Feature: Launching In

Launching in… June, 2016

June 3, 2016


Some fantastic Young Adult titles are hitting the shelves this month – below is a collection of some of the most notable! From contemporary to fantasy, horror to romance… there’s sure to be something you love! Click each book to find out more, and don’t forget to have a look at my picks at the end of the post!

‘And I Darken’
by Kiersten White

No one expects a princess to be brutal.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, 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 against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

I like Kiersten White, so I’m hoping to find a book by her that I can finally LOVE. I’ve heard rave reviews of this one, and I have it from NetGalley, so I cannot wait to dig in!

‘The Loose Ends List’
by Carrie Firestone

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.

This one sounds like a sweet contemporary, giving me everything I love about the genre: family, romance, travel. And that cover? Gorgeous!

What do you think of this month’s new releases?
Is there anything here you’ve already read? What did you think?


  • Reply Kyra Morris June 5, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Ahh such amazing books releasing this month! I really want to read And I Darken – it looks SO GOOD.

  • Reply Cait @ Paper Fury June 4, 2016 at 7:14 am

    AHHHH THEY’RE ALL SO PRETTY! I’m really excited for And I Darken. I have an ecopy from Netgalley so I need to get onto that soon. :D Also The Leaving! REALLY excited for that one. And Never Ever looks divine and….omg, okay okay I’ll stop. Let’s just say I want to read all the books. hehe. Fabulous roundup!!
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    • Reply Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books June 5, 2016 at 1:27 am

      I completely agree with you, Cait! Everything looks so gorgeous and gah – I want them NOW. I have And I Darken on egalley, too, and I can’t wait to dig in to it! Glad you loved this month’s round-up!
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