There’s a lot happening this month, and narrowing it down to five was a helpful (and frustrating) exercise in restraint. Next month, two people I adore are debuting and I couldn’t be happier. Plus, I’ve got three new YA titles that look marvelous.


Book Cover: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Evvie Drake Starts Over
Linda Holmes

This is it, guys. This is the big one for me this year. Evvie Drake is the debut novel of one of my favorite writers/podcasters/internet people in the world, and getting approved for it on Netgalley absolutely made my month.

Now, I know that kind of personal enjoyment is different than actual quality, and I’ve been burned before. I have a similarly warm relationship with Hank Green as a multi-medium creator. I got a kick out of reading his debut novel, but I’ll be the first to admit that it was not a very good book. 

Evvie Drake Starts Over is a good book. Thank God.

Evvie Drake doesn’t come out until the end of the month, so I won’t post the review until closer to the release date. Look for in a couple of weeks. you won’t be surprised to see five stars.


Book Cover: I Like To Watch by Emily Nussbaum

I Like To Watch
Emily Nussbaum

I don’t understand. How is this day–this single day, June 25–the release for the unrelated debut books of two of my writerly heroes? Emily Nussbaum is another of my favorite critics, also in the I’ll-read-anything-you-write-about-anything category.

You better believe I mashed that request button, friends. I Like To Watch is next up on my ARC to-read list, and I can’t wait.


Book Cover: Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns
Margaret Rogerson

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


Book Cover: If It Makes You Happy

If It Makes You Happy
Claire Kann

Winnie is living her best fat girl life and is on her way to the best place on earth. No, not Disneyland–her Granny’s diner, Goldeen’s, in the small town of Misty Haven. While there, she works in her fabulous 50’s inspired uniform, twirling around the diner floor and earning an obscene amount of tips. With her family and ungirlfriend at her side, she has everything she needs for one last perfect summer before starting college in the fall.

…until she becomes Misty Haven’s Summer Queen in a highly anticipated matchmaking tradition that she wants absolutely nothing to do with. 

Newly crowned, Winnie is forced to take center stage in photoshoots and a never-ending list of community royal engagements. Almost immediately, she discovers that she’s deathly afraid of it all: the spotlight, the obligations, and the way her Merry Haven Summer
King, wears his heart, humor, and honesty on his sleeve. 

Stripped of Goldeen’s protective bubble, to salvage her summer Winnie must conquer her fears, defy expectations, and be the best Winnie she knows she can be―regardless of what anyone else thinks of her.

Book Cover: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Wicked Fox
Kat Cho

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her
gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the
gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to men. He’s drawn to her anyway. 

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous and reignite a generations-old feud . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

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