New Book Releases for August 2015

Here is my list of new releases for August 2015. Comprised of books I have already had the please to read and upcoming releases for which I am anxiously waiting. Click on the covers for detailed reviews and synopses.

Young Adult

Not After Everything Not After Everything – Michelle Levy – Dial – Published 4 August 2015

Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn’t (money). Tyler finds a job that crashes him into Jordyn, his former childhood friend turned angry-loner goth-girl. She brings Tyler an unexpected reprieve from the never-ending pity party his life has become. How could he not fall for her? 

This sounds like the perfect mix of hardship and romance.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.

Nothing Left To Burn

Nothing Left to Burn – Patty Blount – Sourcebooks Fire – Published 4 August 2015

Nothing Left To Burn is a very interesting book. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but far more challenging and thought provoking.

Firefighting was always the special thing that bonded Reece’s father and brother. So when Reece’s brother is killed in a car accident that was Reece’s fault, the distance between Reece and his father widens even more. Determined to make his father pay attention to him once and for all, Reece joins the junior fire squad. But once there he comes to love the thrill and unexpected comraderary of the squad far more than he expected.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.

What You Left BehindWhat You Left Behind – Jessica Verdi – Sourcebooks Fire – Published 4 August 2015

When I started this book I knew it was going to be devastating. I liked that it was raw and heartbreaking but was pleased that it was equally hopeful.

Ryden’s life changed the day his girlfriend told him she was pregnant. And then Meg decided to stop her chemotherapy in order to keep the baby. Now Ryden is struggling to manage feeding times and teething problems, grieving Meg, sorting out child care, starting his senior year of high school and making it to soccer practice on time.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.

Torn Sky

Torn Sky – Tracy Banghart – Alloy Entertainment – Published 4 August 2015

Book Three in the Rebel Wing trilogy. When Aris Haan brought down Safara’s biggest war criminal, she’d thought it was a turning point in the war. Victory was on the horizon, as was a peaceful future with her Promised, Milek.

But a deadly new threat has emerged: a Safaran bomb that could wipe out all of Atalanta in one catastrophic blast. Aris is tasked with finding the weapon before it is completed, a mission made more difficult when she starts to suspect that there is a Safaran spy in her unit. Friendships are tested, loyalties are strained, and suddenly Aris no longer knows whom she can trust.

Young adult fiction: Science Fiction.

How To Save I Love You Out LoudHow To Say I Love You Out Loud – Karole Cozzo – Swoon Reads – Published 4 August 2015.

When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.


Reawakened – Colleen Houck – Delacorte Press – Published 11 August 2015.

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

Young adult fiction: Fantasy.

The Boy Most Likely To The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick – Dial Books – Published 18 August 2015.

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
– find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
– well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.

Court of Fives

Court of Fives – Kate Elliott – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – Published 18 August 2015.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test Kal’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

Young adult fiction: Fantasy.

July New Releases.