Eek! We’re beyond excited because June is packed with so many amazing new books! Check out the ones our Spark Girls picked as the ones you simply cannot miss…
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
Penelope Marx created The Museum of Heartbreak after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making, butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Lately it’s come in many forms…from Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy. From Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s also Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.
The Scoop: We loved this NYC setting, loved every minute we spent hanging with adorably neurotic and impossibly romantic Pen, loved how each item in Pen’s museum was so perfectly chosen, and loved how this funny romance proves that sometimes your biggest mistakes can start out hurting so bad, but may ultimately lead you in just the right direction. Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Miranda Kenneally!
Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
Julia has the unusual ability to be unseen. Not invisible, she just moves beyond people’s senses. It’s a dangerous trait in a city that has banned magic and drowns witches, but it’s a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned—crime pays.
The Scoop: As a child of the streets, Julia’s smart, fierce and used to treachery, and that dark side is what makes her a fascinating, hardcore heroine! We loved how this brilliant fantasy world is more complicated and dangerous than even she dreamed. A must-read for fans of Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab.
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Six children were taken. Eleven years later, five return home with no memories. They’re 16 and they’re fine, but not a single one of them remembers the sixth victim, Max, who didn’t come back. Now Max’s sister Avery is determined to find him. Dead or alive.
The Scoop: Dare you. Just try and put this book down. The opening scene grabbed us with both hands and pulled us down deep into a puzzling plotline. What happened to them? Eeek! We HAD to know. This twisty mystery might even make you question your memories.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
At 16, Lady Jane is about to be married to a total stranger and is caught up in a plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. She’s poised to become Queen of England at a time when the country is torn between shape-shifters and those who hate them. What could possibly go wrong?
The Scoop: Lady Jane Grey’s true-life tragic fate as the nine-day queen is retold as a shape-shifter romance! Prepare to fall for bookish Jane and her sexy “stud” G (hottie by day/horse by night) in this magically delicious romance, perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles.
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
Maddie O’Neill Levine is planning on spending her pre-college summer tying up all of the loose ends in her life. But when her Grandma makes a shocking announcement that will change her family forever, Maddie’s plans are interrupted. They board a cruise ship meant for families with dying loved ones to relax and prepare for their grandma’s passing. What starts as a depressing summer soon begins to look like a great one, as Maddie and her family sail around the world, meet new friends and make memories to last her a lifetime!
The Scoop: The Loose Ends List is one of our new favorites! We were crying our eyes out when we finished this one at 1 a.m.! Heartfelt, hilarious, romantic and tremendously fun, The Loose Ends List is the perfect read to tug at the heartstrings. The essence of this book makes a splash on the page and captures you in this family’s journey, right from the beginning. Set sail on a lively, paperbound tale! Bon voyage!
Sea Spell (Waterfire #4) by Jennifer Donnelly
At the end of Dark Tide, Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga, Astrid left her mermaid friends to confront her ancestor, Orfeo, the evil force behind the rise of the monster Abbadon. Orfeo possesses one of the six talismans that the merls need in order to keep the monster locked up forever. But without the ability to songcast, how will Astrid be able to defeat the most powerful mage in history? Meanwhile, Serafina and her Black Fins train goblin troops for battle against her Uncle Vallerio’s death riders. Will Sera ever see her beloved home—and her beloved Mahdi—again, or will the Volneros take over the mer realms while Orfeo takes on the gods themselves?
The Scoop: We have needed this book so badly! We can’t get enough of Sea Spell‘s gorgeous, dangerous underwater world! We’ve loved watching the merls use their brains to survive a revolution, grow as friends and develop into the strong, powerful and brave characters they have become, which is critical because now nothing less than the fate of the underwater world is at stake! So much love for this breathtaking finale!
The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
In the stunning sequel to Virginia Boecker’s debut novel, Elizabeth Grey, an ex-witch hunter, resides in the protected village of Harrow, along with her new companions. Together, they prepare for the coming war against Blackwell, the self-proclaimed King of Anglia, who wants nothing more than to rebuild his power and reign supreme. Upon the loss of her stigma, Elizabeth is put in her most vulnerable state and faced with her new reality. War doesn’t come without a price, and Elizabeth must decide how far she is willing to go, how much she is willing to give up, in order to exact her revenge and save those she loves.
The Scoop: Elizabeth’s heart-pounding tale continues in The King Slayer, picking up right where the first book left off! Faced with new trials and tribulations, Elizabeth’s story takes flight as Boecker pairs the dark world Anglia with the love and unity Elizabeth discovers in her newfound friends. Together they create a refreshing, magical world where the lines between good and evil are blurred together and everything is not as is seems!
Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley
Anglet Sutonga is a steeplejack, she climbs and repairs the chimneys and towers of Bar-Selehm. When the city’s Beacon is stolen it makes headlines, but no one cares about the murder of Ang’s new apprentice. Then Josiah Willinghouse, a mysterious young politician, offers Ang a job investigating the link between Berrit’s death and the Beacon.
The Scoop: Anglet is a heroine cut from the same cloth at Katniss in a world where races and classes clash as hard as District 13. But Ang is more of a dystopian detective, passionately navigating a treacherous, criminal underworld. That twist made this thriller as death defying as she is.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Princess Lada Dragwlya and her younger brother Radu were torn from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the sultan’s Ottoman court. Experience has taught Lada that being ruthless is the key to survival, so she bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. When they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight.
The Scoop: How cool that this gender-bending twist on history is based on the real-life history of Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Dracula!), only in And I Darken, Vlad the brutal prince is now Lada the brutal princess! Prepare for battle cries, rolling heads, court intrigue and impaled bodies because Lada’s made of revenge, brualtity and anger. Her only weaknesses are the love she feels for her brother and the passion she has for Mehmed. Strap on your dagger, this is one dark, tortured and deliciously compelling ride.