Is everyone ready for June? I hope you are because there are some awesome books coming out. Just in time to read, while lounging in the garden, hopefully enjoying the sunshine.
I've really struggled to pick just five books to share with you this month, because there are so many amazing ones coming out.
1) Breaker by Kat Ellis
This came out this week. Kat Ellis is one of my favourite people and I'm really looking forward to reading this book. This book is a mixture of mystery and horror. And I love a good horror story.
Kyle Henry has a new name, a new school, and a new life. A year has passed since his serial killer father’s execution, and it finally looks like he has a chance to escape the stigma and fear that haunts him.
Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom.
Naomi Steadman is immediately intrigued by Kyle, but she doesn’t know he is the son of the man who murdered her mother. What she does know is she and Kyle have a connection—and a spark that Kyle continues to back away from.
Pretty soon, the death count on campus starts to rise. Someone is set on finishing what the Bonebreaker started, and reliving the horrors of their past may be the only thing that can stop the spree.
2) Mumnesia by Katie Dale
I revealed the cover for this book a little while a go and I've been desperate to read it since. One of two Middle Grade books, that I've picked out this month. It has that Freaky Friday feel to it!
Lucy's mum is so out of date she's practically mouldy. She's super-strict, overprotective and won't let Lucy go to the Valentine's Ball! Lucy can't believe she was EVER a teenager . . .
Until the morning her mum wakes up with no memory of the last thirty years - and thinks she's twelve years old!
All Lucy wants is for her mum to go back to being her old self - but how?
3) False Hearts by Laura Lam
I loved Laura's debut novel, Pantomime! I can't wait to read this.
Orphan Black meets Inception: Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult.
Raised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.
Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins’ home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the police arrive and arrest her for murder—the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Tila is suspected of involvement with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal, a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.
4) London Belongs To Us by Sarra Manning
I love the sound of this book. Set in some of the most iconic places in London over a 12 hour period. Just the right book to celebrate being British, in the run up to the Queen's birthday celebrations.
Seventeen-year-old Sunny's always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she's sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she's got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London - starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can't even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill . . . and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace.
Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she'd have anything in common with - least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French 'twins' (they're really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it's the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone - from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers - is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution.
5) Beaky Malone: World's Greatest Liar by Barry Hutchison
I'm a huge fan of Barry's books and it seems ages since I read one by him. This is the second of the Middle Grade books I've picked out this month.
Dylan Malone, aka Beaky, has a habit for telling porkies - every time he opens his mouth, out pops a whopper...But then his long-suffering sister shoves him into the truth-telling machine at Madame Shirley's Marvellous Emporium of Peculiarities. Now Beaky can't tell a lie - not even a teeny-weeny one - and a truth-telling Beaky is even worse...
Now I told you I struggled to pick just five books this month, so I want to give a shout out to This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab and Nightwanders by C.J. Flood too as I'm looking forward to them too.
Book of the Month
So the book I've enjoyed the most this month is:
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
To say I loved this book, feels so wrong, because of how dark the story is, but this book is so well written that I can see it winning award after award next year.
If you read one book this year, make it Paper Butterflies!
Apologies that you have to wait right until the end of the month to buy it.