The best time of the year - summer - is coming to a close. As many of you prepare to go back to school, work, or whatever other reluctant tasks greet you when the seasons change, know that you still have a few more weeks, give or take.
Summer is the best time to sit back with a book and read until your heart's desire. For a few short months, it feels like you have all the time in the world. If you're anything like me, not even the oncoming pressure of school can stop me from reading all the books!
So, without further delay, here is a list of books I recommend reading now to get you even more excited for the coming months!
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J. Maas
If you're in to a non-traditional romance novel, fae, a dark twisted story based off the classic beauty and the beast tale, and a female lead that isn't cookie-cutter, then this book is for you. It's the first in a series by the best-selling author, and it's sure to make these last few weeks of summer a bit better.
2. Throne of Glass series by: Sarah J. Maas
Another series by Maas is the TOG series. With four books (one of which a collection of novellas) already out and the official fourth book in the series coming out on September first, you are sure to find the next series to fangirl (or fanboy) all over.
The lead is renown assassin who's gotten sucked in to working for the crown to save her own life. In-between killing, fighting for her life, fighting her own heart, and fighting to run away from her mysterious past, the series is one that will suck you in and take you on a journey you won't soon forget.
3. The Light Key Trilogy by: Tracy Clark
Irish lore is being brought to light in this interesting trilogy. The third and final book is set to be released late in September, but the first two books are sure to satisfy until then.
The story surrounds Cora Sandoval as she discovers that she has a unique ability to see auras. This strange new ability comes with trouble as she realizes that her unique aura of solid silver is actually what will put her in harms way. On her journey to uncover the truth, she discovers hidden family secrets and love as she journeys to Ireland.
4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Set in a country based off ancient Rome, Laia and Elias live two completely different lives, but are fighting for their own freedom. Laia has lost her family, her brother being held prisoner by the capital, and she needs the help from the rebels to save him. They send her undercover as a slave into the military academy where she runs into Elias - one of the best soldiers soon to graduate from the academy, but he has been planning to run away for months.
This story is new and different from the traditional books that line YA shelves, but it's definitely a good one.
5. The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern
This story follows two magicians, one boy and one girl, who have been locked in a game for years, not knowing who their competition is, as they time and time again prove their capabilities through the stage of a night circus. As the circus grows and the magic gets complicated, so do their lives. They discover who the other is and end up falling in love. But the game isn't over and there is no way out of it.
The strange story is compelling and I found myself completely enthralled with all the stories inside it. Not only did I follow the lines of the competitors, but also of the other people involved in the circus during its past and future endeavors. It ropes you in and the writing style is to die for.
6. The Selection Series by: Kiera Cass
If you haven't heard of this series, you might be living under a rock. It's one of the best-selling novel series currently and it's unique take on a dystopian world has captivated the hearts of readers all over. America Singer is incredibly relatable and the romance will have readers completely torn (in a good way).
7. Splintered by: A. G. Howard
Alice in Wonderland is a story we all know and love. Howard has taken the story so dear to our hearts and twisted it, convoluting and darkening the story in a deliciously enticing way. Readers will love the dark story, find themselves engaged in the twisted romance, and find the world Howard created enveloping around them. A little escape that lasts a few novels is just enough to wrap up the end of the summer.
8. The Kanin Chronicles by: Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking returns to a familiar world with this new series. All three books in the series are available for purchase, so readers can binge read through these last weeks and not regret the decision at all.
Following Bryn Aven, a tracker in the Kanin kingdom and a troll, the magical world we are brought into is familiar to fans of Hocking, but completely enthralling to newcomers in Hocking's world. As her kingdom is falling apart, it is up to Bryn Aven to save the Kanin, Skojare, and more. Complete with all the romance a reader could desire and a lead character who knows how to prioritize, it's a great read.