Looking Ahead… June 2020 Releases

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This is a post that I do at the end of every month where I share the books I am looking forward to in the next month. I am always looking for books to add to my TBR so I hope to hear about what books you are looking forward to in the coming month in the comments.

Okay so I haven’t done this post since February, but I’m getting back on track with the blog so hopefully I can do this at the end of every month again!

Looking Ahead … June Releases

So I’ve cut back on requesting ARCs, but I am still excited for so many books. There are a lot of good looking books on this list, but I had some restraint and didn’t go overboard with ARC requests.

Check out the titles that I am excited for that come out this month. Make sure to comment below if you have read any of these or want to read any of these titles so we can discuss them!


Physical ARCs

The Circus Rose by Betsy CornwellThe Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

Publication Date: June 16th, 2020

A queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

Okay so I have to admit, I was REALLY excited for this book when I first got a copy, but since the reviews have started coming in I’m a little nervous, but then again there are only 35 early reviews. I love circus books and this is a retelling too. The reviews do say that the world building and the writing are both incredible, so I hope that I will enjoy this one!


eARCs

A Song Below Water by Bethany C HorrowA Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow

Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

When I initially found out about this book I knew it was about sirens, and I didn’t request it. But when I read the blurb more thoroughly and I found out it also had high school drama I was sold. This sounds like a fun fantasy read that just feels different than every other book out there. I am actually way more hype for this book now that I read the blurb more thoroughly. I just got an ARC a couple days ago and I will probably read this one pretty soon!

Seasons of the Storm by Elle CosimanoSeasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano

One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.

Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight.

I basically requested this book because I thought the cover was gorgeous. (I know that I said I was being less impulsive with ARCs but I just couldn’t resist this cover.) But it seems like a retelling of Jack Frost, which is SO cool and not something I’ve ever seen done. The plot just seems very different from what I see all the time in fantasy and I really hope that it is done well.

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by HG ParryA Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry

Publication Date: June 23rd, 2020

A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom in the early modern world.

It is the Age of Enlightenment — of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas.

But amidst all of the upheaval of the early modern world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilization into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to darkness and chaos.

For more from H. G. Parry, check out The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep.

I requested this book because it looks like one of those epic intense fantasies that I could get lost in. There aren’t a ton of reviews, so I don’t really know what to expect but I have a feeling that I will either love this book or DNF it. I haven’t been in the mood for an intricate fantasy that’s over 500 pages since before COVID-19 hit, so I think it’s probably going to be a little while before I will read this one, but I have high hopes!

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca RossSisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Publication Date: June 23rd, 2020

From the author of The Queen’s Rising comes a thrilling YA stand-alone fantasy about the unbreakable bond between sisters. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

I picked up this ARC for two main reasons, one is the incredible cover, but the second is because from the blurb it seems that the book focuses on a sisterly relationship. I have become obsessed with books that focus on sibling relationships ever since I read Sadie. Sibling relationships was even a Top 5 Saturday topic. Everyone who has already read this book seemed to absolutely love it, so I am pretty excited for this one. I feel like I’m going in kind of blind though because I feel like the blurb doesn’t really say much.

Blue Ticket by Sophie MackintoshBlue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh

Publication Date: June 30th, 2020

Blue Ticket is a wonder…Be sure to read everything Sophie Mackintosh writes.”–Deborah Levy

From the author of the Man Booker Prize longlisted novel The Water Cure comes another mesmerizing, refracted vision of our society In a world where women can’t have it all, don’t underestimate the relief of a decision being taken away from you.

Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you marriage and children. A blue ticket grants you a career and freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And once you’ve taken your ticket, there is no going back. But what if the life you’re given is the wrong one?
When Calla, a blue ticket woman, begins to question her fate, she must go on the run. But her survival will be dependent on the very qualities the lottery has taught her to question in herself and on the other women the system has pitted against her. Pregnant and desperate, Calla must contend with whether or not the lottery knows her better than she knows herself and what that might mean for her child.
An urgent inquiry into free will, social expectation, and the fraught space of motherhood, Blue Ticket is electrifying in its raw evocation and desire and riveting in its undeniable familiarity.

