Be honest, have you been finding yourself sitting at home, scrolling through social media until boredom literally swallows you whole? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and still are sometimes. Summer should definitely be a time to relax, but our minds like to be occupied, so the abundant free time can turn on you pretty quickly. Thankfully, we’ve got a solution for you and it is the age-old boredom-killer: reading. Let your mind escape the confines of your home with any of these 5 new and upcoming releases. Be sure to leave a comment below with which one strikes your fancy most!
1. Daughter of the Burning City By: Amanda Foody (Release Date: July 25th)
If you’re a fan of fantasy novels, this one’s for you. This unique novel is set in the Gomorrah Festival, which is described as “a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires”. We follow a sixteen year old girl named Sorina, who is the only one in the circus who is an illusion-worker. In other words, she can create illusions of people that can be seen, felt, and who have their own personalities. But they’re just illusions.. right? That’s what Sorina thinks, until one of them is murdered and she must embark on a journey to unravel the truth, compete with forbidden romance and jam-packed action. Now if that doesn’t scream fascinating and just begging to be read, I don’t know what does.
2. Love is Both Wave and Particle By: Paul Cody (Release Date: August 1st)
Let’s begin with the fact that this title is a play on an actual Physics fact, which is “Light can act as both a particle and a wave.” You learn something new every day, right? Not only that, but the book’s actual content stays true to the title, with its aim of considering how to measure love when it has “the power to save and destroy.” Centered around two high school students, Levon and Samantha, the book details a project about life stories given at a high school for troubled but high-achieving students. The catch? Completely confidentiality between the two students. A blend of science and love, this one is sure to be a great summer read.
3. Little Monsters By: Kara Thomas (Release Date: July 25th)
If you’re a fan of the famed Freeform show Pretty Little Liars, you’ll love this psychological thriller with themes including illusions and the power of manipulation among girls. When Kacey moves into Broken Falls, she steps into what seems to be the perfect life, with kind people, an adoring younger sister, and a tight circle of friends. These friends are great and all, until they don’t invite to her to the biggest part of the year and one girl doesn’t return. The rest is there for you to unravel by reading the book.
4. First We Were IV By: Alexandra Sirowy (Release Date: July 25th)
Any fans of How to Get Away with Murder here? If so, this novel’s for you. What started out as an innocent secret society, made up of 4 people, became more than any of them bargained for. After finding a dead girl and ancient drawings in the orchard half a decade or so earlier, the four of them made a pledge and danced under the blood moon. They were safe, until others started to want in. That’s when things start to get interesting; deceit, disobedience, unneeded intervention, and unrelenting love all play a role in this roller-coaster ride of a book.
5. Everything All At Once By: Katrina Leno (Release Date: July 25th)
Part of the reason we tend to love books so much is that we see attributes in characters that we admire or personally have. That’s why we will have no trouble loving this new novel, following a girl named Lottie Reeves who struggles with anxiety. After the death of her beloved Aunt Helen, who also happened to be the author of the best-selling Alvin Hatter series, Lottie starts to worry about the nearness of her own death. But she finds purpose quickly, with the help of a writing project her aunt left her – a series of letters containing instructions designed to push her out of her comfort zone. What follows are events such as writing on her own, being a bit of a daredevil and falling in love with a boy. The perfect recipe for a heartwarming tale, don’t you think? But of course, not without its twists – what is the inspiration behind the Alvin Hatter series? The answer lies in the book.