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Sweet Reads: June Reads for Summer Vacation

Sweet Reads: June Reads for Summer Vacation

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Happy June, readers! We’re back with the best new book releases to kick off your summer vacay! We’ve got thrilling fantasy, summer-sweet romance, and heart-pounding thrillers by some truly iconic authors. Pour yourself some lemonade and clear your TBR list for these summer reads that are perfect for lounging in the sunshine or on the beach!

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Content warning: The Honey POP encourages mindful reading and always checking the author’s website for any additional content warnings.

The Sea Knows My Name by Laura Brooke Robson

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This story has it all: pirates, a complex mother-daughter relationship, romance, adventure, and learning how to find strength within yourself. Thea Fowler is the daughter of Clementine Fowler, the most notorious pirate in the world. However, she didn’t inherit her mother’s ruthlessness, and when she meets a handsome sailor named Bauer, she thinks it’s her chance to escape from her mother’s disappointment. But when her new course in life leads to betrayal, she’ll have to learn how to captain her own ship back to herself and figure out her place in her world.

Release date: June 6th
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Content warning: sexual assault.

TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

Image Source: Viking Books for Young Readers

For fans of Netflix’s hit Never Have I Ever, this story follows popular debater TJ Powar and her cousin Simran, who become the subjects of a cruel meme. As a result, TJ decides to take a stand and cancel her waxing appointments and throw out her razors to prove that natural body hair is nothing to be ashamed of. “This House Believes That TJ Powar can be her hairy self, and still be beautiful,” becomes her new motto. But as she sets out to make the point, insecurity sets in, even when a boy from the rival debate team sneaks his way into her heart.

Check out our review here for more!

Release date: June 7th
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Content warning: body shaming, fatphobia, misogyny, bullying, toxic relationship (romantic), ableism.

So Happy For You by Celia Laskey

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This campy read reminds us of a gloriously quirky 2000s film, which makes it perfect for June. We can just picture ourselves devouring it poolside or beachside. When Robin, a queer academic who doesn’t really believe in weddings and their rituals, accepts her childhood best friend’s request for her to be her maid of honor, things get weird. There is a series of strange incidences that lead Robin to believe the wedding party may be out to get her, even her best friend Ellie, the bride herself. As both a compelling exploration of the world of weddings and a complex dive into female friendship, this book sounds like something we need on our shelves ASAP.

Release date: June 7th
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Zyla & Kai by Kristina Forest

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This sugary sweet romance features an offbeat amusement park, a side hate-to-love romance, a swoon-worthy love story, and complex family dynamics. Zyla & Kai switches on and off between the present and the entire timeline of Zyla and Kai’s relationship from their first meeting to their ultimate breakup. The alternating timeline illustrates the journey of Zyla, a strict anti-romantic and aspiring fashion designer with big dreams of studying abroad for college. Meanwhile, she meets Kai while working at Sailor Joe’s, who is a star athlete with his sights set on his dad and uncle’s alma mater. The circumstances are set up against them, but this story reminds us of the power of first love.

Stay tuned for our review!

Release date: June 7th
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Content warning: depression, anxiety, death of parents.

This Place Is Still Beautiful by XiXi Tian

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In this stunning debut, Annalie and Margaret are sisters with nothing in common. When Annalie arrives home to find a racial slur slashed across the garage door, she’s never felt more unsafe in her hometown. Margaret flies home, outraged, but finds that her family doesn’t return the same sentiment. With the sisters back on each other’s nerves, their strained relationship only grows worse. Finally, a crushing secret might be the thing that tears them apart for good. This summer of sisterhood sounds heart-wrenching and raw, and you definitely need it on your TBR.

Release date: June 7th
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Content warning: racism, bullying, racially motivated hate crime, discrimination.

A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña

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When Kamilah’s abuelo makes her a deal to save their beloved Puerto Rican restaurant, it’s a wild one. In order to save the restaurant in the face of gentrification in Chicago, it needs a major makeover, but her abuelo will only agree if Kamilah marries the son of his best friend’s grandson. Who she can’t stand, of course.