The blurb of this book really caught my eye and reminded me of Vox by Christina Dalcher and so of course I wanted a copy. I love a dystopian novel that really gets you thinking. I am a little wary of the writing style though, because from a brief glance I could tell it was going to be different. Sometimes different writing styles work really well though, so I guess I will see how I feel about it!


Want to Read

Queen of Coin and Whispers Helen CocoranQueen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

Publication Date: June 1st, 2020

‘She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade.’

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.

Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other …

I really wanted a copy of this, but when I contacted the publishing house they hadn’t gotten international rights yet. I love spies and political intrigue and this sounds really good. I’ve heard that this is an incredible debut and I hope to someday get my hands on this beauty!

A Song of wraiths and ruin by roseanne a brownA Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown

Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020

The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

I love the look of this book and am pretty intrigued by it. But the last book I read that was inspired by African folklore wasn’t as good as I anticipated it to be. This is another debut that shows promise, but I think I’m going to wait until more reviews come in before I decide for sure on this one.

The Obsidian Tower by Melissa CarusoThe Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso

Publication Date: June 4th, 2020

The mage-marked granddaughter of a ruler of Vaskandar, Ryx was destined for power and prestige at the top of Vaskandran society. But her magic is broken; all she can do is uncontrollably drain the life from everything she touches, and Vaskandar has no place for a mage with unusable powers.

Then, one night, two terrible accidents befall her: Ryx accidentally kills a visiting dignitary in self-defense, activating a mysterious magical artifact sealed in an ancient tower in the heart of her family’s castle.

Ryx flees, seeking a solution to her deadly magic. She falls in with a group of unlikely magical experts investigating the disturbance in Vaskandar—and Ryx realizes that her family is in danger and her domain is at stake. She and her new colleagues must return to the family stronghold to take control of the artifact that everyone wants to claim—before it destroys the world.

I keep debating if I should request a copy of this book or not. But I think since I keep thinking of it I should see if I can get an ARC. A lot of the early reviews are 5 star reviews, so that is really promising!

Agnes at the end of the world by kelly mcwilliamsAgnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Publication Date: June 9th, 2020

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Wilder Girls in this unique, voice-driven novel from Kelly McWilliams.

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.

Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Okay so first off this cover is gorgeous, but this book looks amazing. I know a lot of people don’t want to read about a viral pandemic, but I actually do! This has been so stressful for me and I want to read something I can relate to! Also, this book has been compared to Wilder Girls, and that book was absolutely amazing, so if this book is ANYTHING like Wilder Girls I am hype. (Check out my review here!)

The Shadow Wand by Laurie ForestThe Shadow Wand by Laurie Forest

Publication Date: June 9th, 2020

SPOILERS IN BLURB IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!!

HER WORLD-ALTERING SECRET CAN’T BE HIDDEN MUCH LONGER

Elloren Gardner hides the most powerful secret in all Erthia—she is the Black Witch of Prophecy, and destined to triumph…or be used as the ultimate weapon of destruction.

Separated from everyone she loves, isolated and hunted, Elloren must turn to the last person she can trust—her fastmate, Commander Lukas Grey. With the Mage forces of Gardneria poised to conquer all of Erthia, Elloren has no choice but to ally with Lukas and combine their power to keep herself out of the hands of Gardnerian leader Marcus Vogel…the holder of the all-consuming Shadow Wand.

With just weeks to train to become a warrior, and no control over her magic, Elloren finds unexpected allies among those under orders to kill her. It’s time to step up. To fight back. And to forge onward through the most devastating loss yet.

This is one of my most anticipated books of the year. I am a HUGE fan of this series and I am buying a copy of this book as soon as it comes out. I loved the first two books and am so excited to continue this series. I am really glad that there are going to be two more books after this though because I am NOT ready for this series to end. I think that the character development in this series is some of the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve missed these characters so much and I can’t wait to get back to them!!!

