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

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House
The Damned by Renee Ahdieh. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House /
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Ever Cursed – Corey Ann Haydu

A sparklingly different take on the ideas of fairytales, curses, and happily ever afters, Ever Cursed is full of rich worldbuilding and thoughtfully connected characters who share similar traumas.

Seventeen-year-old Princess Jane hasn’t eaten in five years, due to the Spell of Without that was cast on her by a young witch named Reagan. The spell can’t kill Jane, but it’s trapped her mother in a glass box and withheld love, hope, memory, and sleep from each of her four younger sisters. With just days before the spells finally become True and lasting, Jane must join forces with Reagan to break them, a journey that will require both girls to confront the darkness in their own kingdom, as well as the truth about Jane’s own father.

The official synopsis has a lot more detail about the story.

"The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired. Cursed. Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box. But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family. Told through the eyes of Reagan and Jane—the witch and the bewitched—this insightful twist of a fairy tale explores power in a patriarchal kingdom not unlike our own."

Ever Cursed is available on July 28.

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