Top 10 Exciting SFF Releases of July 2020

Top 10 Exciting SFF of July 2020 - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

The publishing industry and book community in general is going through a much-needed process of change right now and I’m feeling hopeful about a more inclusive future. That said, I want to play my part by hyping up as many diverse releases as possible in my monthly posts. July 7th seems to be a huge release day for SFF, with as many as 8/10 books on my list coming out that day. Most of the titles are YA but I’ve thrown in a couple of adult SFF and one middle grade novel. Get ready to loosen your purse strings for these amazing July 2020 SFF releases!

SFF of July 7th, 2020

SFF July 2020 - New releases of July 7th (1)

Muse Squad by Chantel Acevedo

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a series

Why I’m excited for it: I had the privilege of watching an online panel with this author and her book has been on my TBR ever since. As someone who has grown up on Rick Riordan’s books, Greek mythology never fails to excite me. This promises to have more diversity baked into it and has #OwnVoices Latinx representation, so I’m very much looking forward to it!

Community review: Ms. Yingling Reads (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders by Aliette de Bodard

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Companion book to Dominion of the Fallen series

Why I’m excited for it: I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book and I’ve had my eye on it since I saw the author promo it on her Twitter. Even though I haven’t read the other books in this series, I’ve been assured that it can be read on its own. The title alone is enough to pull any adult fantasy lover in and the promise of a murder mystery has me even more excited.

Community review: Review @ Novels and Nebulas (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | B&N

SFF July 2020 - New releases of July 7th (2)

The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: I have a complicated relationship with Renée Ahdieh’s books as I have read many of the first books in her duologies but not finished them. I put this on my list because this is a vampire YA book written by an author of colour. I’ve heard good things about the first book from trusted friends, so I’m intrigued enough to pick it up one day.

Community review: Umairah @ Sereadipity (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: I was on the blog tour for the first book in this series, Spin the Dawn, which blew me away last year. I’ve been dying to get my hands on the sequel since then and it’s on my TBR for the month. This is an East Asian-inspired YA fantasy with a main character who wants to become the royal tailor with elements of cross-dressing and romance thrown in.

Community review: Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

SFF July 2020 - New releases of July 7th (3)

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: This is a standalone novel inspired by Persian mythology and includes a sapphic romance. The cover and the premise has taken the book community by storm and the early reviews have been positive as well. I plan to buddy read this with a few friends on the Asian SFF Discord group and hope that it lives up to my high expectations for it!

Community review: Charlotte @ Moonraker (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: I love seeing this book being hyped up because it has a gorgeous cover and an amazing premise that captivated from the get-go. A few of my friends who got access to its ARC have had nothing but praise for it, which has upped my own excitement. This book also features a sapphic romance in which the main character defies the patriarchy established 200 years after Cinderella’s story.

Community review: Thya @ Wilted Pages (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

SFF July 2020 - New releases of July 7th (4)

Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 4th book in a series

Why I’m excited for it: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series and yet it remains one of the most underhyped ones in the superhero genre. Each book follows a different Asian-American female lead and has a queer romance at its heart. It’s been on my TBR since forever, so hopefully the release of the 4th instalment will finally push me to pick it up.

Community review: Lili @ Utopia State of Mind (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: This is yet another underrated YA fantasy series that my book blogger friends seem to gush about. This is not on my priority TBR but the premise definitely promises something refreshing in terms of magic and world-building. It seems to have crows instead of the traditional dragons and has depression rep in the blurb, so I’m curious to see how it builds on those elements.

Community review: Lauren @ Norther Plunder (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

SFF of July 14th, 2020

SFF July 2020 - New releases of July 14th

The Extraordinaries by T. J. Klune

Genre: Fantasy and science fiction

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Why I’m excited for it: The House in the Cerulean Sea has captured the imagination of many in the book community and ended up on my TBR as well. When I saw that the same author had a YA superhero novel coming up, I just had to put that on my list! It has a fandom aspect to it with an #OwnVoices M/M romance and neurodiverse rep, so it’s certainly one to watch out for.

Community review: Cait @ Paper Fury (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

Genre: Science fiction

Series: 3rd book in a quartet

Why I’m excited for it: If you are part of the adult SFF community, Mary Robinette Kowal’s name should be no stranger to you. The first book in this series, The Calculating Stars, swept the Hugo, the Nebula and many other SFF awards in its year of eligibility. The premise of a dying Earth and a group of lady astronauts out to save humanity on a space mission sounds exactly like my jam, so of course every book on this series is automatically on my TBR.

Community review: Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Further Reading

Fadwa @ Word Wonders50+ More 2020 Releases I Have My Eye On

Tor.comAll the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in July!

GizmodoThere Are So Many New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming Out in July

Did all the July 7th releases break your bank? Which July 2020 SFF releases are on your anticipated list? Are you also a fan of horror books or do you only stick to sci-fi and fantasy? Let me know in the comments section down below. Hope you are having a magical week, readers from Earth!

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11 thoughts on “Top 10 Exciting SFF Releases of July 2020”

  1. I liked The Crow Rider even better than the first book! High stakes, magical crows you can ride into battle, big battle sequence, and characters trying to pretend they have it all together. Great list!

  2. thank you for this list, nandini!! i’d never heard of muse squad but it sounds so amazing and i just added it to my tbr! i’m so excited for girl, serpent, thorn, cinderella is dead and the extraordinaries as well. amazing post 💖💖

    1. Thank you so much, Ash! ♥️ It’s a crime that Muse Squad isn’t getting the hype it deserves. I really hope more people add it to their TBRs and I’m glad you did. 😊 Ooh, great choices! I hope you have a really good reading month. 💖

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