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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.




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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Excerpt Alert: Devil Darling Spy

If you like an edge of thriller in your historical fiction, we’ve got some good news for you. Devil Darling Spy is hitting shelves January 21! This fast-paced follow-up to Orphan Monster Spy follows Sarah’s perilous journey as she hunts a rogue German doctor in Central Africa who might be a serial murderer. This unbearably high-stakes thriller pushes Sarah to … Continued
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Read an excerpt of THE BEAUTIFUL by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires are making their comeback in just FIVE DAYS, and we’re celebrating with an excerpt! Scroll down to read the first chapter of Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful. 1st février, 1872 aboard the CGT Aramis Not What It Seemed The Aramis was supposed to arrive at first light, like it did in Celine’s dreams. She would wake beneath a sunlit … 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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6 Reads to Help You Recover from Black Friday

You know that day that comes right after the day we all say how thankful we are for the things we have? The one where everyone runs out and risks life and limb to get half-priced plasma screens and tupperware? Black Friday. It’s one that requires a cup of hot cocoa and a stack of good … Continued
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October’s most anticipated reads!

To put it simply, October is a very good month for books. And here are 6 of the most highly anticipated you do NOT want to miss!   The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – October 1st If you love historical fiction, stunning prose, and a cover you’ll want to keep turned out to gaze … Continued
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Excerpt alert: The Blossom and the Firefly

This week, we’re reading The Blossom and the Firefly by Sherri L. Smith, a powerful WWII romance between two Japanese teens caught in the cogs of an unwinnable war. Scroll down to read the excerpt! Chapter One Hana Japan 1945 My father’s voice wakes me—thick as wool, slightly scratchy. “Get up, Hana. It’s time to get going.” Music … Continued
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17 Books That Will Get You Hooked on Historical Fiction

Here’s the thing about reading a life-changing historical fiction novel. Once you read one, there’s no going back. You need to read another. And another. And another. So we decided to share the love and round up 17 reads that will get YOU hooked on historical fiction. (Welcome to the dark side. We have cookies.) … Continued
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Halloween may be over, but these 4 books will leave you thoroughly creeped out

We love a good Halloween spook, but the best ones are the scares that last year round, and these top 4 reads will probably be keeping us creeped out well into 2020…   Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall BY. FAR. One of the CREEPIEST reads of 2019. Rules for Vanishing is a chilling combination of The Blair Witch … Continued
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Read an excerpt of FIREBORNE

We’ll make it plain: Fireborne is going to destroy you. It is going to do things to your emotions. It’s going to suck you in with the gutting emotional pull of An Ember in the Ashes and then shock you with Game of Thrones-esque plot twists and battles. And it’s all coming October 15th, scroll down to read the … Continued
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