8 YA books to watch out for in July 2016

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Maybe you don’t want to cull through our giant lists of weekly releases and just want to know the best things to snag this month. So here’s a list of 8 YA books to watch out for in July 2016!

learning to swear in america katie kennedyLearning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: July 5th
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. 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, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.

mirage tracy clarkMirage by Tracy Clark
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 5th
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever.

breathing under water sophie hardcastleBreathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Release date: July 12th
At seventeen, Ben is a rising surf star, the golden son and the boy all the girls fall in love with. His twin, Grace, feels like she is a mere reflection of his light. Always close, they hung out more than most brothers and sisters, surfing together for hours as the sun melted into the sea. In their last year of school, the world beckons, full of possibility. For Grace, finishing exams and kissing Harley Matthews is just the beginning. Then, one day, the unthinkable. The sun sets at noon and suddenly everything that was safe and predictable is lost. And everything unravels.

shiny broken pieces sona charaipotra dhonielle claytonShiny Broken Pieces (Tiny Pretty Things #2) by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: July 12th
June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice. After years of grueling auditions, torn ribbons, and broken hearts, it all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?

we awaken calista lynneWe Awaken by Calista Lynne
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release date: July 14th
Since Victoria’s father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. When Ashlinn assumes human form outside the dream realm, the two girls explore their feelings for each other, and their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise or all of humanity will pay the price.

a world without you beth revisA World Without You by Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: July 19th
Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.” At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a girl with the superpower of invisibility. But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s stuck somewhere in time — and now it’s his job to save her.

gemini sonya mukherjeeGemini by Sonya Mukherjee
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 26th
Conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.

9781101998298_Riverkeep_HC_CvLib.inddRiverkeep by Martin Stewart
Publisher: Viking
Release date: July 26th
The Danék is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations. Then the unthinkable happens. While recovering a drowned man, Wull’s father, the current Riverkeep, is pulled under—and when he emerges, he is no longer himself. A dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside. In an instant, Wull is Riverkeep. And he must care for his father, too. When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is a part-time swimming teacher and full-time book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she's sure it's just gotten lost in the post.

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