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Hot off the Press: June Releases

“Hot off the Press” is a blog feature that includes the latest releases in the Fantasy and YA genres that I think are going to totally rock. I’m doing the work of finding great new reads so you don’t have to!

I don’t know about you guys, but my TBR is full-to-bursting. There are SO many new and exciting books coming out, and seemed like an especially rockin’ month!!

Here are a few books that I am particularly excited about!!

1. Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

Genre: YA- Fantasy

Published: June 21, 2011

Series: 1st book in a series

Why I’m Excited: I’m really digging the New York private school thing. Plus, a rich boy with “rock star good looks”… this novel is already shaping up to be really interesting! I have an ARC copy of this book, so a review will be coming up in the next few weeks!

Description:What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.”

2. Flying Blind: The Dragon Diaries by Deborah Cooke

Genre: YA-Fantasy

Published: June 7, 2011

Series: 1st in a series

Why I’m Excited: I haven’t read a great book with a dragon as a protagonist in a loooong time. This book seems like it blends a bunch of different elements really well- like action, suspense and romance. (I read part of a review that said there was some romance. You def couldn’t tell from the sparse description below.)

Description:The next generation of shape-shifting dragons from the popular author of the Dragonfire novels.

Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal, except she’s been told she’s destined for great things. Zoë’s the one female dragon shapeshifter of her kind. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL, so she’s sent to a Pyr boot camp.

Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday, because the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap. The Mages want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line-unless Zoë and her friends can work together and save their own kind.”

3. Sword of Fire and Sea: The Chaos Knight, Book Oneby Erin Hoffman

Genre: Fantasy

Published: June 21, 2011

Series: 1st book in a planned series

Why I’m Excited– The cover alone is getting me super pumped!! I hope the griffin shown here is a bit more exciting than the one in Lord of the Changing Winds… Plus- fire priestesses and telepathy and imperial intrigue?? Umm yes please! I’ll take that steaming plate of awesomeness with a side of romance!

Description: “Three generations ago Captain Vidarian Rulorat’s great-grandfather gave up an imperial commission to commit social catastrophe by marrying a fire priestess. For love, he unwittingly doomed his family to generations of a rare genetic disease that follows families who cross elemental boundaries. Now Vidarian, the last surviving member of the Rulorat family, struggles to uphold his family legacy, and finds himself chained to a task as a result of the bride price his great-grandfather paid: the Breakwater Agreement, a seventy-year-old alliance between his family and the High Temple of Kara’zul, domain of the fire priestesses.

The priestess Endera has called upon Vidarian to fulfill his family’s obligation by transporting a young fire priestess named Ariadel to a water temple far to the south, through dangerous pirate-controlled territory. A journey perilous in the best of conditions is made more so by their pursuers: rogue telepathic magic-users called the Vkortha who will stop at nothing to recover Ariadel, who has witnessed their forbidden rites.

Together, Vidarian and Ariadel will navigate more than treacherous waters: Imperial intrigue, a world that has been slowly losing its magic for generations, secrets that the priestesshoods have kept for longer, the indifference of their elemental goddesses, gryphons—once thought mythical—now returning to the world, and their own labyrinthine family legacies. Vidarian finds himself at the intersection not only of the world’s most volatile elements, but of colliding universes, and the ancient and alien powers that lurk between them.”

4. Eden by Keary Taylor

Genre: YA- Dystopian

Published: June 3, 2011

Series: Book 5 of the Kate Daniels series

Why I’m Excited– Another dystopian with a technology/DNA twist. Love it!! Plus a love triangle right out of the gate. Phew, I’m there!!

Description: “Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She’s seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn’t just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve’s reality.

In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior. The technology wants to spread and it won’t stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen.”

What’s on your TBR??

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.