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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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SnowflakeAngelKitten
As I said, what you think is entirely up to you. I think soon I'll make a story saying my self-confidence. :rainbow
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heckinmemes
i have a feeling it's bad that i think your life is great compared to mine
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Eri-Prime
"SnowflakeAngelKitten" wrote: Lot's of people in my life know that I'm energetic, usually happy, I fangirl a lot, and I have a smile all the time. But do you really think my life is only like that? Well, let me enlighten you on my struggles. During school: 6:00 A.M. Wake up 7:15 A.M. Be ready to leave 7:30 A.M. Go to school and be chided about my forgetfulness 7:35 A.M. Get on the bus 7:36 - 8:10 A.M. Get by when everyone around me made me feel overly uncomfortable 8:15 A.M. Go to locker Some time after locker time - 8:29 A.M. Get stressed out by guys in my class that antagonize me 8:30 A.M. - 3:15 P.M. Get by with everyone giving me drama I do  not want in my life 3:16 P.M. Go and get on the bus Time on the bus - 3:30 P.M. Feel uncomfortable with end-of-the-day action 3:31 P.M. Go home to start on homework Time afterwards Be bombarded with responsibilities that are hard to keep up with 9:00 P.M. Go to sleep During Summer: Wake up Take a shower Get breakfast Read Role-play Dinner Watch NCIS Role-play From waking up - Role-play Session #2 Have brothers and dad that keep on giving me stress Have older brother tell me about every single terrible thing that is worth discriminating me about Go to bed Have an insane and weird dream As you can see, I have daily struggles. Here are what keeps me with a smile and a happy attitude: Have a love for being around others Reading Role-playing Fangirling Optimism Easily humored This is my life. Whether or not you think that it's worth sharing is up to you. Just wanting to let y'all know. Have a great day! Wow, what a life. Hope you don't get stressed out anymore! 5.00: Wake up 6.00: School 7.15: Locker, chat with my pals(girls) and buddies(boys). 7:30: Super talkative class. 8.00: FUN! Awesome teachers, except for my math teacher. (He is terrifying) 9.30: Recess and get your phone confiscated. Woooo. 10:00: back to class. Urgh. 3.00: HOME SWEET HOME! Get jumped on by a dog and greeted by a cat. 4:00: Finally get the dog of me. 4.15:homework with a cat on my lap. 5.00_7.00: Blog, forums, hang out, walk the dog with my buddies. 10.00: sleep *Fireflies plays in background* Yeah, that's my 'boring' life.
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SnowflakeAngelKitten
Lot's of people in my life know that I'm energetic, usually happy, I fangirl a lot, and I have a smile all the time. But do you really think my life is only like that? Well, let me enlighten you on my struggles. During school: 6:00 A.M. Wake up 7:15 A.M. Be ready to leave 7:30 A.M. Go to school and be chided about my forgetfulness 7:35 A.M. Get on the bus 7:36 - 8:10 A.M. Get by when everyone around me made me feel overly uncomfortable 8:15 A.M. Go to locker Some time after locker time - 8:29 A.M. Get stressed out by guys in my class that antagonize me 8:30 A.M. - 3:15 P.M. Get by with everyone giving me drama I do  not want in my life 3:16 P.M. Go and get on the bus Time on the bus - 3:30 P.M. Feel uncomfortable with end-of-the-day action 3:31 P.M. Go home to start on homework Time afterwards Be bombarded with responsibilities that are hard to keep up with 9:00 P.M. Go to sleep During Summer: Wake up Take a shower Get breakfast Read Role-play Dinner Watch NCIS Role-play From waking up - Role-play Session #2 Have brothers and dad that keep on giving me stress Have older brother tell me about every single terrible thing that is worth discriminating me about Go to bed Have an insane and weird dream As you can see, I have daily struggles. Here are what keeps me with a smile and a happy attitude: Have a love for being around others Reading Role-playing Fangirling Optimism Easily humored This is my life. Whether or not you think that it's worth sharing is up to you. Just wanting to let y'all know. Have a great day!
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1PhanTrash
1PhanTrash posted in Debating:
"JazzyRox" wrote: "Eri-Prime" wrote: TRUST ME. There used to be more.   Really? I Just looked it up and Here is what i found....: At the dawn of agriculture, about 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million. Over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million (some estimate 300 million or even 600, suggesting how imprecise population estimates of early historical periods can be), with a growth rate of under 0.05% per year. A tremendous change occurred with the industrial revolution: whereas  it had taken all of human history until around 1800 for world population to reach one billion , the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), and the fifth billion in only 13 years (1987). During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion. In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now. Because of declining growth rates, it will now take over 200 years to double again. So, There are definitely more people on earth now...huh?  Bravo
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