Happy July! We’ve a smattering of titles that excite us this month. Some are YA, some are not, and we anticipate awesomeness. (Just picture us doing a little Rainbow Rowell happy dance.) As usual, summaries come from Edelweiss, site of far too many delectable forthcoming books.
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher & Release Date: St. Martin’s Press, July 8
The Hook: “Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point.
“Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset her — Neal is always a little upset with George — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go without her.
“When her husband and kids leave the airport, George wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
“That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…
“Is that what she’s supposed to do?”
Title: Demon Derby
Author: Carrie Harris
Publisher & Release Date: Delacorte Press, July 8
The Hook: “Casey kicked cancer’s ass. Now a demon wants to kick hers….
“Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. She wants people to treat her like her old self, fearless and strong. And after a creepy encounter with a crazy guy in an alley, Casey is all about reclaiming her power.
“So when she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. Being a derby girl would prove that she doesn’t need anybody’s pity. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Which makes sense when Casey finds out that he’s not human.
“Michael’s got a secret: he trains demon hunters. That crazy guy in the alley? Demon. And the fact that Casey went head to head with evil and lived makes her a threat to demonkind. Casey thought she’d already fought and won the battle of her lifetime. But it’s only beginning….”
Title: The Fire Wish
Author: Amber Lough
Publisher & Release Date: Random House Books for Young Readers, July 22
The Hook: “In this romantic and evocative fantasy, Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad-which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form-as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered-enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.”
Title: Magic Breaks
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publisher & Release Date: Ace Books, July 29
The Hook: “As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.
“As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…”