this place than meets the eye.

Book release date: August 16
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Content warning: blood, bullying, death, gaslighting, grief, homophobia, injury, misogyny, murder/attempted murder, sexism, sexual harassment, transphobia, violence.

The Feeling of Falling in Love by Mason Deaver

Image Source: PUSH

Neil is supposed to fly across the country with Josh, but when Josh confesses his feelings for Neil and Neil doesn’t return them, their plans fall apart. But Josh and Neil are both still attending the same wedding, so Neil must find a new date to bring along. Neil gets his roommate Wyatt to come along, and at first the tension between them ruins any friendship they might have. But during the trip, things thaw, and they may or may not be falling for each other…

Book release date: August 16
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Content warning: underage drinking, mentions of neglectful parenting, transphobia, homophobia, indirect dead naming.

The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Image Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Mer is the last living water diviner on the run from the prince who bound her to his service. Because of the prince, Mer unintentionally and indirectly caused hundreds of deaths unbeknownst to her. So when her old handler comes to her with a plan––kill the prince who abused them both––Mer agrees. With a squad of allies that includes a corgi, Mer sets out to gain her freedom.

Book release date: August 16
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A Venom Dark and Sweet by Judy I. Lin

Image Source: Feiwel and Friends

We’re just as shocked as you that the sequel to the excellent A Magic Steeped in Poison is already here, but we’re not mad about it! The enchanting conclusion to this duology follows Ning, Ruyi, Shu, and Princess Zhen as they fight for Zhen’s throne and against the evil that has fallen over the kingdom.

Book release date: August 23
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This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves

Image Source: Simon & Schuster Books for Young

Quique is trying to get over his crush on Saleem by pursuing other romantic interests, even if he’s only out to his best friend Fabiola. There’s Tyler, a stoner/jock, class president Ziggy, and Manny, who shows the most interest in Quique. But as Quique goes on a journey of self-discovery and first love and first crushes, he learns new things about himself and how to heal. This is just the amount of chaos we love to see!

Book release date: August 23
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Content warning: homophobia & mentioned physical assault, discussions about colonization invasion & politics of Palestine, suicidal ideation & intrusive thoughts.

Those Summer Nights by Laura Silverman

Image Source: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Hannah’s life was turned upside down by an Olympic dream ending injury. Bonanza is her summer employment, a place featuring mini golf, arcades, and more kitschy fun. But when her boss announces the Bonanza tournament, Hannah’s past injury is harder to ignore. Plus, the staff is hard to ignore: there’s Patrick, the cute coworker, Brie, the best friend Hannah cut off, and Ethan, her brother’s best friend who’s become surprisingly cute.

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Book release date: August 23
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Content warning: mention of cancer, death, grief, alcohol use.

How to Survive Your Murder by Danielle Valentine

Image Source: Razorbill

This slasher ode to the final girl is everything we never realized we needed in our lives. Alice is the only witness in her sister’s murder trial. Claire and Alice were best friends despite being opposites and sisters, and it’s up to Alice to tell the court what she saw in the corn maze. But when Alice is knocked out by a Sidney Prescott lookalike on the first day of trial, she’s transported back to the day Claire died––Halloween, one year ago.

Book release date: August 30
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Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Image Source: Ballantine Books

In the last of Reid’s quartet of books exploring women and fame, we follow tennis star Carrie Soto. Readers might recognize Soto from Malibu Rising, but the story takes place a decade after the events of that story. Carrie has been retired for six years, but watching a new champ named Nicki Chan take her record ignites a new fire in Carrie to make a comeback. She decides to be coached by her father once again for one year to reclaim her record. To do that, she also has to train with Bowe Huntley, who she once upon a time almost opened her heart to.

Book release date: August 30
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Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

Image Source: Little, Brown for Young Readers

Belladonna kicks of Adalyn Grace’s new series that’s described as romantic and Gothic-infused. Say no more! (But we will.) Signa has been raised by a string of guardians after being orphaned as a baby. Her last relatives are the Hawthornes, who live in a gloomy but fancy estate called Thorn Grove. The family lost their matriarch, and each member copes in different ways. But when the spirit of their mother returns and claims to have been murdered, Signa sets out to reveal the truth with the help of a stable boy. And to do that, she has to accept the help of Death himself, who’s always by her side.

Book release date: August 30
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Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus

Image Source: Delacorte Press

It’s time for another Karen M. McManus banger! This one follows Brynn, who left Saint Ambrose School four years ago after the murder of her favorite teacher. Now, through her true crime show internship, Brynn sets out to solve the unsolved case. Her ex-best friend Tripp was one of the three kids who found the body, so that’s where Brynn begins. Her quest brings up the past in more ways than one, and it might change the future forever.

Check out our review here!

Book release date: August 30
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The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Image Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

In the third installment of Barnes’ series, Avery has to survive a few more weeks in Hawthorne House. The only thing getting her through the pressure of it all is the Hawthorne brothers. As Avery gets closer to the end, a visitor throws a new wrench in things and exposes another puzzle to solve. We can’t wait to see how this one unfolds!

Book release date: August 30
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Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye

Image Source: Wednesday Books

This epic author collab is brimming with love and magic. The people of Moon Ridge grew up with the tale of a young girl who perished when it was founded. Since then, one day a year in every century, the Lady of Moon Ridge walks among the people in town. The Coven, a friend group at the high school, are convinced love and good fortune is waiting for them with a little help from Onny’s grandmother’s love potion. How does this all intertwine? We will be finding out ASAP!

Book release date: August 30
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Happy reading! We hope you all have a fantastic end to summer and find some five star reads for your TBR in these amazing book releases!

What will you be reading this month? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @thehoneypop!

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