This Month in Teen Books: July 2022

Reading recommendations for teens
July 12, 2022
The sequel to Ayana Gray’s fantastic Beasts of Prey is on the way and already generating buzz.
Beasts of Ruin by Ayana Gray
Koffi has saved her city and the boy she loves, but at a terrible price. Now a servant to the cunning god of death, she must use her newfound power to further his continental conquest, or risk the safety of her home and loved ones. As she reluctantly learns to survive amidst unexpected friends and foes, she will also have to choose between the life—and love—she once had, or the one she could have, if she truly embraces her dangerous gifts. Cast out from the only home he’s ever known, Ekon is forced to strike new and unconventional alliances to find and rescue Koffi before it’s too late. But as he gets closer to the realm of death each day, so too does he draw nearer to a terrible truth—one that could cost everything.

Trending Now
Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty got its highly anticipated screen adaptation on Amazon Prime, and you have noticed how popular the book has since become. Whether you’re still waiting to get your hands on a copy or you’ve devoured the entire series and want more sun-drenched romance, make sure to check out these readalikes.  
What’s New This Month
There are YA Star Wars and Stranger Things books incoming, along with a new Blue Bloods book from Melissa De La Cruz, a highly anticipated new YA queer romance by Lio Min, and new books from authors like Marie Arnold, Anna Gracia, Lane Clarke, Tricia Levenseller, Gina Chen, and more.  
What We’re Reading
Here is a quote from library staff about the books in the newest list of recommended picks:
Bad Machinery by John Allison: ”Sweet, funny, and clever.”
Check out this and other staff picks for teens.  
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out.