13 must-read June YA book releases to start your summer off right

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee. Image Courtesy Page Street Publishing
Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee. Image Courtesy Page Street Publishing /
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The Boundless – Anna Bright

The Boundless is the second book in author Anna Bright’s debut fantasy duology that kicked off with The Beholder, a sparkling adventure which followed the story of Selah, a princess forced to sail across the Atlantic to find a suitor to marry. Along the way, she meets several appealing candidates and finds herself embroiled in a plan to provide guns and other weapons to a rebel faction fighting against the cruel tsarytsya of another kingdom.

This sequel will pick up where its predecessor left off, as Selah looks to finish her journey, find someone to share her crown with, free an oppressed people and figure out just sort of person – and ruler she wants to become. And, of course, there’s also the specter of her evil stepmother lurking back at home in her kingdom of Potomac – the woman who pushed Selah to go on this mission in the first place.

How it will all wrap up is anyone’s guess – but I’m looking forward to finding out!

The official synopsis has this to say about the story.

"When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she’d have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder’s true mission was a secret Selah’s crew didn’t trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval’d. A place Selah hoped she’d never go. But gone is the girl who departed Potomac filled with fear. With a stockpile of weapons belowdecks and her heart hanging in the balance, Selah is determined to see the Beholder’s quest to its end"

The Boundless is available on June 9.