Wishlist Wednesday | Anticipated Releases August 2021

August isn’t usually the month with the most releases but we still managed to compile a pretty nice list with some amazing releases. We are really looking forward to these books and hope they will all live up to our expectations. Let’s take a look at our most anticipated August releases!

Dark Waters – Katherine Arden (August 3rd)

I recently wrote a Can’t Wait Wednesday post about this one. This is the third book in Arden’s middle grade series and these books are super spooky! I loved the first two and I can’t wait to read this one.

Like a Love Song – Garbiela Martins (August 3rd)

This involves a fake boyfriend and that was basically all I needed to know… I love that storyline so much haha. The main character is a Latina teen pop star and the fake boyfriend a British indie film star. I’m sure this is going to be CUTE.

How We Fall Apart – Katie Zhao (August 3rd)

‘Students at an elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets when their ex-best friend turns up dead.’ This is one of my favorite YA mystery/thriller tropes and I just can’t get enough of it haha.

The Dead and the Dark – Courtney Gould (August 3rd)

This YA thriller has a lot of interesting elements and I think it could be a very cool read. It has TV Ghost Hunter Parents (two dads!), teens disappearing with some turning up dead, two girls teaming up and possibly falling in love and what looks like hauntings.

A Lesson in Vengeance – Victoria Lee (August 3rd)

‘a dark, twisty, atmospheric thriller about a boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past.’ Once again I don’t really need to know anything else… This just sounds like my kind of book!

If the Shoe Fits – Julie Murphy (August 3rd)

A Cinderella retelling with a plus sized character on a reality show? I have a feeling this is going to be a very interesting read. I love retellings and reading about dating shows. And how cute is the title Before Midnight! I’m glad this is finally releasing.

Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch – Julie Abe (August 3rd)

Both of us loved the first Eva Evergreen book. The storyline was really cute and it was an interesting adventure. It’s time for the next book and I can’t wait to see what Eva will be up to next.

As Good As Dead – Holly Jackson (August 5th)

This isn’t only one of my anticipated releases for the month but for the whole year! I’m super excited for this third installment of Holly’s YA mystery series. The first two books were amazing and I devoured them very quickly. Can’t wait to see where the story will take us next!

The Devil Makes Three – Tori Bovalino (August 10th)

The setting is a boarding school library. A book demon gets loose, so I have a feeling this story is going to get pretty dark. I think this will be the perfect rainy day read.

Mark of the Wicked – Georgia Bowers (August 10th)

I love books with witches and this one sounds right up my alley. The main character has to find out who is framing her for dark magic. This will definitely be an interesting ride.

Velvet Was the Night – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (August 17th)

I want to read a book by this author so badly! And this sounds like a book she wrote just for me; ‘an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes.’ There is also a playlist that goes with the book and you can bet I will listen to that as I’m reading.

Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things – Margie Fuston (August 24th)

If I’m honest the title is the first thing that caught my eye. Our main character must find a vampire to save her father. This seems to be a book where vampires are out in the open even if it seems they may not be very welcome. I’ll definitely read this near Halloween.

The Heart Principle – Helen Hoang  (August 31st)

I surprisingly loved the first two books in this series and have been looking forward to this third book ever since. We will follow different characters in this one but our MC will be a fan favorite. I love the diversity in these books.

Dark and Shallow Lies – Ginny Myers Sain (August 31st)

The setting sounds amazing, a town (La Cachette) full of psychics in Louisiana with a teen that has gone missing from the Bayou. Nobody knows what happens and everyone tries to bury their secrets. Count me in!

The Woods Are Always Watching – Stephanie Perkins (August 31st)

I’m not a big Stephanie Perkins fan but I thought her YA ‘thriller’ had potential. It had some suspenseful parts but there was way too much focus on the romance and the killer was revealed pretty early on. Hopefully this one will be better!

The Witch Haven – Sasha Peyton Smith (August 31st)

Honestly, all I needed to know for this one was that there’s a school for witches. I have an e-arc of this one and have read a few chapters and it’s already good. I can’t wait to share my review near the end of the month.


So these are the books on our radar for August! Any you’re looking forward to? Have we missed any releases? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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