It’s almost summer. And that means all the contemporary releases. My body is ready.
Note, these are my most anticipated books of the next two months, not a comprehensive list of new releases.
PS. I’m going to try and keep these descriptions brief! I added links to Goodreads for all the books though if you want to know more!
This is the month of queer, contemporary, romance. And I’m. Here. For. It.
1. Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
This is the queer royalty romance we’ve all be waiting for. This follows Millie who is accepted to an elite Scottish boarding school and is roommates with a legitimate princess.
2. How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox
The synopsis of this is pretty vague. This sounds like an intense YA, contemporary following Biz as she struggles with mental illness and the loss of her father.
Oh man this is a WEEK for releases!
1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
You guys are probably already sick of my talking about this book but I don’t even care. Pick this up!!! This is a M/M new adult romance between the First Son and the Prince of Wales. And it is flippin’ amazing!
2. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
This is a YA contemporary following Ben who just wants to make it through their senior year after coming out as non binary, being kicked out, and going to live with their estranged, older sister.
3. We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra
Another YA, queer contemporary. This one follows 2 boys who are paired together in their English class to be pen pals. This sounds so beyond precious.
4. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This is an enemies to lovers adult romance about 2 people who have to go on their best friend’s honeymoon. I’ve heard amazing things about the book!
5. The Night Before by Wendy Walker
This is a mystery/thriller about 2 sisters. Laura has a terrible past with men but decides to take one final shot at online dating. When Laura doesn’t come home after her date, her sister Rosie starts the hunt to find her.
6. Children of Ruin by Alexander Tchaikovsky
This is the long awaited sequel to Children of Time, an adult high sci-fi about sentient spiders.
1. Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Okay, I’ll be honest, I still haven’t read book one. But I’m excited about the sequel anyways. This is a YA, epic fantasy about 2 queens thousands of years apart.
Oh look another queer, YA, contemporary on my TBR! I have a type guys haha. This is the vaguest synopsis I’ve ever read. This follows two people who share a birthdate.
3. Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan
This is a YA, mystery following a boy trying to move on after a serious killer terrorized his home town. But he receives a cryptic message and mysterious things are happening.
1. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
This is a queer YA fantasy about a group of elemental witches. This follows Hannah who is dealing with a recent breakup. But dealing with her ex is put on hold when evidence of dark magic starts appearing.
2. The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos
I’ve heard amazing things about this author! This is a YA magical realism following Ruby who’s family has magical abilities – when the women come of age they have a vision of the person they’re with when they day.
1. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
No shame, I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s books. This is told in flashbacks about being a showgirl in the 1940’s. It’s a commentary on sexuality and feminism in the 1940s.
2. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
This is a YA, fantasy following a girl raised in one of the Great Libraries. Now the libraries most dangerous creatures have been released.
3. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
Another YA contemporary! This follows Emma who goes to stay with her Grandmother whom she hasn’t seen since she was young. She’s trying to learn about her family’s history and connect to her past.
4. The Two-Week Arrangement by Kendall Ryan
Kendall Ryan has been on my must read list forever. This is a steamy, adult, office romance between the CEO of a hotel and an intern.
5. Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey
This is a mystery/fantasy combination about a woman who wants nothing to do with magic but get sucked in when she’s asked to help investigate a murder.
1. Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
This is an epic YA horror, fantasy novel about three woman connected by an Unholy Pact by a man 1000 years ago.
2. Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey
This Rom-Com between a woman who is trying to change her image and he brother’s baseball star best friend.
3. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
This is queer, YA, enemies to lovers romance between the straight-A cheerleader and a wannabe director creating her senior project.
1. Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith
This follows 2 teens after a near fatal car crash. They grow closer as they try to process the accident, Chris coming out as transgender, and the loss of Maia’s sister.
2. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
This mystery/thriller follows 2 women who form a friendship in an small vacation town. But when one of them dies, the other doesn’t believe it was a suicide like the police are saying.
3. One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase
Another mystery! I read Chase’s last book, which was a contemporary romance. This is about a love triangle turned bad. Leah’s boyfriend and best friend admit to their affair and Leah goes missing. Now 7 years later they’re trying to figure out what happened.
1. Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
This is a YA contemporary following Rob who’s father is caught for embezzlement and attempts suicide. Rob meets overachiever Maegan when they are paired together for a project.
2. After the End by Clare Mackintosh
This sounds like an intense contemporary about an unshakeable couple whose son get sick and his survival in questioned. Now they can’t agree on what is right.
Alright, that was way longer than I thought! Are any of these on your radar? What new releases are you most excited for?!
2 thoughts on “2019 Releases: May – June”
I really should read Children of time, I think I will really love it! Also I’m really excited for sorcery of thorns!
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