By Marcus Sedgwick
I have read books by Marcus Sedgwick before, and this one did not disappoint! I read this book lightning fast because it was that good! The book is set on a fictional island called Blessed. Very strange things occur here. People do not seem to age, and there are no children on the island. There is also a very mysterious flower that looks like a dragon’s head. It is said to have magical powers. The main characters are Erik and Merle who take on many different forms throughout the book, and the chapters progress from future to past. Does this sound confusing? I know, but it’s worth it.
This book reminded me of the television show Lost. I was a huge fan of Lost for many reasons but mainly because it was amazing how the characters were all intertwined even though they did not know it. Midwinterblood is a lot like Lost in that way. This book will have your guessing right up until the end, which makes it a fast read because you are dying to find out what happens!
Check out two of Marcus Sedgwick’s other books White Crow and Revolver.
We’ll Always Have Summer
By Jenny Han
Although it is not summer right now, this is a great summer read or a great read if you need a break from the winter cold. The characters in this book are also in college. So, this is a great book to try if you are looking for something a little more “adult”.This book is about the complexities of a love triangle, but this triangle includes two brothers. Isabel (Belly) has dated both Fisher brothers, Jeremiah and Conrad. Her fling with Conrad ended a while ago, and she has been happy with Jeremiah for quite some time. However, Jeremiah and Belly decide to get married and everything seems to change. Relationshps with their families are tested, and secrets are revealed that could ruin everything.
This was such a great book and a fast read. Fortunately, this book is also part of a series. The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer Without You are the first two installments in this series. Although, I must say I read this book completely out of order and it didn’t matter one bit! This book is very well written with wonderful characters who you can truly relate to. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Susan Colasanti will love Jenny Han and this fabulous YA series!
By L.J. Smith
Some of you may say that the vampire trend has died. After all, we now have books about supernatural creatures such as zombies, angels, and fairies. I say the vampire trend is still around, at least for a little while longer. The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith is incredibly popular. It is so popular that a hit television show was created based on the book and now a new series of books has been created based on the tv show.
The new series is called Stefan’s Diaries. The first in the series is called Origins. The setting is Mystic Falls, West Virginia during the Civil War. Damon and Stefan Salvatore are brothers from an elite family in Mystic Falls. Mystic Falls is rumored to be the home of supernatural creatures including vampires. Katherine Pierce, a teenage girl, comes to live with the Salvatores after her family was killed in a disastrous fire in Atlanta. Both brothers fall madly in love with Katherine instantly. She is mysterious and harboring a secret that will change the Salvatore brothers’ lives forever.
This series chronicles the Salvatore brothes lives after they turn into vampires. There are currently six books in this series including Bloodlust, The Craving, The Ripper, The Asylum, and The Compelled. Fans of the tv show will adore this series because it tells the story of the Salvatore brothers before they come back to modern day Mystic Falls. It is co-written by the writers of the show, Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson.
Check out this new series and be sure to watch the Season 4 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on the CW on October 11!