On the other hand, Liam Kane is facing tragedy with his grandpa’s sickness and his wish for Liam to marry before it’s too late. In order to save their respective businesses, Kamilah and Liam enter into a fake engagement to appease their grandfathers.

So fake dating + food? Count us in.

Release date: June 7th
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Content warning: death, cancer, and drowning.

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

Image Source: Wednesday Books

From the author of Cool for the Summer comes a new YA f/f rom-com! Amber wants to be cheer captain, but having school spirit has become tough after a tragic accident. When the new quarterback turns out to be a girl named Jack – short for Jaclyn – things get even more mixed up. When Amber is torn between falling for Jack and taking Jack down in the name of Atherton Alligators tradition, all chaos breaks loose. Amber has to figure out how to stand up and fight for who (and what) you believe in.

Release date: June 7th
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Content warning: misogyny, homophobia, and a car accident death.

Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos

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This campy slasher is a horror movie adaptation waiting to happen. When seven horror buffs go on a dream trip to a spooky Romanian castle, they’re in for more than they bargained for. Alex and her friends are determined to make the most epic short film ever featuring Dracula before they all part for college. One by one, the friends disappear under mysterious circumstances and a possible cloaked stranger. It’s up to Alex to make the bloodshed stop and face the monster. Dun, dun, dun…

Check out our review here!

Release date: June 14th
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Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg

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In her first solo effort, BookTube extraordinaire Sasha Alsberg dips into Scotland and a little bit of magic. When Klara nearly runs over Scotsman Callum in the middle of the road, an adventure begins, unbeknownst to her. When Klara learns of her true identity, and that Callum is fated to protect her, the two are thrown together in a swirl of romance and peril.

Release date: June 14th
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Jumper by Melanie Crowder

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When Blair and her best friend Jason are accepted as smokejumpers by the Forest Service, they’re thrown into training camp. It’s an unprecedented fire season, and they need all the help they can get. But when the pressure of training camp starts to get to Blair, things spin out of control and Blair must cope with the ashes that are left behind. This wilderness adventure is a ripped from the headlines tale that sounds gripping.

Release date: June 21st
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Dinner for One: How Cooking in Paris Saved Me by Sutanya Dacres

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When Sutanya Dacres married her French boyfriend and moved to Paris, she expected a fairy tale life of classic romantic comedy proportions. However, when her marriage ended, that all came crashing down and she was left to rebuild alone. This heart-warming memoir tells the story of how cooking for one in her Montmartre kitchen helped Dacres to find herself again, explore self-care, make new friends, and examine what being a Black American woman in Paris really means.

Release date: June 21st
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The Name She Gave Me by Betty Culley

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This verse novel explores adoption, family dynamics, and love. Rynn’s birth mother gave her the name Scheherazade, and that’s all she has of her birth family. In Maine, she lives on a garlic farm with her kind father and cold, quick-tempered mother. As Rynn sets out to find out more about her birth family, she discovers her birth mother has passed away, but she has a sister in foster care just two towns over. Rynn is torn between keeping the peace within her adoptive family and diving into getting to know her birth family.

Release date: June 21st
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A Year To The Day by Robin Benway

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After a year that Nina’s been gone, Leo should remember what happened, but all she can think of is leaving the party with Nina and East. East promised to look out for Leo, but now, he won’t tell her anything about that night. As Leo rediscovers her story, she leans on East as the one person who has the same amount of love for Nina. Will this be a tearjerker? Most likely. Will we be reading ASAP? Of course.

Release date: June 21st
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Content warning: car accident, death, grief.

A Secret Princess by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

Image Source: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Not only is this a fun retelling, but a retelling mashup?!

Mary, Sara, and Cedric are all besties at boarding school. When Mary’s father tragically dies, she’s left with a ticket to board a ship to America to live with her last living relative. Cedric can’t bear to let her leave and reveals he’s the son of a rich earl with a magical garden estate they can all run away in. Soon, Sara and Cedric are falling for each other, and Mary is infatuated with a local boy. This book sounds absolutely delightful!

