It’s that time of the year again when we look ahead at all the amazing titles coming out between now and September (when the year’s biggest titles are usually slated to be published) and despair that there isn’t enough time to read everything. 

First up is This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab which is out soonest (July 5). Thank gods because the elevator pitch for this one has me salivating all over this keyboard: “a girl burns down a chapel and a boy uses a violin to steal souls in a city filled with monsters.” I mean, shut up and take my money, right? Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn is also out on July 5 and if this novel is anything like the author’s delightful romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, then we are all in for a treat. I know this book features superheroines and demonic invasions.

Smug_Poisoned BladeThe Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin is not out until August 16, and I don’t know how much longer I can wait to find out more about the strange obelisks that appeared in the excellent The Fifth Season. I also can’t wait to catch up with those characters and see how they are doing. Having read The Fifth Season and knowing Jemisin’s propensity for putting her characters through the wringer, I suspect they will not be doing that well.

 More catching up will happen when I read: Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone, the fifth book in the always excellent and reliably awesome Craft Sequence series (July 26); Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott (August 16), the sequel to epic YA epic fantasy Court of Fives (yes, this is a doubly epic series);  and The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (September 20), the follow-up to The Scorpion Rules, a truly fantastic SCIFI dystopian novel.    

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Nisi Shawl’s Everfair (September 6), is an alternate historical fantasy set in Belgium Congo and I hope—oh, how much I hope—that this is going to be the steampunk novel I had been waiting for all my life: more punk than steam, full of wonderful politics, and a marvellous exploration of possibilities.   

Crosstalk by Connie Willis is a new romantic comedy by an author who often writes pure romantic comedy gold. If you like: comedy, romance and time travel and Smug_Crosstalk haven’t read her books yet, please go get To Say Nothing of the Dog then come back here to wait for Crosstalk with me.

Another novel waiting in tenterhooks is Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Certain Dark Things. I loved her debut Signal to Noise a whole lot and Certain Dark Things promises to be an equally fun ride: set in Mexico City, featuring vampires in a darkly funny storyline. It’s out in October and, yes, technically I am cheating because this is a summer list, but let’s not forget that one of the best things about summer is the dreaming about cooler months. And Halloween. This book sounds like the perfect Halloween read, doesn’t it?

There are plenty more of course, which summer books are YOU looking forward to?

Thea James and Ana Grilo are The Book Smugglers, a website for speculative fiction and YA. You can also find them on Twitter.