Since I've been a little remiss in my blogging duties this summer and getting back on the Fall bandwagon, I thought I'd do the Summer line-up of all the YA I've read this summer. I read so many things that I'm going to have to break it up into more than one post! Here's the first batch for y'all to consider.
Oh, and never fear, NO SPOILERS AHEAD.
I snagged an ARC of this book at this year's BEA. I loved the first book (THRONE OF GLASS), and was pretty much over the moon to have the chance to read the second one early. It didn't disappoint either!
Crown of Midnight is filled with more intrigue, romance, fighting, magic, pretty much everything you could ever want in a book.
I will say that I liked the original cover design of THRONE OF GLASS much more, and am not a huge fan of the re-designed cover.
If you like badass heroines, sexy guards, and mysteries, this book (And THRONE OF GLASS) is one you need to pick up immediately!
The series untitled book 3 is scheduled to come out next year. I can't wait!
This series is a ridiculously rich high fantasy. The magic system is super cool and intriguing (who DOESN'T want to be able to shoot the sun out of their hands?
Also, This may be the first series I've ever read where I like the Villian more than the main love interest. Let's face it, the Darkling is HOT.
Based off of Imperial Russia in what author Leigh Bardugo calls 'TsarPunk' this series is definitely not one to miss!
The series third book RUIN AND RISING is due out June 3rd, 2014.
My Summer, it seems, began with sequels.
GODDESS is the 3rd book in the Starcrossed series (STARCROSSED and DREAMLESS).
I've loved this series from the beginning. It's a unique take on the Greek myths and how they've trickled down to the present.
DREAMLESS set us up for one heck of a battle and boy did we get it!
I can't say too much about this without spoiling the series for others, but I loved it, and hope you all pick it up!
In case you missed it, SERPAHINA won a bunch of awards this year.
It's a book about dragons, and how those dragons can take human form. Also about rare dragon hybrids. It's very much a social commentary about how we treat those who we percieve to be different from ourselves.
Despite the accolades and awards, I just couldn't get into this one as much. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book. But the spark I feel when I LOVE a book was missing.
However, if you like dragons and political intrigue, this book needs to move up on your to-read list!
THE COLOR OF RAIN by Cori McCarthy is a gorgeous Sci-fi that deals with the realities and horrors of sex and human trafficking. I love this book.
However, I've already written a very long post about it, so if you want to check that out, feel free to click here.
If you know me, you probably know that I'm not a fan of the Wither series. of the taboos to read about, polygamy really isn't my thing.
But when I got a bound manuscript of PERFECT RUIN at BEA, I decided to give it a shot. I liked the synopsis a lot better.
I really liked it! It was a refreshing little utopian world. Not a perfect book by any means, but fun and very entertaining. My favorite part of this book are by far the epigraphs. If you've read it, you know what I mean.
Another sequel. This one to the book GRAVE MERCY which I loved.
Strictly speaking, this isn't a sequel but a companion. The events in the book both overlap with and move beyond those of GRAVE MERCY.
It's a book about yet another beautiful French assassin, this one with much more damage in her past. The character is beautifully broken, and the way she finds love with another broken character is really wonderful. I heartily recommend this series to everyone.
This was the first book of the Summer that I genuinely didn't like. I thought that the premise (A town where boys mysteriously disappear on their 18th birthday) had so much promise.
No spoilers, but to me what happened in this book was a cop-out and a cliche. So much so that I'm not even sure I will continue onto the sequel FROZEN, which is due out April 15th, 2014.
Back to back books that didn't do it for me.
I had had Burn for Burn for quite a while and hadn't picked it up. I finally decided to give it a shot, and wasn't happy that I did.
I will put out a disclaimer that contemporary YA is not my favorite genre, but that wasn't the heart of my problems with it.
These girls have no regard for the consequences their actions will cause, their grudges are petty, and there's a paranormal element to this book that is neither acknowledged or explained! Plus, the ending leaves your mouth hanging open--and not in a good way.
Normally I can recommend a book even if I didn't like it, but this time I'm going to say you can probably skip this one. And the sequels.
The cover art on TUMBLE & FALL is aboslutely gorgeous, I'm a sucker for a beautiful ampersand. But that's about all I can say for it.
Tumble & Fall is a contemporary Sci-fi book about the end of the world. The entire book is a countdown to when a meteor is going to hit the earth and destroy all life.
Aside from numerous meterological mistakes, this book didn't feel cohesive to me. There's three main characters who all go their separate ways, and all have thier own set of secondary characters. So much so that you never really get to know any of the characters well enough to empathize with them.
Also, I thought the ending was a cop-out and it made me want to throw the book across the room. However, I know that this judgement may be subjective to me, and I welcome you to give this book a try.
Ending Part 1 of this post on a good note, I love this book. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
OCD LOVE STORY gives you a behind the scenes glimpse of what it's like living with true OCD.
This book is painful in the most exquisite and beautiful way. It's so uncomfortable, but you can't stop reading and you feel so much for these characters because their struggles are so real.
Go read it RIGHT NOW.
What have you been reading this summer and did you like it? Let me know in the comments--More of my Summer Line-up to come!