As we head into the sixth month of 2017, it’s a little overwhelming that we are almost halfway through the year! But thankfully there are plenty of books still to be released! From the first instalment in the final series of the Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks to Theodora Goss’ bringing back many classic science fiction characters in a new way, we’ve found some intriguing books for you to pick up from your local bookstore this month!
Check out our picks and tell us if you’ll be reading one of them in the comments below!
Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan | June 13 | Goodreads
Lydia Smith is a clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore where she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s back room, Lydia’s life comes unglued and she must unravel the puzzle he left behind and finds herself unearthing a long-buried memory from her own violent childhood.
Roar by Cora Carmack | June 13 | Goodreads
Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty to Aurora Pavan’s family in exchange for safe haven as their kingdom was sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen, but she’s yet to show any trace of the magic to protect her people. To keep her secret and save her crown, she is arranged to marry a dark, brooding Stormling prince. With secrets kept by her betrothed, Aurora soon learns there’s a third option besides ruin or marriage: steal the magic, if she’s brave enough.
The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter | June 6 | Goodreads
Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of a privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg writes a scandalous, tell-all memoir and while digging into the past, and her mother’s cult classic, draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. As Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light and soon, Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder.
A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden | June 20 | Goodreads
From the Corpse-maker to the Brother of the Serpent, Grimnir has been called many names. As the last of his kind, he is the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity. With a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, he emerges into a world that’s changed. Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, he embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness to the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits.
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz | June 20 | Goodreads
“I very much need to be dead.”—These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth no matter what. With people of talent and accomplishment and sound of mind committing suicide in surprising numbers, Jane seeks to learn why. She soon becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America with powerful enemies protecting a secret so important they will exterminate anyone in their way.
The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks | June 13 | Goodreads
The end of the Shannara novels are finally upon us! The Four Lands has been at peace for generations, but now a mysterious army of invaders is cutting a bloody swath across a remote region of the land and no one knows who they are. Most seem content to ignore these disturbing events but the only people who sense a greater threat and wish to uncover the truth are society’s outcasts: an exiled High Druid, a conflicted warrior, a teenage girl struggling to master a prodigious magic and a scrappy young orphan, improbably named Shea Ohmsford.
Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan | June 26 | Goodreads
A serial killer known as The Dealer is loose on the streets of Manhattan and his victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue uniting the crimes is the playing card left behind hinting at the next target. Elizabeth Needham, the gorgeous, tenacious cop in charge of the case turns to an unlikely ally—Dylan Reinhart, a handsome and brilliant professor whose book turned up in connection with the murders. The frenzy reaches a fever pitch so Dylan and Elizabeth must discover what the victims have in common before The Dealer runs through his entire deck.
Want by Cindy Pon | June 13 | Goodreads
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things. With the help of his friends, he infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within, yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgement, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | June 6 | Goodreads
1947. In the aftermath of World War II, Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family and concerned for her cousin who disappeared during the war. Banished to Europe, she breaks free determined to find out what happened. 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans. She’s soon recruited to work as a spy and be trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded until a young woman barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth …no matter where it leads.
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau | June 6 | Goodreads
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure until the king and crown prince are killed by assassins. Now with the line of succession no longer clear, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option: to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom. With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown.
Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner | June 1st | Goodreads
Ella Broden lives a double life: By day, she’s a buttoned-up attorney working gruelling cases and by night, she secretly pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. When Charlotte announces she’s sold her first novel, Ella couldn’t be more thrilled until she gets a call that her sister’s gone missing. With the help of Detective Gabriel Velasquez, an old flame in the NYPD, she learns if art imitates life, then her sister’s novel may contain details of her real-life affairs. And any one of her lovers could be involved in her disappearance.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss | June 20th | Goodreads
Mary Jekyll is alone and penniless when she discovers a clue that hints Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana and with the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.