Did I not just do one of these for May? Well, yeah. I did. However I’m trying to change my writing schedule for my “Most Anticipated” posts to be at the beginning of the month. Sooo…you guys will be seeing two of these in a matter of weeks. Not that I’m complaining, because these are so much fun to research and write. And this is especially true when you have a month as stacked with new releases as June (seriously, it’s bookworm heaven). I managed to narrow my list down to two contemporaries, a historical romance, a fantasy, a spy mystery, and a historical epic. Phew! My reading game is going to have to be on point if I want to check all these off my TBR. But without further ado…let’s cut to the books!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee- June 27
I’ve talked about this one A LOT recently on the blog (), but that’s only because it sounds so awesome! Combining Mackenzi Lee’s trademark innovation in YA with a lot of wit and humor is pretty much the recipe for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which follows an 18th century grand tour of Europe- with a lot of hijinks along the way. Protagonist Monty is set up in the synopsis to be devilishly fun, as a classic party boy fighting his feelings for best friend and traveling companion Percy (swoon). Things go far from planned though when Monty ends up entangling himself, Percy, and his sister in a manhunt across Europe. Along the way I anticipate a lot of action, humor, and burgeoning romance between the two maybe-more-than-friends. As if that wasn’t good enough already, Lee will earn extra brownie points from me if she can work in more of that historic detail and setting of the time (hello Paris and Rome). I get hardcore My Lady Jane vibes here, so hopefully this promising new release delivers!
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau- June 6
Joelle Charbonneau is best known for her Testing trilogy…that I never actually read and as such can’t say any more about. But with her latest book, Dividing Eden, she’ll be leaving her dystopian world for the fantasy kingdom of Eden. Unfortunately for the people of the country (but pretty good for us readers), their world has just been rocked by the assassination of the king and crown prince. With the lines of succession unclear, twins/confidantes Carys and Andreus are pitted against each other to fight for the throne. In the meantime there’s a scheming council trying to overthrow both of them and probably a whole bunch of other sketch obstacles. I’m optimistic about the story considering Charbonneau is a bestselling author, but I’ll admit this one does sound like a lot of other fantasies on the market right now (ie. Three Dark Crowns and The Crown’s Game). She’ll need something to make Dividing Eden stand out, and I’m willing to read it to find out what that something is.
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson- June 13
I loved, loved, loved, LOVED Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Tiger Lily when I read it a few years back, and I’m hoping she can repeat the magic with Midnight at the Electric. It’s going to be impossible for me to explain well here; but in short there’s three young women with stories taking place in 2065, 1934, and 1919. They’re unwittingly connected in multiple ways “both heartbreaking and hopeful”. That’s all I really need to know, as I definitely think this is a story better going into knowing less. I love that it blends a future perspective in with two from the past, and I’m hopeful that will only broaden the scope of the historical context. Normally I would hate that this had three perspectives but, and I’m going to show bias here, multiple POV’s just work in historical fiction. I also know from reading Anderson’s other work that she’s all about the character development and building rich atmospheres, which will only help here. I could not be more excited!
Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind Of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes- June 6
Not going to lie, 50% of the reason this book is here is because of the cover. The other 50% is because it just sounds like a really awesome story. Based in small part by the events surrounding Edward Snowden’s whistle blowing, protagonist Paige Nolan is sent to Russia on a mission. Under the codename Liberty, she’ll track down where Edward Raynes (traitor to the States) is hiding, and discover the secrets he still holds about their government. In exchange, operative Madden Carter will reopen the case on her parents- journalists missing in action overseas. What could go wrong? A lot, which is why I’m so excited. This premise will push the characters to their breaking points, and I can’t wait to see what Portes does with all that opportunity. Having flown relatively under the radar, I can’t wait to see what this classic spy noir has in store for readers.
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone- June 6
Unlikely superheroes were a trend popular in YA a few years back, and now author Carrie Firestone is looking to put her own spin on the storyline. Instead of basing it around actual superhuman ability though, The Unlikelies follows five average teens intent on making their town a safer, happier place. Vigilante good samaritanism is how the synopsis describes it, starting off when protagonist Sadie rescues a baby. This leads her to join forces with the fellow group of likeminded teens, where they quickly find themselves in over their heads- and struggling to remain anonymous. I love the idea of an author tackling what it means to be a hero in today’s world, and hope Firestone addresses it in a way that will remain timely for years to come. A contemporary that’s a little different from typical fare, but exciting nonetheless.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel- June 1
The final book I’m including is actually Julie Israel’s debut, Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. Besides having a cover and title that scream “summer”, Juniper Lemon is a story I presume readers can take a lot away from. It follows protagonist Juniper, who is still reeling after her sister’s death two months earlier. When she receives a letter addressed to Cammie, but signed off by a mysterious “You”, Juniper becomes consumed with finding the identity. And when one of the cards from her happiness index, containing a deep secret, goes missing, she becomes even more entangled in a search for the truth. I anticipate this one being highly emotional, but not without a lot of insight. At this point it reminds me a lot of Natasha Friend’s contemporary work (a good thing!) so hopefully my eyeball assessment is correct!
What books are on your June TBR? Any crossover between our two lists? Let me know in the comments!
-Keep Calm and Read On