August Releases I’m Excited For

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Happy Saturday, everybody! There are only a few days left in July so it’s time for one of my favorite types of posts: next month’s releases that I’m looking forward to. I’ll warn you now that this is going to be an incredibly long post because there are a lot of August book releases that I have my eye on. I probably could’ve narrowed down the list a bit, but I decided not to because I’m evil and want to help you add some books to your TBR that’s probably already way too long. 🙂

When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn

Release date: August 1st

When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn book cover“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”

Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly about what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.

Fall is right around the corner and I always get in the mood for mysteries/thrillers during fall, so this has the perfect timing for its release. I tried to get this through Penguin’s First to Read, but failed. Oh well. Hopefully, my library will get a copy!

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

Release date: August 1st

51ywqpo7rpl-_sx331_bo1204203200_After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad. 

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost. 

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

This just sounds so… creepy. I love it. It looks like a very interesting mix of fantasy and mystery and I want to get my hands on it very soon.

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

Release date: August 8th

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody book coverKennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams. Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes she had made a different choice. But when Kennedy hits her head and wakes up in the version of her life where she chose to attend the private school, she finds that maybe it’s not as perfect of a world as she once thought.

I’ve seen some mixed reviews for this book that have me a little skeptical about it (especially one review that talked about some internalized misogyny in it), but I love the idea of Kennedy waking up with a different life, so I still want to give it a try. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy it! 🙂

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Release date: August 8th

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee book coverThe struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

I’ve heard soooo many great things about this book from other bloggers recently which has me really excited for this. I love that it incorporates Chinese folklore, too. So excited for this one!!

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Release date: August 8th

25062038A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

Little & Lion initially caught my eye because of the fact that Book Riot said the main character is Black, Jewish, and bi. Sign me up!! I’ve since seen a few bloggers read it and really love it, so now I’m even more excited for it.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Release date: August 8th

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle book coverOne stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .

This is another book I tried to get from First to Read, but I didn’t. I’m really looking forward to this – it sounds so mysterious and eerie!

This Is Not the End by Chandler Baker

Release date: August 8th

This Is Not the End by Chandler Baker book coverI wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days.

On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both.

The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.

Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.

The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.

Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.

Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on?

I hadn’t heard of this until a couple of days ago when I was browsing through the “coming soon” section of Barnes and Noble’s website and now I feel like I’ve been cheated, hahaha. This book sounds so, so intriguing and I can’t believe I haven’t heard about it until recently!

The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

Release date: August 8th

The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian book coverThe Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.

Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.

With infighting among the Authentics, her mother planning an over-the-top sweet sixteen party, and a romance that should be totally off limits, Daria doesn’t have time for this identity crisis. As everything in her life is spinning out of control—can she figure out how to stay true to herself?

I mostly have this on my radar because it’s about an Iranian-American character – Middle Eastern characters in YA are still few and far between. I’m a little hesitant about this just because of the whole “we call ourselves the Authentics because we’re real unlike other girls” and the fact that this is written by a man. BUT I definitely still want to give this a try and see how it’s handled. And can we take a second to admire that gorgeous cover?!

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Laura Popovic

Release date: August 15th

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic book coverAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Another gorgeous cover! I love books with magic and this is extra exciting to me because of the big role that family seems to play. I’m really hoping to read this soon because the author will be at the Boston Teen Author Festival in September and I’m hoping I’ll be able to go to that!

Dress Code for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

Release date: August 22nd

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens book coverAs the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.

But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.

Always considered “one of the guys,” Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic. Except it’s not just about keeping the peace, it’s about understanding love on her terms—this thing that has always been defined as a boy and a girl falling in love and living happily ever after. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Readers will be drawn to Billie as she comes to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and friendship, in this John Hughes-esque exploration of sexual fluidity.

I’m 100% here for books about characters exploring their sexuality so this book sucked me in the second I heard about it. I read Courtney Stevens’ Faking Normal and really liked it, so I’m excited to see how she tackles this topic.

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

Release date: August 22nd

The Tiger's Watch by Julia Ember book coverSixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

I’m reading an eARC of this book right now and even though I’m only a couple of pages into it, I’m really enjoying it. As many of you can probably guess, this went on my TBR because of the genderfluid protagonist. Can’t wait to read more of this book and be able to share my thoughts with all of you!

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Release date: August 29th

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller book coverI Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is athief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

Like The Tiger’s Watch, Mask of Shadows caught my eye because of it being a YA fantasy with a genderfluid protagonist. I’ve seen some mixed reviews of this, but I should be reading my eARC of this in a few weeks and I’m looking forward to seeing what I think of it. 🙂

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

Release date: August 29th

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin book coverDanielle effed up. Big time.

Danielle’s plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out… until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she’s in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous “college psychic”?!

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.

This is another book that I’ll be reading relatively soon as I’m participating in the blog tour that’s happening for it. It sounds like it’ll be a pretty cute read and I love when YA books actually include stuff about school.

So those are the August book releases that I’m looking forward to reading. Any others you would add?


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12 thoughts on “August Releases I’m Excited For

    • I was only *kind of* interested in Genie Lo at first but now I’m seeing so many people rave about it and it has me so much more excited for it, haha. There are just so many awesome books coming out next month – I have no idea how I’m going to handle it, hahaha.

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  1. Holy smokes! Your post is a reminder of all the EPIC reads we have coming our way! I will be tackling a lot of these titles for ArcAugust for sure *sobs* & like Krysti will probably be broke by November LOL! Such a great list Kourtni, can’t wait to start these & chat 🙂

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  2. I reeeeaally enjoyed both LITTLE & LION and MASK OF SHADOWS! GENIE LO, WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE, and DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS are all some of my most-anticipated releases of next month, too. And I hadn’t previously heard of THE WOOD, but now I’m intrigued! Like you mentioned, it sounds like it has the potential to be super creepy!

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