As the school year is drawing to a close (at least the Canadian university one), I have had some of my friends asking me for book recommendations for the spring/summer. As a result I thought I would offer up some recommendations here on the blog as well. Originally I was only going to have one post, but while compiling the list, I realized I have a lot more recommendations. So for the next 4 weeks, I will be having a recommendation post featuring a different genre of YA. This week I'll be recommending books that don't really fit in other genres or I don't have enough of the same genre to warrant a post.
(Links go to the Goodreads page of the first book in the series)
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer - This book is a retelling of Cinderella in a futuristic world where humans, cyborgs and androids all live together. It’s as awesome as it sounds. If you enjoy dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels, Cinder is definitely one to consider. It’s also the first in a series of fairy tale retellings all taking place in this same futuristic world.
- Witchlanders by Lena Coakley - I’m not usually a big high fantasy reader but I found myself absolutely loving Lena Coakley’s book. The story was really great and the world she created felt incredibly real while I was reading. Even if you’re not usually a big fan of high fantasy, I strongly recommend giving this book a try.
- Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld - This trilogy by Scott Westerfeld basically retells the events of the beginning of World War One from the perspective of the fictional son of the assassinated Archduke Franz-Ferdinand and the perspective of Deryn, a British girl passing for boy in the British Air Force. And all this is done in steampunk. If you are a history buff, I strongly recommend these books because they will make you believe everything Scott Westerfeld says and take you on a crazy ride.
- Rot & Ruin/Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry - I’m not usually a bid zombie fan, but these two books by Jonathan Maberry made me completely change my mind. These books take place after the zombie apocalypse and follow the story of two brothers who lost their parents the night everything changed. Despite the fact that these are zombie books, they are not as gruesome as the covers or subject matter would suggests. If you’re able to look beyond the covers, I definitely recommend picking these books up.
- Virals series by Kathy Reichs - This series is written by the same author as the books on which the TV show Bones is based on. The first one, Virals, was extremely fast-paced. If you are tired of stories that are driven by romance, I recommend this series since, at least in the first book, romance wasn’t even an issue and it was refreshing. The second book, Seizure, came out last fall and I look forward to reading it now that I have more times.
These are all the books I have to recommend if you are looking to do some summer reading. Be sure to also check out my posts recommending paranormal, dystopian and contemporary reads for more recommendations.
Happy summer reading!