June Wrap-Up

Are you ready for the list of what I would have read in June? You know, in a world where I’m always punctual and read books the week they come out? Good thing these compilations exists so I can keep that pipe dream alive. In actuality I was this close to reading a few of these in a timely fashion, but then I thought: “Hold up. What is my blog if I don’t post everything chronically late?” Really, I wouldn’t want to deprive you guys of my inconsistent consistency. Logic. These books just look SO good though! Historical fiction to thriller to contemporary, you literally can’t go wrong here. Without further ado…

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

I am SO excited for My Lady Jane! I don’t like to name favorites, but this book just has everything I could want in an anticipated release. And what would that be? Historical nods, comedy, coauthors, and crazy high ratings. That’s right; Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows combined efforts earned them a 4.18 rating average on Goodreads. Pretty impressive! In particular reviewers shouted out the light hearted humor that is present throughout. You don’t typically get strong, goofy laughs out of YA so I’m especially excited to see if the same holds true to me. Fingers crossed, but I don’t think I need to worry. The premise itself had me cracking up from the get go. You have to love a book that proclaims it “has only a passing resemblance to actual history- because sometimes the real thing needs a little help”. I love reading about Tudor England, and I hope this fictionalization of Jane Grey’s ascension to the throne hits all the right notes.


Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Ok. I lied. My excitement for Ivory and Bone is at an unbearable level. A level that matches the bar to My Lady Jane. Julie Eshbaugh’s debut is a prehistoric romance (!!!) with elements of Pride & Prejudice thrown in to make this idea even more awesome. Something tells me it won’t be comparable to the last P&P retelling I read through, the sugary sweet First & Then. No, Eshbaugh makes her early civilization setting hardcore- right from the get go tantalizing me with threats of “all out war” instigated by one of our protagonist’s love interests, Mya or Lo. Though they’re cast as villainous (or at the very least, shady) I kind of like that Eshbaugh incorporates two female players threatening society’s power dynamic. #GIRLPOWER. I know very little about any history pre 1500’s Europe, so this is sure to be an educational walk in the park. Who knows? Maybe that liberal ideology really did guide things when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. I should also say that there are some fantastical elements elluded to as well in the synopsis. Fingers crossed that Eshbaugh blends magic and history into a delectable affair.


The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Not to make any readers think I’m, like, totally shallow or anything with the obscene amount of emphasis I put in covers in this post, but can we just take a minute to appreciate The Loose Ends List? Because, let me just say, the cover artist was on fleek with her trendspotting when it came to design. Yellow chevron? Anchors? Flower bouquets? Umm, yes please! Really though, that is neither here nor there. Let’s talk about the actual story itself. Maddie comes from a wacky family, but resident nut job, matriarch, and Maddie’s best friend, Gram, takes the cake. Deciding to spend the final days of her life in excitement, she books a continental ocean cruise for the whole family. Along with the way Maddie comes to terms with the  soon to be passing of her grandmother, first love with ship captain Enzo, and the  hijinks that come with membership in the O’Neill clan. With a definite Where’d You Go Bernadette? feel to it, I’m a little excited for this one.


With Malice by Eileen Cook

If you want to hear all about why I’m uber excited for With Malice click on my Waiting On Wednesday post. If you just want a low down, here goes: Italy setting, backstabbing friendships, Amanda Knox trial similarities, and unique writing format. Need I say more?


You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

I’m super excited to read Nina LaCour’s contribution to last month’s Summer Days and Summer Nights. That’s nothing though compared to my anticipation over her latest novel with David Levithan. You Know Me Well (which comes out on June 7th) follows Mark and Kate, two high schoolers madly in love with their respective friend/acquaintance; neither of whom reciprocate the affection. In one night the unlucky in love combo becomes the best of friends as they navigate the gamut of emotions that come with first love. These two are some of my favorite authors, so naturally it’s safe to assume their combined efforts in awesomeness will be mind blowing, right? Myself and other bookworms seem to think so, with those lucky enough to receive an ARC already singing praises for the heart of this little contemporary. Just to name one thing about it that really gets me excited is the built in safety net this book has in regards to my most hated romance read trope. That being since our protagonists are gay (but also, yay for diversity) there’s no chance of the best-friends-turn-lovers cliche that is oh so loved by readers #not. Hopefully that isn’t the only case of exceptionally original storytelling though, and this one can be a summer read with serious heart.


And I Darken by Kiersten White

This book though. It’s a mashup of all things good and holy in the world. It’s incredibly complicated though to sum up exactly what it’s about though, so imma just let Goodreads do the work for me. “NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.” Awesome amiright? It’s also worth noting that this is a retelling of Vlad the Impaler’s story, in which Lada embodies the infamous killer. Uber cool. There’s also a love triangle, which I’m oddly in the mood for, as well as some hardcore political intrigue. As one of my favorite reviewers over at Paper Fury put it “EVERYONE DISTRUSTS EVERYONE AND THERE’S STABBING”. Nuf’ said.


What are your top June releases? Have you actually read any of these yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
-Keep Calm and Read On

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