Tis the season for summer reads, and publishers are filling our beach bags with swoon, intrigue and all manner of escapes, not to mention a mother lode of big name authors (like, seriously, so many of our favorites, including Resident FYA Dude Brian!).
So grab a margarita, take a tour of our stacks below and then hit us up with your own TBR list in the comments!
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Turn-ons: Julie Murphy, exploring sexual identity, Southern beach town
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Turn-ons: Jennifer E. Smith, winning the lottery, swoon
Meet Winchester, joining Lula on our canine team of book models.
The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo
Turn-ons: Playing a "character" at a theme park, finding yourself, summer jobs
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Turn-ons: Teenage secret agents, (hopefully) turning the love triangle trope into something completely different
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
Turn-ons: A "girls' home in secluded West Texas," superpowers (?), "the mysterious boy living in the basement"
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Turn-ons: Literal bastards, magic, rebellion
Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renée Ahdieh
Turn-ons: Mulan-inspired, samurai, gender-bending, "a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan"
Hunted by Megan Spooner
Turn-ons: Beauty and the Beast retelling, a girl who would rather hunt than "make idle chatter with vapid baronesses"
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland and Hilary Sycamore
Turn-ons: Graphic novel, mysterious closed city, daring explorers
The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy #1) by Erin Beaty*
Turn-ons: "An obstinate girl who will not be married," matchmaking spies
The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest*
Turn-ons: Witches, boarding schools, an "unlikely band of misfits"
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Turn-ons: RHYSAND, THE NIGHT COURT, Feyre being a sneaky sneak
*We are aware of the controversy surrounding these titles and the themes between their covers. It's my hope that by reading and reviewing, I'll be able to present a safe space in which to discuss all sides of the issues and the stories in general.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Turn-ons: Summer camp, described as "Saved meets Jellicoe Road"
And We're Off by Dana Schwartz
Turn-ons: Road trips, Europe, Gilmore Girls-style mother/daughter dynamics
Someone Else's Summer by Rachel Bateman
Turn-ons: Bucket lists, road trips, the boy next door
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Turn-ons: Swoon, THE END SOB
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Turn-ons: Swoon, romance hijinks, K Dramas
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Turn-ons: Swoon, opposites attract, summer camp
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
Turn-ons: HOLY SHIT A NEW MEGAN WHALEN TURNER BOOK, court intrigue, political machinations, and a new main character
Deacon Locke Went To Prom by Brian Katcher
Turn-ons: Viral internet fame, prom with grandma, gloriously dry Katcher hero
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
Turn-ons: Code Name Verity prequel, historical fiction, Scottish Travellers, historic mystery, Scotland
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Turn-ons: Magical realism, ghosts, family history, major swoon
The Warden's Daughter by Jerry Spinneli
Turn-ons: 1950s, jailhouse drama
Nil by Lynne Matson
Turn-ons: Uncharted desert isle, Twilight Zone plot