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Top Books to Read in Summer 2016

Top Books to Read in Summer 2016

If you find yourself this summer at your shore house or anywhere else, bored and tired from a long day of being at the beach, or running after kids as a counselor, or saving someone as a lifeguard, grab one of these books and get swept away in the back alleys of Istanbul, or a fantastical faerie world, or a beautiful yet tragic story.

 

Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

 

A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Kaitlin Malone and Bram Crutchfield were raised to hate each other’s families, but when they meet in school, they fit like two pieces of a puzzle. But soon their relationship is revealed and things spiral out of control for their families, will true love break through?

 

 

Juliet by Anne Fortier

 

When Julie Jacobs receives a key and a letter from her newly deceased guardian Aunt Rose, she is swept away in adventure in Italy. Julie discovers the troubled past of her ancestor, Giulietta Tolomei, through a diary and how her love for her beloved, Romeo, turned medieval Siena upside down. When Julie delves deeper into the treasure Romeo and Giulietta left behind, she encounters danger and the dreaded curse that is Julie’s fate.  

 

 

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

 

One day, Avery West is swept away to Paris by a handsome boy who claims Avery’s family is one of the most powerful and rich families in the world, part of a secret society called the Circle that is dangerously powerful. They believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy linked to Alexander the Great, making her as a target and for others, a pawn. It is up to Avery and the two boys who work for the Circle, Jack and Stellan, to follow a trail of clues that bring them all over. But when the clues expose a conspiracy that can expunge the world into a WWIII, it is up to Avery to save the world.

 

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

In this seductive, fantastic novel, Sarah J. Maas twists and turns the original story of the Beauty and the Beast and intertwines faerie folk tale and a headstrong huntress, Feyre. When Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast comes to her house and demands retribution. Feyre is then dragged into a world she has only heard legends about. Her captor turns out to be not a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled over their world. Her feelings change for her captor from icy hate to a fiery passion. When she discovers that the Faerie world is being overshadowed by a curse, it is up to Feyre to save her friends and love, or doom them forever.

 

 

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

 

Josephine Alibrandi’s life is about to change, she is a senior at a wealthy Catholic school with very strict nuns, but that doesn’t stop all sorts of men coming into her life. For as long as she can remember, it has just been Josephine, her grandmother, and her mother. She is caught between the old-Italian values of her grandmother and the no-nonsense wisdom of her mother, and the boys who mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. She loves, she laughs, and she is set free.

 

 

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

 

Lina is forced to spend the summer in Tuscany when it is her mother’s last dying wish to get to know her father, a father who has been absent from Lina’s life for 16 years. But when Lina is handed a journal from her mother’s time in Italy, she uncovers a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. Lina is inspired and along with Ren, a charming boy, follows in her mother’s footstep to unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina. What Lina learns changes everything she knew about her family.

 

 

Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

 

Macallan and Levi are living proof that a boy and a girl can be best friends without falling in love. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, and their families are so close they’re practically one. Eventually they are so close that they start getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends more time with Macallan than with his date. Macallan and Levi wonder, are they more than friends?

 

 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

Cadence, a 17 year old girl part of a rich family that lives on their own private island in the summertime. Cadence tells the story of one summer, the summer her life has changed forever.

 

 

All pictures and descriptions sourced from Goodreads.com

 

 

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