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Summer Reading: The Ultimate Thrillers!


Summer is so relaxing. Sometimes it’s like, too relaxing, and you need to mix it up with an edge-of-your-seat, sweating-from-something-other-than-humidity, adrenaline-pulsing thriller. Here are a few heart racing reads for the end of your Summer list:

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

Think Wild meets The Revenant, except the protagonist is a teenaged girl with the spirit of a reluctant, yet badass, Katniss Everdeen. Jess, left disabled from the car crash that killed her mother, is dropped into the Canadian wilderness to live with her father, a lonely survivalist who she hasn’t seen in years. Jess most definitely Did Not Sign Up For This, but a just as she’s warming up to her dad, a secret from his past appears and suddenly Jess is alone, stranded in the woods with only one thought keeping her going: revenge. (Plus, the descriptions of the cold Canadian winter will be a welcome reprieve from the heat.)



Merciless IV: Last Rites by Danielle Vega

If you haven’t yet dug into Danielle Vega’s electric, Mean Girls-meets-Stephen King series, then boom: books I-IV of the Merciless are your summer reading assignments. If you already have, then you know why we’re so excited for MERCILESS IV: LAST RITES, Vega’s latest book about a girl whose vacation to Italy goes dangerously wrong. If you’ve been feeling bummed about not getting that Italian summer Call Me By Your Name promised, this book will make you feel better about staying home—and safe. A horror story for anyone who watched Pretty Little Liars or obsessively followed the Amanda Knox case, this fast-paced thriller ends with a twist you won’t see coming.



Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson

You know Veronica Mars, the kickass teenage PI that made us all realize: 1. we’re so here for a good high school mystery and 2. We love Kristen Bell. Jennifer Donaldson is the co-writer for the Veronica Mars books—so, yeah, she knows how to spin a story full of dangerous secrets. If you’re a fan of both, then this binge-able thriller LIES YOU NEVER TOLD ME is the right read for you.



Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

This page-turner is like Inglourious Basterds set in a girls’ boarding school. We all know Nazis are the worst, and so does Sarah, the blonde, blue-eyed, Jewish girl at the heart of Matt Killeen’s chilling new historical novel, ORPHAN MONSTER SPY. It’s Germany in 1939, and Sarah is about to infiltrate a boarding school full of daughters of the Third Reich, posing as one of their own. Why? Well, she may look sweet, but she’s the Nazis’ worst nightmare. Full of tension, cliffhangers, and your new favorite heroine, ORPHAN MONSTER SPY is totally un-put-downable.



People Like Us by Dana Mele

It’s so much better to read about school when you’re enjoying summer vacation. In between seasons of Riverdale, get your fill of high-stakes high school drama from PEOPLE LIKE US, Dana Mele’s twisty suspense novel. Despite a few skeletons in her closet, Kay Donovan had no problem reinventing herself at the top of Bates Academy’s social hierarchy. But when a dead classmate’s body is found in the lake, a computer-coded scavenger hunt starts implicating suspects, and suddenly Kay finds herself—and her carefully constructed life—in the crosshairs of a murder investigation.




10 Love Stories Gone Wrong

We all love a good love story…but not all love stories necessarily have smooth courses (or happy endings). Come to think of it, a lot of love stories have a few bumps (or 200) along the way. Here are 10 love stories that don’t go quite as you’d expect!   The Love that Split the World by … Continued
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12 Books to Read If You’re Obsessed With Musical Theater

Do you sing Hamilton in the shower? Wicked in your car? Geeking out to Six the Musical on a regular basis? Here are the musical theater books for you.   The Alex and Eliza Trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz Hey Hamilton lovers, this one is for you. The Alex and Eliza Trilogy is the love story … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: Rebelwing

Happy #FridayReads! Did someone say robot dragons?! This week, we’re reading Rebelwing by Andrea Tang. Read the excerpt below! Chapter 1   The Drop   The whole mess was a long time coming, but the drama really began when the long, sleek snout of a plasma gun interrupted Pru’s breakfast.   “Good morning,” said Alex, black-eyed gaze intent over … Continued
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7 Alternate Histories to Answer Your Biggest “What If’s…”

Historical fiction is great, but sometimes you need your history with a twist. What if one thing had changed about your favorite historical time period? We’ve rounded up 7 reads that answer some of our favorite “what if’s”.   What if America had lost the Revolutionary War? The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Roberton (Cremer) After years … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton

Excerpt alert! This week we’re reading The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton by Richard Fifield. The Serpent King meets Girl in Pieces in this moving and darkly funny story about a teenage girl coming of age and learning how to grieve in small-town Montana. Scroll down to start reading! The court-appointed advocate dropped me off at two o’clock in the morning. … Continued
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6 Books to Cuddle Up With

Winter is the best time to be a reader because no one tries to force you to go outside and be “active,” leaving you with plenty of time to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Below are a few of our favorites to get all snuggly with, and the … Continued
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4 O.G. YA Romances That Must Be Remembered

For many of us book nerds, YA romances were what helped us start to learn what love is. (The PINING. Oh, that unforgettable PINING. 💔) If you’re looking for some romances to cozy up with indoors right now, then we’re here to remind you of some of the ORIGINAL YA romances that some of us … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: A Phoenix First Must Burn

A Phoenix First Must Burn is a collection of sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A … Continued
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10 Books That Will Destroy Your Heart (And Help You Heal)

As the incomparable Mara from Aaron Starmer’s explosive novel Spontaneous sagely said, “No one buying a book cares about metaphors and all that crap. All they want to do is cry.” We all have that book that we sobbed through, or books we return to when we’re in need of a good old fashioned feels … Continued
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Top Dragon Book Recommendations…by Author Andrea Tang!

Andrea Tang’s debut, Rebelwing, is hitting shelves THIS.MONTH. We are so psyched to join Prudence Wu on the back of a cybernetic dragon in an epic escape from a smuggling deal gone VERY wrong. If you are here for dragons, dystopia, or action-packed plot, make sure to add this one to the top of your February TBR! … Continued
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