12 Upcoming New Releases I am Absolutely Feral About (June 2020)

Hi, everyone. So, this is a sort of new series I have started on my blog where I try to talk about new releases I am excited for. This is going to be a big one because there are a lot of amazing books releasing in June and I am going to cover a lot of them.

The Chronicles of Exandria: The Mighty Nein – 2 June
by Critical Role

This hardcover art collection features a wide variety of gorgeous illustrations from the Critical Role fan community paired with text by cast members.
Journey through Wildemount alongside the motley group known as the Mighty Nein! Encompassing the first half of Critical Role’s second campaign, this tome illustrates the adventures of our unlikely heroes as they meet in Trostenwald, struggle through a heartbreaking encounter with the Iron Shepherds, and more. Featuring stunning works by fan-favorite artists from the Critter community, Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria — The Mighty Nein is a beautiful way to relive all your favorite moments from the hit show.

Why I am excited:
So, I know this is a very niche book to put on the very top of my list, but I am highly obsessed with Critical Role. The extremely character driven narrative that the Dungeons & Dragons stream weaves has had me hooked since the first episode. And the found family dynamic is a huge plus for me. This art book is written from the POV of Expositor Beauregard Lionett, aka Beau, as she corresponds with the Cobalt Soul. The Cobalt Soul archivists’ notes in the margin will make for an extremely amazing read, along with the amazing art from artists around the world.

Queen of Coin and Whispers – 1 June
by Helen Corcoran

‘She loved me as I loved her, fierce as a bloodied blade.’
When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father.
Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?
In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country – and for each other.

Why I am excited:
This is a standalone YA fantasy, which are hard to find these days. The slow-burn lesbian romance is to die for, from what I have heard. Also, the court intrigue and political dynamics are very interesting. The world-building is also very different; and it has a cast of diverse characters with a brown MC, demisexual MC, multiple queer and POC side characters.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin – 2 June
by Roseanne A. Brown

The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Why I am excited:
This is an amazingly written book with interesting characters and storyline. Inspired by West African folklore, it is completely unpredictable and tugs on your heartstrings at all times. You’ve got magical bonds, disappearing blades obtained in dubious pacts and NECROMANCY!!!!!!

A Song Below Water – 2 June
by Bethany C. Morrow

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.
But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

Why I am excited:
A book that explores racism and sexism from the lens of fantasy, sign me up. It is also a story of female friendships and how important those are. The kind of solace, love and strength you can find in a friendship. When most YA books focus on romance, I think exploring friendships is extremely important especially when it is often a trope to pit women against each other.

You Should See Me In A Crown – 2 June
by Leah Johnson

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.
The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

Why I am excited:
The story of a Black queer girl? Sign me up, any day! The acquaintances to rivals to lovers trope is always fun to read and after seeing the Prom plot in a million media pieces, I’ve finally found one I am actually interested in. This book has gotten rave reviews and I am living for the story of Black joy which gives pain its space, but overcomes it too.

Little Creeping Things – 2 June
by Chelsea Ichaso

When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day, and her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down.
But then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together.
Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.

Why I am excited:
This YA mystery thriller by lies on the fringes of Dark Academia and potential amnesia storyline. I am yet to read this but I have seen most people enjoy the pace of the story and the dramatic flare. Also, the cover gives me Chucky vibes. 🙂

The Falling in Love Montage – 9 June
by Ciara Smyth

Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.
But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms.
Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.

Why I am excited:
This rom-com with a optimistic-pessimistic duo who slowly fall in love while exploring themselves and each others’ selves seems such a cute summer love story. Everyone that I have seen read this, has loved it to bits; so, I have high expectations.

Agnes at the End of the World – 9 June
by Kelly McWilliams

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Wilder Girls in this unique, voice-driven novel from Kelly McWilliams.
Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.
Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?
As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Why I am excited:
A book that is described as The Handmaid’s Tale meets Wilder Girls (two of my favourite books) is immediately worth a read. Everything about this dystopic world seem interesting and cults are one of my fave terrains to explore. The viral pandemic might be a bit too on the nose right now, but the themes this book investigates are extremely appealing to me.

The Kinder Poison – 16 June
by Natalie Mae

Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, this enthralling fantasy adventure follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.
Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.
All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.
With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.

Why I am excited:
People defying their ‘destiny’ is my favourite trope. A normal girl who wants to escape her life but screws up things trying to do that rings very true with me. Also, a society where something that you have no control over determines you standing is an allegory for the lives of so many. I am excited to see how the author navigates such a world and the characters they create.

Forest of Souls – 23 June
by Lori M. Lee

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.
Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.
And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.
Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

Why I am excited:
Necromancy!!! Okay, maybe not exactly necromancy, but it is exciting! The fantasy element are dark and creepy which I have not seen in YA for some time. It places focus on female friendships and loyalty. In author’s own words, “it’s a mishmash of my favorite western fantasy tropes alongside bits of my own cultural influences and a magical system inspired by Hmong shamanism.” I am also excited to see an Asian author’s take on western fantasy after years of seeing western authors take inspiration from Asian and other non-European folklore/mythology.

Hunted by the Sky – 23 June
by Tanaz Bhathena

Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.
Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl-Gul-in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance-and discovers a magic he never expected to find.
Dangerous circumstances have brought Gul and Cavas together at the king’s domain in Ambar Fort . . . a world with secrets deadlier than their own. Exploring identity, class struggles, and high-stakes romance, Hunted by the Sky is a gripping adventure set in a world inspired by medieval India. 

Why I am excited:
SOUTH ASIAN EXCELLENCE! I am South Asian, so this is all the reason I need to read a fantasy inspired by medieval India. I have always been a fan of revenge driven characters and warrior magic! The synopsis leaves a lot of room for imagination, so I am eager to see how the plot unfolds. Everyone who I’ve seen read this book has loved and praise it, so even more reason to be excited.

I Killed Zoe Spanos – 30 Jun
by Kit Frick

For fans of Sadie and Serial, this gripping thriller follows two teens whose lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost.
What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…
When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected—and that she knows what happened to her.
Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?
Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Kit Frick weaves a thrilling story of psychological suspense that twists and turns until the final page.

Why I am excited:
I have heard really great things about this one and I adore psychological suspense thrillers. I haven’t seen the lookalike trope in a while, so I am excited to see what fresh way it is explored in. Also, a teen podcaster investigating a murder somehow gives me Nancy Drew vibes; so, add nostalgia to the pile of why I am excited for this.

Mexican Gothic – 30 June
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. 
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

Why I am excited:
I was lucky enough to read an e-ARC for this. This book reminded me how much I love New Adult and Gothic Horror. I really enjoyed the imagery this book evokes along with its amazing and investigative main character who takes us along for the ride. I liked how character driven this book was while also weaving a great story.

Bonus: Sequels to great books I have not read yet releasing in June 2020

My Calamity Jane – 2 June
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Thank you for reading. Please comment if I am missing out on any great books. 🙂

10 Replies to “12 Upcoming New Releases I am Absolutely Feral About (June 2020)”

    1. I absolutely LOVED Mexican Gothic. I’ve seen a lot of people say that it was hard for them to get through it, like, it took them too much time to read; but I couldn’t stop reading it. Also, Agnes needs to deliver, I have high expectations.

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