There are a lot of new books coming out every week. With New Release Radar, I’ll help you narrow down the week’s new book releases into the titles you should get excited about. This week I have eight titles to share with you, including an epic start to a new fantasy series and a return to the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Read on!
Cutting Teeth by Chandler Baker
Darby, Mary Beth and Rhea are trying to regain their identities after motherhood. Their plans are disrupted, however when their children and other members of Little Academy preschool develop a disturbing craving for blood. When a teacher is found dead, the only witnesses – and the prime suspects – are the four-year-old children.
Cutting Teeth is a darkly witty story of motherly love that highlights the societal expectations placed on mothers. Chandler Baker’s new book release flips mommy drama on its head in a deviously satisfying way.
The Jasad Heir Sarah Hashem
Sylvia is the last survivor of the massacre that wiped out the Jasad kingdom. Now magic is outlawed and she’s spent the last decade hiding her heritage from the Nizahl warriors. When Arin, the Nizahl Heir, discovers her magical abilities, Sylvia must strike a risky deal to save her life. If she helps him track down the rebels threatening the Nizahl rule, he’ll keep her magic secret and set her up for freedom. As she navigates a treacherous game of loyalty and deception, Sylvia must confront her past and decide between the life she desires and the responsibility thrust upon her to lead her people.
This fantastic debut strikes just the right balance between action, court intrigue and romance. The Jasad Heir is perfect for anyone looking for their next epic fantasy series, and the huge cliffhanger ending is certain to leave readers hungry for more.
What A Desi Girl Wants by Sabina Khan
Mehar hasn’t been back to India since leaving with her mother when she was young. When her father announces his engagement to a socialite, however, she reluctantly returns for his extravagant wedding. While attempts to repair their broken relationship go unnoticed, Mehar finds comfort and a potential romance in Sufiya, her grandmother’s assistant. As it becomes clear that her father’s fiancee is only in it for the money, she must decide whether to reveal her true intentions with her father and risk her connection with Sufiya.
Full of family drama, far-flung travel and budding romance, What a Desi Girl Wants is a great coming-of-age story for this summer. What a Girl Wants was one of my favorite early 2000s romcoms, and I’m looking forward to the new slant author Sabina Khan puts on a story I loved.
The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei
In a desperate bid to save humanity from Earth’s impending collapse, a spaceship carries eighty elite graduates set to give birth to the next generations of humans. Halfway through the journey, however, a lethal bomb kills three crew members and diverts The Phoenix off course. Asuka, the last astronaut chosen for the mission, is the sole witness and soon the prime suspect. As suspicions rise among the crew, Asuka must uncover the truth before the mission crumbles or another attack occurs.
Combining science-fiction with a murder mystery, Yume Kitasei’s debut is a thrilling space odyssey. The Deep Sky is a fast-paced and engaging locked room mystery and a new book release you definitely don’t want to miss.
Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Montserrat, a talented sound editor, struggles to make it in the film industry alongside her best friend Tristán, a faded soap opera star. When they befriend the enigmatic horror director Abel Urueta, he claims to possess an uncompleted, cursed film. Together, the three set out to complete the unfinished movie and break the curse. As they do, however, Montserrat faces a haunting presence while Tristán grapples with the ghost of his ex-girlfriend. They soon discover that sorcery and magic may exist as more than just illusions on the silver screen.
Silver Nitrate is blockbuster author Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s newest book release. It’s a slow-burn, suspenseful story just right for anyone interested in film production or the occult. You can read my full review here.
Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead
In the 1970s, New York is a city plagued by violence. Ray Carney is trying to go legit, working as a furniture store owner and trying to stay out of the criminal underworld. When an old police contact pulls him back in, however, he returns to a dangerous game. As Harlem burns and corruption runs rampant, the pursuit of justice soon turns deadly.
With Crook Manifesto, award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead returns to the world he set up in 2021’s Harlem Shuffle. Continuing Ray Carney’s story was the perfect idea for his new book release and one that fans are sure to enjoy.
I’m Not Here to Make Friends by Andrew Yang
When she’s chosen to join the cast of Hotel California, a teen reality show featuring an all-Asian cast, Sabine Zhang jumps at the chance to become more than just a side character in her own life. Meanwhile, Yoona Bae sees the show as an opportunity to relax and escape the unearned bad reputation she has at home. But as the producers prioritize drama over their well-being, Sabine and Yoona must find a way to regain control of their stories before the season reaches its explosive finale.
Combine Terrace House with Loveboat, Taipei, and you’ve got I’m Not Here to Make Friends. Andrew Yang’s debut emphasizes friendship, honesty and the importance of being yourself in a way that’s perfect for YA and adult audiences alike.
The Legacy of Yangchen by F.C. Yee
Avatar Yangchen may have brought peace to Bin-Er, but her success is limited to just one city. As rumors spread of Unanimity, a weapon capable of terrible destruction, tensions rise among the Four Nations. While attempting to de-escalate hostilities, a brutal assassination throws everything into chaos. Yangchen must reunite with her former companion Kavik in order to face the true agenda of power-hungry Zongdu Chaisee. As the world hangs in the balance, Yangchen grapples with the value of humanity and the sacrifices necessary for maintaining balance.
F.C. Yee’s fourth installment in the Chronicles of the Avatar series is the perfect new book release for fans craving news on all of Avatar media coming our way. Yangchen’s story comes to a close in an action-packed adventure that firmly establishes her legacy.
You can check out these new book releases at Bookshop.org or your local bookstore. What July 18 new release are you most excited to read? Let us know below, and tune in next week to grow your TBR.
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