It’s time for the post you’ve all been waiting for! Lol ok, you probably weren’t waiting for it but I was. It’s time to talk June book releases. I didn’t include all the books coming out in June because I have 3 jobs, but I put together a list of my favorites. If I left one out you think I should know about, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
After the synopsis of each book, I give my thoughts, feelings, and EMOTIONS about it, so make sure to check that out too!
Alright, lets get to the books!
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (June 25)
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.
Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.
With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
Sarah says: This book sounds AMAZING and I somehow won a free copy! Devours the energy of men?? Where do I sign up?! That is my jam. And Asian rep too!! I cannot wait for this book!
Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (June 4)
Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.
Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.
Sarah says: I got an eARC of this (review coming soon) and all I have to say is PRIDE AND PREJUDICE RETELLING WITH MUSLIM CHARACTERS AND IT IS SO GOOD! I loved this book. Khalid is an awkward muffin but he seems to be plenty happy to argue and fight with Ayesha. And Ayesha is a badass who cares so much for others (and she writes poetry omg) I won a free copy of this too (I don’t know how this happens, I swear).
Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries (June 25)
A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher “Grey” Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey’s focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather’s funeral, he’s shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn’t interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . .
Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago, and the arrogant Duke of Greycourt with his rakish reputation isn’t exactly changing her mind. Then Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest “project”: schooling spirited, unfashionable Beatrice for her debut. Now that Beatrice is seeing through Grey’s charms to his wounded heart, she’s having trouble keeping him at arm’s length. But once Grey starts digging into her family’s secrets, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her family . . . or with the man whose lessons capture her heart . . .
Sarah says: Have we talked about my love for regency romances?? I think we have. I love any romance where the guy isn’t a douche and Project Duchess sounds like a goddamn delight! He is trying to teach her how to be proper and a lady and YOU KNOW that they are going to be doing some “improper” things…I am here for it!
Masha is drowning. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town’s lido, where she seeks refuge underwater – safe from the noise and the pain.
But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician’s wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.
Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back…
Sarah says: where are my tissues?! Ok. I read an eARC of this and let me tell you, I absolutely loved this book. It will make you cry 1000 tears but it’s so worth it. Masha is an absolutely brilliant character and the way she grows is extraordinary. This also might be the most British book I’ve ever read (you will know what I mean when you read it lol)
Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries: Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.
When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?
William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.
Sarah says: I read and reviewed this forever ago and really enjoyed it. It’s such an interesting concept for William to have this unique job. But, the book is more about his marriage than anything else. Can his relationship survive his curiosity for this other woman? It’s some good stuff.
Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation.
When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark.
But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Ms. Haas’ stock-in-trade.
Sarah says: I WILL DIE FOR THIS BOOK! Gods, vampires, pirates, and punching sharks? Can I get that with an order of fries, please?! I love a mystery and this sounds way too much fun. Definitely on my must-have list.
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer (June 25)
When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.
Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.
When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…
This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?
Sarah says: Ok, I’m sorry (no I’m not lol) but I love when a popular dude falls from grace. It is so satisfying. Throw in a possible mental health storyline and I am hear for it. Also, how great is it that the synopsis let’s you know there is a suicide attempt in the book?! My triggers thank you, Brigid Kemmerer!
Oh and did I mention I love when a couple meets through a school project?? It’s one of my favorite meet cutes. Both of these characters sound very intriguing and I cannot wait to see how it all turns out.
If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann (June 4)
High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”
Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?
Sarah says: Hate to love, you say? Give me all of it! And Winnie snaps at a doctor and doesn’t want to hear people’s opinions about her body?? Drown me in all of this! Oh and there is a cooking competition! Did I die and is this heaven?! (I was in culinary school for a bit.) It took me like three seconds to put this on my must-have-now list. A diverse book with fat rep!! and a badass cooking heroine! *happy dance*
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett (June 4)
One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed suicide, right there on one of the metal tables. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the failing business, while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. Her mother starts sneaking into the shop to make aggressively lewd art with the taxidermied animals. Her brother Milo withdraws, struggling to function. And Brynn, Milo’s wife—and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with—walks out without a word. As Jessa seeks out less-than-legal ways of generating income, her mother’s art escalates—picture a figure of her dead husband and a stuffed buffalo in an uncomfortably sexual pose—and the Mortons reach a tipping point. For the first time, Jessa has no choice but to learn who these people truly are, and ultimately how she fits alongside them.
