August 19, 2011
By Skyanne Fisher
Summer may be coming to a close, but this shouldn’t stop you from picking up some of the hottest books this season. Here are some picks from Ypulse’s youth advisory board member Skyanne Fisher.
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. Sarah Dessen is known for her coming-of-age teen girl stories with characters and plots that keep readers rapidly turning pages until the very last. Her newest release, “What Happened to Goodbye, ” follows McClean as she tries to find her true self after trying on different personalities in each town she’s lived in. Like Dessen’s other novels, it has depth without being an “issue” book and light moments that make it perfect for reading on the beach.
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. Maggie Stiefvater captured the attention of many with this trilogy, beginning with “Shiver, “which follows the romance of a girl and her wolf-turned-boy. The entire trilogy is packed with emotion and makes for an unforgettable story. With the third and final book just released, summer is the perfect time to reread the series or pick up the first book!
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott. Any of Elizabeth Scott’s novels, which are similar in theme to Dessen’s, make lovely summer reads. Her newest novel, “Between Here and Forever,” is the story of two sisters, one very much alive and functioning, the other in a coma. Enter a boy and some secrets and you have a book with substance and a lovely, summery cover.
City of the Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. The fourth book in the “Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare arrived this spring and it’s a must-read for any fan of the series. The stakes are raised, the tension is higher, and the ending leaves the reader in shock. For those that have never read the series, now is the perfect time to try it out. It’s full of magic, romance, and adventure and will appeal to fantasy fans and non-fans alike.
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs. Forget vampires and werewolves. Mermaids are the perfect creature for summer. After all, they do live in the ocean and nothing screams summer like the beach. Tracy Deebs’ debut novel follows Tempest as she is forced to choose between staying human and giving in to her mermaid instincts. There’s a hot guy, some surfing, and a gorgeous setting, which makes it even better.
The A Circuit by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka. Sometimes the best thing for summer reading is a guilty pleasure book — something light and fun that doesn’t require a ton of thinking. “The A Circuit” is just this sort of book. It follows four very different girls as they navigate the wealthy world of competitive horse showing. There are catfights, a mean girl, and some crazy teen behavior that make it a quick and fun read. Fans of series like “The A-List” and “Gossip Girl” will love this novel.
This article originally appeared on Ypulse.
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