New Book Releases for July 2016

Looking for some new books to add to your to-be-read list this month? July 2016 has a number of exciting books due for release. Here are the ones I’ve got my eye on. Click on the covers for full reviews.

Adult Fiction

Clear To LiftClear To Lift  – Anne A Wilson – Forge Books – Published 12 July 2016

Set amongst the beautiful Sierra Nevada landscape, Clear To Lift is a compelling story of adventure, love, family and self-discovery. The tension, both romantic and life-and-death-danger, leaps off the page, drawing you into this epic story. It is unforgettable, addictive and just so much fun! Very, very highly recommended, this book is my top pick for July 2016. 

Adult fiction: Adventure, contemporary.

Young Adult Fiction

Defending TaylorDefending Taylor – Miranda Kenneally – Sourcebooks Fire – Published 5 July 2016

Taylor has sworn off boys after taking the fall for her boyfriend. But she never could have predicted just how big the fallout was going to be. Expelled from school, dumped from her soccer team, and the reason her father has dropped in polls during the key time in his political campaign, Taylor is ordered back home where she is to start a new school and hide out until the bad press dies down. But the other girls on Taylor’s new soccer team don’t seem to want her there and bumping into her older brother’s best friend only adds more complications to her already complicated life.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.

TwistedTwisted – Hannah Jayne – Sourcebooks Fire- Published 5 July 2016

Bex has a lot to contend with. She has just moved to a new town after the death of the grandmother who raised her for the past ten years. A new town, new school, new home, new foster parents. With this new start she is trying to finally burry the old Beth Anne, daughter of an alleged serial killer. But keeping the secret of who she really is has her on edge. Does someone know? Will they find out? And then there are the odd phone calls and the notes and gifts being left for her. When she and her new friends find the body of fellow school girl Darla, Bex is scared that her father is back. But she’s not even sure he is the notorious Wife Collector serial killer…

Young adult fiction: Mystery/Thriller

Memory Bok

The Memory Book – Lara Avery – Alloy Entertainment – Poppy- Published 5 July 2016

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary

Learning to Swear in AmericaLearning to Swear in America – Katie Kennedy – Bloomsbury USA Childrens – Published 5 July 2016

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize–if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri’s 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.

Smash and GrabSmash & Grab – Amy Christine Parker – Random House Books for Young Readers – Published 19 July 2016

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

Young adult fiction: Mystery/Thriller.

FlyerFlying – Carrie Jones – Tor Teen – Published 19 July 2016

People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection.  But one night, Mana’s life goes haywire. It turns out, Mana’s frumpy, timid mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she’s missing–taking a piece of technology with her that everyone wants their hands on, both human and alien. Now her supposed partner, a guy that Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up, ordering Mana to come with him. Now, on her own for the first time, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother–and maybe the world–and hope she’s up to the challenge. 

Young adult fiction: Science fiction.

P.S I Like You

P.S. I Like You – Kasie West – Point – Published 26 July 2016

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.

New Adult Fiction

Beyond Here Lies NothingBeyond Here Lies Nothing – C.J. Duggan – Smashwords Editions – Published 8 July 2016

Malachi and Emma were childhood friends. Malachi has always been in awe of Emma and Emma has always felt a strong connection to Malachi. They were friends, study mates, protectors and champions. When life separated them in their teenage years they stayed in contact via letters. When Emma needs help protecting her women’s colony, she knows there is no man other than Malachi who is worthy of the task.

New Adult Fiction: Contemporary.

Christian Fiction

They Danced OnThey Danced On – Carre Armstrong Gardner – Darlings #3 – Tyndale – Published 1 July 2016

Nothing is more important to Jane Darling than her family. She’s dedicated her life to raising her children, and they all appear to be doing well. She can finally relax and enjoy life. But when her husband becomes seriously ill, Jane finds herself taking on the most difficult role of her life.

Laura Darling moved away to escape the expectations of her family. Ever since she went through rehab, they watch her like a hawk. Now she has a good job, new friends, and no one to criticize her or comment on everything she’s doing.

But when everything begins to unravel, Laura’s heart turns toward home.

Adult fiction: Christian contemporary.

Playing With FirePlaying With Fire – Susan May Warren – Susan May Warren Fiction – Published 5 July 2016

Liza Beaumont knew she was playing with fire when she let smoke jumper Conner Young into her life. Just friends, she promised herself, but she couldn’t help but fall for the tall, blond firefighter who needed her. But loving him got her burned, and she’s not about to risk her heart again. 

Conner Young knows he blew his one chance with Liza. His personal losses—and his profession—made him wary of offering any promises he couldn’t be sure he’d live to keep. So he let her walk away, but he never forgot the place she’d held in his heart. 

Adult fiction: Christian contemporary.

Things We Knew

The Things We Knew – Catherine West – Thomas Nelson – Published 12 July 2016

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.

But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her.

Adult fiction: Christian contemporary, mystery.

Plays and Screenplays

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Jack Thorne, J.K Rowling and John Tiffany – Little Brown UK – Published 31 July 2016

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016 

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

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