We skipped a preview for last month, since there weren’t a lot of exciting releases for June. It’s summer, so it’s not unusual for less books to hit the shelves. Still, we have some July 2018 books to look forward to. While we’re getting you into this summer vibe, don’t forget to take our Summertime Book Tag! Now, these books will probably get added to a lot of TBR piles. Also, it’s my birthday this month so feel free to gift me any of these, wink wink.
Ghosted – Rosie Walsh
Now, this is a bit of a weird one. In the UK, this book is already published. But over there, the title is The Man Who Didn’t Call. we actually already did a review on it. Still, the release date for the US is July 24th and that’s why it’s on our July 2018 books list. Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.
When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.
Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.
The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager
I’m looking forward to this book a lot. Riley Siger’s debut novel Final Girls was one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while. And that was ‘just’ a debut! I can’t imagine what his next novel will be like, but this is definitely going on my list. I hope to read The Last Time I Lied very soon. The release is stated for July 3rd so that’s just around the corner.
Here’s what Goodreads has to say:
Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.
And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
Sea Witch – Sarah Henning
I recently wrote a piece on this new trend in Young Adult books: stories about mermaids and sirens. And what do you know, here’s yet another new book about a mermaid. Yet again, this is a retelling of the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairytale The Little Mermaid. And same as in Language of Thorns, this is an origin story of the villain. Starting on July 31st, we can read this version.
Goodreads, take it away:
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.
Contagion – Erin Bowman
This is the first book of a series and the premise looks promising. It’s a YA science fiction novel, so something a bit different than the rest of the books on this list. And I know, sci-fi isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Still, I like what the blurb says and come July 24th, we’ll know if the buzz is worth it! Go Goodreads:
It got in us
After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.
Most are dead.
But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.
Don’t set foot here again.
As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.
Grace and Fury – Tracy Banghart
I personally don’t know if I’ll pick up this book, since I feel like this is not my kind of book. But I know a lot of others will want to read this, maybe even some of us here at The Sassologist. It certainly is getting more and more publicity and the Goodreads score for Grace and Fury currently is a 4.09, which is pretty good. This is also released July 31st. So, this is what the blurb at Goodreads says:
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.
Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.
Other cool July 2018 books
Ofcourse, these five books aren’t the only ones released this month. Here are other books to look forward to:
- The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
- Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
- Artemis – Andy Weir
- Heart of Thorns – Bree Barton
- Girls’ Night Out – Liz Fenton
Did we forget a book? What book are you looking forward to the most this month. If you have any recommendations for August, feel free to share them in the comments!