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PAPER GIRLS Release Date, Warring Henna Shops, and More YA Book News and New Books: July 28, 2022

Hey YA Readers!

We’ve made it to Thursday and the weekend is on the horizon. Let’s take a look at this week’s new paperback releases and YA book news.

Before diving in: we’re matching up to $2500 in donations this week to the National Network of Abortion Funds. If you can drop a few bucks, join us. If you can’t, there are resources there for how you can help speak and act in support of access to vital healthcare.

Bookish Goods

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New Releases

As always, you can grab the full list of paperback books out this week over here!

cover of Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Simi serves the gods she once prayed to, and her work as a Mami Wata (mermaid) includes collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home. But when a boy who is still alive is thrown overboard, she saves his life, going against ancient decrees which lead to swift punishment.

She knows she needs to make amends in order to protect the other Mami Wata, but the boy she saved knows far more than he lets on, and now, her life is on the line not just because of her actions but because of the shadow following her.

This is a West African twist on “The Little Mermaid,” and LOOK at that cover!

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jairgirdar

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Coming out for Nishat would mean being disowned by her family. But when Flávia, a former childhood friend, comes back into her life, it gets harder for her to resist her feelings.

A school project invites students to create their own businesses and now, both Nishat and Flávia are running their own henna companies. They’re rivals, but they’re finding it near impossible not to have some sweeter feelings toward one another, too. Is Nishat willing to risk it? Can she?

Riot Recommendations

Love adaptations? You’re in for some great news.

As always, thanks for hanging out. I’ll see you on Saturday for some great YA book deals.

Until then, happy reading!

— Kelly Jensen, currently reading Dead Flip by Sara Farizan