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Two Earths, Dark Academia, and More of Your YA Book Talk and News: July 20, 2023

Hey YA Readers!

Much as the rest of the year seems to have been dragging, July is flying by. This isn’t a bad thing for me: I’ve got a nice break coming up in August and it cannot get here fast enough. Will there be books? You know there will be books.

Psst: What do S.A. Cosby, Khaled Hosseini, Sarah Bakewell, and Yahdon Israel have in common? They’ve been guests on Book Riot’s newest podcast, First Edition, where co-founder Jeff O’Neal explores the wide bookish world. Subscribe to hear them and stay to hear Book Riot’s editors pick the “it” book of the month.

Bookish Goods

set of library book stud earrings

Library Books Stud Earrings by TinyTimbersCompany

These teeny little book stack stud earrings are adorable and made out of wood. I am not much of a bookish accessory person but I am v, v tempted. $10.50.

New Releases

It’s new paperback release shout-out day. These two books hit shelves in their new lighter coats this week. As always, you can find the big roundup of this week’s YA paperback releases here. When you click the links below, you might need to toggle your view to see the paperback.

ace of spades book cover

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Someone is out there to get Devon — a talented musician who keeps to himself — and Chiamaka — head girl at the prestigious Niveus Private Academy. In this dark academia thriller, an anonymous text sender named Ace is threatening to share both of their deepest, darkest secrets. Think Gossip Girl meets Get Out.

the unquiet book cover

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

This one is pitched as The Atlas Six meets Orphan Black and it sounds intense (in a good way).

There have always been two Earths, which include two sets of identical cities, identical buildings, and identical people. But the people who occupy the second Earth recognize that two of the same things cannot exist. In order for them to be alive, they need to kill and take over their Earth one doppelganger.

This mission is why Lirael was sent to Earth one as a child. She’s there to kill her original and take over. It’s a mission she’s been set up for, but as she’s there, as she’s going through the motions, she begins to wonder: why?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

YA Book News

‘Tis quiet season. Unless you’re looking for YA book ban news, then you’re welcome to spend hours reading that news over here.

As always, thanks for hanging out. We’ll see you on Saturday with some stellar YA book deals.

Until then, happy reading!

–Kelly Jensen, currently reading Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed by Dasha Slater