June Book BUZZ!

So it’s June, and school is out now (yay!).   But my kids are at home while I’m working full time (wah).  No more summers reading by the pool … or taking off to BEA with Shannan and Stacy (*totally jealous*).  Well, I have one consolation:  they will bring back some awesome books for us to read and review.  And I can always bring a flashlight if I want to read by the pool after I get home from work.


Arise by Tara Hudson (Hearafter Series)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Release Date: June 5, 2012

Hearafter, the first installment in this series (see my review here) was an eerie mystery romance.  Yep, I said romance, between a ghost and a boy.  In this installment, Amelia tries to protect her boyfriend from the demons hunting her, and she might try a voodoo ritual to become more … solid.  Creep factor upped with demons, New Orleans cemeteries, voodoo rituals at midnight and evil pirate ghost.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: June 5, 2012

Oh!  Loved this story – magic, scary monsters, bad villains, adventure, intrigues, twists AND swoon-worthy romance!  Bardugo used parts of Russian and Slavic cultures to create this world, but it’s got more magical mojo than that going on.  Our heroine has kick-patootie powers that she doesn’t want, but grows to appreciate.  The first in a trilogy, and I will definitely be picking up book number two!

The Golden Lilly by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines series)
Publisher:  Razorbill
Release Date: June 12, 2012

Ack ack, been waiting for this one to come out and it’s finally HERE!!!  Stacy and I just love this series – see my review of Bloodlines and listen to our podcast with the girls from Mystical Lit Lounge!  Yep, and this one is just as good as the first  – if not better!  More Sydney, more Adrian, more ROMANCE!!  I will say no more but ya’ll gots ta check this one out.  If you liked the Vampire Academy series, pick this series up.

The Reckoning by Alma Katsu (The Taker trilogy)
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Release Date: June 19, 2012

Loved The Taker (see review here) so, so much and have been looking forward to this sequel.  I liked the format of switching back and forth in the chapters to different time periods (Stacy and I love historical stuff in our books too).   Not a YA book, very definitely an adult book, but it has what we Stackgirls like:  magic, romance, adventure, and lots of twists and turns.  And nookie.  Heavens knows we like the nookie.

A Want so Wicked by Suzanne Young
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Release Date:  June 26, 2012

I know I keep saying this, but the first book in this series (A Need So Beautiful) was soooo good, I put this book on my buzz list right after the first came out.  Yes I did.  So Charlotte’s sacrifice in the first book is now playing out in this book … and man, our heroine Elise is paying the price.  And Harlin … he’s just the icing on the cake.

Check out our interview podcast with Suzanne Young here.


Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: June 26, 2012

Not sure if this is adult fiction or YA, but it sounded extremely promising:  a young girl and her family wake to find that the earth’s rotation is slowing down.  As the world begins to crumble, she struggles with that which all young girls struggle with:  first love, bullying, wanting to be popular, family issues and coming of age in a world that is coming apart.

5 Responses to “June Book BUZZ!”

  1. jessica says:

    I have A Want So Wicked, Golden Lily on my to buy list

  2. stacy says:

    @Jessica both are great reads!!!!

  3. MUST read the new Richelle Mead series. I remember you talking about how much you liked it, Stac!

  4. stacy says:

    @victoria YOU MUST READ IT!!!

  5. Oh my gosh i really want to read Alma Katsu’s series…love the covers

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