Scorching summer page-turners

Scorching summer page-turners

Finally, some time to catch up on your reading. Here are some suggestions for you to burn through this holiday …

City of Heavenly Fire

Cassandra Clare

The heavily anticipated conclusion to the Mortal Instruments series has finally arrived! For those unfamiliar with it, the novels bring to life a world of Vampires, Demons, Warlocks, Werewolves and Shadowhunters - yes, that's what demon hunters are called. Clary prepares to battle her brother Sebastien, who, armed with a weapon capable of creating dark Shadowhunters, seeks to destroy the world we live in.

 

The Here and Now

Anne Brashares

Ever wondered how the world would end? In The Here and Now by Ann Brashares, of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fame, the world ends by a mosquito-borne plague. And some survivors have returned to our time to escape their horrific reality. Amid this dystopian backdrop is a love story involving Prenna James and Ethan Jarves, who are from different times. Together, they struggle to save us all.

 

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Jenny Han

A completely embarrassing but charming story in which a girl named Lara Jean accidentally mails love letters to her past crushes - uh oh - and has to deal with the aftermath. She has to confront all these boys, including her sister's ex-boyfriend! Erm … awkward!

 

Side Effects May Vary

Julie Murphy

This is a story about a girl who is diagnosed with leukaemia, and her journey. Julie Murphy writes a dark and edgy story that's destructive and accurately portrays the attitude of a teenager who is told her days are numbered. This will definitely make you shed a few tears.

 

Skin Game

Jim Butcher

The 15th book in the Dresden Files series was released last month, and will see the famous wizard Harry Dresden teaming up with a "group of supernatural villains" to grab the Holy Grail from one of Hades' treasure vaults. It sounds awesome already - if you are not keeping up with the series, maybe it's time to start with Skin Game!

 

Since You've Been Gone

Morgan Matson

Summer is a good time to try crazy and breathtaking things like skydiving, going to a rock concert and driving a Ferrari sports car. But how meaningful are such experiences without a companion? Life is even harder for an introverted girl, Emily, whose best friend, Sloane, suddenly disappears into thin air. Join Emily's hilarious and embarrassing adventures as she searches for her BFF.

 

After the End

Amy Plum

The third world war has left everyone devastated by nuclear radiation. A few were lucky enough to escape to the Alaskan wilderness, and Juneau, 17, has grown up in that post-apocalyptic world. Juneau believes she is one of the last human survivors from the war. One day her clan vanishes, and she sets out to find hem. There's an almighty twist to the story, and you never know who's friend or foe.

 

(Don't You) Forget About Me

Kate Karyus Quinn

In Gardnerville, no one dies or gets sick. Sounds cool, right? Yet there is always a price to pay in this wonderland. Every fourth year, teens of Gardnerville are infected with deadly urges by the power that fuels this strange town. This book is an adventure of love, fear, mystery and fantasy.

 

Snow Like Ashes

Sara Raasch

Meira, a fierce warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must free her people from the tyranny of a rival kingdom and protect her own destiny. Meira is a young and spirited protagonist who is determined to help her kingdom come to power again. Snow Like Ashes, which combines a complex plot with a unique fantasy world, is a gripping read.

 

The Blood of Olympus

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan's last book in The Heroes of Olympus series is an epic read. The seven main characters have to go to Athens to stop Gaea from destroying the Earth, and to stop the two groups of Greek and Roman demigods from waging war against each other! Definitely worth a read over the summer - and if you're not familiar with the books, start with the original Percy Jackson series.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Scorching summer page-turners

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