New Releases in June

These are some of the most anticipated YA releases in June. Make sure you have these hot, new books on hold.

Our Dark Duet

by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 13

The sequel to This Savage Song examines what makes a monster and what makes a human. It takes place six months after the first book, and Kate and August don’t know what could possibly throw their world more out of sync.

Now I Rise

by Kiersten White

Release Date: June 27

In this second book in the And I Darken series, Lada and her brother must decide what is worth sacrificing in order to achieve their destinies as the world crumbles around them.

Dividing Eden

by Joelle Charbonneau

Release Date: June 6

When the monarch is assassinated, a Trial of Succession is the only way to determine a new ruler. Twins Carys and Andreus have always protected each other, until the throne comes between them.

Midnight Jewel

by Richelle Mead

Release Date: June 27

Set in the same world as The Glittering Court, Richelle Mead delves into the underbelly. Mira has a questionable past but seizes the opportunity to join the Glittering Court, though her secrets may impede her success more than she could have ever imagined.

The Possible

by Tara Altebrando

Release Date: June 6

Kaylee’s mother is serving a life sentence for murdering Kaylee’s little brother. All she has tried to do is escape her mother’s infamous past. But when Kaylee gets the offer to investigate the supernatural rumors surrounding her mom, she might have to confront not only her mother’s secrets, but also her own.

Once and for All

by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 6

Louna is the daughter of a wedding planner and she has seen it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s made her skeptical about love and the point of it all. But when serial dater Ambrose enters her life, it’s all Louna can do to keep him at arm’s length.

Obsidian & Stars

by Julie Eshbaugh

Release Date: June 13

It’s Mya’s turn in this anticipated sequel to Ivory and Bone. While she may be planning her life with Kol, Mya learns of a surprise proposal between her younger sister and abusive Morsk. The only way to avoid this tragedy is for Mya to marry Morsk herself. Set in prehistoric times, it is a classic tale of love versus duty as Mya must decide between her future and the future of her loved ones.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee

Release Date: June 27

Set in 18th century Europe, best friends Monty and Percy stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice. Along the way they face pirates, become the center of a dangerous manhunt, and must confront their more-than-friends feelings for each other.

 

What are you looking forward to reading in June? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Book Series Worth Binge-Reading

It’s summer, or close enough! Now is the perfect time to start binge-reading a series. These binge-worthy book series will keep you hooked — and reading! — all summer long.

 

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The Sweet Series by Wendy Higgins

Order: Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning, Sweet Temptation

The Angels of the Seven Deadly Sins have children, and this steamy paranormal romance series examines what can happen when the daughter of an angel falls in love with the son of Lust.

 

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The Naturals Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Order: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood

This series has been dubbed “Criminal Minds” with teenagers. A group of teens with natural instincts help the FBI solve crimes, but what do they do when one of their own is the target?

 

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Order: The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir, The Crown

A “Bachelor”-style competition is used to find the next future queen amidst a dystopian world war. Then the series continues with the future princess and her search for her prince.

 

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Order: The Raven Boys; The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily, Lily Blue; The Raven King

Blue is told that the first boy she kisses will be her true love and he will die within the coming year. Yet she still befriends the Raven Boys and explores the myths surrounding them.

 

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The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Order: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover; Only the Good Spy Young; Out of Sight, Out of Time; United We Spy

Join Cammie and her friends as they attend Gallagher Academy, a spy school for girls. Their adventures and lessons lead them through a series of mysteries and dangerous terrorist missions.

 

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The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

Order: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless

It’s 17th century London, and the city is filled with ingenuity, steampunk inventions, vampires, werewolves, ghosts and murder. Alexia Tarabotti finds herself in the middle of it all.

 

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Order: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter, Stars Above

In these sci-fi fairy tale retellings, Cinder is part cyborg, Scarlet is a spaceship pilot, Cress is locked in a high-flying satellite, and Winter is an alien princess on the brink of insanity.

 

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The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

Order: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras

In this world, when you turn 16 you undergo surgery to make you “pretty.” But Tally and a group of rebels aren’t sure they want to be altered by the government anymore.

 

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The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Order: Alanna the First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Lioness Rampant

In order to achieve her dream of being a knight, Alanna dresses as a boy for eight years and undergoes rigorous training while trying to conceal her identity.

 

Got any other suggestions for binge-worthy series? Leave them in the comments below!

 

6 YA Books to Read Before Watching the Adaptation

These YA books are currently on-screen or coming to a screen near you. Read the book before watching the movie/TV show!

 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Movie Released on May 19

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Movie Released on March 3

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13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Netflix TV Show Released on March 31

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Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

CW TV Show Released on April 18

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Movie Title: Ashes in the Snow

Release Date: Late 2017

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Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

Movie Release Date: December 6

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New May Releases

Don’t want to break the bank? Check out these exciting new May releases — literally, check them out — from the library!

