August’s Most-Anticipated Books

Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten of the buzziest books coming out this August—no matter what genre you’re interested in. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Moth by Melody Razak

Melody Razak’s generational saga debut has earned starred trade reviews and raves from NetGalley members. Set during the days leading to and following the partition of India in 1947, the novel follows a Delhi family as they prepare for their young daughter’s wedding. After the ceremony is called off, Alma asks to travel from Delhi to Bombay to visit her father’s family. When Alma goes missing on the train, her parents struggle to cope with their fear for her and the tumultuous changes happening around them.

Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean

It simply isn’t summer without a Sarah MacLean romance to dive into. This sizzling second installment in the Hell’s Belles series takes readers on a Regency road trip with Adelaide Frampton, a thief disguised as a wallflower, and Henry, the buttoned-up Duke of Clayborn. Henry thinks he doesn’t have time for distractions, but while en route to stop a wedding with Adelaide, he realizes that if he isn’t careful, this expert pickpocket will steal his heart.

The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope

Leslye Penelope’s historical fantasy transports readers to Washington DC in 1925, where someone or something is preying on Black residents. Clara Johnson’s magic comes at the cost of being indebted to a powerful spirit known as the Empress. When the Empress asks that Clara retrieve a magical ring, it sends her on a dangerous journey that leads her right to the heart of the strange happenings in her neighborhood.

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Readers looking to cool down with a chilling thriller won’t want to miss out on Alice Feeney’s latest. Daisy Darker isn’t looking forward to being trapped on an island with her family, but for her grandmother’s 80th birthday she’ll make the effort. But when a storm hits the island, trapping everyone there, and bodies begin turning up, it’s unclear who will make it home alive.

What’s Coming to Me by Francesca Padilla

Francesca Padilla’s YA debut centers around an ice cream shop in a Long Island town. Between getting kicked out of school and her mom being hospitalized, 17-year-old Minerva Gutiérrez is in a bad place. When she hears rumors about hidden treasure around the ice cream shop she works in, Min sees it as an opportunity to change her life while also sticking it to her sexist and creepy boss. With the help of her neighbor CeCe, Min sets out to investigate.

Where Wild Peaches Grow by Cade Bentley

Estranged sisters come together in the wake of their father’s death and are forced to confront the past in this late August release. Twenty years ago, Nona “Peaches” Davenport left Mississippi to start over in Chicago after a shattering betrayal. When she returns home, she comes face-to-face with those she left behind including Marcus, her ex, and Julia, her sister. Cade Bentley divides the narrative between the sisters, showing that there truly are two sides to every story.

The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon

Since the start of the year, we have been counting down the days until Farrah Rochon’s latest release. This third installment in the Boyfriend Project series follows pediatric surgeon London Kelley, who is desperately in need of some relaxation. When her friends suggest a casual hookup, London believes she’s found it with her old rival Drew. The heat between them is off the charts, but things cool down quickly when London realizes he’s in town to potentially shut down her hospital.

A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Alexandra Rowland weaves together political intrigue, danger, and romance in this fantasy novel. Prince Kadou of Arasht’s ability to touch-taste metals could be key in uncovering a potential counterfeiting scheme in the kingdom. But when his investigation goes sideways, he’s assigned a new bodyguard, Evemer. Together, they prove to be an unstoppable team and they’ll need every skill in their arsenal when they uncover a threat that puts the entire royal family in danger.

Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley

Don your detective caps, armchair investigators, Vanessa Riley is kicking off a new Regency-set historical mystery series starring Abigail Carrington, the daughter of a Jamaican mother and a Scottish father. When Abigail discovers the body of her neighbor’s wife, she fears being accused of murder. Unable to reveal her alibi—attending a pro-abolition meeting—she sets out to clear her name.

The King Will Kill You by Sarah Henning

Sarah Henning’s Kingdoms of Sand and Sky series comes to a dramatic close this summer with the third and final installment. With Luca by her side and a crown finally atop her head, Queen Amarande begins her reign by seeking a peace agreement with neighboring kingdoms. But when a power-hungry king makes a move to control the entire continent, it becomes clear that she’ll need to bring all of the kingdoms together to stop him. New readers will want to start back at book one, while series fans will be thrilled to reunite with Queen Amarande.

Which August release are you most excited for?

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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