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My Picks for Summer Reading

Summer is a great time for catching up on your reading, especially when you’re at the beach or poolside. I love reading books that fit with the season, and this summer I found some good ones:

1. Compulsion by Martina Boone. This is a Southern Gothic novel – always a great read for the summer.  After her mother dies, Barrie is sent to live with her aunt.  When she arrives at the South Carolina plantation, she finds it’s entrenched in secrets.  Curious to find out more, Barrie searches for answers only to discover someone doesn’t want her to find any.  This story was well-written and highly intriguing.   I could hardly put it down, and finished it in two sittings.

2. The Siren by Kiera Cass.  This little mermaid retelling was entertaining and romantic.  After being rescued from almost drowning, Kahlen must serve as a Siren.  When she uses her voice it  lures people to their deaths.  Then she meets a boy, and despite being unable to talk to him, she falls in love with him.  Falling in love with a human is forbidden by the Sirens, but Kahlen still searches for way to be with the boy she loves.  The book did a fantastic job of portraying the power of love, and the things you can overcome with it.

3.  The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.  An unique take on Aladdin, I loved the exotic setting and memorable characters.  Aladdin finds the lamp, and calls forth the jinn, Zahra.  Zahra had been sentenced to the lamp hundreds of years ago by the Jinn.  When she’s offered a chance to be free from the lamp once and for all, she jumps at it, until she realizes it will mean harming Aladdin.  This book also had a great “power of love” theme.

4. That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard.  I picked up this book because of the unique title.  A bit different from what I normally read, I really enjoyed this piece of realistic fiction.  When Lexi’s father dies, she is left with nothing, and is forced to find her mother.  This leads her to Florida and the circus where her mother works.  When she arrives, she finds her mother is no longer there.  Since she has no money, she goes to work for the circus as a fortune teller.  This was a an excellent coming-of-age story.

5.  Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan.  This was a fast-paced thriller that I also finished in two sittings.  Gunned men attack a cruise ship, then set it aflame.  Only three people remain to tell about it, Frances, Senator Wells and his son.  When the senator and his son lie and say a giant wave took out the ship, Frances must assume her dead friend’s identity to find the truth.

What books have you enjoyed this summer?  Let me know in the comments!

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