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: May 16

In need of another strong heroine? Meet Mariko, the daughter of a samurai who is betrothed for purely political reasons … until bandits attack her home, forcing her to masquerade as a boy to infiltrate the Black Clan and discover who wants her dead.

 

 

 

 

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Release Date: May 16

A heartfelt, endearing novel with all the feels. Lucy is hit with a curve ball when her mother’s cancer returns, her boyfriend hits “pause” on their relationship, and she is sent to help at a camp for “troubled teens”instead of Bible camp. This is a diverse story filled with important characters and relevant issues to teens today.

 

 

 

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Release Date: May 30

This POV romantic comedy is the perfect read for summer, and it comes out just in time! Dimple and Rishi unexpectedly end up at the same computer coding camp and discover their parents have been arranging their marriage for years. Despite their “accidental” circumstances, Dimple and Rishi are in for more surprises as the summer continues and love grows.

 

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Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Release Date: May 9

You’re going to fall in love with Ramona, a 6-foot-tall lesbian with a fierce devotion to her family. Nothing proves her devotion more than when her younger sister, Hattie, becomes pregnant. Ramona’s life and her hard-set rules quickly tumble and she must learn to become more fluid than she ever thought she could be. This story, from an author known for her unique voice, should not be missed.

 

 

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Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Release Date: May 2

Laura Silverman’s debut is being compared to the likes of Anna and the French Kiss and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. So you know it’s got to be good, right? Ansie is headed to California for the summer when her aunt gets into a car accident. She decides to help watch her two younger cousins in glamorous Nebraska. Battling with her desires, Ansie spends the summer deciding between love and duty, for herself and her family.

 

 

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Release Date: May 30

Five kids go into detention, but only four come out. Basically, it’s The Breakfast Club turned mystery/thriller in modern-day society. With social media revealing secrets and the chances of someone going to jail or being the next victim, the stakes are high in this new YA novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Release Date: May 16

This book has been pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude. Now, before you blow this off as required reading, you have to meet June and hear her family’s legendary storytelling. Ghosts, magic and wolves thrive in this magical realism book.

 

 

 

 

 

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Release Date: May 2

What would you do if you had a million dollars? What about $140 million? Alice buys Teddy a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday. Together they decide just what they would do if they could do anything. Then Teddy wins the lottery! This story is cute and happy, even as these friends discover the corruption of money, friendship, and what the true value in life is.

 

 

 

Tell us in the comments which one you plan to read first!

Here’s the Easiest Way to Get Your Volunteer Hours

What if you could earn 20-plus volunteer hours before the school year starts doing something fun and engaging?

We promise, you can! Douglas County Libraries is looking for volunteers for Camp DCL summer camps. You would be helping instructors with cool activities for kids ages 6-12, as well as with setup and cleanup. These weeklong, half-day camps start June 5 and continue through August 4. Just think, you could get 20 volunteer hours in just one week — that’s all of your community service hours completed by the time school starts in August!

We all know how important volunteer hours are. They’re a requirement for graduation at most high schools now. It can be hard to find places where you can get those hours, not to mention finding volunteer work that’s fun. But it’s right here at Douglas County Libraries! Be a volunteer at one of our summer camps. Check out the dates and locations (and camp themes) below to see which one you’d like to help with, then contact the Branch Volunteer Coordinator at that camp’s library location (listed below).

See you this summer!

 

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BE AN ARTIST

Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: June 5-9, 1:30-5PM

Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: June 26-30, 1:30-5PM

Castle Pines: July 24-28, 9AM-12:30PM

Lone Tree: July 31-August 4, 9AM-12:30PM

 

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BE A BUILDER

Lone Tree: June 19-23, 1:30-5PM

Parker: July 17-21, 1:30-5PM

 

 

 

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BE A CHEF

Roxborough: June 5-9, 9AM-12:30PM

Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: July 10-14, 1:30-5PM

Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: July 24-28, 1:30-5PM

 

 

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BE A CODER

Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: June 12-16, 9AM-12:30PM

Castle Pines: June 26-30, 9AM-12:30PM

 

 

 

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BE A DETECTIVE

Lone Tree: June 12-16, 1:30-5PM

Parker: June 19-23, 9AM-12:30PM

Roxborough: July 10-14, 9AM-12:30PM

 

 

 

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BE A ROBOTICS ENGINEER

Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: July 17-21, 9AM-12:30PM

Parker: July 31-August 4, 1:30-5PM

 

 

 

Volunteer Contact Info

Contact the Branch Volunteer Coordinator at the camp location of your choice to discuss volunteering for summer camps — or any other volunteer opportunities — or with any questions you may have.

  • Castle Pines and Roxborough: Laura Eicher, (303) 764-3384, leicher@dclibraries.org
  • Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: Jennifer Rawson, (303) 688-7637, jrawson@dclibraries.org
  • Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: Kim McClintock, (720) 348-9541, kmcclintock@dclibraries.org
  • Lone Tree: Teresa LeFevre, (303) 764-3312, tlefevre@dclibraries.org
  • Parker: Aimee Drury, (303) 764-3339, adrury@dclibraries.org