Great Summer Reads... part two

How about a few more suggestions for some great summer reads? This time, I'm taking a look at the teen/young adult books that are definitely worth getting lost in:

author: Emily Murdoch
A tense and moving journey through the lives of Carey and younger sister, Jennessa. They have spent their lives living in the woods, in an old camper van, mostly waiting for their drug-addicted mother to come home. This speaks eloquently of survival, loss and hope. Utterly gripping, it explores who we are as human beings and what to lengths we will go to protect ourselves and those we love. Extraordinary read!

author: John Green
If you haven't read this yet, you simply must. If you have, please read it again! John Green writes with such truth and honesty in the voice of young people. He's got it all exactly right. So, don't stop with this one...also read: Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska. Basically, if it's got John Green's name on it... read it. You won't be sorry. 

author: Allan Wolf
If you have a real fascination with the Titanic, or if you simply want a read that pulls you through the lives, thoughts and feelings of people... you must read this. Beautifully written, it gives an intimate portrait of the lives behind the tragedy and a stunning recreation of that fateful voyage that spans all those on board, passengers and crew... regardless of rank or class. Compassionate, evocative and with an incredible ring of truth; you'll feel like you are right there. This is one you'll want to keep and reread many times.

author: Sarah Dessen
It's the summer before she's due to set off for university, and Emaline is spending it at home in the comfort and familiarity of her small beach town. Into her life walks a New York film-maker and her assistant. Suddenly, everything Emaline was sure of is turned upside-down... everything changes. I love Sarah Dessen. Her writing is strong and clear. You may also want to read her others: Lock and Key, The Truth About Forever, That Summer.....

THE NIGHT ITSELF (The Name of the Blade, Book 1)
author: Zoe Marriott
Mio steals the family's ancient heirloom katana, a sword that has been in her family for generations. While she believes she's just playing dress-up, the katana unleases an ancient evil onto the streets of modern day London. Gods and monsters of Japanese myth are stalking her and her friends. If she can't control the sword and it's powers... Mio looses everything. Brilliant mythological work from the pen of Marriott who has given us such wonderful books as: The Swan Kingdom, Shadows on the Moon and Frostfire. Incredible and truly awesome read!

author: Andrew Lane
Calum Challenger spends his days tracking down mythological creatures and capturing their DNA. He and his friends are on a mission to save these beasts from extinction. But an aggressive, powerful pharmaceutical company has other plans... and they are using Calum to track the creatures and wipe them out once and for all. Fast-paced, gripping, exciting work from the author of the Young Sherlock Holmes series. This is a classic adventure story in the style of H.G. Wells, with a contemporary twist. Love it!

author: Jenny Valentine
This one is an absolute gem... an older favourite of mine. When 16-year-old Lucas Swain finds an urn of ashes in a local cabbie's office, he becomes convinced that it's occupant, Violet Park, is trying to communicate with him. Lucas begins a journey to discover where the urn came from and how it came to be left behind in a taxi office... but what he finds is much, much more. This was Valentine's first book... and I equally recommend all her others: The Ant Colony, Broken Soup and The Double-Life of Cassiel Roadnight.

Well... there's a few more, anyway..... more coming later!


  1. I'm sorry to say I haven't read any of these, though I have the John Green one in my library and it has been popular so far. On request, I bought Looking For Alaska, which I also haven't got around to reading. Soon, I promise! ;-)


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