A new month means exciting new Oz YA releases. Look for these titles launching in July!
The Queendom of the Seven Lakes Duology
by A B Endacott
No man has ever ruled the Second Country. Until Now.
When the Family of Assassins is engaged to protect the first male heir to the throne, Elen-ai reluctantly takes the contract. But dissidence brews in the Queendom of the Seven Lakes, and she is quickly entangled in it, willing or not.
Part of the Legends of the Godskissed Continent world, this edition combines both gripping books of the Queendom Duology.
‘Simmering tensions…that deal not only with the minutiae of love and relationships, but regime change, loyalty, and the threat of civil war.’ – Claire McKenna, author of Monstrous Heart
9780648729921 – ARRP $24.99 – PB
Available: 1 July
Truel1f3: Lifel1k3 3
by Jay Kristoff
Allen & Unwin
From the bestselling co-author of the Illuminae Files comes the thrilling conclusion to the award-winning LIFEL1K3 trilogy.
Best friends have become enemies. Lovers have become strangers. And deciding whose side you’re on could be the difference between life and death. For Eve and Lemon, discovering the truth about themselves – and each other – was too much for their friendship to take. But with the country on the brink of a new world war – this time between the BioMaas swarm at CityHive and Daedalus’s army at Megopolis – loyalties will be pushed to the brink, unlikely alliances will form and with them, betrayals. But the threat doesn’t stop there, because the lifelikes are determined to access the program that will set every robot free, a task requiring both Eve and Ana, the girl she was created to replace. In the end, violent clashes and heartbreaking choices reveal the true heroes … and they may not be who you think they are.
9781760295707 – ARRP $19.99 – C PB – 480pp – 14+
Available: 2 July
Stars Like Us
by Frances Chapman
Hardie Grant Egmont
From the winner of the Ampersand Prize comes this smart, swoony LGBTQ YA novel about a teenage band on the way to the top – so long as they can hold it together.
Liliana’s hitting all the wrong notes. She’s a sixteen-year-old exchange student with a secret crush on Carter, her new band’s smoking hot guitarist – but she’s also got a girlfriend back home.
So when she writes a song about him and it lands the band a record deal, she quickly realises she’s in hot water.
Soon, Liliana will have to choose – between an alluring boy and the girl she left behind, between love and lust, and between the fame that beckons and staying true to the music that’s in her heart.
With shades of hit TV series Nashville, the musical passion of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and the band drama of Fleetwood Mac, this brilliant own-voices YA debut is perfect for music lovers everywhere.
9781760504700 – ARRP $19.99 – C PB – 320pp
Available: 8 July
The Lost Soul Atlas
by Zana Fraillon
Loyalty is tested, and a cruel twist of fate leads to an act of ultimate betrayal in this epic story that spans a city, a decade, and the divide between life and death itself.
Twig is all alone after his dad goes missing. But when he meets Flea, a cheerful pickpocket, the pair become fast friends. Together, Twig and Flea raise themselves on the crime-ridden streets, taking what they need and giving the rest to the even-poorer. Life is good, as long as they have each other.
But then Twig wakes up in the Afterlife. With just a handful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him, he tries to piece together what happened, and to find his way home…
A powerful story of hope and friendship from the award-winning author of The Bone Sparrow.
9780734419934 – ARRP $19.99 – PB
Available: 14 July
Blackbirch: The Dark Half
by K M Allan
Now that the origins of his power have been revealed, Josh Taylor’s search for answers continues with the arrival of Kallie—a girl he thought only existed in his dreams.
Running from her own secrets, she shows Josh how to use his gift in ways he didn’t know were possible. But, as they push the limits of their abilities, they discover there are consequences to messing with magick.
Security guard Kered knows the repercussions. Finding a power-filled crystal, he starts a chain reaction that brings a dangerous foe from Kallie’s past to Blackbirch and forces a devastating choice. Is Josh and Kallie’s bond strong enough to save them? And will their magick have the power to stop a darkness intent on destroying everything Josh has left?
9780648773023 – ARRP $17.00 – PB – 13+
9780648773030 – ARRP $8.49 – Ebook
Available: 17 July
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Tags: Australian Literature, Australian YA, July 2020 YA releases, teen fiction, young adult books