Saturday, 27 May 2017

Top Ten Anticipated Books of June 2017



 

SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE! It's time for icecream and shorts and the beach, and best of all, reading in the sun! There are so many amazing books coming out this month, so here are just a few I am especially excited about. I hope you all have a lovely summer, wherever you are! <3

 




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After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?


Y'all know I'm incredibly excited for this one, I did a Waiting on Wednesday for it! I'm sold on the internet-famous/tolstoy/cute love story storyline. Plus, there's ace rep, HOW AWESOME IS THAT!? :) 






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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.




This one sounds so incredibly important. The only books I've read about domestic abuse are It Ends With Us and Elenor and Park, and I really need to read more books about this important topic. I've heard amazing things from bloggers and advance readers, who say it's a hard book to read, and doesn't pull punches. I know it's going to be a difficult one to read.

 

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When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.


I've kind of given up on dystopians recently, but this one sounds really interesting, and kind of like NIL by Lynne Matson, which I enjoyed. Plus, the author is so nice on twitter! I'm excited to read this one.


Roar (Stormheart, #1)In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Okay, confession time. I have never read a Cora Cormack book. I know, I know. So I feel like this might be a really great place to start. I'm totally getting Truthwitch vibes from that cover, and I've heard loads of great things. I can't wait!






 

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Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.



Okay, confession #2. I haven't read Our Savage Song yet. Or A Darker Shade of Magic. But I'm still so excited for this one, so that I can marathon the duology. I adored Vicious, so I just know I'm going to love this series too.

 

 



31450960 Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.


 This one sounds mysterious and captivating and unlike anything I've ever read. And apparrently it's a pirate book! Yes please!




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Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that's part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie's summer changes for the better when she's introduced to other "hometown heroes." These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying "no good deed goes unpunished." Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships--and anonymity--intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.


THIS COVER IS SO SO CUTE! ^-^ Plus, the plot sounds intruiging and funny, but maybe explores some deeper issues? I've heard really great things.



 

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In the sequel to Ivory and Bone—the prehistoric fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”—the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.


After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister Lees to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya when he corners her later, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.


I've just started reading the first book in this series, Ivory and Bone, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm really looking forward to hopping on over to the sequel, which has recieved rave reviews.




 

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Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.


I can be very picky about my Historical Fiction, but I feel certain I'll love And I Darken, and its' sequel, Now I Rise. The idea of a gender-swapped Vlad the Impaler really intrigues me. 


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A sparkling debut about love, family, and the mysteries of the universe.

Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.

Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.

They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.

With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of finding people who leave and loving those who stay, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Emery Lord.


This sounds like the perfect hard-hitting contemporary. The characters sound so fun and the fact that it is recommended for fans of Emery Lord? That draws me right in. 


What about you guys? What are your most antipicpated reads for June? Any other ones I should look out for? Let me know in the comments <3

Love,


 

42 comments:

  1. So many good ones. I read two of them and am gaga for If Birds Fly Back. Totally looking forward to Tash, Roar, and The Sandcastle Empire too. Great list.
    Sam @ WLABB

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  2. Great list! I loved Roar, and I'm sad to say that I wasn't impressed with The Sandcastle Empire. I'm reaaaaaaaaaaaaaally hoping that there will be a sequel to the book. One book that you didn't mention that I'm going to read soon is Elizabeth May's The Fallen Kingdom! That series is amazing.

    Have a fabulous week, Megan! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Yay, you've made me even more excited to read ROAR :) Also, I can't believe I forgot that one - I'm so excited for it too!

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  3. Great list! All these books look amazing! Oh, how my TBR will suffer! :D I haven't read And I Darken either, but I hope to do so soon! I haven't read Vicious yet, but I have read the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy and it's awesome! Really recommend it! Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Thanks so much Lynn! I can't wait to read some more Victoria Schwab! :)

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  4. The Sandcastle Empire is one I keep seeing pop up, and after reading the synopsis I definitely want to try it! Lovely cover too. The Unlikelies has an amazing, summery bright cover too and that one also sounds fun!