(Check out my reviews of The Black Witch and The Iron Flower)

The Kinder Poison by Natalie MaeThe Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

Publication Date: June 16th, 2020

Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, this enthralling fantasy adventure follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.

Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.

All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.

With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.

I am trying to get my hands on an ARC of this book and I have my fingers crossed! This debut is one that I’m really excited for and I even talked about it in my latest Top 5 Saturday post. I love plots with a fight for the throne and I’ve become a sucker for a desert setting. Even if I don’t wind up getting an ARC I will be reading this one for sure.

I killed zoe spanos by kit frickI Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Publication Date: June 30th, 2020

For fans of Sadie and Serial, this gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost.

What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…

When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected—and that she knows what happened to her.

Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Kit Frick weaves a thrilling story of psychological suspense that twists and turns until the final page.

The entire reason that this is on my list is because I keep seeing it everywhere. I Killed Zoe Spanos is being compared to Sadie, which is basically a comparison that instantly grabs me, and it’s being called the YA thriller of the summer. Several of my friends have already given this book 5 stars and I will probably pick this up once it comes out and see if it lives up to the marketing hype.


Have Read

The Court of Miracles by Kester GrantThe Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

4 Stars

I actually read this a couple months ago, but I thought it was really cool. I would have liked the world building to feel a bit more solid, but I whipped through this book pretty fast. I really liked the different guilds and am definitely going to pick up the sequel for this one!

The Boundless by Anna BrightThe Boundless by Anna Bright

Publication Date: June 9th, 2020

This breathtaking sequel to The Beholder will take you on a journey into a darkly sparkling fairy tale, perfect for fans of The Selection and Caraval.

When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she’d have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder’s true mission was a secret Selah’s crew didn’t trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval’d. A place Selah hoped she’d never go.

But gone is the girl who departed Potomac filled with fear. With a stockpile of weapons belowdecks and her heart hanging in the balance, Selah is determined to see the Beholder’s quest to its end.

4 Stars

Okay, so I loved The Beholder. I loved the mix of fables and myths mixed into the story and I was really excited for this sequel. This book was different from the first in many ways, but also incredible. It had a more serious tone than the first and an incredible plot. The last third of the book dragged a bit for me though and I did miss some of the fun aspects of the first book that this installment didn’t have.

Check out my review of The Beholder!


Let’s Chat!

What books are you looking forward to this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? Are any of them on you TBR?  What has been your favorite read that comes out in June? Are there any books coming out this month that I shouldn’t miss out on? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about upcoming books we’re excited about!

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  1. Wow. This is a lot to keep up with.

    Out of this list, I would read A Song of Wraith and Ruin for the anthropological research, because I don’t know much about West African culture and would love to learn … A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians for the historical research, because my kids & I just finished studying this historical period in school … I Killed Zoe Spanos because I loved Rebecca and I love the names in it … and Agnes at the End of the World because I have an interest in books about cults and because the name Agnes.

    I probably won’t go out and buy any of these, but will def pick them up when they make their way to the new books shelf at the library.

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    1. Lol I know I try to be on top of new releases.

      I am waiting until some more reviews come out for A Song of Wraith and Ruin before I decide if I want a copy but it looks up my alley. I think A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians sounds cool but if it’s too history filled I’m not sure I’ll love it.

      I Killed Zoe Spanos seems to he everywhere and Agnes and the End of the world looks like it has potential to be amazing.

      Any books coming out in June that arent on this list that you’re looking forward to??

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      1. Sorry, I don’t keep up with new fiction releases. I am usually years behind ha ha! The only time I read a new book when everyone else is reading it, is if it makes its way onto the New Releases shelf at the library.

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  2. This is a fab list! There are so many on here that I can’t wait to read too — especially the last four! I’ve heard so many great things about Court of Miracles lately that I’m even more excited for it now 😀 Great post! I hope you end up enjoying all the ones you haven’t read yet!

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