July ’21 Releases I’m DYING to Read!

My TBR is currently a burning trash pile filled with books I’ve been wanting to read for years, as well as new books I keep stacking on top.

So in typical, chaotic fashion, here are MORE books I want to read and will 1000% be pre-ordering or picking up in store! And this time, it will be in publication order. I don’t know if it bothered anyone else, but it bothers me, so now it’s all nice and organized! (you’re welcome!)


Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Release Date: July 6, 2021
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780593300916

A princess in exile, the boy she left at the altar, six enchanted cranes, and a dragon from the deepest sea.

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother…


The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Horror
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9781984812537

Get Out meets Danielle Vega in this YA horror where survival is not a guarantee.

Jake Livingston is one of the only Black kids at St. Clair Prep, one of the others being his infinitely more popular older brother. It’s hard enough fitting in but to make matters worse and definitely more complicated, Jake can see the dead. In fact he sees the dead around him all the time. Most are harmless. Stuck in their death loops as they relive their deaths over and over again, they don’t interact often with people. But then Jake meets Sawyer…


These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780358386575

From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court…


Curses by Lish McBride
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781984815590

Merit Cravan refused to fulfill her obligation to marry a prince, leading to a fairy godling’s curse. She will be forced to live as a beast forever, unless she agrees to marry a man of her mother’s choosing before her eighteenth birthday.

Tevin Dumont has always been a pawn in his family’s cons…


Untethered (Shielded #2) by KayLynn Flanders
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780593118573

Although King Atháren’s sister, Jennesara, saved Hálendi from the Gray Mage, the reprieve came at a steep price–the life of their father. Now Ren rules over a divided kingdom, with some who want him dead, and a Medallion that warns of worse trouble brewing in the south…


Gods & Monsters (Serpent & Dove #3)  by Shelby Mahurin
Release Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9780063038936

After a heartbreaking loss, Lou, Reid, Beau, and Coco are bent on vengeance more than ever before—and none more so than Lou.

But this is no longer the Lou they thought they knew. No longer the Lou that captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out…


Small Favors by Erin A. Craig
Release Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780593306741

Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned…


They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman
Release Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: YA Thriller
Pages: 284
ISBN: 9780593114322

From rising star Jessica Goodman, author of They Wish They Were Us, comes a new fast-paced thriller about two sisters vying for the top spot on their cross-country team–the only way out of their stifling small town. But their dreams are suddenly thrown into peril when a new girl threatens to take away everything they’ve worked for… until she disappears.

Stella and Ellie Steckler are only a year apart, but their different personalities make their relationship complicated. Stella is single-minded, driven, and she keeps to herself…

I’m so excited for all of these to be released so I can read them! I’m especially excited for the finale to Serpent & Dove – we’ve all waited so long to find out what happens to Lou and Reid and I will most likely drop everything I have to read this book when it gets in my hands.

What’s a July release you’re excited for? And do you usually preorder books or pick them up after release? 


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