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Sweet Reads: Jumping Into June With New Book Releases!

Sweet Reads: Jumping Into June With New Book Releases!

June is here, bookworms! And with a new month comes our favorite thing, new books! Our wallets are crying, but our hearts are happy to see so many exciting June releases. Check out books like Morgan Rhodes’ latest fantasy, adorable romances, debut novels, and more!

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

Cassandra In Reverse By Holly Smale

Image Source: HarperCollins

We’re starting this month’s Sweet Reads off with a twisty tale about the past! Cassandra loves her routine and hates change, so it’s a big problem when she’s lost her job and is dumped suddenly. But the unexpected happens when she realizes she can travel back in time. Hoping to put her life back on track, Cassie starts to make changes, but she soon realizes that maybe she hasn’t been focusing on what’s most important. We love a good time travel story, so we can’t wait to start reading!

Release Date: June 6
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Content Warnings: ableism, gaslighting, grief, death of a parent, vomit, bullying.

The Dos And Donuts Of Love By Adiba Jaigirdar

Image Source: Macmillan

If you love The Great British Bake Off as much as we do, then The Dos and Donuts of Love definitely deserves a spot on your TBR! After being dumped by her girlfriend, Chris, Shireen jumps at the opportunity to be a contestant on a new tv baking competition show. She’s determined to not only take home the prize money but also shout out her parents’ donut shop. Except things get a bit complicated when Shireen starts to fall for a fellow contestant, and Chris unexpectedly enters the competition. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how adorable this cover is? We’re in love!

Release date: June 6
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Content Warnings: fatphobia, racism, panic attacks/disorders, bullying, toxic relationships.

Ciao For Now By Kate Bromley

Image Source: HarperCollins

With the beautiful warm weather we’ve been having, we can’t be the only ones dreaming of a lovely vacation. So live vicariously with us through Ciao for Now! Violet dreams of working in the fashion industry and is excited to land an internship at an upcoming fashion brand (did we mention it’s in Rome?). There she’s determined to be the best and win the competition among her fellow interns in order to get a job at a label in New York. Everything is going to plan until she accidentally destroys the laptop of her professor’s son. Now as the two are forced to spend time together, they’ll have to work through their differences and maybe find love along the way.

Release date: June 6
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Content Warnings: toxic relationship, death of a parent.

Love Letters For Joy By Melissa See

Image Source: Scholastic

Love Letters for Joy follows Joy, who is determined to be her school’s first disabled valedictorian, and all she has to do is defeat Nathaniel, her academic rival. Everyone around her, including her friends, are pairing up, and Joy is starting to worry that she’s missing out on a classic teenage experience. She is asexual, but that doesn’t mean she can’t experience first love! So she decides to write to her school’s anonymous love letter writer, Caldwell Cupid. But she soon finds herself falling for the person behind the letters and is even more surprised to find out that it’s the last person she would have expected. This story sounds adorable and perfect for summer!

Release date: June 6
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Content Warnings: outing, aphobia.

The Library Of Broken Worlds By Alaya Dawn Johnson

Image Source: Scholastic

Next up, we have something for our fantasy lovers! This follows Freida, the daughter of a Library god, who knows the Library’s complex and unpredictable tunnels better than anyone. But when she meets a mortal boy trying to save his people, and a disciple from a persecuted religious minority, she decides to explore deeper into the Library for help. As she uncovers dangerous secrets in the tunnels, her world is teetering on the edge of a war with the god of war himself. Freida will have to work quickly if she’s going to save everyone in time!

Release date: June 6
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Content Warnings: genocide, pedophilia, sexual assault.

Lei And The Fire Goddess By Malia Maunakea

Image Source: Penguin Random House

Who’s ready for some middle grade? This new release follows Lei, who is forced to spend her summers with her grandma in Hawai’i. There she learns more about her family’s stories, most of which she doesn’t believe. But after insulting the Goddess of Fire, her best friend is in danger, and her family is cursed, which means that Lei is the only one who can fix it. Lei and the Fire Goddess is the perfect read for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time!

