It's officially July and it's hot, hot, hot outside (and I might have to live at the pool) and time for another roundup of summer reading. Take a look at the list and tell me in the comments your favorite summer read!
BEAUTY and the CLOCKWORK BEAST
by Nancy Campbell Allen
Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast.
Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin,
Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the
hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk
across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a
had never been proven that Lord Blackwell had killed his wife, but then
the man in question hadn't actually denied it, either."
Oh my. I
loved this book more than I thought I would! Because a twist on Beauty
and the Beast with a twist of steampunk? I wasn't sure. But yes. I loved
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
by Rene Collins
Cassandra craves drama
and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer
marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore
town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach
claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a
mystery a hundred years in the making.
"The beach is empty."
Beach, time traveling, and romance. What more is there?
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU
by Lily Anderson
Trixie Watson has two
very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the
set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place
third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache
that he spent all summer growing--down to number four.
"Ben West spent summer vacation growing a handlebar mustache."
Any book that gets me to sit still and reading-not skim-is worth a shout out.
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You is funny, nerdy, witty, cute, smart, geeky, well-paced...ETC.
LADY HELEN FINDS HER SONG
by Jennifer Moore
Spring 1813The exotic splendors of
India are legendary, and the colorful sights of her new home in Calcutta
immediately captivate eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Poulter. It is in this
vibrant, bustling city that she finds a kindred soul in Captain Michael
Rhodes, an Englishman whose lifelong love of India runs deep. Their
friendship quickly grows, yet despite their undeniable connection, she
could never think of Captain Rhodes as more than a dear friend.
"Lady Helen Poulter stood on the deck of the ship, her gloved fingers tapping on the rail, playing invisible keys in a melody that only she could hear."
So now I want to go to India and eat exotic food and have a pet monkey. Thanks a lot Ms. Moore!
The Wrath & Dawn
by Renee Ahdieh
One Life to One Dawn.
a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a
new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a
monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord
wrapped around her throat come morning.
after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant,
ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But
something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like
what she'd imagined him to be.
"It would not be a welcome dawn."
This book is a twist on A Thousand and One Nights that I couldn't put down!
by Julie Daines
Charlotte Darby’s ship
is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself
and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Kingston upon Hull.
When a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast
estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is
prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to
manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the
estate’s kind and handsome steward.
""Twelve thousand a year?" Charlotte stared at the letter in her hand."
Henry and Charlotte. What better named pair? I loved reading their story!
THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE
by Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her entire
life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the
world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a
map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined:
nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights,
a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and
friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
"It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer."
A time-traveling pirate ship.
A crazy, smart main character named Nix.
An Aladdin-type love interest.
Maps to the future, past and make believe.
What could be better than a story with ALL of the above elements?? This girl can write!