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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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elephant_love13
I so need all of those books uggg so many books so little time
commented: Sun Oct 12, 2014

MissJonkinz11

MissJonkinz11 wrote:

Lets see. Witch and Wizard series and Maximum Ride series (James Patterson), Siege (Sarah Mussi. I could say so much more but I won't because I'm nice. Angel
commented: Mon Oct 06, 2014

brunostar

brunostar wrote:

WOOHOO I LIKE POTATOES
commented: Tue Aug 26, 2014

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