This sounds like so much fun! And I love lists so why not? Since May is nearly over and June has a long list of amazing releases that are coming out, I’m going to highlight my top 5 most anticipated June releases. My only problem is with so many awesome books coming out in June, how will I ever limit myself to the Top 5?
After feeding during a full moon, Miyoung sees a human boy in danger and violates all of her careful rules to save him—losing her fox bead in the process. A modern day story set in Seoul with a nine-tailed fox girl who must devour the energy of men in order to survive? Korean mythology? A possible romance? Magic? Count me all the way in.
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall
A weary soldier returns from war only to find his housemate is the mercurial sorceress Shaharazad Haas, and gets wrapped up in a case of blackmail against her former lover. Look, I was a little dubious about this gender-swapped Sherlock Holmes retelling, but in the summary there is a mention of shark punching. Shark. Punching. And vampires. And pirates. And other universes. I’m not 100% certain how all these things intersect, but I am intrigued.
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
After a powerful viceroy stops an attack on Anlei’s village with a fleet of mechanical dragons, he is promised the village’s prized enchanted River Pearl in exchange for protection—but he must marry one of the village girls. Anlei is shocked when he chooses her, but when the River Pearl is stolen and the alliance is in danger, it’s up to Anlei to catch the thief and save her people—except the thief needs the Pearl just as much as she does. Mechanical dragons!! Asian steampunk!!!
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
When Natalie returns to San Francisco’s Chinatown after her estranged mother’s death, she finds her once-vibrant city has lost its soul and her grandmother’s restaurant is failing. Determined to bring everything back to success, Natalie follows a fortune seer’s leaf reading: she must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook before her restaurant will return to its success. Romance, fortune telling, found family and food—a recipe for success in my book.
The sequel to Torn, one of my favorite adult fantasy books of 2018. No spoilers here, but let’s just say that if you haven’t read Torn, stop sleeping on it and read it! In addition to that gorgeous cover, there’s also charmed sewing, high fashion, cultural assimilation and immigrant identities, and a rebellion similar to the French revolution. And economics.
I already have reviews out for these, but two of my favorite reads of 2019 are coming out June 4th: Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin and Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson