Does June always zoom by faster than you expect it to? Because July 1st is TOMORROW.
Here are a few of the upcoming titles that I’ve got on deck:
Shiny Broken Pieces, by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Talk about PERFECT summer reading material! The first book in the series, Tiny Pretty Things, is about psychological warfare and ambition and desperation in a prestigious ballet school in New York City. Based on all of the chatter I’ve seen about it, Shiny Broken Pieces promises just as much (if not more) drama, mystery, and wonderfully twisty plotting.
It’s not due out until mid-month, which gives you plenty of time to grab the first book and get acquainted with your three narrators: Gigi, a talented California transplant with a secret life-threatening heart defect, and the only black girl at the school; Korean-American June, who navigates being June at school and E-Jun at home, who wants to figure out who her biological father is and who faces being unenrolled by her mother if she doesn’t start scoring bigger parts; and Bette, a seemingly classic Queen Bee type (rich, white, blonde, super mean, has a terrible mother). The publisher pitches it as “Pretty Little Liars meets Black Swan” and “soapy” and, yes, it is ABSOLUTELY all of those things, but it’s ALSO got really strong characterization and voice and stars a diverse cast of characters. SUPER fun, but also meaty! Can’t wait, can’t wait!
Gemini, by Sonya Mukherjee
Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey grapple with different interests, attractions, and dreams for the future. The reviews I’ve read suggest that there’s great character work here, with a lot about the twins’ identity as a unit and as individuals, and about facing and responding to expectations from within and without.
Flying, by Carrie Jones
I know I’ve already mentioned this one, but cheerleaders! Fighting aliens! Perfect summer fare.
The Darkest Hour, by Caroline Tung Richmond
WWII story about a girl who runs away from her Baltimore home to join the Women’s Army Corps. Kirkus says it’s more Kill Bill than Code Name Verity, and sometimes that’s just what I’m looking for in a book.
This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab
A monster story starring a heroine whose last name is Harker? Consider my interest piqued.
Signs of You, by Emily France
On one hand, Kirkus describes this as “The Sixth Sense meets The Da Vinci Code.” On the other, I’d like to go at least a decade before picking up another book with a sunset (or is it a sunrise?) on the cover.
Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy
A teenaged Russian physics prodigy is recruited by NASA to save the world from an asteroid collision. That’s all well and good, but what really has me interested is the fact that this book is being billed as a ROMANTIC COMEDY.
Pickings are usually pretty slim in July, but this July is feeling slimmer than most—are there others you’re looking forward to that I should add to my list?
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is currently serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.