Thankfully, this isn’t homework. And fortunately, the summer’s not over just yet. But so far my summer reads have been much more exciting than our gloomy Northwest weather, so I thought I share a few (or more) recommendations with you:
First up, CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare. I’m intentionally taking my time reading Ms. Clare’s books, because I soooo do not want to rush through them. Let's just say Jace is a dish best enjoyed slowly. (Which makes me sound all-kinds-of-dirty-old-woman.)
Next, THE VESPERTINE by Saundra Mitchell. Damn, I love Saundra’s books. She does an authentic voice like nobody’s business. Plus, the whole psychic thing was awesome!
Also, I just finished listening to the audio version of WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks. I totally recommend the audiobook to anyone considering this one. Each individual monologue is told by a different narrator, giving it such a cool vibe and making it feel…authentic. You know, for a book about the zombie apocalypse. (Note: Don’t listen to this one while the kids are in the car.) (Second Note: I learned this the hard way.)
POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil. This uber-fab debut had me flipping the pages while the snarky main character, Bridget, demon-hunted her way through San Francisco. Loved it!!
A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young. This was another super fast-paced read, with a character whose voice I couldn’t get enough of! Definitely pick this one up!!
Lastly (and only because don’t they say “save the best for last”?), WHITE CAT by Holly Black. Oh. My. God!!!! Probably one of the best-built worlds I’ve ever read, topped off with one of the most fabulously flawed characters that you just can’t help rooting for (and maybe falling a bit in love with). Damn, damn, damn, Ms. Black…I have a new author crush and she’s a feisty brunette!
And then there are the books that are jumping to the TOP of my TBR stack:
RED GLOVE by Holly Black. Because…you know. When I heard that the audio version was narrated by Jessie Eisenberg, I just had to listen to it. I’ve already started it and I’m SO not disappointed!!!! Not only am I loving the book, but I’ve also developed a new crush on Jessie Eisenberg.
DREAM DARK by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I have so many books on my TBR pile that I almost never read series books…unless I love-love them. Well, the Beautiful Creatures books are definitely on that must-read-series list. Not only is Dream Dark told from Link’s POV, but I hear it has the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos. This one’s out on Tuesday, so pre-order it NOW!
RIPPLE by Mandy Hubbard. Two words: Killer mermaid. Need I say more?
SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick. From the moment I first saw the cover of Hush, Hush I knew Patch would be something special, and, umm…WOW, was he ever! I can’t wait to get my hands on this final book in the series!
THE DAY BEFORE by Lisa Schroeder. I loved I Heart You, You Haunt Me, the first book I’d ever read in verse, and the storyline for this one looks even better: a girl and a boy drawn to each other for one perfect day. *swoons*