Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Most Anticipated August Reads

I am woefully behind on a whole multitude of summer releases (I just can't keep up*), but I do know of a number of releases next moth that I am way too excited about. The best part about it? There seems to be something for everyone. Here are my top six most anticipated August reads (all titles are linked to Goodreads):

Searing Social Issues
Canary - Rachele Alpine (August 1st)

Assault, power, privilege, idolatry, corruption, name it, this book covers it. In light of the recent Steubenville case, this book feels both timely and important. "Rachele Alpine's Canary sings the truth about what happens when we put our high school heroes on a pedestal and give them the power to act like villains." (Erin Jade Lange, author of Butter)

Creepy Cults & Compounds
Gated - Amy Christine Parker (August 6th)

A closed post-9/11 community, a charismatic leader, and a girl questioning her place in the fight. "Parker skillfully explores the mindset and inner workings of an apocalyptic cult, steadily building toward the inevitable moment of truth...As for the apocalypse itself, Parker keeps things suitably ambiguous, resulting in a complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events." (Publishers Weekly)

Gothic Horror & Romance
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Genevieve Tucholke (August 15th)

A quiet seaside town, an old estate, creepy happenings, a mysterious guy... "Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying." (from Goodreads)

Tempting Contemp
The Infinite Moment of Us - Lauren Myracle (August 20th)

People-pleasing girl meets troubled but gentle boy and (sexy, sexy) sparks ensue. 

"In contrast to unhealthy depictions of sex and relationships that teenagers (and adults) are often exposed to in media and entertainment, Myracle offers up a passionate romance built on a bedrock of love, respect, and trust. And it’s difficult to see that as a bad thing." (Publishers Weekly)

Fantastic Fantasy FTW!
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas (August 27th)

Kickbutt assassin turned king's champion despite her secret disloyalty to the crown, her worst enemy. This sequel to Throne of Glass promises to be every bit as bad ass and unputdownable. Also, get a load of that fan-freaking-tastic cover!

Bang-Up Boy POV
The Beginning of Everything - Robyn Schneider (August 27th)

Personal tragedies and new beginnings... “This thought-provoking novel about smart kids doing interesting things will resonate with theJohn Green contingent, as it is tinged with sadness, high jinks, wry humor, and philosophical pondering in equal measures.” (Booklist starred review)

No matter what you're into, there are plenty of good YA reads coming up in August and this is only a small handful. If I've forgotten to mention anything awesome, be sure to let me know in the comments! Happy Reading, friends!

* This is a first world problem if I've ever heard of one.


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