What I’m Reading: July YA New Releases

I’m still terribly behind on my reading…lots of side projects and “required” reading have sidetracked me, and I’m still not all caught up from everything I wanted to read in the first 6 months of the year. This month I’m spotlighting 3 debuts I’m excited to check out.

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

all our pretty songs

The first book in an exciting YA trilogy, this is the story of two best friends on the verge of a terrifying divide when they begin to encounter a cast of strange and mythical characters.

Set against the lush, magical backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, two inseparable best friends who have grown up like sisters—the charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora and the devoted, soulful, watchful narrator—find their bond challenged for the first time ever when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They’re not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying.

And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves—if she can.

I’ve read Sarah McCarry’s blog when it was The Rejectionist, and to say I’m excited for this book is an understatement. Music, mythology, and Sarah’s voice…I’m thrilled.

45 Pounds by K. A. Barson

45 pounds (more or less)

Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life:

She is 16.

And a size 17.

Her perfect mother is a size 6.

Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 10 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.

So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 2 1/2 months.

Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, embarrassing run-ins with the cutest guy Ann’s ever seen—-and some surprises about her NOT-so-perfect mother. And there’s one more thing. It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin-—no matter how you add it up!

There have already been several body image/weight books, all with a different spin on the subject, but I’m interested enough in this contemporary to see if it’s worth recommending to teens.

Starglass by Phoebe North


Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn’t interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he’s yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she’s got.

But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain’s guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship’s idyllic surface. As she’s drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime–one that will determine the fate of her people.

This synopsis just screams STAKES and stories set in space are popular. I can see pitching this to fans of Across the Universe, Ender’s Game, and Insignia.

What new July releases are you looking forward to reading? 

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: July YA New Releases

  1. I’m behind on my 2013 reading as well. All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry is on my need-to-read pile since I have an ARC for it. It sounds really interesting.

  2. I’m not much of a science fiction reader, but I’m really looking forward to Star Glass because I so enjoy Phoebe’s smart blog posts. I’ve gotten a bit overwhelmed with all the releases lately, but I’ve already read and really loved Jennifer Echols’ YA that’s coming out in July, Dirty Little Secret.

    1. I’m overwhelmed by new releases, too. I started off the year with a plan and I’ve completely gotten side tracked by other books along the way. I have Dirty Little Secret, too, and want to check it out…we’ll see if I have time. Eventually, I say. I’m not a country music fan, but the story really appealed to me (and since it’s a book, I won’t have to actually listen to the music…)

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