Hey all, Dani here.
Wow. Here we are at my most anticipated releases of the summer months in 2017 already. Seriously, we are almost halfway through the year already. That also means that pretty soon I’ll be writing up my Top Ten Books Read in 2017 (so far) post. I had a fun time with those posts last year so I’m going to do it again this year.
Back to this post, though. Today I’m going to talk about the books I am looking forward to in the months of June, July, and August.
First up: June
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (June 6)
This book follows Tash, who has a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina online, and a random shoutout from a superstar vloger skyrockets Tash’s show into viral status. And when she is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash finds that maybe a cyber-flirtation with a fellow nominee could become something real. There’s just one problem: Tash has to figure out how to tell him that she’s romantically aesexual. I’ve been curious about this book simply because I don’t think there are all that many books featuring aesexual characters. Plus, I’m a sucker for literary adaption web series…even if they technically only exist on the page.
Perfect Ten by L Philips (June 6)
I was lucky enough to snatch an early copy of this through Penguin’s First to Read program. This book follows Sam, a young gay man in a bit of a dating drought, until his friend Meg suggests casting a love spell. Then three seemingly perfect guys step into the picture, and Sam’s ex-boyfriend might want another chance. Does a perfect ten even exist? I don’t know, but I’m going to find out.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (June 13)
This is the sequel to Every Heart a Doorway, which I read during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in April. And I’m excited to see what will happen with Jack and Jill in this adventure. I will have a review up for this on release day because I was granted access to an early copy through NetGalley.
The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (June 20)
“An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.” Yes…just yes. Give it to me now.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss (June 20)
This book follows the daughters of some of literature’s more famous men. Mary Jekyll is orphaned and penniless, and wishes to hunt down Edward Hyde for the reward money. This leads her to Diana Hyde, and then Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. That alone has me intrigued. Will they find Hyde? Will other people or issues get in the way? I don’t know but I’m ready to find out.
Now I Rise by Kiersten White (June 27)
I have heard too much good about this series to not include it on the list. I will be reading the first book, And I Darken very soon. Plus, I’ve also heard this book features LGBTQIA+ elements as well.
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (June 27)
Yes I talked about this in my Spring Releases post, but the publication date was pushed back. I’ve seen this happen with several books lately and I’m not exactly happy with it. Still, I just want to have a copy of this book and read it. Preferably sooner rather than later.
Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn (July 4)
If it isn’t obvious by some of my reading choices, I like superhero stories. This is the sequel to Heroine Complex and I still need to read and review it, but that’ll be coming soon…I hope.
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine (July 11)
This is the third book in the Great Library series. I have absolutely loved reading these. I was lucky to get a copy of the second book from NetGalley but was sadly denied access to this third one, so I have to wait like most everyone else. I can guarantee that I will be diving into it as soon as I have my hands on a copy.
First Watch by Dale Lucas (July 11)
Set in a city populated by humans, elves, orcs, dwarves, and mages, this is basically a supernatural cop show. Rem is new to the city. lands in jail and is unable to pay his bail. When offered the chance to work for the Watch Wardens to make up for his crimes he jumps at the chance and is partnered up with a dwarf named Torval. Then Torval’s former partner goes missing and it is up to Rem and Torval to uncover the truth and track down a murderer on the loose. This just sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait to read it.
Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D Levine (July 18)
The cover is gorgeous and I really wanted to add this book to my most anticipated list. I still need to read the first book though, Arabella of Mars. But come on, a sci-fi steampunk regency-esque romance story…or at least that’s how it sounds based on the summary. I’m just so in.
Sovereign by April Daniels (July 25)
I am thankful that I can continue on with this series early because of e-galleys from NetGalley. I really enjoyed the first book of this series and I’m curious to see what happens with Dany Tozer next. You can find my review for the first book here.
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw (July 25)
Greta Helsing is a doctor to the undead and other supernatural beings. She has inherited her family’s medical practice and is barely making ends meet. Then a sect of murderous monks emerge and there are humans and undead being killed all over London. Now Greta has to embrace her family’s unique skills to stop the cult and save her practice. I’m intrigued and just let me read this already.
Sparks of Light by Janet B Taylor (Aug 1)
This is another book I already have in my hands thanks to NetGalley. It also happens to be coming out on my birthday so yay for that. What do I need to say about this one? Well, it’s the sequel to Into the Dim which featured time-travel and Scotland. This one also features time-travel. I’m in.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Aug 22)
A friend of mine recommended the Red Rising series to me and I absolutely devoured the first book. I still need to finish the trilogy, but I absolutely plan to do that before this book is released upon the world.
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Aug 29)
I saw this book on NetGalley and it sounded so interesting, but I was denied early access. It is recommended for fans of books by Sarah J Maas. It is a fantasy story and I believe it features some LGBTQIA+ themes.
The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee (Aug 29)
I admit that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Thousandth Floor because it sounded more like a chick lit story set a hundred years in the future. I was swept away into the relationships and drama of these characters and I cannot wait to find out what happens next.