Hi everyone! Me again! Recently I’ve been doing quite a few book reviews on my blog so I thought I’d break it up a little with June releases that I can’t wait to read! All of these I have pre-ordered and all of them feature LGBT+ characters. Without any further ado, here are the books!
The Falling In Love Montage 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.
I am ridiculously excited for this book! It sounds like everything newly out teenage lesbian me wanted to read growing up, instead of having to constantly read all the cute Summery m/f books that were (over)hyped all the time! I cannot wait to sit outside in the sun with a (vegan) ice cream and devour this book!
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinksa
Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking. Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice. Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city. When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.
I am a huge sucker for f/f fantasy books and ever since I first read the synopsis of this one I have been dying to read it! I’ve read so many great reviews from people who got arcs (I’m so jealous!) and, although my copy won’t arrive until August, I’m ridiculously excited to read this one!
You Should See Me In A Crown 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?
I just turned 22 so I feel like I’m kind of past high school stories, and so this one was always on my radar but not really top priority UNTIL the author tweeted this and now I need to read it!! I am a sucker for the wlw and her himbo best friend “trope” and, being Scottish, I’ve never really understood American high school and all the dances etc. (what does Sady Hawkins even mean? who is she???), but I love reading about them! I cannot wait for my pre-order to arrive!
All the Paths to You by Morgan Lee Miller
SPOILERS IN SYNOPSIS: In the sequel to “All the Worlds Between Us,” swimmer Quinn Hughes has given up a lot in order to be an Olympian: her social life, her love life, and everything that comes with being a normal twenty-three-year-old. Just days away from competing in the Tokyo Games, Quinn runs into her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Kennedy Reed. Five years earlier, they’d made a pact that they would try again if their paths ever crossed, and now she can’t shake the feeling that this is a sign. But Kennedy has a whole life in New York City, and Quinn’s at the opposite end of the country in San Francisco, struggling to redefine who she’ll be after the Olympics. Feeling lonely and lost from everything she’s given up, Quinn finds comfort in reconnecting with Kennedy, and they both discover that time and distance have only fueled their passion. As Quinn comes to terms with herself and what the future holds, she’s sure of only one thing: she’s not letting the only girl she’s ever loved get away for the third time.
I will honestly never shut up about this series! I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley e-arc of the first book in the duology last year and I loved it! I really thought it was going to be a standalone novel so when I finally went to purchase myself a physical copy and I saw that there was going to be a sequel, I don’t think I’ve hit the pre-order button quicker! This is such an underrated ya f/f novel and I won’t stop raving about it until everyone has picked it up!
Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran
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 …
This is my most anticipated book of 2020! I have been hunting for so long for a f/f fantasy novel with a romance between a queen and her spymaster, and it’s finally getting released after sadly (but completely understandably) getting pushed back from its April release date, due to everything that’s going on. This book has received so many positive reviews and I’m ridiculously excited to get my hands on it – its going to be difficult stopping myself from devouring it straight away!
Are you excited for any of these books? Are there any others you are excited for (let me know so I can add them to my neverending TBR!)? As always, take care!