I love to read. Love it. Once upon a time I found reading difficult and didn’t read nearly as much but now I can, far to easily lose myself between the pages of fictional lands and happily spend my entire summer break nose deep. So even though summer is well and truly in full swing and every other blogger out there has shared their list months ago, here is my summer reading list.
Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz:
I was given this book for christmas and was very intrigued, thanks in part to the mysterious synopsis but mostly because I know my mother and I know she would have searched high and low for the perfect book to gift me. Dean is a poet, a master of description weaving his novels out of pure darkness. I didn’t know whether to praise the writers talent or fear for my life as my dreams were overrun with his ghostly creations. It follows the strange happenings of Bebe Blair who is seemingly saved from cancer only to be commissioned by God-only-knows-who, to save another’s life. If you don’t mind a mystery or a mind screwing puzzle this thriller is one for you.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys:
I am a massive fan Ruta’s work. Published early 2016 this book has been on my radar for a long time but I am, embarrassed to say that I have yet to finish this book. I think it may be due to the rawness and horrifying truth that coats and fills this book. It takes place during WWII and follows the lives of four young characters seeking freedom on the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety to all. despite being heavily set within the confines of history this is not some overpowering brick of facts and information. Ruta has a stunning ability to find the beauty of humanity within the darkness of our own history. Ever so beautifully written and carefully crafted this book is a must read (I can say that even after only reading the first few chapters).
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir:
An Ember the Ashes #2. I read the first book only a few months ago (once again late to the party) and instantly fell in love. The world, the characters, their story and peril, made for some of the most enjoyable reading I have experienced in a long time. And half way through this second installment I am yet to have experienced anything less than pure readers bliss. In this sequel we follow our much loved trio (Elias, Laia and Helene) out past the walls of Blackcliff and into the heart of a revolution. Throughout the book we get a much needed view of Sabaa’s expanded universe and learn much more about the evil incarnated that breathes death down our characters necks. As fast paced as ever with horrors around every corner you’ll be on the edge of seat from page one.
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen:
The Queen of the Tearling #3. The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.
Summary from Goodreads: In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.
The reviews for this book are outstanding, with many people eluding to the ending as understandably depressing. To say- I cannot wait to read it!- is an understatment.
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman:
Paranormal Regency London shimmers with whirling silk skirts and is bound by careful decorum, yet the heroine of this historical twist finds herself defying everything she’s been taught when she experiences powerful magic for the first time and is drawn into a web of intrigue and danger. I have heard a lot of great reviews in regards to this new series and so ahead of its sequel’s release later this season (The Dark Days Pack, January 3st) I am excited to include this first installment in my reading list.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth:
Due for release January 17 this is the book I have been waiting for. After the devastating ending of Alligence and the sad flop of production that the film franchise became, I have all fingers and toes crossed in hope that through this new book Veronica can redeem herself. Set be another a classic young adult Romeo and juliet where two people on opposite sides of a long and deeply rooted cultural animosity develop special feelings for each other after one of them is basically the prisoner of the other, I just hope it grow, develop beyond that mold – diverge – Oh yes, I went there!
So there you have it readers, my summer reading list. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or would like to. And I’d love to hear what you have been reading this hot summer. With love…