Sarah says: Ok, not gonna lie, but the cover, the title, and the fact that I follow Kristen on Twitter are the reason this book first caught my interest. But then I read the synopsis and was all in. Again, thank you Kristen Arnett for making sure people know there is a suicide in the book. It is greatly appreciated.
I also love books where the main character is involved in a unique job. You don’t meet someone who works in a taxidermy shop everyday. And don’t get me started on books where the kid finds out secrets about their parents (My needs-to-be-edited book is about that very thing).
And come on!! who didn’t laugh out loud when they read what the mother is doing?! That’s a reaction to grief I have yet to see. I cannot wait for this book. I have a feeling it will make me cry forever, but also be fun and thought-provoking.
When Chloe Pierce’s mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe’s mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe’s chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast―two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat.
Filled with roadside hijinks, heart-stirring romance, and a few broken rules, I Wanna Be Where You Are is a YA debut perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon.
Sarah says: There is a dog!! Ok, besides that, I really enjoy a roadtrip book (again: there is one in my WiP) and all the things that can happen along the way. I love that Chloe is fighting for what she wants and may find love along the way as well. And of course, give me all the diverse contemporary books! (As much as I have been getting into fantasy, I am still a contemporary lady)
The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter (June 25)
Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future.
Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real life fairy tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.
Look. See… What will one peek hurt?
Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.
With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to change Fate itself—Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed.
As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after another, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Can she resist, or will she become the queen—and villain—she was born to be?
Sarah says: No joke: I have been waiting for this book for almost a year. I saw it was coming out when I reviewed Oh My Goth and have been excited ever since. An Evil Queen book?? Are you kidding me? *grabby hands* But this time we meet her before she becomes the villain we all know and love! *faints* And she sees what she’s going to become…*falls off couch* Who doesn’t want to read this book?!
When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you’re talking to. Except there’s two of them (it’s a long story), and Haley thinks she’s talking to the one she doesn’t hate.
A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.
There’s just one problem: Haley doesn’t know who Martin is. And Martin doesn’t know that Haley doesn’t know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster . . .
Sarah says: A dude who is willing to listen to her weird obsessions? Does such a creature exist? I love this concept and that she’ll eventually find out she is most definitely talking to the dude she hates. Usually, miscommunication is my nemesis. but if it’s done right, oh it is delightful. And this sounds so fun. Also…I like a book with text conversations (I don’t know why), so I’m interested to see how Lana Wood Johnson weaves that into the story.
Rule #1: Don’t get attached.
Amber lives by strict rules to survive her mother’s love life: Always keep your eyes on the horizon and never get close to anyone connected to Mom’s boyfriends.
But after they move in with Kevin, the latest of her mom’s “soul mates,” the rules become increasingly difficult to follow. Kevin’s daughter, Cammie, keeps acting like Amber’s friend, even though she’s definitely not. And Jordan—star basketball player, hottest boy in school, and Cammie’s best friend—keeps showing up at the most inconvenient moments.
Amber has reasons for every one of her rules, and following them is the only way to protect her heart when her mom inevitably moves on. But as she spends more time with Kevin, his daughter, and especially Jordan, she starts to wonder if the rules might be worth breaking this time.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Rules We’re Meant to Break is a charming, heartachingly real story of family and young love by debut author Natalie Williamson.
Sarah says: Rule #1: Don’t get attached. Hey! That’s my rule…lol. I love reading about girls working through their emotional walls and having help from new people in their lives who see how extraordinary they are. There will definitely be a romance here, but I suspect it’ll be more about Amber’s struggles to accept love and I am all for that!
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love (June 18)
A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.
Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.
Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.
Sarah says: My thoughts about this book are here. It’s a delightful anthology full of diverse stories about people and food. What more could you want?
Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…
Sarah says: This is a re-release that is coming out with a different cover but since I missed it the first time, it is new to me. Based on the synopsis, this is something a lot of girls are faced with. Maybe not the national scandal part, but sadly, plenty of girls have been slut-shamed and had pictures of them posted on the internet. Izzy sounds like a strong girl and it’ll be interesting to see how she makes it through this struggle. I hope she beats the shit out of some people. 🙂
Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash (June 4)
How bad can one little virtual lie be?
NYU freshman Mariam Vakilian hasn’t dated anyone in five months, not since her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her. So, when she decides to take advantage of an expiring coupon and try out a new virtual reality dating service, it’s sort of a big deal.