Release date: June 28th
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The Black Girls Left Standing by Juliana Goodman

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This powerful story follows Beau, who is determined to clear her sister Katia’s name after she is wrongfully killed by an off-duty police officer. She sets up a Twitter account for tips and hunts down Katia’s boyfriend Jordan, determined to not let her sister’s death be ignored. The closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she encounters, and Beau must juggle this with a new relationship with her childhood friend Champion, her dreams of leaving Chicago and becoming an artist, and her family.

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With a writing style being compared to Tiffany D. Jackson and Angie Thomas, we know we do not wanna miss this one.

Release date: June 28th
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Content warning: racism, police brutality.

The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer

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This gripping story was inspired by the true story of Operation Paperclip, a controversial secret U.S. intelligence program that employed former Nazis after WWII. This fast-paced read about a little-known slice of history follows Sofie and her husband, a rocket scientist, as they experience the rise of Hitler in 1930s Germany. As people who oppose what Hitler stands for, they face tough decisions. Fast forward to Alabama in the 1950s, and Sofie’s husband is one of the Germans pardoned and allowed into the U.S. space program. An act of violence that results from neighborhood gossip tears a family apart, and Sofie and company must grapple with vengeance and justice and the horrors of the past.

Read our review here!

Release date: June 28th
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Content warning: WWII, war, loss, political and social persecution, racism, mental health issues, PTSD, and violence.

The Lost and Found Girl by Maisey Yates

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New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates is back with a new novel. Ruby is a miracle baby found abandoned on a bridge by the McKee sisters. She is the mascot of Pear Blossom, Oregon and lives a charmed life. But when her perfect world is shaken up, questions arise. Meanwhile, Dahlia McKee sets out to find out the truth about Ruby’s origin in order to make her own mark on Pear Blossom while Lydia McKee juggles Ruby’s questions and her dead husband’s best friend. Marianne, the third sister, tries her best to support Ruby’s quest. As the women grow in different directions and secrets are revealed, their relationship will either implode or grow stronger.

Release date: June 28th
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Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow

Image Source: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pitched as I Killed Zoe Spanos meets The Cheerleaders, for all you YA thriller junkies, this one had us hooked right away. Luca lives on the island of Parris, a seemingly idyllic place. But underneath its charming facade is a dark history of unsolved deaths, all of them young women. Luca can’t ignore it like everyone else seems to, not after the “curse” took her best friend. When the curse strikes even closer to home, Luca takes the investigation of her sister’s death into her own hands. Faced with a decades-old curse, a shocking betrayal, grief, and seeking the truth, Luca will have to face the curse itself in order to finally solve this mystery once and for all.

Release date: June 28th
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Content warning: themes of self-harm, suicidal ideation, and physical and sexual violence.

The Song That Moves the Sun by Anna Bright

Image Source: HarperTeen

This YA fantasy has it all: star-crossed love, complex female friendship, and best of all, astrological magic. Can you say iconic?

When Rora and Claudia meet Major and Amir, two boys from a place ruled by the magic of the astrological signs, they discover a disruption in the harmony between the spheres that is spreading. Rora and Claudia must work together to uncover the source of the disruption, and the journey takes them on a path of romance, friendship, secrets, and the story of age-old explorers named Dante and Beatrice, who were among the first to chart the course toward the stars. We are already captivated by this glimmering story!

Release date: June 28th
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Content warning: anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. References to suicide, disordered eating, and infertility, and contains content that may be triggering to readers with emetophobia.

Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty

Image Source: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Watching over the city of Collis is Catrin, an orphan girl with the unique skill to spot the Sanctum’s constructional flaws before it’s too late. When she witnesses the fleeing of a murderer, she must team up with Simon, a brilliant-minded boy, to find the killer. As the crimes continue and Catrin and Simon try to keep up, Catrin is caught between finding the truth and a secret that could change everything. This story is a YA medieval fantasy thriller, aka, there’s something for everyone!

Release date: June 28th
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Content warning: death, murder, drug/alcohol abuse.

And that’s all, folks! Enjoy soaking up some sun while devouring a good book this month.

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