Ramblings: Top 5 YA books for your July TBR list

Hey book lovers, summer is upon us and you know what this means right? It means lots of sun, holidays and wait for it (drum roll please) “reading!!”. So I just wanted to shout about the top books for July that should be on your TBR list (if you haven’t added them already)

1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I know everyone is still swooning with VE Schwab’s “A gathering of Shadows” series and what does she do? She brings along this beauty.

savagesong-hc-cRelease date: 5th July 2016


Kate Harker and August Flynn never should have met. They live in opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where evil acts breed literal monsters. Violence creates clawing Corsai; murder summons bloodsucking Malchai; and the most terrible atrocities create the mysterious soul-stealing Sunai. One side of the city, ruled by Kate’s father, Callum Harker, has struck a devil’s bargain with the monsters. The other, led by August’s father, fights them. The thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker’s own men try to assassinate Kate and pin it on the Flynns, August finds himself at a crossroads: let his family be framed for her murder, or save the life of his father’s enemy. August and Kate quickly find themselves running from both sides as they try to stay alive long enough to uncover who wanted her dead, in a city where no-one is safe and monsters are real…

Praise for this savage song
“Schwab’s latest seems poised to grab both her adult and teen readers; the world is fascinating…the characters complicated, and the political machinations and emotions depths both charged and compelling. …Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read.”Kirkus Reviews


2. Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

This is the stunning sequel to Tiny Broken Things. The author takes us back to a world of ballerina’s, gossip, lies and dare I say it, scandal! ( we all love a bit of scandal). Don’t you just love the cover?

shinyRelease date: 12th July 2016


June, Bette, and Gigi 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. June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. But being the best could mean sacrificing the love of her life. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. It all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?


3. The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey

This is the sequel to the author’s debut urban fantasy novel The Girl at Midnight.

shadowRelease date:12th July 2016


Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.
The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.
Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.
She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.
Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature — or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?
Welcome to the shadow hour.

Praise for The Shadow Hour
Ripe with sarcasm and complicated relationships, an action- and angst-packed installment reminiscent of Buffy and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.Kirkus Reviews


4. Paper and Fire by Rachel Cain

Book 2 in the Great Library Series and the highly anticipated sequel to Ink and Bone.

paperfireRelease date: 5th July 2016


With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…



5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Ok, this one is only released on the 31st of July so will excuse you if it is added to your August reading list. Apparently, JK wrote this as a story first before it was transposed into a play. So, not sure if the book will be written in the form of a play… guess we will have to wait and see.

cursed-child-book-coverRelease date: 31st July 2016


It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

For anyone out there that doesn’t know J.K Rowling has added a personal touch to the hype around the play. And here she asks her fans to #Keepasecret so that there are no spoilers for other fans that have not seen the play yet!


5 thoughts on “Ramblings: Top 5 YA books for your July TBR list

  1. BeanCountingBookworm

    My friends brother is actually in the play of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and he’s really enjoying it and says it’s great so super excited to read it.


  2. I can’t wait to have This Savage Song and Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in my hands!!! The others on this list sound pretty cool too, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for them! 😀


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