Hey, there! Another month has come and gone, which means it’s time to talk next-month book releases. What’s coming out in June that’s caught my eye?
Turns out, not too much, which is abnormal for this time of year… But my wallet and TBR list are so happy. Finally, I can catch a break.
Let’s check out my number one June book release:
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
Why I Want to Read This: First of all, cover, gorgeous. But the thing that grabs me most about Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson are these living books—grimoires—which possess some very real power. I’d be lying if I wasn’t also deeply intrigued by Nathaniel Thorn and his demonic servant; please let that relationship be utterly fascinating. Also, I do love when characters stumble upon a lie about their society and try to uncover the truth. I just hope that the whole “all sorcerers are evil” belief isn’t turned from being totally black to totally white. I like some gray areas with my world-building.
When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.
Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.
With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.
Why I Want to Read This: Mechanical dragons, omg! But honestly, that’s just the start of Mary Fan’s Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon and its phenomenal summary. Anlei, the main character, has to marry the viceroy in order for him to continue protecting her village, but he also wants a mysterious jewel that gets stolen!? And the thief needs it for his own reasons? What does that funky little River Pearl do, I wonder. And then, Anlei has to go with the thief into the Courts of Hell??? I am being so catered to right now that it’s not even funny.
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.
Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.
With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
Why I Want to Read This: Kat Cho’s Wicked Fox sounds so anime, but it’s Korean, and I’m just generally all kinds of excited for it. A nine-tailed fox that devours the energy of evil men? I can’t wait to see how this folklore blends with the modern Seoul setting. Also looking forward to Miyoung and Jihoon’s relationship—I just hope it’s not too fast and with plenty of bumps and conflict in the way. The whole disastrous shaman situation sounds promising in that regard! I actually won an ARC of this, but it’s still not here yet D:
Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.
But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.
From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.
Why I Want to Read This: Selah sounds like she’s going to be an engaging character who has a really, really tough time, and I’m all for characters who struggle. I already feel for her having to face romantic rejection publicly, and that’s just the tip of her journey. Promising dynamic settings and a mysterious secret belowdeck of Selah’s ship, The Beholder by Anna Bright appears to hold all the qualities for a juicy story.
And that’s all for this month, can you believe it? I can’t tell if I was pickier this month of what, but I still feel like I’m chosen some quality books to wait for.
What June books are you excited for? Have you read any June ARCs? Have any of these made your list? What has interested you about them? Let me know!