To Be Read

Summer: What to Read?

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I’ve put a small list of books that I definitely want to read over the summer at some stage! Now that exams have stopped taking over my life I am ready to get lost in the world of books again. Bring it on!

1. Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads:

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

This series has been raved about my pretty much everyone in the book world for quite a while now. Particulaily Christine over at Polandbananasbooks on booktube made me want to read this!

2. The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

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Goodreads:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

I read the first book in this duology The Crown’s Game and I loved it!  The Russian fantasy setting is so interesting and whimsical.

3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I am a big fan of Sarah J Maas and I know she’s friends with Susan Dennard who shares some incredible writing advice online. I’ve always wanted to get around to reading some of Dennard’s work.

4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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Goodreads:

Oct. 11th, 1943 – A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

I’m a big fan of historical novels. I’ve been in the mood for one quite recently and I heard that this one is really good!

5. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Goodreads:

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

I love C.G. Drews’ blog Paper Fury and I remember reading the announcement for this book and being so happy! I’ve been looking forward to reading it ever since it’s announcement and I have heard nothing but good things about it.

6. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Goodreads:

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

I’ve read all of Matson’s previous novels and I’ve always really enjoyed them! I think their perfect for summer as well so I can’t wait to see what I think of this one!

7. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
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 Goodreads:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

This book just sounded really intriguing to me and it’s been a while since I read a good fantasy so I want to get a few of those in! Again, I’ve heard nothing but good things so yes, I’m excited.

8. Just Don’t Mention It by Estelle Maskame

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Goodreads:

Alternating between past and present, Just Don’t Mention It is narrated from Tyler’s perspective. We see his life as a twelve-year-old boy suffering physical abuse at the hands of his dad.

Estelle Maskame is an auto-buy author for me. I’ve met her a few times a DeptCon and she is such a genuine person with such a talent for writing that I always want to support her. Plus, I just love her books what can I say?

There will definitely be more for this list but this is all I have planned at the minute! Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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Review

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

 

To sum this book up in two words: heartbreaking but also heartwarming.
The story follows a girl called Taylor and she has always been close with her Dad but it wasn’t until her family go to spend their summer at their old lake house from the past that she really gets to know him. Taylor is confronted with people she used to be friends with until her friendship with them ended badly five years ago: the last time she visited the lake house. Although this is a sad story it is also one full of laughs and fun characters. And despite her Dad’s illness Taylor finds herself having a summer she will never forget.
The title of the book tells you a lot about the story that awaits you. For our protagonist Taylor this coming summer really is a time for second chances. It is a second chance with some people from the past, a second chance to get to know her ill father and spend time with her family but also to give herself a second chance. Taylor has always ran away from her problems but this summer she finds herself put in a situation impossible to run from. She has the chance to right the past and be true to herself.
This book had a really good sense of community