Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Favorite Summer Reads // 2016




What is summer without reading? I mean, seriously, I think everyone reads at least one book every summer. I didn't get to read as much as I wanted to this summer (I had a list about seventy books long), but I do have a few favorite from the young adult genre that I would like to share! Put these on next year's summer reading list, or better yet, read them now :)


1. Bone Gap

Bone gap was a strange, strange novel, but I was thoroughly wowed by the writing. From the very first page, I was enthralled by Laura Ruby. And the characters. Don't even get me started. Everyone, from Finn to Sean to Petey (a girl whose real name is Patricia) to The Dog That Sleeps in The Lane, was so intriguing. Finn's a little far-off and aloof, and so is Petey. Figuring them out was so fun. The other thing I loved was the somewhat fantastical aspects that could be read as both literal and metaphorical. If you wanted it to be metaphorical, you could let it, and if you wanted it to be literal, you could let it. Laura Ruby created a world that I wouldn't mind living in myself. Someday I'd like to write a book as intriguing and well-written as Bone Gap.


2. A Study in Charlotte


For any of you Sherlock Holmes fans, this is for you. (I confess, I've never read the books; I've only seen the BBC television series.) This novel follows the story of Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes, who are both British teenagers living in America. The only real complaint I have is that for the first half of the book I thought Jamie and Charlotte were at College in America, but in reality they were in boarding school. But that's more of a fault on my part because I wasn't paying attention. I liked it so much because it was too gory and crime-ish. It's a mystery novel but it doesn't include too much violence. Once you get to the end, you'll find that's it's a little cliche, but, let's face it, I'm all about the cliches. If you're looking for a fun read (I read it in maybe two days, probably less), then A Study in Charlotte is for you.


3. The Glittering Court


I don't normally like fantasy, but I loved The Glittering Court, mainly because of the character development. Adelaide is a countess who wants to escape from an arranged marriage. She poses as her maid and finds her way into the Glittering Court, a place where lowly servants learn to attract high-end suitors in the New World. She ends up falling for Cedric, whose father is in charge of the whole Glittering Court process. It's forbidden, of course, because what is a fantasy novel without forbidden love? My one complaint is that is was quite boring at parts because it was so long, but overall I really liked the storyline and the characters, and, like I said, the character development. And, while it's technically part of a series, it could be a stand-alone novel as well, and I liked that. This book probably isn't for everyone, but it was better than most fantasy novels I've read. 

4. Ink and Bone


Again, this one is fantasy. The writing is gorgeous, and the whole storyline is centered around books. How could I not love it??? I was a little iffy at first, because Rachel Caine's novels always seem to be a part of long series, and I'm not a fan of that. But luckily this one was the first of probably three or four (I have yet to read the second installment). I thought that Rachel Caine wrote from a guy's point of view quite accurately. I found myself at times face-palming because of Jess's male stupidity. Accurate male characters are hard to find, and Rachel Caine pulled it off and made it stellar, to say the least.


2 comments :

  1. These look really interesting! I'm off to check if my library has them. Is it normal to have your library card number memorized? Because I'm pretty sure I could rattle it off faster than my phone number.

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one!! I know my library card number but not my social security number...

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