2020 Releases: July – August

Here’s what is releasing this summer!

There are a ton of amazing releases this summer! So as usual, I kept the descriptions as succinct as possible but the Goodreads page is linked for each book if you want to know more!


July has some amazing releases!!

July 7th

1. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

This is a YA fantasy that follows a heroine who is cursed to be poisonous to the touch!

2. The Shadows by Alex North

One, I love that this cover coordinates with his previous book, those aesthetics y’all. This is a thriller that follows a man 25 years after his friends are brutally murdered. Now it appears as though a copycat has struck.

3. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

This gives me all the Red, White and Royal Blue vibes! It’s a M/M fake dating romance set in London. Need I say more?

4. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

This the follow up to Wilder Girls and is another YA horror! This follows Margot who travels to her mother’s mysterious hometown in order to uncover the secrets of her family’s past.

5. Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay wrote A Cabin at the End of the World which is one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. I have no doubt this new release will be just as scary! This is an apocalyptic story about a rabies-like virus that overtakes Massachusetts.

July 7th

1. Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

This is an adult contemporary about a woman who has fallen in love with the man she’s been emailing for the last 14 years. She thinks he’s about to reciprocate those feelings, but nothing in life ever goes quite as planned.

2. Mayhem by Estelle Laure

This is being pitches as a YA feminist mashup of The Lost Boys and The Craft set in late 80’s California. Sign me the F up.

July 21st

1. Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

I will be honest this is all I know about this book, because I didn’t need to read anymore once I saw this:

Sawkill Girls meets Beautiful Creatures in this lush and eerie debut, where the boundary between reality and nightmares is as thin as the veil between the living and the dead.

2. He Started It by Samantha Shannon

I’ve heard amazing things about this author! This is their latest thriller which follows a group of siblings fighting over their inheritance. They’re all keeping secrets and at least one of them is a murderer.

3. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

I have such a hard time summarizing this book because I don’t completely understand the Goodreads synopsis 😅 As far as I can tell this is a historical witchy YA that follows a girl uncovering the truth about her mother’s past and the society she thought she could trust.

July 28th

1. Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

At the time that I’m writing this, this book still has no synopsis. All I know is that this is Hoover’s latest adult romance which I’m always down for.

2. The End of Her by Shari Lapena

I know this author is pretty polarizing but I personally have enjoyed the 2 Shari Lapena books I’ve read! This is their latest domestic suspense novel that follows a woman from the husband’s past who shows up insisting she knows the truth about his first wife’s death.

3. Deal With the Devil (Mercenary Librarians #1) by Kit Rocha

Okay so here’s the thing… I haven’t read the synopsis for this one because the series title is Mercenary Librarians. MERCENARY LIBRARIANS!


August is significantly slower, but that’s usually the case. It’s the lull before the big Fall releases. There’s still some exciting books coming though!

August 4th

1. The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

This is the follow up thriller to The Escape room and I’ve seen amazing early reviews! It’s about a podcast covering a controversial trial in a town obsessed with the brutal crime that took place years before.

2. The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

This is a YA fantasy that follows two girls who must choose between saving themselves or sacrificing their lives to stop their island from sinking.

3. Lobizona (Wolves of No World #1) by Romina Garber

This is a YA fantasy straight out of Argentine folklore. It follows an immigrant girl who travels to a mysterious world where she learns secrets about her father and his criminal past. She traces her history all the way back to a cursed city where she learns “it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.”

August 11th

1. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

The most gorgeous flipping cover (does it even matter what the synopsis is?). This is a YA fantasy debut based on Hindu mythology. It follows the daughter or a star and mortal who enters a competition in hopes of saving her father.

August 18th

1. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

This is another YA fantasy, this one following a girl who is completing to become a member of the Crown Prince’s council, but also secretly tasked with killing him once she gains his trust.

2. The Switch by Beth O’Leary

While this synopsis isn’t something I’d normally gravitate towards, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this author. This is about a woman on the cusp of 80 and a twenty something who need a change and decide to swap houses for 2 months.

3. All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn

Can we take a second and acknowledge how absolutely heinous this cover is… who approved this? But this synopsis is everything. This is a YA thriller about a young girl and boy who enter in the woods but only one of them returns. Told from the perspective of everyone but that young girl.

August 25th

1. Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Last, but certainly not least, is one of my most anticipated releases of the year!! This is a Moulin Rouge inspired fantasy following battling magicians set at a circus. Yes, yes, yes!

What summer releases are you most excited for?!


10 thoughts on “2020 Releases: July – August

  1. Lobizona and Where Dreams Descend are both fantastic! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them!


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