Looking for something new to read this summer? We’ve got you covered.
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Sammie’s always had a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town. Nothing will stand in her way, not even a rare genetic disorder that will steal her memories and then her health. So Sammie starts The Memory Book, a diary of notes she writes to her future self.
The Scoop: You know those books you can’t wait to tell people about? The ones you finish and want to re-read all over again? This is one of those. You share Sammie’s big and small moments (the small ones are some of the best). Joyful, heartbreaking and impossibly romantic, this book will make you cry in the most unexpected places.
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good. And serving in the Library’s army is nothing like Jess Brightwell envisioned. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart. Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess finds himself hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
The Scoop: A world where books are forbidden? *gasp* Nightmare! In the second book, Jess faces an agonizing decision—choosing between his friends, his family, or the all-powerful Library. This is a huge, rich world with danger lurking around every corner. If you love rooting for ship-worthy heroes who face impossible missions in treacherous worlds, what are you waiting for?
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent. But he’s one of the monsters—one who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
The Scoop: Hey, it’s Victoria Schwab! And as usual, this dark fantasy is one heck of a pageturner. Complicated and interesting characters dropped into a monster-packed world? This delivers surprises at every turn. Scary, addicting and more than little bit creepy, we dare you not to love this one.
The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
Echo has discovered a startling new truth; the identity of the firebird. It has come into the world, but not alone, for alongside this great power there is one of darkness. With dangerous forces lurking around every corner, threatening to destroy Echo’s world, she and her friends must attempt to unite the Avicen and the Drakharin in order to defeat their new threat. The Dragon Prince will stop at nothing to obtain power, leaving Echo to decide if she can control her new gifts or if they will threaten to burn everyone she loves to the ground.
The Scoop: Full of fantasy, hilarity and darkness, The Shadow Hour takes readers on a journey all the way from New York City to the hills of Scotland. In this captivating sequel to The Girl at Midnight, prepare to embark on a stunning quest through the uncharted waters in Echo’s world as she faces off against her newest enemy.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler
Harper Anderson always believed she belongs somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. That’s why she’s beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer in New York City to live her dream of becoming a writer? Harper’s totally in. There’s just one teeny, tiny, infinitesimal problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a lot of (or really any) dating expertise.
The Scoop: Funny, charming, laugh-out-loud funny, this book is the perfect escapist poolside read! Even though Harper literally stumbles her way through her internship…the fab NYC setting, Aunt Vee’s couture closet and one very cute dog walker combine to make Stampler’s debut novel simply irresistible!
Signs of You by Emily France
Riley, Jay, Kate and Noah understand pain. Each has lost a loved one, and they became friends united by tragedy. When Riley spots her mother in a grocery store, she fears she’s hallucinating. Then it happens to Jay and Kate. Soon they’re drawn into a mystery tied to a saint’s relic that contains clues about the afterlife.
The Scoop: There’s a terrific mystical-ghost-mystery here, but we really loved the characters in Signs of You. They’re conflicted and wounded, but still passionate about their friendship, uncovering the truth and finding closure. (And there’s a sweet, slow-burn romance that’ll restart your heart in the best way.)
A World Without You by Beth Revis
Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo tells himself he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.” At Berkshire, he falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time — that he somehow left her in the past, and now it’s his job to save her.
The Scoop: If you’re not crying after reading that book summary, you don’t have a heart! This haunting portrayal of mental illness combined with a beyond creative time-travel plot will keep you guessing (and leave you thinking) long after you turn the last page.
P. S. I Like You by Kasie West
While Lily is spacing out in chemistry class, she scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day someone has written back to her! Soon she and the mystery student are exchanging notes and sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered—then she realizes she’s falling for him.
The Scoop: Kasie West books always make us fall in love with love! And this sweet-and-salty, opposites-attract romance has more than a pinch of Pride & Prejudice tucked inside. Prepare for adorable.