Enthralling Summer Reads 2017

by , Monday July 31, 2017
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Enthralling Summer Reads 2017


Top 5 books to read this summer!  - a blog by Chrissy Sky

It’s approaching that time of year when the majority of us Movellians are finishing school, college or university, or just work in general. And guess what that means… YES! More reading time!!

Summer is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a new world, a new adventure, whether that’s sitting outside with a good book and enjoying the sun, or lying in bed because it rains during most of the summer… Either way, reading is the perfect way to make the most of your free time. And let’s face it - all of our TBR piles are now competing with Mount Everest after a long haul of working or studying and us STILL buying more books despite not reading the ones we already own. Guilty!



1.   The first book on my list of recommended books to read this summer, is One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus.


One Of Us Is Lying is a contemporary murder mystery/thriller novel set in an American high school.

The story is centered around the sudden death of a student called Simon, who created a gossip app (“About That”), through which he anonymously spills his classmate’s deepest secrets.

During detention with four other students, Simon somehow dies, or is possibly murdered, only 24 hours before he was going to expose the dark secrets of all four students that were in detention with him.


I am currently reading this book, and for someone that doesn’t typically read contemporary books, I’m really enjoying it. It’s intriguing, because you always have ideas about who’s behind Simon’s death, but then something else will be hinted at or revealed that makes you question your own thoughts. There are reoccurring YA themes in this book, which some readers may be tired of, but I think the mystery and suspense of the reading experience makes up for it.



2.   Another summer read for this year is We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.

Wow. Just wow. This book is so marvelous!

We All Looked Up is actually another contemporary novel (yes, now I sound like a hypocrite but hear me out).


We All Looked Up follows the story of a group of teenagers who know each other, but aren’t necessarily friends or are so socially different that their paths rarely cross. However, when there is news of a deadly asteroid, “Ardor”, that is going to strike earth, everything changes.

“They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end. Two months to really live.”


This book is one of the most enchanting stories I’ve ever read, but also one of the most honest books. I felt like the author was telling us his version of the future, should an asteroid ever head in the direction of earth, and the chaos but also love, that would ensue. I remember finishing We All Looked Up and not being able to think about anything else for quite some time after. And that is when you know that you’ve read an exceptional book.



3.   The next book on my list is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh.


Not only do I think the cover is absolutely spectacular, I am SO excited to read this book! It’s very high on my TBR for this summer. This book is part of a duology that is inspired by Arabian Nights, or A Thousand and One Nights.


The Wrath and the Dawn is about a land ruled by ruthless king called Khalid, who takes a new bride every night but by dawn, each girl is found dead and heartache falls upon each family. When 16 year old Shahrzad (or Shazi’s) best friend is killed, she volunteers to marry the king, with the intention of avenging her friend’s death, along with the countless other innocent girls who died at Khalid’s hand.

Things quickly capsize however, when Shazi finds herself falling in love with her best friend’s killer.


Doesn’t that just sound epic?! I have watched a few Booktube reviews of this book, and many people say that Renée Ahdieh’s writing style is unquestionably beautiful, the characters are well developed and the story is truly enchanting. So my guess is, this is an awesome book to dive into this summer if you haven’t already.

Having said that, I’ve also seen a few lousy reviews of it, so if you read this and find it doesn’t live up to the hype (because let’s admit, hype can be quite frustrating sometimes), then you have been warned!



4.   The fourth book on my list is a fairly new release and one that I am a bit skeptical to read but I’m still intrigued to see what it’s like, and that is Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

This book, as you’ve probably guessed, is a retelling of the fairytale Cinderella, and was actually the Booksplosion ‘book of the month’ back in April. I say I was a bit skeptical about Geekerella. Yeah, well, I’m not a fan of fairytale retellings as I think they often end up being unsatisfyingly samey. However, Geekerella is bringing something new to the table.


In this book, we follow the main character Elle whose father has passed away. Elle’s father raised her up watching a popular sci-fi show called Starfield and even set up a convention in support of the show. Now, Elle is a hard-core fangirl of Starfield (reminds me of some of us here on Movellas with our infinite love for fandoms…). Starfield is being adapted into a movie, with the lead role played by an actor called Darien Freeman. The two main characters end up texting each other without revealing who they are or even realizing who the other is.


I think of Geekerella as a tribute to all the different fandoms we know and love, and it’s definitely a fresh take on Cinderella that is suited to many of you fandom-adoring Movellians out there. From the reviews I have watched or read, many people say that Geekerella is a very fun read, and for that reason I think it’s a perfect book to read this summer!



5.   The final book I’m recommending for a summer read, is one that I’m personally super stoked to read! And that is A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

Just look at those beautiful covers!! I have a severe case of book design envy… This is the first book in the Shades of Magic series.


Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travellers magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There is Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic. There is Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London…


A Darker Shade Of Magic is a fantasy novel and will surely make for a magical read. It’s one of those books that you just know you will love right off the bat. V.E. (otherwise known as Victoria) Schwab is an author I’d never encountered before I heard about A Darker Shade of Magic through Booktube, and now I’m super excited to read her books.


So there you have it, five enthralling summer reads for 2017. Personally, I can’t wait to pick up some more books and escape reality once again. I’m also looking forward to re-reading some of my favourites, including We All Looked Up, because that book is so wonderful but is unfortunately way too underappreciated, so if you don’t know how to begin your summer reading, there’s your starting point.


I can feel the summer vibes already! Happy reading!

~ Christina

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