25 Summer Releases to Have on Your Radar

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NetGalley members are always looking for exciting upcoming releases to add to their TBR piles. Here are 25 summer books that readers won’t want to miss—some are even available to request on NetGalley! Take a look and take note of the books you want to read.

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

Executive Protection Agent Hannah is hired to protect reclusive actor Jack, but the more time they spend together the more her inconvenient feelings for him start to get in the way.

You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa

A Sri Lankan wedding is the setting for this new thriller. Amaya wants to stop the wedding of her former best friend and ex-boyfriend, but when the bride goes missing all eyes turn on her.

Babel by R.F. Kuang

R.F. Kuang explores the ties between imperialism and language in this fantasy novel about an orphan scholar who realizes the organization he’s dreamed of joining isn’t what it appears.

Husband Material by Alexis Hall

The highly-anticipated sequel to Boyfriend Material finds Luc struggling with the pressure of proposing to Oliver, his partner who he formerly orchestrated a fake relationship with.

Before Takeoff by Adi Alsaid

Two teenagers killing time at the Atlanta airport as they wait for their next flights press a button that creates Jumanji-esque danger and chaos in the terminals in this YA novel.

Perish by LaToya Watkins

Readers wanting to pick up a generational story should add this book to their TBR. Chapters alternate between members of the Turner family as they say goodbye to their matriarch.

Tell Us No Secrets by Siena Sterling

A girls’ boarding school is the setting for this debut thriller set in 1969. A game among the senior class picks up speed and soon lines are drawn, secrets are spilled, and a girl is murdered.

The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne

Craving the magic of a fairytale retelling? Mary McMyne has you covered. This historical fantasy novel explores the life of Haelewise, the witch who locked Rapunzel in her tower.

The Accidental Pinup by Danielle Jackson

In this contemporary romance, photographer Cassie Harris is happy to help a model for her friend’s new lingerie line, until she learns that her rival, Reid Montgomery, is doing the shoot.

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

YA fantasy fans won’t want to miss this duology starter from Gina Chen. When the royal court’s witch reads a false prophecy, she accidentally enacts a curse that could destroy the kingdom.

They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

Katrina Monroe’s gothic debut is set in a seaside town rumored to be haunted. Meredith doesn’t believe the tales, even as her mother warns that the ghosts are coming for Meredith’s daughter.

The Self-Made Widow by Fabian Nicieza

Former FBI profiler Andie Stern and journalist Kenny Lee reunite to once again crack the case in the second Suburban Dicks novel—this time solving the murder of a local woman’s husband.

Dance with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Return to Kit Rocha’s post-apocalyptic United States in this third installment in the Mercenary Librarians series. With TechCorps in shambles, Dani and Rafe are sent undercover to infiltrate.

Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean

Romance readers can always rely on Sarah MacLean to bring the summer heat. Here, a thief disguised as a wallflower ends up on a road trip with a buttoned-up duke to stop a wedding.

We Made It All Up by Margot Harrison

In this YA thriller, Celeste and Vivvy create fan fiction involving two of their classmates. It’s all fun and games until one of their muses dies after a kiss with Celeste.

Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah

Named one of our most-anticipated 2022 reads, this debut chronicles the life of Ever Geimausaddle through the perspectives of his Kiowa, Cherokee, and Mexican family members.

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Mystery fans, this is for you! After Paris Peralta is arrested for allegedly killing her husband, she fears that her secret connection to a 25-year-old murder may finally be uncovered.

The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi

Saara El-Arifi’s debut is the first in a fantasy trilogy inspired by Ghanian and Arabian folklore. All hope for a revolution rests on the shoulders of Sylah, the sole survivor of the resistance.

The Romance Recipe by Ruby Barrett

A failing restaurant brings two women together in this contemporary romance. Amy hires reality-show finalist Sophie to help her restaurant and unexpectedly falls in love along the way.

Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert ratchets up the tension in her latest YA novel as the plot alternates between 17-year-old Ivy’s discovery of a mysterious stranger and her mom’s hidden past.

Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini takes readers on a journey to the past for a fictionalized imagining of the untold stories of the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I.

The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead

Featured on our Killer Reads roundup, this thriller finds a cult survivor teaming up with a true-crime podcast host to face her past and take down the deadly group once and for all.

Flying the Coop by Lucinda Roy

The Dreambird Chronicles continues with the second installment. Set in a future U.S. after a civil war, this speculative fiction novel follows Ji-Ji’s fight for freedom and liberation.

Nobody’s Princess by Erica Ridley

In this historical romance, Kuni de Heusch is training to become the first Royal Guardswoman and no one, not even the distractingly attractive Graham Wynchester, will get in her way.

Godslayers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Zoe Hana Mikuta closes out her queer YA sci-fi duology with Godslayers. Follow the rebellious Gearbreakers as they fight against a tyrannical empire and as Eris works to rescue Sona.

Which of these books is at the top of your summer TBR?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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