It’s an even bigger deal when it chooses as one of her three matches none other than Caleb himself. That has to be a sign, right?
Except that her other match, Jeremy, just happens to be her new best friend IRL.
Mariam’s heart is telling her one thing, but the app is telling her another. So, which should she trust? Is all fair in modern love?
Sarah says: *insert Marie Condo ‘I love mess’ gif* Oh Mariam, you got some drama going on! I don’t know which dude she’s going to end up with (or which one I will want her to be with), but I’m ready to go along for the ride. This has been on my Amazon wish list for months. I’m ready for June to get here!
Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor (June 25)
There’s one creed all Cavensham men subscribe to: they fall in love completely and decidedly. But what happens when the woman you fall in love with swears she’ll only marry you as a last resort? Rogue Most Wanted is the next book in the sparkling, romantic Cavensham Heiress series by Janna MacGregor.
SHE NEEDS TO MARRY SOMEONE
Lady Theodora Worth needs to marry fast in order to keep her estate. It’s been her heart and home for years, and she’ll not lose it to anyone. There’s just one problem—as a woman who was raised in isolation by her grandfather, she’s completely incapable of pouring a cup of tea, never mind wooing a man. She’ll need a little matchmaking help from her sprightly next-door neighbor in order to find a convenient husband…
IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO BE HIM
Lord William Cavensham’s heart was broken years ago, and since that day he vowed to never love again. But his spirited Great Aunt Stella is determined he’ll marry or not inherit a single penny from her. And she’s got just the woman in mind—her beautiful and completely hapless next-door neighbor, Thea…
Thea and Will agree there’s no sense in marrying each other. Will wholeheartedly believes he’s incapable of love, and Thea refuses to marry the first man she’s practically met. But Will may be the rogue Thea wants the most after all…
Sarah says: I’m on the blog tour for this book! I’ve only read the first couple chapters of the ARC but omg it is just what I wanted. Like I said…regency romances are my faves and the fact that Lord Cavensham has to find a suitor for the woman he will eventually fall in love with is absolutely perfect. Can’t wait to read more and write up the review for y’all!
Sarah says: This book is a little different in that people have already read most of it. Penny Reid has put a section of this book in her newsletter for the past couple months. While waiting on the next section is absolutely excruciating, it’s always rewarded with brilliant writing.
This is the second book in the Dear Professor series and follows Emily and Victor (her professor) as they fight their attraction for each other. It’s some good shit (my highest compliment lol).
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (June 4)
Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.
But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.
Sarah says: I read the first couple chapters of this and HOLY HELL I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK! Magic and mystery and a creepy school and estranged sisters! My heart beats faster just thinking about it! Everyone needs to read this so we can scream about it together!
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (June 25)
In a small town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her house. Everyone in town, including her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and she doesn’t correct them. In New York, Dean Tenney, former major-league pitcher and Andy’s childhood friend, is struggling with a case of the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and he can’t figure out why. An invitation from Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button.
When Dean moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken–and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. But before they can find out what might lie ahead, they’ll have to wrestle a few demons: the bonds they’ve broken, the plans they’ve changed, and the secrets they’ve kept. They’ll need a lot of help, but in life, as in baseball, there’s always a chance–right up until the last out.
Sarah says: One of my favorite tropes is when two emotionally-struggling people help each other through their shit and this book sounds like exactly everything I love. There will be love and angst and secrets and confessions (I hope) and I AM READY!
Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas (June 4)
In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence’s name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the lingering anger of Samsboro’s citizens, who refuse to forget the crime.
Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro native, he’s either known as the “disabled kid” because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Gus just wants to be known as himself.
When Gus meets Kalyn, her frankness is refreshing, and they form a deep friendship. Until their families’ pasts emerge. And when the accepted version of the truth is questioned, Kalyn and Gus are caught in the center of a national uproar. Can they break free from a legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?
Sarah says: I heard about this book on Instagram (damn you, bookstagram lol). I kind of like this new trend of telling the stories of kids whose parents are murderers. It’s an interesting perspective and this one goes a step further by making the daughter possibly fall for the son of the man her father murdered.
But Wild and Crooked takes a different turn when it looks like Kayln’s father might not be a murderer after all. I am so intrigued by this synopsis and am not-so-patiently waiting for June to get here so I can read this book!
Alright, what do you think? Are you excited for any of these books too? Or what about any books I missed? Let me know which June releases you cannot wait to get your hands on!