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Each month, we’ll be putting together a list of our top most anticipated releases; from romance, to sci-fi, to fantasy, and everything in between. These releases might be ones we’re counting down the days for or ones we’ve already read and want you to read (and love!), too.

What you do need to bear in mind is that living on different continents we have different release dates. So as a general rule there might be some repeats from one month to the next.. it’s not that we’re just being weird. Though we can’t dismiss that totally out of turn.

For July, Hollis’ hotly anticipated titles are :

Roan Parrish’s Riven series continues to deliver. This m/m contemporary romance series, set around musicians and the music scene, deals with subject matter like addiction and loss and mental health in such a meaningful, beautiful way. She also gives us fabulous pairings in each instalment. RAZE is her newest offering and is out July 2, 2019.

I was drawn to THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman because of the cover — and the title. Both speak to me (and likely all of us bookies!). This is a women’s fiction title so I’m not sure how much romance to expect but I’ve been enjoying more and more of this genre lately, as a nice break from romance, so I’m excited to read this one. Plus, Nina apparently has a cat named Phil? Everything about this just sounds adorable. This title is out July 9, 2019.

I never knew sapphic horror was a thing that was missing in my life until I heard the pitch for WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power. The cover (again! so predicable) is what drew me to pay attention to this book but everything I’ve heard about it since — the plot, the early reviews — just confirms this is one to be ready for. WILDER GIRLS is out July 9, 2019.

SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim’s pitch is “Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars. This checks almost all of my boxes and is out July 9, 2019.

THE RAGE OF DRAGONS by Evan Winter has been pitched as Gladiator meets Game of Thrones and in this post-GoT (show) world.. isn’t that everything we need? Plus this author is Canadian and it’s his debut (and the start of an epic series). So I’ve got my cheer squad on standby and am very hype to dive into this one. THE RAGE OF DRAGONS is out July 16, 2019.

I know almost nothing about MERCIFUL CROW by Margaret Owen. But it’s got a badass cover (oh Hollis..), deals with crows (anyone else notice how 2019 is the year of the crow and snake?) and is out July 30, 2019. I’m curious enough that despite my tally of failed YA fantasy reads this year, I’m still going to give this debut author a try.

BRAZEN AND THE BEAST by Sarah MacLean is the last of Hollis’ anticipated titles (she thinks..). This is the second in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series and, surprising mostly me, I can’t wait for it. My experiences with the author’s previous titles have been up and down and mostly middling but 2018’S WICKED AND THE WALLFLOWER was such a delight. I loved it so much and am very keen for more from these characters. BRAZEN AND THE BEAST is out July 30, 2019.

For July, Micky’s hotly anticipated titles are :

Before I get to that, Hollis can you stop with the making me feel inadequate with all that July anticipation? (*whispers* bloody over-achiever) I have much less to talk about but I am looking forward to some books ahead and I’ll attempt to chat about a few.

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman was also a cover love arc request for me and the word ‘book’ in the title is an immediate draw. I’ve not read my arc yet but Nina Hill sounds quirky and kind of awkward which is a trope I often enjoy. Nina Hill will be making her debut on July 9, 2019

THE MARRIAGE CLOCK by Zara Raheem is a story of a muslim young woman, set in an American community. The protagonist, Leila has been given three months to find a husband or her traditional parents will find one for her. So, she sets herself on a path to finding that man through a variety of dating escapades that promise to make great reading. This exciting desi offering is emerging on July 23, 2019.

Did someone say highlander and bar in the same sentence? Oh Laura Trentham did with her upcoming book A HIGHLANDER WALKS INTO A BAR. I really could just leave it there but I’m going to tease you with a bit more because we all need more kilts in our lives (I say this motto daily). This story is one where said highlander is brought from his native lands to Georgia to compete in some highland games. I’m so ridiculously excited about this book that I hope it will live up to my own hype. The highlander will be walking into the bar on July 30, 2019.

THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous is a suspense, mystery that has been out in the US for a while but it’s coming to British soil, so I’ve had an arc. It was pretty great, I have to say. The story focuses on a wealthy family who have tragedy in their past. The three children of this family find out that their past is not what they thought and the answers lie with the au pair of their childhood. Told in present and past, this was a gripping tale that will make a great holiday read. The Au Pair is out in paperback on July 11, 2019.

What titles are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!

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