Now that the summer holidays are getting closer, it’s time to start thinking about which books to take with you on vacation. Do I pick a classic, a recent release that’s been on my TBR shelf for a few months, or do I get myself a brand new book? Here are the hottest new releases for June 2018!
One of the most popular YA fantasy series these last few years is the Ember Quartet by Sabaa Tahir. It all started with Laia and Elias in the first book, An Ember in the Ashes. The story continued in A Torch Against the Night, and now the third part is here. In a world inspired by ancient Rome, the threat of war has been growing and the lives of everyone in the Empire hang in the balance. This series has been on my TBR list for a long, long time and maybe I should use this occasion to finally dive in. Out on June 12.
Smoke in the Sun is the sequel to Flame in the Mist, a retelling of Mulan set in Japan. It’s the finale of the duology that tells the story of Mariko, the daughter of a samurai. In the first book, she was attacked by the Black Clan and subsequently infiltrated their ranks (dressed as a boy, because Mulan) to take revenge. Out on June 5.
This is another sequel to a book that was published last year. It tells the story of Aurora, destined to rule as queen, but lacking in the storm magic her family uses to protect the people. One day she discovers there’s a black market dealing exactly that type of magic. The cover of Roar, the first book, gave me some Daenerys Targaryen vibes with the blonde hair and white dress, but I haven’t picked it up yet. However, I’ve seen many good reviews about this, and the sequel promises higher stakes, with a war brewing. Out on June 11.
I absolutely love books that go stabstabstab, so this title immediately caught my eye. Zera is an immortal, unageing soldier for a witch, who sends her on a mission to – you guessed it – bring her a heart. Not just any heart, but that of a prince. That prince is Lucien, used to getting his way. This sounds like an enemies-into-lovers story in a dark setting. Out on June 5.
The description for this book mentions “a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance”. What more do you want? Inspired by the tale of Tristan and Iseult, it tells the story of Branwen, lady-in-waiting to a princess. When she unwittingly saves the life of an enemy, he awakens her healing magic and she begins to dream of peace between the two warring kingdoms. The blurb also mentions Mists of Avalon, one of my all-time favourites, so I can’t resist this one! Out on June 5.
So far we’ve had books inspired by ancient Rome, Japan, and a European medieval legend. Let’s add Mongolia to that list with The Bird and the Blade. Jinghua is a slave who finds herself helping the prince and his father escaping from their enemies. She hatches a scheme to help them return home, but then the prince seeks an alliance with the Great Khan by marrying his daughter. Her suitors have to solve three impossible riddles, or die. From the synopsis, it seems like it ticks all the YA fantasy boxes, but the setting is so unique that I am more than intrigued. Out on June 5.
I keep telling myself I should read more classics. Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, and all that. Why do I tell you this, you ask? Well, My Plain Jane is a sort-of-retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. In this book, both Jane Eyre and Charlotte Brontë are drawn into a gothic ghost hunt with lots of humour thrown in. It’s part of the same series (but not a sequel) that brought us My Lady Jane, the story of Lady Jane Grey, the nine-days queen of the Tudors. In that book, her intended is a were-horse. I haven’t read that one yet, but it sounds hilarious. Out on June 26.
In the normal course of events, you stumble upon a book, read it, and start following the author on social media. In this case I started with that final step. C.G. Drews is better known online as Paperfury, owner of a great Twitter account, gorgeous Instagram feed and producer of all the reading/writing snark you could imagine. If her debut novel is anything like her posts online, we’re in for a wild ride. This is a contemporary YA story about music, abuse and hope, and tells the story of Beck, whose mother forces him to play the piano while he would rather compose his own music. When he meets August, he sees a glimpse of a way out of his miserable existence. Small warning: from what I’ve heard, Drews likes to put her characters through a lot of pain. Out on June 7.
Are any of these books on your TBR list? What books do you want to read this month? Let me know in the comments below! Need more inspiration? Below are all of this month’s new releases.
The full overview of young adult June 2018 releases:
- Save The Date – Morgan Matson
- The Bird And The Blade – Megan Bannen
- The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls – Jessica Spotswood
- Fat Girl On A Plane – Kelly deVos
- Smoke in the Sun – Renee Ahdieh
- City of Bastards – Andrew Shvarts
- Tell Me No Lies – A.V. Geiger
- Always Forever Maybe – Anica Mrose Rissi
- Mariam Sharm Hits the Road – Sheba Karim
- Sweet Black Waves – Kristina Perez
- Exile – S.M Wilson
- Blood Will Out – Jo Treggiari
- Summer of Salt – Katrina Leno
- Invisible Ghosts – Robyn Scheider
- Whisper Of The Tide – Sarah Tolcser
- The History Of Jane Doe – Michael Belanger
- Blood Will Out – Jo Treggiari
- Neverworld Wake – Marisha Pessl
- Social Intercourse – Greg Howard
- The Art Of French Kissing – Brianna R. Shrum
- Summer of Us – Cecilia Vinesse
- Dear Rachel Maddow – Adrienne Kisner
- The Opposite Of Here – Tara Altebrando
- Bruja Born – Zoraida Cordova
- Little Do We Know – Tamara Ireland Stone
- What You Left Me – Bridget Morrissey
- Bring Me Their Hearts – Sara Wolf
- Eden Conquered – Joelle Charbonneau
- A Thousand Perfect Notes – C.G. Drews
- Rage – Cora Carmack
- A Reaper at the Gates – Sabaa Tahir
- A Flicker in the Clarity – Amy McNamara
- Soulstruck – Natasha Sinel
- All That I Can Fix – Crystal Chan
- Supermoon – H.A. Swain
- The Merciless IV: Last Rites – Danielle Vega
- Tell Me No Lies – Adele Griffin
- Sometime After Midnight – L. Philips
- The Fall Of Innocence – Jenny Torres Sanchez
- Love Scene, Take Two – Alex Evansley
- Crossing The Line – Simone Elkeles
- Not The Girls You’re Looking For – Amina Mae Safi
- Dive Smack – Demetra Brodksy
- Urban Heroes – T.J. LockWood
- Chemistry Lessons – Meredith Goldstein
- Almost Impossible – Nicole Williams
- Thief Of Happy Endings – Kristen Chandler
- Dive Smack – Demetra Brodsky
- Phoebe Will Destroy You – Blake Nelson
- The Art Of Escaping – Erin Callahan
- Love Me, Love Me Not – S.M. Koz
- The Boyfriend Bracket – Kate Evangelista
- Not The Girls You’re Looking For – Aminah Mae Safi
- My Plain Jane – Cynthia Hand/Brodi Ashton/Jodi Meadows
- A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Various Authors
- Dawn of Legends – Eleanor Herman
- 99 Lies – Rachel Vincent
- Now You See Her – Lisa Leighton & Laura Stropki
- Your Destination Is On The Left – Lauren Spieller
- The Fragile Ordinary – Samantha Young
- Wild Blue Wonder – Carlie Sorosiak
- The Emerald Sea – Richelle Mead
- The Museum Of Us – Tara Wilson Redd
- Learning To Breathe – Janice Lynn Mather
- Trail Of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse
- The Life And Death Parade – Eliza Wass