I’ve barely read anything in July so it seems particularly cruel to have so many more enticing books coming this way in August! I need my reading mojo back, pronto. Also why have there been so many Romeo and Juliet retellings this year?

As always, dates mostly refer to UK print editions, and so books may already be out in different formats or territories. Links go to Goodreads and * indicates I’ve received a review copy from the publisher.


Mister Magic by Kiersten White (Del Rey)*

Dealbreakers by Lauren Forsythe (Piatkus)

The Deja Glitch by Holly James (Dutton)

My Name Is Iris by Brando Skyhorse  (Simon & Schuster (US))

The Hundred Loves of Juliet by Evelyn Skye (Headline)


With Love, From Cold World by Alicia Thompson (Penguin)

Fair Rosaline by Natasha Solomons (Manilla Press)

The Invisible Women’s Club by Helen Paris (Doubleday)

Over My Dead Body by Maz Evans (Headline)

Seaweed Rising by Rob Magnuson Smith (Sandstone Press)

Abroad in Japan by Chris Broad (Bantam)


Whalefall by Daniel Kraus  (MTV Books)

Wild Spaces by S. L. Coney (Titan Books)

Lessons in Birdwatching by Honey Watson (Angry Robot)

Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon by Wole Talabi (e) (Gollancz)


Sad Girl Novel by Pip Finkemeyer (Hodder & Stoughton)

Sea Change by Gina Chung (Picador)

Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo (Canongate)

Metropolitain: An Ode to the Paris Metro by Andrew Martin (Corsair)

What You Are Looking for is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama (Doubelday)

Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine by Kavitha Rao (Jacaranda Books)


Vampires Of El Norte by Isabel Canas (Berkley)

Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher (Titan Books)

New Adult by Timothy Janovsky (Sourcebooks)

The Great Transition by Nick Fuller Googins (Atria Books)

Ripe by Sarah Rose Etter (Verve Books)


Bridge by Lauren Beukes (Michael Joseph)*

Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho (Tor)

An Echo in the City by K. X. Song (Rock the Boat)

Cutting Teeth by Chandler Baker (Harvill Secker)

A Guest in the House by Emily Carroll (Faber)

I’m Not Done With You Yet by Jesse Sutanto (HQ)

Masters of Death by Olivie Blake (Tor)

The Water Outlaws by S L Huang (Solaris)


Foxglove by Adalyn Grace (Hodderscape)

The Thick and the Lean by Chana Porter (Titan Books)

Board to Death by C.J. Connor (Kensington Publishing)


House of Odysseus by Claire North (Orbit)*

He Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-Chan (Mantle)

Prophet by Helen Macdonald + Sin Blaché (Jonathan Cape)

The Last Action Heroes by Nick de Semlyen (Picador)

Mountains of Fire: The Secret Lives of Volcanoes by Clive Oppenheimer (Hodder Press)


My Roommate Is a Vampire by Jenna Levine (Berkley)

Her Radiant Curse by Elizabeth Lim (Hodderscape)

I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me by Jamison Shea (Hot Key Books)


The Farmer’s Wife: My Life in Days by Helen Rebanks (Faber)

Second Chance for Yesterday by R A Sinn (Rebellion)

The Phoenix King by Aparna Verma (Orbit)

The Blue, Beautiful World by Karen Lord (Gollancz)