It’s June! Already!
As the world slowly starts to reopen (for better or worse), please take care of yourselves. And celebrate Pride, of course, by being as gay and queer as possible, and by uplifting queer people of color.
I’m super excited for my reads this month, although I think I bit off a bit more than I can chew (as always) with my ARC requests.
I was ahead of the game for my June ARCs, and then I went and requested two more! And let’s not even talk about July, which had a lot of fantastic releases already and then had a bunch of things pushed back (August is about the same). At least right now September only has a few new releases that I’m interested in reading, so hopefully that doesn’t change (spoiler: it’s going to change).
But without further ado, my anticipated June reads! Not covering, of course, the two books I’m currently reading/listening to: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan and The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin. And oh wow, these are all ARCs. Eeep.
Lots of Queer Ladies
Ha, who am I kidding? Half of my TBR is filled with sapphic women. But these, however, are the young adult ones. Two authors are new to me, and two I’ve read before. Three—Six Angry Girls, This is All Your Fault and I Kissed Alice were on my May TBR, and I completely did not get to them. The fourth, Girl, Serpent, Thorn was not on my radar at all because I’d been getting some ehhhhhh vibes, until I saw an early review from someone I trust, realized it was a sapphic relationship and then it was on NetGalley and oops my finger slipped.
Fingers crossed I enjoy these. I’ve had a run of bad luck with young adult fiction recently.
Suffering Succotash Look at the Sequels
I’m very excited, and also a little nervous, about all three of these books.
Spin the Dawn‘s first half was absolutely breathtaking, while the middle road-trip bit sagged the storyline (I wasn’t enamored by the romance) and the ending was chillingly engrossing. I can’t wait to see where Unravel the Dusk takes the story, and with the heavy hints of bloodlust from the first, I have a feeling that this book is going to get dark. Well, as dark as YA gets.
I’m currently rereading The Royal We, since it’s been five damn years since it was published. I’m here for the dishy dish and the scandal, because I love royal romances and particularly those that spill some heavy tea on the royals across the pond.
Harrow the Ninth is on my most anticipated 2020 release list and is also the book on my TBR that gives me the most hesitation. Most of that stems from how Gideon the Ninth ended, and also because I don’t know if I can go through that turmoil again? But I need to know how my favorite prickly lesbian necromancer is doing, and who the fuck is locked up in that tomb.
New Releases From Authors I Enjoy
I roller skated into requesting The Obsidian Tower with the best of intentions—I had fully intended to finish the Tethered Mage trilogy before I got to this one, and yet it definitely did not happen. So fingers crossed this is a more or less standalone series set in the same world, with maybe not too many spoilers for the previous series? Also, apparently the MC is queer (bi or pan I think), which is a bonus!
Gods of Jade and Shadow was a solid read but also a disappointment? However, I really, really loved the setting, the storyline, the history and the aesthetic (it was the exposition and narrative structure I had problems with), and Mexican Gothic just tickled all of my request-now factors. Fingers crossed on this one.
Kate Elliott is a writer I keep meaning to read more of, or at least finish her stuff. In high school I started her incredibly long fantasy series, Crown of Stars, and never got past book four (I can’t remember anything about the series at all save for the beautiful covers). Then I read her YA stuff but never got around to reading the second or third book in the trilogy, and Jaran has been sitting on my TBR for literal eons. But I am sold on the premise of this book, and this time, I swear I will prevail!
I’m sure future me is laugh/crying at me right now.