Are you looking for some fresh summer reads?
I have some brand new book recommendations for you!
Based on what you’re looking for, I hope I have something in store for you:
If you’re looking for Fantasy reads:
«Spin the Dawn» by Elizabeth Lim
Maia Tamarin has always dreamed on becoming the best tailor, but being a girl, she’s made to only hope to marry well. That is, until a royal messenger calls upon her poorly father, who had been a renown tailor, to court. Maia decides to pretend being a boy to take his place. She, then, enters a wild competition filled with lies and tricks along with 11 other tailors who have the same dream as her. three almost-impossible tasks are what lies ahead of her in this challenging new adventure: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s bride-to-be, made from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. Will she be able to achieve this as she keeps up her disguise?
«Gods of Jade and Shadow» by Silvia Moreno-García
Set in the Jazz Age, in a small town from southern Mexico, Casiopea Tun spends the day cleaning her wealthy grandfather’s house while dreaming about being very far away living a very different lifestyle. However, one day she finds a wooden box in her grandfather’s room and when in opening it, she accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death. The god of death then, requests Casiopea to help him recover his throne from his treacherous brother who stole it from him… Could this adventure be a blessing or a curse?
If you’re looking for a Thrilling Fantasy read:
«Wilder Girls» by Rory Power:
Eighteen months have passed since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine because of the Tox. Firstly, the teachers started to die like water-drops and then, it spread to the students too. Now, they’ve been left to fend for their own in their island, but the girls are too scared to go into the dangerous woods beyond the school’s fence. They’re just waiting for a cure.
But, when Byatt disappears, Hetty will do anything to find her. Even if it means she’s putting herself in huge danger too…
If you’re looking for a Romance read:
«The Marriage Clock» by Zara Raheem
Leila is a 26-year-old, Muslim-American woman whose parents are desperate for her to marry. For Leila, an avid-lover of Bollywood films, love happens before marriage, but her parents just don’t understand her viewpoint. They explain the simplicity of arranged marriages, but she doesn’t want it. So they finally come to an agreement with them: she’ll have three months to find the right husband or else her parents will find one for her.
If you’re looking for Historical Fiction read:
«The Last Book Party» by Karen Dukess
A coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1987, the young Eve Rosen wants to become a professional writer, but is stuck at a low-level assistant job, where she constantly feels in the shadow of her successful brother. Dreaming of something better, Eve decides to attend a summer gathering at the famous writer, Henry Gray and his poet wife Tillie’s home in Cape Cod. There, Eve gets a new job as Henry’s research assistant and an invitation to the famed «Book Party», a literary-themed costume party with the most famous artists as guests. Nevertheless, not all that shines is gold, and Eve understands the literary world she once dreamed of being a part of is far from what she’d imagined.
If you’re looking for a Fiction read:
«The Bookish Life of Nina Hill» by Abbi Waxman
Nina is the most content book-addict introvert ever because she has everything she could ever want: she works in a bookstore, an amazing trivia team, a wonderful planner and a cat named Phil. She doesn’t believe there’s anything better in life than reading.
She grew up as the only child of a single mother. But, suddenly, the father that she never met dies and leaves behind him innumerable family members she didn’t even know could (or cared that they could) exist. AND, even worse? They want to know her! Oh, dear God, no. Hold up, even worse? Her trivia nemesis, Tom, turns out to be a funny cutie who wants to know her better too. What. Is. Happening?
If you’re looking for a Historical Fiction Graphic Novel:
«They Called Us Enemy» by George Takei
Before becoming the Star Trek star and an activist for human rights, George Takei was another japanese-american boy who had to enter a concentration camp very for years during the Second World War, following President Roosevelt’s order in 1942. In this graphic novel, we get a further look at the experiences of entire families behind the barbed wire under legalized racism through Takei’s perspective.
What is American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do?
The book was co-written with Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and illustrated by Harmony Becker.
If you’re looking for a Superheroes-based Graphic Novel:
Teen Titans: Raven (Teen Titans #1) by Kami García
We meet 17-year-old Raven Roth just as her foster mom tragically dies in an accident. The teenager has to move to New Orleans with a new foster family to recover and finish her last year of high school. But, Raven struggles with selective memory-loss, being unable to remember, specifically, personal things like who she was before the accident. But, strange things begin to happen around her and, just as she’s beginning to feel comfortable with her new family, Raven decides she must unbury her past and explore the building darkness inside her.
Important note Kami García wrote this comic-book (she’s one of the brilliant co-writers behind «Beautiful Creatures») and Gabriel Picolo did the illustrations for it, so you can bet this is going to be one wonderful comic-book to check out.
If you decide to read any of these books, let me know which one it was and how you liked it!
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