7 Books Releasing in July I’m Looking Forward To


Since last months post like this did so well I decided to make it a normal occurrence for the blog from now on! This months is a shorter one, as there aren’t as many I’m looking forward to. There is a lot of good books coming out but I also noticed a lot of hyped ones are 2nd or 3rd in series I haven’t read yet haha. So once gain here are my top most anticipated book releases for July, and remember this doesn’t mean I am reading this month just that they are on my radar to eventually read.

Also all link buttons to B&N and Amazon are just regular links, I’m not apart of of any affiliate programs (yet) I’m just helping throw out a few links to make it easier to find. (Please don’t yell at me for the Amazon links, not everyone has the same situation and sometimes Amazon is their only source.)

All books are in release date order!


Six Crimson Cranes
(Six Crimson Cranes #1)

by Elizabeth Lim
Publication: July 6th 2021
Hardcover: 464 Pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling, Asian Folklore

First of all that cover is absolutely stunning, the minute I saw this I was like “that needs to be on my shelf regardless if I ever read it” After finding out that its inspired by East Asian folklore I got more excited. I have been working on reading more retellings and stories inspired by more than just Greek Myths or Celtic folktales, so I am very excited to get my hands on this and immerse myself in folklore I am not familiar with.


The Empire’s Ruin
(Ashes of the Unhewn Throne #1)

by Brian Staveley
Publication: July 6th 2021
Hardcover: 752 Pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy, Adult

This is a cover need. That is Richard Anderson’s art and there is nothing in this world that will keep me from owning as many books with his art on them as possible. They are instant buys for me. Now I do have Staveley’s other trilogy The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne, and while I still haven’t read it yet, I do have plans to do so, this book takes place in the same world, and I believe with characters from that trilogy. So while I haven’t read anything by Staveley I am putting a lot of hope in my personal judgement that I will enjoy this world.


A Psalm for the Wild-Built
(Monk & Robot #1)

by Becky Chambers
Publication: July 13th 2021
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Tor.com
Genres: Science Fiction, Adult, Novella, LGBT

I only recently came across Becky Chambers thanks to the booktuber BookswithEmilyFox, she is always raving about Chambers so I finally read one of her books and my goodness did I fall in love with her writing. So this was a no brainier I had to make sure to grab this. I’m really interested to see what kind of story she creates between a Monk and a Robot.


The Verdigris Pawn

by Alysa Wishingrad
Publication: July 13th 2021
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Came across this on a whim, and I wont lie the first thing that caught my eye was the Authors first name, its only one letter off from my first name haha. The story seems like your every day run of the mill fantasy, boy finds out he is being used as a pawn for his fathers personal gain. A girl exposes him to these secrets and now he has set out with the girl to find someone who can stop it all. Its simple and yet it sounds fun.


She Who Became the Sun
(The Radiant Emperor #1)

by Shelley Parker-Chan
Publication: July 20th 2021
Hardcover: 416 Pages
Publisher: Orbit
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Adult, LGBT

With a tag line like Mulan meets The Song Achilles I can’t help but be interested but also I know to take tag lines with a grain of salt, plus I haven’t read The Song of Achilles yet ( I know shocker I’m working on fixing that). That combo isn’t something I can visualize. What I will say is I have heard a lot of positive feedback for this book and I am down to expanding my reading in fantasy to a story set in an alternate China.


The Past is Red
(Daughter of Sparta #1)

by Catherynne M. Valente
Publication: July 20th 2021
Hardcover: 160 Pages
Publisher: TorDotCom
Genres: Science Fiction, Adult, Novella, Dystopia

Ahh another Novella from Tordotcom, I can not express enough how much I love their novellas they aren’t all winners for me, but I always get excited for the new ones. This is no different, now I’m not the biggest fan of dystopia settings, they aren’t something I go looking for, but I do always surprisingly enjoy them. This book has a place called Garbagetown and its all about a girl who believes in hope, love and so many other things. I just want to read this girls story so much, she is in a world that is terrible but she clings to hope and I have a soft spot for stories like that. 


City of Illusion
(City of Secrets #2)

by Victoria Ying
Publication: July 27th 2021
Hardcover: 256 Pages
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Steampunk, Fantasy

This is actually an odd pick for me, I read the first book City of Secrets last year on a whim. I saw it in the online catalog for my library and thought it sounded cute so I grabbed it. Found out it was a graphic novel, which is no problem. But I only gave book one 3 stars, as I thought the storytelling wasn’t that great and the use of imagery did not do what the author hoped she was doing, but I liked a lot of the ideas. So I want to give the 2nd book a shot and see if it comes out better. 


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