Friday, July 1, 2016

New YA and NA Book Releases » July 2016

Hello all! As the title suggests, this is where Ellen and Sierra will discuss their most anticipated upcoming releases for the month of July.

Our July Desires

  1. 1. Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2) by Rachel Caine

Publishing Date: July 5th, 2016

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Sierra: Honestly, I'm a little nervous about this one. I read the first book, Ink and Bone, last year and absolutely loved. But the buzz going around the blogosphere seems to suggest that this installation doesn't live up to its predecessor. I do hope to pick this one up and see for myself.

Ellen: Our friend Ali, over at My Guilty Obsession, just rated Paper and Fire five stars. So, there's some hope, Sierra! As for me, I NEED to read Ink and Bone. Typically, if Sierra loves a book, then I love the book too.

2. Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

July 5, 2016

learning to swear in america

Ellen: There have been a number of YA disaster books that have come out in the past few years (We All Looked Up, The Last Boy and Girl in the World), but I've passed on them all. But, I'm genuinely excited for Learning to Swear in America. Something about the premise really appeals to me, and I have a feeling that the book will have humor and engage important and meaningful subjects.

Sierra: I hadn't heard about this one until Ellen mentioned it. The premise does sound interesting, and I love the title.

3. The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
(The Girl at Midnight #2)
July 12th, 2016

the shadow hour by melissa grey
Sierra: As I recall, both Ellen and I didn't care for the first book, The Girl at Midnight. But so many people I know really enjoyed it! So I'm considering giving it another go, and hoping this one doesn't suffer from second-book syndrome.

Ellen: Sierra is quite right. I wasn't moved by The Girl at Midnight.  I thought it was a poor man's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Unless The Shadow Hour turns the book blogging world upside down, I won't pick this one up.

4. Imprudence by Gail Carriger
(The Custard Protocol #2)
July 19th, 2016

Imprudence by Gail Carriger
Sierra: I'm sure most of you are aware by now of my intense crush on Gail Carriger and her characters. I've already preordered this baby and am dying to get my copy. I can't wait for more adventures with Rue and her crew!

Review for Prudence TBP

Ellen: "Rue and her crew" sounds so sassy and cute! Right now, I'm poised to begin the Finishing School series by Carriger and finish the Parasol Protectorate. Then, I'll move on to Prudence and Imprudence. Lots of reading to do!

5. Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt
July 25th, 2016

broken prince by erin watt
Sierra: I texted Ellen at 7am, furious that the second book hadn't been released yet. We just need to wait 3 more weeks for more Ella and the Royal brothers!

Ellen: I've been keeping my eye on this book for many weeks now.  The last book ends on a big cliffhanger, so of course I'll be reading Broken Prince as soon as possible to abate my curiosity.

Sierra: I foresee many frantic texts in our future, Ellen.

Sierra's Review of Paper Princess
Ellen's Review of Paper Princess
Our Spoilery Discussion of Paper Princess

6. Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
July 26th, 2016

gemini by sonya mukherjee

Sierra: This is a story about conjoined twins, and I don't think I have ever read a book from that perspective before. This is also a debut from an Indian author. I'm trying to be more open-minded about reading books written by 'my people' (as it were). I automatically tend to avoid them for whatever reason. But not this time!

Ellen: I think I'll see what Sierra thinks of Gemini before I jump in.  It's nothing against the book itself, just that I have an enormous STACK of books to read this July and Gemini doesn't excite me on a molecular level like a certain play called...

7. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
July 31st, 2016

harry potter and the cursed child
Sierra: I'M SO EXCITED AND PUKING-NERVOUS AT THE SAME TIME. I'm gutted that I can't go see it in person, and I'm worried that the story will be more suited for a stage than it is for it be read in this fashion. I'm one of those people that is absolutely content with letting the Harry Potter world rest after the 7th book, but as the release date looms closer, my nerves continue to grow. I pray that it is wonderful.

Ellen: I think it was such an interesting move on J.K. Rowling's part, to continue the Harry Potter saga with a play.  It was not what I was expecting at all, but that's ok! Plays are a huge part of Great Britain's cultural make-up, so I'm interested to see how The Cursed Child shapes up, not just from a fan's perspective, but from an (almost) English major's perspective.  How will Harry Potter as we know it change and morph to adhere to a different art form? And most importantly, since my Meijer down the road is open 24 hours, does that mean they'll have some semblance of a midnight release?

What books are you guys excited about this month? Let us know and we will check them out!


  1. So many great sequels coming out this month! And I really like the looks of Gemini as well D: Hope you can get your hands on these soon!

  2. Right now I am reading a Paper and Fire ARC and so far in enjoying it quite a bit! ;)

  3. Me too! I'm lucky to have a fabulous library that orders new releases. But I will definitely be picking up a couple of these books for my own collection :)

  4. Oh, excellent!! That makes me feel quite relieved. Thank you for restoring my faith in the series!

  5. Looking forward to The Shadow Hour, but I heard it's slower than the first book. *sad panda face* Anyway, I hope you'll get the books you want in July, ladies!

  6. Thank you! I hope you enjoy The Shadow Hour and let me know how it is! I trust your judgement :)