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8 New Book Releases to Read in June!
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Here we are with a fresh batch of new releases not to miss this month! I’m positive most of these will be great summer reads. This time I bring you eight books, which is not a lot… it seems like the more I read, the pickier I get. I’m honestly tired of most YA fantasy releases that feature yet another plain but beautiful warrior who saves the world while riding the instalove unicorn with the most gorgeous male ever; I’m also tired of murder mysteries with predictable or non-sensical twists that don’t bother giving life to their characters; and I’m SO tired of adult romance novels with the same old plots and lazy writing.

In all fairness, some of the following books may seem like that to you. Which either means that a) they’re from an author I usually read, or b) I’m hoping to god they’re better than the blurbs. I can tell you right now, K.A. Tucker, Loreth Anne White, and Taylor Jenkins Reid are authors I always keep an eye on. I’m not too crazy about Mariana Zapata, but Dear Aaron has an interesting enough plot. And Final Girls, well, it could be awesome, it could be awful. Stephen King liked it, so I’m willing to find out. Maybe.

The remaining three books I am genuinely interested in: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue sounds fun and different; I’ve been meaning to start the Monsters of Verity series for a while now; and anything Outlander is immediately at the top of my list!

[ all synopsis and info are taken from goodreads ]
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)
written by Victoria Schwab
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Published on June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
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Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
written by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, GLBT
Published on June 13th 2017 by Atria Books
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Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means, and what it takes, to face the truth.

The Drowned Girls (Angie Pallorino #1)
written by Loreth Anne White
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Published on June 20th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared
But Detective Angie Pallorino never forgot the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card—crosses etched into the flesh of his victim’s foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

Then the body of a drowned young woman floats up in the Gorge, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, and the hunt for a predator becomes a hunt for a killer. Assigned to the joint investigative task force, Angie is more than ready to prove that she has what it takes to break into the all-male homicide division. But her private life collides with her professional ambitions when she’s introduced to her temporary partner, James Maddocks—a man she’d met the night before in an intense, anonymous encounter.

Together, Angie and Maddocks agree to put that night behind them. But as their search for the killer intensifies so does their mutual desire. And Angie’s forays into the mind of a monster shake lose some unsettling secrets about her own past… How can she fight for the truth when it turns out her whole life is a lie?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
written by Mackenzi Lee
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, GLBT, M/M
Published on June 27th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
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An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Until It Fades
written by K. A. Tucker
Genre: Sports Romance, Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published on June 27th 2017 by Simon & Schuster
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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

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And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust. Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall (Outlander)
written by Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historial Fiction, Romance
Published on June 27th 2017 by Cornerstone
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A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories.

This riveting, romantic collection includes: “Besieged” (original novella), “Survival” (original novella), “Virgins,” “The Space Between,” “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” and “The Custom of the Army.”

Final Girls
written by Riley Sager
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Published on June 29th 2017 by Ebury Publishing
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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Dear Aaron
written by Mariana Zapata
Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Military
Published on June (non-specified), Self-Published
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Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.
The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.
What books are you excited to read this month?
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  • Perhaps you should move on from YA fiction? I’ve tried reading some in the past and they’re literally all the same. Filled to the brim with tropes. Instead of picking up another YA fantasy, why don’t you try reading some adult fantasy? The Name of the Wind or Kushiel’s Dart are fantastic places to start! I’m really looking forward to picking up The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

    • But I started reading YA less than a year ago, how is it possible that I’m already experiencing this?! But you’re right of course, I just have a couple of series I want to finish and a couple others to try, but I’m keeping expectations low.

      I’ve tried The Name of the Wind and wasn’t quite in the mood for something so big at the time, but I’ll definitely give it another go because it looked good, like actual quality writing. I’ll check out the other you mentioned, thank you Vanessa 🙂

      I’m very excited for that one too, especially with the old hollywood connection and all. Taylor Jenkins Reid is one my favourites, even though (or especially because, ha) she makes me cry way too much with her books!

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