Summer is in full swing to the point that for some it is almost over. Whether your vacation has started or will be over soon–you might want to consider some of the books available to read.

Traitor’s Game by Jennifer Nielsen 

traitors gameBook 1 in a series, Traitor’s Game is an absolute must read for young adults who enjoy fantasy and epic adventures. You are never quite sure how the story is going to change and while you may see the three possible endings, the writer could have gone with for book one–you’ll be guessing the entire time. Traitor’s Game is available in hardcover.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

children of blood and boneChildren of Blood and Bone is the book of the year for style and epic adventure. Adeyemi tells the tale of the Orisha people. It is another book one in a series for young adults, but it appeals to adults too because of the fantasy, themes, and writing style. Anyone who loves a magic tale that is history mixed with fantasy is going to love this book. It is available in hardcover.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the RipperStalking Jack the Ripper is the first in a four-part series by Maniscalco. Her second book is Hunting Prince Dracula. Both are available, in softcover and hardcover, respectively. Her third book is due out in September and is called Escaping from Houdini. Maniscalco is definitely an inventor of original fiction based on historical events. Her creation of a during the time of Jack the Ripper gives a strong female character who is not going to back down from discovering the truth no matter how horrible it may be. Like the above two recommendations, Stalking Jack the Ripper is created for young adult readers, but transitions into the adult sphere for those who enjoy mysteries.

City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty 

city of brassCity of Brass is an adult novel, but it can transition into young adult, for readers who are well-above grade or in high school. It is a tale where the author keeps you guessing. “Are you really going to do that or my word you are” are just a few thoughts that went through this readers mind. City of Brass is set in the Middle East, much like Adeyemi’s setting, and it is also based on magical thoughts from history. In this tale, the “Djinn” who do not like being called “Djinn” is part of the main story.

For other reads with themes worth reading–check out Nora Robert’s Shelter in Place, and Come Sundown. Shelter in Place provides imagery that makes you feel you are in the middle of a mass shooting, which is all too common and needs to stop. Come Sundown is a story where you learn sometimes you may hate a person because they seem selfish, but you never truly know what is happening, until you walk in their shoes.

Backman has another tale out for those who enjoyed A Man Called Ove and Beartown called Us Against You. It is a second book linking to Beartown.

Hundreds are books are out there to read, and plenty are epic stories of fiction or non-fiction, but the ones mentioned here are on this reader’s topmost favorite books of the summer.


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