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7 Best YA Summer Reads 2014

Jul 11, 2014

Whether you're hitting a hammock or basking in some beach sun, there's nothing better than kicking back with a good book in the summer. Last year we all got a heavy dose of dystopian teen fiction,  this year all of us summer readers are looking for a little more variety. Check out the 7 Best YA Summer Reads 2014!

No.7: Death Sworn by Leah Cypress

Death Sworn by Leah CypressDeath Sworn by Leah CypressCourtesy of Greenwillow

Sorcery and assassins abound in this fantasy novel, you'll find yourself unable to put this one down after getting sucked into it's dark world full of intrigue, mystery and even a bit of romance.

No.6: Liv Forever by Amy Talkington

Liv Forever by Amy TalkingtonLiv Forever by Amy TalkingtonCourtesy of Soho Teen

Heart-wrenching and strange, Liv Forever is part class warfare, romance, ghost story, and mystery. It stars with Liv fighting her way out of the foster are system by winning a scholarship to a prestigious school, and finding love there, but when Liv is murdered on campus grounds it's up to her ghost, another scholarship kid and her boyfriend Malcolm to unravel a mystery that spans decades.

No.5: The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la CruzThe Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la CruzCourtesy of Disney-Hyperion

This novel has a bit of everything going for it: royal intrigue, coming-of-age, romance and magic. But don't be deceived, this is a perfectly fluffly beach-book, not a political thriller.

No.4: The Here and Now by Anne Brashares

The Here and Now by Amy BrasharesThe Here and Now by Amy BrasharesCourtesy of Delacorte Press

Okay so you might be hoping to get away from YA sci-fi, but the truth is this year has a great crop of YA thrillers and you're going to want to make space on your bookshelves next to The Hunger Games and Divergent for The Here and Now. A romantic thriller about a girl from the future who has excaped a massive pandemic and is trying to save the world by going back in time.

No.3: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James DashnerCourtesy of Delacorte Press

The best part of picking up this sci-fi thriller is that by the time your done and summer's over, the feature film (starring Dylan O'Brien from Teen Wolf) will be ready to hit theaters! When Thomas wakes up in an elevator, the only thing he can remember is his name, and he's now surrounded by boys experiencing the same thing and they're all trapped inside a limitless, ever-changing maze.

No.2: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Far From You by Tess SharpeFar From You by Tess SharpeCourtesy of Indigo

Told in a series of flashbacks, this story follows Sophie, a girl who's been framed as the reason her best friend Mina has died. Everyone thinks its a drug deal gone wrong, but Sophie knows that her BFF, a budding journalist, was deliberately murdered, and now it's up to her to prove it.

No.1: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorohty Must Die by Danielle PaigeDorohty Must Die by Danielle PaigeCourtesy of HarperCollins

When a tornado picks up Kansas teen Amy's trailer, the last place she expects to land is Oz, and even worse, it's nothing like in the movie! In fact, Dorothy is an evil dictator, and everyone is the opposite of what we've grown up knowing them as (like the Lion...he only tells lies!) It turns out that the witches aren't so bad after all, and just like the title, Dorothy Must Die! 

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What book are you buried in this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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Myshkin
Myshkin posted in Debating:
"Jolly-Rancher206" wrote:One human being doesn't have more value than another "Jolly-Rancher206" wrote:If one believes life has intrinsic value in the first place (can't be proven, touched measured, just is) then how can you go about distinguishing the amount of value someone has? Life having intrinsic value doesn't mean that a person's value can not increase or stagnate based upon their actions and character. Mass murderers, for example, are viewed as having less value (either to you or I, or society in general, but either way we perceive them differently) than an ordinary law-abiding citizen. In a similar way, a man has greater worth than a woman in certain situations, and a woman greater worth than a man in certain situations. It's not necessarily strictly based upon being a man or woman either, it's just what their general behavior is viewed as: for example, women are generally held to be more empathetic than men, therefore more people prefer to open their heart up to women because they believe they will be given a more sensitive response. Short of attaining ego death, you're always going to value people differently. It's very nice to say from an abstract, intellectual standpoint that all people are equal, but even in solely your own life you know this isn't how you actually look at things, unless you really are prepared to tell me that the worth of your parents or siblings or close friends or distant friends are not worth more to you than a stranger on the street. I just want to point out in bold that I'm making a distinction between intellectual (or hypothetical/theoretical) understanding of people being equal, either in general or between men and women, and the actual application of trying to apply that principle. It likely leads us to view the two as more equal than if we didn't hold the intellectual view that they're equal, but nonetheless there is always going to be a hint of bias located somewhere. One last thing just for any additional clarity it might provide, because I recognize I might be getting vague here: "Jolly-Rancher206" wrote:I'm saying at bottom one s//x does not have more value than another. I am saying that all people have different values, be they man or woman, but in many situations one is preferable to the other and therefore their value as you perceive it is greater at that time (context).
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CaptJolee
CaptJolee posted in Debating:
like  I said it also could be another serial killer
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Pink_Cool_Girl
Well, go to his website and there is a picture of a new animatronic: Baby. But there is more than one animatronic, so why would he say one? :/
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"inkdeath" wrote: "Unrung" wrote: When a child cries because her favorite pet died, you wouldn't tell her she has no right to be upset because children are starving in Africa, would you? A favorite pet dying is not as tragic as a child starving in Africa.    I get it now. You have the iq level of a fish.  Yes. I agree 100%. A favorite pet dying is not as tragic as a child starving in Africa. But that has no bearing on how a child should feel if their pet dies, was my point.
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Jolly-Rancher206
"Myshkin" wrote: "Jolly-Rancher206" wrote: "Myshkin" wrote: It means that men and women are not inherently equal, though certainly you can view their worth as being about equal. Only about? Only about. You might be able to delude yourself into thinking the two have the exact same worth but that will never actually happen due to unconscious biases, nor does the principle translate into the real-world very well where people are not made of the same stuff and the worth of a person is based upon context and character. Hold up. Yeah people are biased and some may see one s//x as better than the other. And yes people don't live that way in the real-world. I'm saying at bottom one s//x does not have more value than another. One human being doesn't have more value than another. I don't believe someone's character or personality changes that. I can think someone is a bad person, does bad things, but still affirm they have as much worth as a person as I do. If one believes life has intrinsic value in the first place (can't be proven, touched measured, just is) then how can you go about distinguishing the amount of value someone has?
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