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Our Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Reads!

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Ok, so we know it’s basically not even spring yet, but can you blame us that we are SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER?! It’s only natural. And not only are we excited for warm days, long nights, flip flops (the list goes on), but we absolutely cannot wait for all the amazing books we have in store for you–starting May first! May and June are jam-packed to get your summer started off right, so start packing your beach bags! It’s never too early, after all.

 

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

Unforgivable betrayals, devious motives, and forbidden love collide in the first installment of internationally bestselling author Sally Green’s epic new fantasy series, perfect for Game of Thrones fans. Out 5/1, but you can read the first five chapters here to meet each of the main characters!

 

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Daisy has no desire to be in the spotlight, but anonymity isn’t really an option when your sister is marrying the Crown Prince of Scotland. Thankfully, the dashing young aristocrat Miles will be around to show her the royal ropes. New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins serves up a deliciously royal romance, out 5/1!

 

I Am Gandhi by Brad Meltzer

Twenty-five exceptional comic book creators join forces to share the heroic story of Gandhi in this inspiring graphic novel biography. This extraordinary biography, curated by Ordinary People author Brad Meltzer, is a glorious team effort that truly exemplifies Gandhi’s selflessness and love for humanity. Coming 5/8!

 

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Veronica Mars meets The Craft when a teen girl investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally ends up bringing them all back to life to form a hilariously unlikely–and unwilling–vigilante girl gang. Mia must work with her misfit undead crew to get to the bottom of the mystery she set out to solve–who killed her best friend and why? Coming May 8!

 

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

From the bestselling author of Mosqiotoland and Kids of Appetite, comes the story of sixteen-year-old Noah, who is hypnotized and quickly realizes nothing in his life is the same. It’s about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us. Out 5/22!

 

Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley

Megan is the girl before–all of her exes find their one true love right after dating her. When she is cast in her school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, she meets Owen Okita, a boy who has her considering the lead role in her own love story. Out 5/22!

 

Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson

Gabe and Elyse have never met. But they both have something to hide. They both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive. Coming 5/29!

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Flame in the Mista sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan. The action, romance, and intrigue continue in this finale coming 6/5! While you wait, check out these TWO free e-books to read before Smoke in the Sun arrives!

 

The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger

Ray knows everything about the peculiar legends and lore of his rural Connecticut hometown’s past. But the most interesting thing about the present is the new girl–we’ll call her Jane Doe. Inscrutable, cool, and above all mysterious, Jane seems as determined to hide her past as Ray is to uncover it.

 

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Ok, I don’t think we need to tell you how excited we are for the long-awaited third book in the Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir. Helene, Laia, and Elias are back and Sabaa has been dropping all of the mysterious hints to drive us mad. A Reaper at the Gates arrives 6/12, but you can start reading here!

 

The Merciless IV: Last Rites by Danielle Vega

Danielle Vega has been scaring us silly with the Merciless books, and the bone-chilling series is finally coming to an end with this new book. The final book in the scream-worthy cult series combines Stephen King-level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case. Coming 6/12, but you can start from book 1 here!

 

The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead

You may know Richelle Mead from the bestselling Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, but if you haven’t started her newest series, now is the time! the Glittering Court series follows three girls, each in the Glittering Court for a different reason. The Emerald Sea, focusing on Tasmin, hits shelves on 6/26!

 

The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland

For Napoleon’s stepdaughter, nothing is simple – especially love. Inspired by Hortense’s real-life autobiography with charming glimpses of life long ago, this is the story of a girl destined by fate to play a role she didn’t choose. Coming 6/26!

 

I Am Still Alive by Kate Marshall

A heart-wrenching yet empowering story of resilience, I Am Still Alive follows one girl, alone in the winter wilderness, struggling for survival. Cheryl Strayed’s Wild meets The Revenant in this heart-pounding story of survival, resilience, and revenge. Coming 7/24!

 

 

 

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