With new books coming out every week and some getting more recognition than others it’s time again to list of book releases that I’m excited about in a particular month.
So, grab a beverage of choice and get ready to learn about some of the books I’m looking forward to being released in June 2018.
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Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari
Publisher: Penguin Teen (June 5, 2018)
Print Length: 256 pages
Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.
She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.
Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.
This YA psychological thriller’s synopsis immediately caught my attention with its first sentence, “Ari Sullivan is alive – for now.” My only apprehension with picking this up is the fact that early reviews are pointing out that Blood Will Out vilifies mental health. I will have to pick this up to decide for myself.
Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden #2) by Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: HarperTeen (June 5, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king—and Princess Carys is dead.
But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering.
But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started.
The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven—and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything.
I had mixed feelings when I finished Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1) in November of 2017, and yet, I did have a slight hope that with the groundwork set, its sequel, Conquering Eden (Dividing Eden #2), was going to surpass my previous misgivings. Well, its finally time to see whether or not my concerns were met. Hopefully my unease is quickly squashed.
Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (June 5, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.
Jamie Aldridge is charming, confident, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on since her brother’s death. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends–a group of magnificently silly theater nerds–while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate.
Yet when the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. Rose finds herself drawn back into her old life–and to Jamie. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn’t telling her the whole truth.
All Rose knows is that it’s becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn’t ready to lose.
While I am not a huge contemporary reader, I loved the reading experience I had when I picked up The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider back in 2015. I completely missed the fact that she released a follow up, Extraordinary Means, back in 2015, but am okay with it given that her 2018 release, Invisible Ghosts, sounds like the perfect magical realism novel to pick up when the days get longer.
Publisher: HarperTeen (June 26, 2018)
Print Length: 464 pages
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)
Or does she?
Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
While I wasn’t completely blown away with the Lady Janies first foray into historical fiction, My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1), given its historical inaccuracies, I still was thoroughly entertained by the creativeness of the three authors take on the tragic life of Jane Grey to pick up their sequel, My Plain Jane. While still historical in nature, I have a feeling I am going to enjoy this one more given that it is a retelling of a classic, Jane Eyre, instead of a re-imagining of history itself.
Providence by Caroline Kepnes
Publisher: Lenny (June 19, 2018)
Print Length: 400 pages
Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.
Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.
When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.
Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.
Ever since Kepnes released the novel You in 2014 she has been an auto-buy author for me. It is then no surprise that her June release made it onto this list. While I am a tad sad that it isn’t another novel focusing on Joe Goldberg, I am excited to see Kepnes’ range as Providence includes supernatural elements.
Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1) by Kristina Pérez
Publisher: Imprint (June 5, 2018)
Print Length: 448 pages
Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.
As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.
A Tristan and Eseult inspired fantasy trilogy that promises warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance, Sweet Black Waves has to be my most anticipated being published in June. Two questions though. One, can this not end in tragedy? And two, can it just be publication day already?
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in June 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated June releases? Leave a comment down below and help my TBR grow.