Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Monthly Madness: June YA Releases

It's finally June: summer and sunny skies and blooming flowers. And, of course, more new books! Monthly Madness includes the YA (urban) fantasy, paranormal romance, historical, and contemporary releases I'm most looking forward to this month. (P.S. Clicking on the pictures or the book titles links to their respective Amazon pages.)

Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa (June 1)
A short novella from Puck's POV. I'm pretty excited about this, since Puck is my favorite character from the Iron Fey series, and it sounds like he's in top trickster form in this installment.

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari (June 1)
Described as "a thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares." It sounds amazing(!!!), so I'm just hoping it lives up to the promising post-apocalyptic premise.

The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier (June 1)
Confession: I haven't read the first book in this series. I should get on that, because The Eternal Sea sounds like a fun combo of magic, romance, and fantasy elements.

Forgiven by Janet Fox (June 2)
"Kula Baker never expected to find herself on the streets of San Francisco...swept up in a world of art and elegance - a world she hardly dared dream of back in Montana, where she was no more than the daughter of an outlaw..."

Blood Red Road by Moira Young (June 7)
Another dystopian, probably the book I'm most excited for. The heroine sounds awesome (a "fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent"), and the writing style (broken English to reflect the heroine's lack of education) sounds interesting.

HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson (June 7)
An urban fantasy mystery about a dead girl "with no recollection of her past life", a drowning boy, and the bond that forms between them.

Possession by Elana Johnson (June 7)
A controlling dystopian society that dictates relationships, an uncertain heroine, and a love triangle...this book sounds a lot like Matched, but there's something very transfixing about the simple white cover with the ice-encased butterfly.

Trial by Fire by Lynne Barnes (June 14)
I was iffy about the first book (Raised by Wolves), but it really picked up speed at the end; this sequel promises more werewolf politics and romance.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (June 14)
About two sisters, an "eerie and gripping [read] told with lush and inviting scenes; [it] will haunt its readers. An intensely vivid portrayal of love and no-choice loyalty and power that has no easy answers."

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (June 21)
Cheesy covers aside, how much am I looking forward to this book? (Answer: so much!) Kat is such a fun-clever heroine, and the story really is like Ocean's 13 with a quirky cast of teenagers.

Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs (June 28)
The cover is a bit too aqua, a bit too juvenile (but very mermaid-y!). The first book was cute and simple, with an endearing romance, but I'm wary of sequels that introduce (perhaps unnecessary) love triangles.

Luminous by Dawn Metcalf (June 30)
This book sounds so WEIRD and has some mixed reviews. I'm not sure about the world-jumping, elemental magic premise, but the cover is gorgeous; and, if nothing else, I am intrigued.

So, basically, I can't wait to get my hands on all of these books and start reading! (Especially Blood Red Road; I want, I want!)

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