Hello and welcome to another ‘Most Anticipated Releases’. This month I ended up debating which five books were going to end up in my top five, struggling to pick between Season Of The Witch and Lock Every Door. I’ve yet to read a book by Riley Sager and the blurb for his latest book really captured my attention. Sometimes books based off of shows aren’t that amazing but I remember reading – and enjoying – The Demon’s Lexicon series in the past (another series that is due a re-read soon). In the end what decided it for me was remembering how excited I’d been when I first discovered that there was a Sabrina book out this year. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations. As a random side note I’d personally love another spin off book based around The Mandrake episode.
It’s the summer before her sixteenth birthday,
and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She’s always studied
magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she’s also lived a normal
mortal life — attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and
Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle.
Now time is running out on her every day, normal world, and leaving behind Roz and Susie and Harvey is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Especially because Sabrina isn’t sure how Harvey feels about her. Her cousin Ambrose suggests performing a spell to discover Harvey’s true feelings. But when a mysterious wood spirit interferes, the spell backfires… in a big way.
Sabrina has always been attracted to the power of being a witch. But now she can’t help wondering if that power is leading her down the wrong path. Will she choose to forsake the path of light and follow the path of night?
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest
tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well.
When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to
court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit
if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and
save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve
tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical,
elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire
invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter
School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s
life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
A future chieftain
Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.
A fugitive prince
When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.
A too-cunning bodyguard
Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?
Other July Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:
♥ Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton
♡ Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
♥ Maybe This Time by Kasie West
♡ Salvation Day by Kali Wallace
♥ The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
♡ The Lightest Object In The Universe by Kimi Eisele
♥ Sophia, Princess Among Beasts by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
♡ A Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell
♥ Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson
♡ Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
♥ Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
♡ The Arrangement by Robyn Harding
♥ Shatter The Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
♡ The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins
♥ The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
The Kingdom is listed separately as I managed to miss it off the original list (I think I overlooked it as it’s UK release date is different from its Goodreads one),
So this is another month where I’ve spectacularly failed sequel wise. I need to read all of the previous books in these series! But I desperately want to get on with three of them and one of them I honestly should have read the original series to years ago.
I’m particularly excited for Salvation Day! And still really need to read a Kasie West book sometime; they all sound amazing. How have I not picked up anything by her yet?
What are your most anticipated July releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend?