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Young adult books for an easy summer read

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I love reading, but since starting college I've really gotten away from the type of books that started my love of reading. I think it's because young adult books can sometimes be very similar, you read one and you've read most. But the last thing you want during the summer is a huge tome to analyze. That's why I'm whipping up my list of easy young adult reads for this summer.

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     1. The Winners Curse – by Marie Rutkoski $8 - Publisher's Summary: They were never meant to be together. As a general's daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can't help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.

     When I do read YA, I really like big plots instead of more nuanced ones like Never let me go.  This one was released March of last year. There's basically an entire of genre of YA dedicated to covers with big ball gowns on the cover, but unlike other frilly princess ones this one gives a (melo)dramatic feel that I hope the book mirrors. 

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     2. Slide – by Jill Hathaway $9 - Publisher's Summary: Vee Bell, able to slide into other people's minds, sees someone standing over the body of her sister's best friend, Sophie, holding a bloody knife but she is afraid that anyone she tells will think her crazy and so she must find a way to identify the killer herself, before he or she strikes again.

     I wasn't a big mystery fan until I read And then there were none, now I've got tons of different classic and modern mysteries on my list. This book seems like a classic murder mystery with a twist.

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     3. Graceling – by Kristin Cashore $7 - Publisher's Summary: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

     I read this book in high school in two sittings and loved it. Katsa is a kick butt heroine that follows a classic hero's journey. Cashore includes a lot of interesting aspects of the world of the Graced leaving me hungry for more.

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     4. City of Bones – by Cassandra Clare $7 - Publisher Summary: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

     This was one of my favorite books growing up that got me hooked on reading. I've read the first three and one of the prequels. This fantasy series is basically all action with a little romance. I love how Clare blended the real world with her fantasy one to create an urban adventure perfect for summer. Just don't watch the movie because it sucks. 

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2 comments:

  1. Great list! I am such a sucker for books that have been turned into movies! This summer I made the decision to watch Divergent before reading the book and then afterwards reading it at the library. I now want to read City of Bones before I spoil it by watching the film.

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  2. I love reading, but after becoming a literature major I tend to use my summers to do things other than reading! Terrible I know, but this post reminded me to get back in the groove soon. Too many wonderful books out there waiting for me to love them!

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