It’s about time for a new list of upcoming books I’m excited for! This summer promises all sorts of great books. June in particular is packed with amazing new releases.
May 30th – Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Royal Bastards is a YA fantasy novel by debut author Andrew Shvarts. I was put onto this one by Tammy over at Books, Bones & Buffy. It follows the bastard daughter of a lord who befriends a princess and becomes wrapped up in an adventure. The synopsis looks fun and seems to promise female friendship, which I’m always happy to read about. Unfortunately, my Netgalley request was declined, so I’ll have to wait and get it from the library at a later date.
June 6th – Song of the Current by Shara Tolscer
Song of the Current is another book bullet from Tammy. It’s a YA fantasy novel about a girl from a family of river traders. When her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious cargo, she takes on the task in exchange for his release. It’s already gotten a rave review from Anya, so I’m excited for this one!
June 6th – All Good Things by Emma Newman
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of All Good Things, and it didn’t disappoint! This book is the fifth and final book in the Split Worlds series, an urban fantasy series which begins with Between Two Thorns. There are so many sub plots and questions to this series that I had no idea how Emma Newman was going to wrap everything up in this book. And then she went and did it!
June 13th – Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
While the first YA fantasy book, This Savage Song, stood on its own, I am so glad that Victoria Schwab has returned to the world and characters with this sequel. I had so much fun with This Savage Song. It was one of those fast paced addictive YA books that you just can’t put down, and I bet Our Dark Duet will be just as thrilling.
June 13th – Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Like many other readers, I adored Every Heart a Doorway. Seanan McGuire is returning to the world with this prequel novella following Jack and Jill and the horror flavored world they visited. You can expect to see a lot of gushing and excitement from me around the release, complete with plenty of tumblr posts. #sorrynotsorry
June 13th – Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
Ninefox Gambit was one of my favorite releases of 2016, maybe my plain favorite when it comes to science fiction. Obviously, I was super pumped for Raven Stratagem. And guess what! I got an ARC! And it was somehow even better than the first book! Urgh, I love this series so much, and I am so rooting for Ninefox Gambit to win the Hugo.
June 13th – The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
I’m really excited about this debut science fiction novel set in South Africa. I’ve been meaning to read more SFF set in Africa, and The Prey of Gods looks perfect. Plus, it’s got a robots! Robots are always cool. Oh, and one of my favorite authors, Martha Wells, recommends it. It also looks like it’ll be mixing sci-fi with fantasy, and I love genre blurring books.
June 20th – Shattered Minds by Laura Lam
Shattered Minds is an indirect sequel to the near future, science fiction thriller False Hearts. I have an ARC and I am thrilled to report that it was wonderful. It has an entirely separate plot and characters from the first book, although it takes place in the same world. Also of note is the fact that there’s the male lead and love interest is trans.
June 27th – Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
I’ve enjoyed so many of Daryl Gregory’s other works, most notably Afterparty, and Spoonbenders looks similarly delightful. Even if I didn’t already like his writing, I might pick it up for that title alone. It’s about a family of psychics who loose their powers while at the same time having close encounters with the mafia and the CIA. That plot’s bound to be fun.
July 4th – The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells
I love the Raksura books so much. Over the course of the last four books, I’ve grown incredibly attached to Moon, Stone, Jade, Chime and all the rest. I can’t wait to visit them again in The Harbors of the Sun, but I’m sad that it’s the end of their series. I was lucky enough to get an ARC, so you should see my review a couple weeks before the release.
July 4th – The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst
I had a lot of fun with The Queen of Blood last fall, so I’m looking forward to this sequel, The Reluctant Queen. It looks like it’ll have a new heroine. On one hand, I’ll miss Daleina. On the other, the new heroine could turn out to be even more amazing. Guess I’ll have to wait until the release to find out what The Reluctant Queen has in store for me.
July 11th – Monstress: Volume Two by Majorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Yes, I know this is a collection of comic book issues and not really the same as the other books on this list. But I loved volume one so much that I just had to include it! The art is beautiful, the story compelling, and the world darkly imaginative. I can’t wait to get my hands on volume two.
July 25th – Sovereign by April Daniels
Sovereign‘s a queer YA superhero book and the sequel to Dreadnought. It’s also another ARC I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ll have a review by the release date, I swear! Anyway, I’ll be excited to read about Danny continuing to adjust to her life as a teenage superheroine. Plus, I totally ship her and Calamity. It’ll be great to read more about her and Danny in this newest continuation to the Nemesis series.
July 25th – Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
Daughter of the Burning City is a YA fantasy release that I don’t know that much about. I think I saw it on a list somewhere?When I went on this one’s Goodreads page, people had it shelved as “LGBT.” And two people had it specifically shelved as “asexual!” I don’t trust Goodreads shelving on principal, but that’s almost guaranteed to at least put the book on my radar.
August 15th – The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
Obviously, I’m going to read The Stone Sky. The Fifth Season was one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read, so I have to read the end of the trilogy. Can it live up to all my expectations? Maybe not. But I have no doubt that The Stone Sky will be a darn good fantasy book, given the track record Jemisin has established with the rest of the series. If you haven’t read The Fifth Season, drop whatever you’re doing right now and go find a copy.
Somehow I’ve only got one book I’m looking forward to in August (maybe some titles skipped my notice?), but the rest of the summer is full of all sorts of exciting books. What’s on your radar for this summer? Are you looking forward to any of these books?