July’s Most Anticipated Young Adult Books

Posted by Sharon on July 1, 2020
As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young adult fiction. Every month our team looks at the books being published and how they’re resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites.

New in July: Dark forces rise again after a peace treaty fails in The Damned. A dedicated fanfic writer posits a different kind of superhero in The Extraordinaries. And princesses get an update in Girl, Serpent, Thorn and Cinderella Is Dead. Also look for indie music nerds in love, twisty horror from Rory Power, and a sprinkling of Chinese magic and mythology.

Add the books that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf and let us know what you’re reading and recommending in the comments!


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Perhaps you’ve heard the legend of the princess with the poisonous touch? Distressing story, isn’t it? Now imagine being that princess, doomed to wander the gardens, forever separated from human touch. Princess Soraya is living that very story and she has extremely limited options. She must confront the demon in the dungeons below who holds the secret knowledge of the curse. On the upside, there’s a pleasant young man outside the garden who seems to be waiting...for something...

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In the former kingdom of Cinderella, happily ever afters are no longer guaranteed—especially when matchmaking now takes place at an Annual Ball, where teen girls are forced to parade themselves in front of men and then, ahem, quietly disappear afterward if no one asks for their hand. This is a problem for Sophia, who’d much rather marry her childhood sweetheart, Erin. But when Sophia stumbles upon the last known descendant of Cinderella? Well, let’s just say, “Do you want to build a revolution?”


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Renée Ahdieh returns with the second installment of her series The Beautiful, which can be filed under historical fiction, romance, young adult, or paranormal fiction. That’s the fun of it all. Sébastien Saint Germain, now cursed and forever changed, has paid the ultimate price for loving Celine. Celine has paid a price, too. Dark forces have been waiting centuries for this moment to arrive, for the treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken. Vampires. We’re talking about vampires.


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Author T.J. Klune’s newest book alights upon YA shelves with a style that’s been billed as Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer’s RenegadesThe Extraordinaries follows the fortunes of superhero fanfic writer Nick Bell, who may have some superpowers of his own. It’s a queer coming-of-age story featuring love, laughs, and ADHD medications—plus Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero!


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Vada is a dedicated music blogger with a plan: Get a job at the record store, get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program, then score an internship at the original mothership publication—Rolling Stone. Luke is an equally obsessed podcaster with an encyclopedic knowledge of music and a punk rock dad. Seems like a good match, right? But obstacles persist. Erin Hahn’s new book reminds us: Indie music nerds need love, too!


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Steeped in the traditions of Chinese history and magic, this second installment of The Blood of Stars series promises another 368 pages of sorcery, mystery, and forbidden romance. Maia Tamarin returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she’s forced to accept her assigned place as the Emperor’s bride-to-be. But Maia will never stop fighting for peace. For those keeping score at home, Unravel the Dusk is the sequel to last year’s popular Spin the Dawn.


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Author Rory Power (Wilder Girls) is back with a twisty new thriller about a mysterious past. As far back as Margot can remember, it’s just been her and her mom, struggling to get by in a run-down apartment. No one will answer Margot’s questions about her family and her past. But everything changes when she finds a cryptic clue—a photo that points Margot to a town called Phalene. Is mom trying to hide their past? Or is she protecting them from something else?


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During their four years in high school, overachievers Rowan Roth and Neil McNair developed a bitter rivalry over test scores, student council positions, and even gym class (yes, really). Now that Neil’s been named valedictorian, Rowan has one final chance to get back at him: Howl, the 24-hour senior class scavenger hunt. But when an unexpected turn of events forces the two to team up, Rowan might just have to rethink, well, everything she thought she knew about Neil.


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let’s talk books in the comments!

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Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) I'm so excited for Cinderella is Dead and Girl, Serpent, Thorn. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is one of my all-time favourite retellings!


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Em Can't believe Loveless by Alice Oseman isn't on here - it's an #OwnVoices aro/ace coming out story and it's gonna be awesome!


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Kaitlin In the snippet for Today Tonight Tomorrow it says the game is called Smash but when you click through to read more, it says the game is called Howl. Just an edit suggestion!


kittykat (Jo Tortitude) The Extraordinaries (The Extraordinaries, #1) by T.J. Klune I don't read a lot of YA, but I'll read ANYTHING by one of my top authors TJ Klune.

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron This is another one that I'm looking forward to - and this cover is so much nicer than the one above (even though I buy ebooks and don't really care!).

The Damned (The Beautiful, #2) by Renée Ahdieh because the series is about vampires and the romance is only a minor side plot from what I understand!


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Andrea Johnson sourdough wrote: "Can’t wait for any of these to come out! Especially “ Cinderella is Dead “"

Agreed! That's the first one I flagged too.


message 6: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Johnson Definitely have my eye on "Cinderella is Dead" and "Burn Our Bodies Down." I'll have to make a note of these for my best YA of 2020 list. Anyone who is interested is welcome to check out my Goodreads blog to see my best YA of 2019 list.


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Brigid Em wrote: "Can't believe Loveless by Alice Oseman isn't on here - it's an #OwnVoices aro/ace coming out story and it's gonna be awesome!"

Why did I think this had already came out?


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Brigid Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron This is another one that I'm looking forward to - and this cover is so much nicer than the one above.

I knoooooow! I want the UK cover!


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Sharon Kaitlin wrote: "In the snippet for Today Tonight Tomorrow it says the game is called Smash but when you click through to read more, it says the game is called Howl. Just an edit suggestion!"

Thanks for catching that! Just fixed it.


message 10: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Lisanti I won Girl, Serpent, Thorn in a giveaway and can't wait to dig into it :)


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Caroline I’m really excited for Cinderella is Dead and The Princess Will Save You.


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K8 wrote: "I'm so excited for Cinderella is Dead and Girl, Serpent, Thorn. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is one of my all-time favourite retellings!"
Sameeeeeeee


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Kaitlin Sharon wrote: "Kaitlin wrote: "In the snippet for Today Tonight Tomorrow it says the game is called Smash but when you click through to read more, it says the game is called Howl. Just an edit sug..."

You're welcome!


Douglas McConaghy Cance. My memb


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Elvina Zafril Can't wait for The Damned to be released and also Cinderella sounds so amazing!


message 16: by Hollie (new)

Hollie I read an ARC of More Than Maybe and it was really good! Definitely recommend checking it out if you’re interested.


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Alicia kittykat (Jo Tortitude) wrote: "The Damned (The Beautiful, #2) by Renée Ahdieh because the series is about vampires and the romance is only a minor side plot from what I understand!"

I feel like the love story is more prominent here but I'm only on chapter 2 right now. In the first one the romance was definitely a small side plot which i love. There is not enough YA where the romance is just a side thing.


message 18: by Rnkswamy (new)

Rnkswamy Rnkswamy Respected Sir, Any Adult sexual educational story books in your store please disclose.


message 19: by Umesh (new)

Umesh The Extraordinaries, omg gimme gimme!


Shrieky Noodle Flute Girl Yes please! I am so excited for some of these!


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Karina Umar Alaina wrote: "I won Girl, Serpent, Thorn in a giveaway and can't wait to dig into it :)"

COOL!


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Aahan Christian Yes this is a great book


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