Release date: June 6
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Going Bicoastal By Dahlia Adler

Image Source: Macmillan

Going Bicoastal is an alternating timeline story that follows Natalya, where in one timeline, she decides to stay with her dad in NYC for the summer and finally talk to the girl she’s been crushing on. And in the other, she goes to visit her estranged mom in LA and meets the boy she never saw coming. This fun twist on YA contemporary is the perfect summer read!

Release date: June 13
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Content Warnings: mention of past self-harm.

Something Close To Magic By Emma Mills

Image Source: Atheneum

YA contemporary author Emma Mills’ latest is a foray into fantasy that follows Aurelie, an apprentice at Basil’s Bakery who has the rare Seeking skill. When a bounty hunter, Iliana, needs Aurelie’s help in a rescue, she encounters Prince Hapless, magic portals, a troll, and a dangerous palace. It’s giving Ella Enchanted vibes, and we love that!

Release date: June 13
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Content Warnings: violence, death of a parent, abandonment.

Kismat Connection By Ananya Devarajan

Image Source: Inkyard Press

Ever wished for a super-cute astrology romance? Kismat Connection follows Madhuri, who is fated to fall in love forever with her first boyfriend, according to her mother, an astrology aficionado. To prove her mother wrong, Madhuri decides to test fate by entering into a relationship with her childhood best friend, Arjun, who she would never actually fall for. But the experimental relationship may have a different outcome than she imagined…

Release date: June 13
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Content Warnings: bullying, child abuse, chronic illness, cultural appropriation, racism, abandonment.

Legends And Liars By Morgan Rhodes

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The sequel to Echoes and Empires is here! Josslyn and Prince Elian have fled the palace, along with Jericho, but things prove to become an even bigger mess on the run. Between Josslyn learning to control her magic, a royal secret uncovered, and more, we’re in for a wild ride.

Release date: June 13
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Content Warnings: violence, death, murder, torture, gore, deceased parents.

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This Town Is On Fire By Pamela N. Harris

Image Source: Quill Tree Books

This compelling YA page-turner will keep you on the edge of your seat. Naomi Henry is a high schooler dealing with a varsity cheerleading, her classmates’ reception of her natural hair, crushes, and more. But when her best friend Kylie is caught on video calling the police on two Black teens in a parking lot, she goes viral, and the situation makes Naomi reevaluate everything and everyone she knows amid rising tensions.

Release date: June 20
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Content Warnings: hate crime, racism, violence, toxic friendship, bullying, classism.

The Happiness Plan By Susan Mallery

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This novel follows three besties working on their journeys to happiness: Heather, Daphne, and Tori. Heather is trying to move on after a breakup, which means trying to accept that her ex is now serious with someone new. Meanwhile, Daphne is going through a rough patch with her husband after he told her they weren’t ready to have a baby. And Tori is forced to move in with a handsome, dog-loving doctor after her apartment floods.

Release date: June 20
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The Wicked Unseen By Gigi Griffis

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If you loved Netflix’s Fear Street adaptation, then you’ll wanna check out this story about a spooky Satanic cult that draws from the “Satanic panic” of the 80s and 90s. Audre is a city girl in a small rural town who’s having trouble fitting in. The whole town believes in a secret Satanic cult in the woods, and when Audre’s crush, Elle, who is the preacher’s daughter, goes missing on Halloween, it’s up to Audre to find her.

Release date: June 20
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Content Warnings: abuse, Christian extremism, violence.

A Crooked Mark By Linda Kao

Image Source: Razorbill

This YA debut has been described as “dark and sinister,” perfect for fans of Supernatural and readers that want a little spook in their summer. Rae Winter walked away from a deadly car crash that killed her father, and while many think it’s a miracle, 17-year-old Matthew knows that Lucifer himself can send souls back to the living world to wreak havoc and carry out his evil will. Matthew knows all about this because he and his father are hunters who track down people with Lucifer’s mark. But when he meets Rae, everything changes as he falls for her and begins to wonder if the devil’s mark is even real after all.

Release date: June 20
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Content Warnings: stalking.

Which of these June book releases is on your TBR? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPop! You can also visit us on Facebook and Instagram!

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