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    1. I agree with you, The Unliklies has such an amazing cover. I am obsessed with books with icecream on the cover XD

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  5. I am SO in love with the cover of Bad Romance. Like, I haven't even read the blurb, and I'm dyiiiiing to pick that book up--talk about a cover buy! Such a great list you have here, here's hoping you enjoy each of them if you get the chance to pick them up!

    Also, huge thanks for stopping by my blog earlier--much appreciated! Happy book-ing to you!

    Beth @ Betwixt the Pages

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    1. You are so so welcome, Beth! <3
      The cover for Bad Romance is incredible, isn't it? I'm so in love with all those flowers and the beautiful typography!

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  6. Great list! I am really excited about Now I Rise and I also hope to get my hands on Roar. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Those two do sound so amazing. Happy reading!

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  7. There are some amazing books due to come out and I cannot wait! I am most excited about Now I Rise because I loved And I Darken!

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    1. I bet I love And I Darken too, you always have the best taste in books <3

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  8. OMG I NEED, NEED DARK DUET AND NOW I RISE!!! I loved the first books in both series and am now dying of my need for the sequels!

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    1. Oh, the pain of waiting for sequels XD

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  9. Bad Romance sounds like a really heavy topic, but I think I would be interested in reading it. I too haven't read too many books dealing with the topics of physical abuse.

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    1. Me neither, and that's why I want to try it. I feel like it's really important to read about these issues. <3

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  10. Bad Romance is definitely one of my most anticipated books. Heather Demetrios always does a fantastic job of exploring tough subjects. Our Dark Duet is another book I'm dying to get my hands on. I'd basically read anything by V.E. Schwab these days haha.

    - Lois @ My Midnight Musing

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  11. Bad romance sounds really interesting! I have read I'll Meet You There by this author a couple weeks ago and loved it. I need to add that one to my TBR :)

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  12. I am stoked for Our Dark Duet and Now I Rise. I'm sure you'll enjoy the first book in each series once you pick them up. Happy June!

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    1. Happy June to you too! I hope you enjoy both of those new releases, and they live up to the first books in the series <3

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  13. Song of the Current is life changing, I swear!

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    1. That's amazing to hear! I really hope I love it as much as you!

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  14. Awesome list. I WANT THEM ALL!!! I requested Bad Romance and was rejected. I was so furious. I can't even. :) humph! Still waiting for them to approve Now I Rise. I adored the first one so WTH??? humph! humph! humph! :D ;-P

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    1. Funny how getting refused for a book makes you want to read it even more, isn't it? <3

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  15. I still need to read And I Darken and Our Savage Song too, but I hope I can get to them ASAP since the sequels are coming out so soon. I'm pretty sure I'll love them too. :)

    I'm also really excited about Tash Hearts Tolstoy!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. We should totally buddy read Tash Hearts Tolstoy - I'm so excited for it! :)

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  16. I'm so desperate to get my hands on a copy of Now I Rise. I requested it on Netgalley and was knocked back so the want is even greater now. Roar is another one I'm excited for, I've read a few of her new adult titles and didn't mind them. Bad Romance is another I'm super keen on reading as well. So many awesome new books being released, I can't wait! My bank account is already cringing :D

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    1. Me too! I'd better not open my purse for the rest of the month, lol.

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  17. I really am looking forward to Bad Romance. I like Heather Demetrios so much. Love the cover of The Unlikelies!!

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    1. It's so summer-y, isn't it? I can't wait for Bad Romance too!

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  18. I didn't realize 'Sandcastle' was releasing this month. That one caught my eye weeks ago, so I'll have to do a bit more reading about it and maybe add it to my TBR! :)

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  19. Ah! I can't wait for Roar either although I've heard a few mixed opinions about it I'm still excited to read it. Plus it has an awesome cover!

    Song of the Current also looks awesome and IT'S A PIRATE BOOK!

    Now I Rise is also so exciting and getting a lot of hype.

    Great list!

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    1. YES! All the pirate books! <3

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  20. I just heard about The Unlikeables today and it sounds very good.

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    1. It sounds amazing. Plus, that cover is so gorgeous!

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  21. I am looking forward to Our Dark Duet so much! I loved the first book and devoured it in like a day. I am going to an event for it on June 17 and I am so excited!

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    1. I hope you love the event and get to meet Victoria! Let me know how it goes!

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