11 must-read SFF book releases that will kick your July into high gear

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The Damned book cover

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House

Need some help deciding what to read this month? Let us help! We run down 11 of the best new science fiction and fantasy book releases hitting shelves this July.

Between the fact that it’s getting hotter outside and the unfortunate rise in coronavirus cases around the country, this July seems like the perfect time to stay home with a good book. Luckily, there are plenty of options for science fiction and fantasy fans this month, as several highly anticipated book titles, which were originally slated for release earlier this spring, are finally making their way to shelves.

So you’ve got more options than ever – whether you need to take your mind off the terrible news, ignore the fact that you’re not going on vacation this summer, or just escape into an intricate world that looks nothing like our current one.

We’ve got highly anticipated returns to the worlds of Renee Aideh’s The Beautiful and Elizabeth Lim’s Spin the Dawn hitting shelves this month, There are new releases from fan-favorite authors like Sarah Henning and Melissa Bashardoust. And debuts from new voices like Alexis Henderson and Kalynn Bayron offer exciting new takes on somewhat familiar stories (witches and Cinderella, respectively.)

Basically, everything on this list is good – and more than worth your time.

Here are our picks for the most exciting new science fiction and fantasy releases hitting shelves this July. Enjoy – and make sure you let us know what you’re reading!

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