Top 10 Exciting YA SFF Releases of June 2020

Top 10 Exciting YA SFF of June 2020 - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

June, I hope, will be a month of change, action and learning from what’s going on right now. There are some amazing books coming out this month that I want to highlight, including few by Black authors. There are lots of fantasy books and some interesting genre-bending stories on the list this time. Please add these YA SFF books of June 2020 to your TBRs and give them your support!

YA SFF of June 2nd, 2020

YA SFF June 2020 - New releases of June 2nd (2)

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and I was lucky enough to be on the street team for this! It has got all the hallmarks of a wonderful YA fantasy, including the enemies-to-lovers trope. It’s an #OwnVoices African-inspired fantasy world, which makes it all the better in my eyes.

Community review: Prags @ The Inked In Book Blog (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: Another amazing #OwnVoices urban fantasy by a Black author featuring sirens set in Portland. It looks like it is going to tackle relevant issues like racism and sexism. I’m excited to be also read about mythical creatures and Black culture in this book.

Community review: Lili @ Utopia State of Mind (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

YA SFF June 2020 - New releases of June 2nd (2)

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Why I’m excited for it: I must admit I was drawn to this book because of its gorgeous cover. It sounds like a very trope-heavy YA fantasy but I love fantasy Paris settings! From the synopsis, it seems to be a Caraval meets Locke Lamora but YA, so I’m really excited to see if it lives up to my expectations.

Community review: Ahana @ Heart’s Content (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Burn by Patrick Ness

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: I’ve only read one book by Patrick Ness till now, which I desperately need to fix, so maybe I’ll pick up this soon. I’ve not seen many dragons in a 1950s fantasy setting and it will be interesting to see how that turns out. Also, it features a prophecy and I’m all for the chosen trope, so this seems right up my alley.

Community review: Cait @ Paper Fury (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

YA SFF of June 9th, 2020

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Genre: Dystopian

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: I saw this book doing the rounds on Bookstagram and was intrigued. It seems to have everything from a viral pandemic to a sinister cult in a genre-bending story. I also heard that it has amazing diabetes rep, so check it out if you’re on the lookout for that.

Community review: Kelly @ Wild and Wonderful Reads (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

YA SFF of June 23rd, 2020

YA SFF June 2020 - New releases of June 23rd (1)

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Why I’m excited for it: This is probably my most anticipated book on the list and I’m so thankful I get the chance to read it early! It’s an Asian-inspired YA fantasy about a spy-in-training orphan girl whose life changes when she brings her best friend back to life. I’ve only read Lori’s short stories before and enjoyed them, so I’m excited to finally read a full-length novel from her.

Community review: Review @ Novels and Nebulas (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: This is another one on the list I’m personally super-excited for. It’s also SARC’s new release pick for June, so I really want to get to it ASAP. It’s set in an Indian-inspired world and I’ve heard good things from #OwnVoices early reviewers, so it’s on top of my TBR.

Community review: Fanna @ Fannatality (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

YA SFF June 2020 - New releases of June 23rd (2)

Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: This is one such book where both the synopsis and the cover equally piqued my interest. The premise is that the physical embodiments of each season have to hunt their predecessor in a vicious cycle and how a love story against all odd changes that. I have high expectations based on that, so I hope that it can live up to it!

Community review: Nia @ Shades of Paper (2 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: This is a YA fantasy standalone that got on my radar because it mentions An Ember in the Ashes as one of the comps. I love reading about strong sister relationships in fantasy, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that’s done in this book. Early reviews mentioned gorgeous world-building, so that added to my excitement as well.

Community review: Uma @ Books. Bags. Burgers (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

YA SFF of June 30th, 2020

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

Genre: Science fiction

Series: 1st book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: I really like the premise of a person on an intergalactic journey waking up years later to find that everything has changed, which is the core idea of this book. I don’t often reach for YA sci-fi but the reviews for this are quite good, which is why it’s on my TBR. It seems like it’s going to be an interesting combination of sci-fi with magical elements and political intrigue.

Community review: Michelle @ Magical Reads (4.5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Further Reading

Charvi @ Not Just FictionJune Book Releases That Are Calling To Me

Tor.comAll the New Young Adult SFF Books Arriving in June

The Nerd DailyJune 2020 Book Releases: Fantasy + Sci-Fi

Which of these books are on your TBR? What are your anticipated YA books of June 2020? Do you prefer fantasy or sci-fi? Let me know in the comments section down below. Have a stellar weekend, readers from Earth!

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6 thoughts on “Top 10 Exciting YA SFF Releases of June 2020”

  1. Ah this is such a great list, thank you for sharing! I’m so, so excited to read A Song Below Water, this book sounds amazing. I’m also very curious about Goddess in the Machine, this synopsis intrigues me SO much!
    Happy reading! <3

  2. Nandini, this is an awesome list. June is going so slow for me in terms of reading but I am so excited for most of these. Can’t wait to start reading Sisters of Sword and Song and Forest of Souls.

    1. I’m reading Forest of Souls now and it’s enjoyable so far. 😊 I can’t wait to read these as well! I hope your reading becomes a bit better as the month goes along. Good luck! 💖

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