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9 Books We Can’t Wait To Read This Summer

Summer is upon us—we can almost feel it! And with it comes a slew of new activities to pull us out of the long shadow of winter’s gloom—beach days (spent reading); lazy vacation days (spent reading); camping (and reading)…

Okay, so maybe our activity list doesn’t actually change much from season to season but there’s still a lot to be excited about—including a brand-new list of upcoming books we can’t wait to get our hands on. From contemporary to fantasy, romance to horror, these are 9 books coming out this summer we can’t wait for:


The Darkest Magic, book 2 in the A Book of Spirits and Thieves series by Morgan Rhodes

Morgan Rhodes

We love Morgan Rhodes’ new fantasy series and can’t wait for the sequel to arrive! Hypable called A Book of Spirits and Thieves “a modern day Outlander.” Do we need to say anything else?

A Book of Spirits and Thieves comes out in paperback on 5/17 and Book 2 (The Darkest Magic) hits stores on 6/28.


Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley


We love contemporary stories that are able to tackle some pretty weighty topics with humor and brightness. Printz award-winner John Corey Whaley creates characters who are real and complex in a truly authentic way, and Highly Illogical Behavior will burrow its quirky self right into your heart.

Highly Illogical Behavior is available 5/10.


A Torch Against the Nightbook 2 in the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir


Did you miss THE fantasy book of 2015? The one on countless “Best Of…” lists? The book that had fans clamoring for a sequel as soon as they got to the last page? Well, now’s the time to discover what all the buzz is about. The sequel, A Torch Against the Night, comes out at the end of August so you have a few months to get wrapped up in this fantasy masterpiece that the Hollywood Reporter said “mixes The Hunger Games with Game of Thrones…and adds a dash of Romeo and Juliet.” Um, yes please.


Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar


Maybe you’re looking for something a little bit different to kick off your summer reading adventures. This paranormal suspense novel is about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love. The magic in this book is dark and different than anything else you’ve ever read—and its underlying questions about family and free will guarantee that you’ll be passing it along to a friend so you have someone to talk about it with!


The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores, sequel to The Merciless by Danielle Vega


Creepy books aren’t just for Halloween, people. The Merciless series is horror candy (just take a look at that pink cover!) MTV called it “Mean Girls meets The Exorcist” which should basically make you want to purchase it ASAP.


The Last Starbook 3 in The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey


All great things must come to an end—and that includes the phenomenal, epic 5th Wave series. The Last Star is out in the world, and all of your questions will finally be answered in this heart-stopping finale. Haven’t read any of the series yet? We hear summer is the perfect time to binge-read…

Read an excerpt from The Last Star!


The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer


This fun and fresh retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is the quintessential beach read. It has romance, laughs, well-developed characters, and Texas debutantes. What else can you really ask for?


The Rose and the Dagger, sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


ALL the kissing! Seriously, we were obsessed with The Wrath & the Dawn when it came out last May and we’re already swooning over its sequel, The Rose & The Dagger, out on 4/26. If you love your swoons mixed with pulse-pounding action and a lush setting, get thee to a bookstore asap to start in on this breath-taking series.


Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana


Crazy, unique concept alert: what if there were another version of Earth? A planet that seems to have alternate versions of ourselves on it—people who have made different decisions and, because of it, are leading totally different lives? Mirror in the Sky is a gorgeously written coming-of-age story that centers on a captivating “What If?” premise. This one will keep you thinking long after you turn the final page.





Looking for more? Check out these 9 romances that will seduce you, and 15 fantasies to make your life more magical! 





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