So, I always intend to get these ‘Ones to Watch’ posts out before the actual release date but inevitably fail. Nevertheless, June has got to be one of the most exciting months for publishing. This small selection of novels is guaranteed to transport you to new worlds and introduce you to characters that will make your heart yearn for more. Here are 7 books to get your hands on in June.
The Chosen and the Beatiful by Nghi Vo (1st)
Easily one of the most anticipated books of 2021, this reimagining of ‘The Great Gatsby’ sounds beautiful and mystical, transporting readers to the dazzling 1920s. Our protagonist, Jordan is a queer, Asian, adopted socialite, so exploring these themes within this glamourous setting will be both captivating and moving.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (1st)
Taylor Jenkins Reid has developed a reputation for creating flawed and relatable characters that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Alas, this reader has yet to pick up one of her books, but ‘Malibu Rising’ sounds right up my alley. I’m curious to explore the dynamic between these surfer siblings and how this one night will either bring this family together or tear them apart.
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (1st)
This is the kind of book that will grab you from the get-go. Focusing on the microaggression Nella faces at work, this sounds like a non-stop, keep you at the edge of your seat thriller. I’m curious to see how these sinister messages impact Nella’s standing both in work and in life.
The Sea is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt (8th)
This book has the potential to be the most moving debuts of the year. With an emphasis on mental health, ‘The Sea is Salt and So Am I’ is guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings as these three characters rally to save their home town and confront the personal challenges they face along the way.
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid (8th)
Inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology, this book sounds like the stuff of dreams and nightmares. The story of this ostracised villager and disgraced prince promises to be a brutal exploration of the violent nature of civilisation and the choices made by two individuals cast aside by their nation, but hold the power to save them.
Voyeur by Fracesca Reece (10th)
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to read this book before its release for an interview I did for Denbighshire Libraries. This book is both unsettling and sharp, addictive and provocative. It explores a range of themes relating to gender imbalance, manipulation of power, the precarious nature of time, and so much more. It’s one of those books that doesn’t mince its words and it was one hell of a reading experience. Be sure to check out this debut novel.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (10th)
Inspired by the history and epics of India, this new fantasy trilogy promises to take readers on a journey of revenge and justice. It is clear that Malini and Priya’s paths are fated to cross, and I’m excited to see how their fates unravel before our eyes.