Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Kidzworld Logo

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! 

Have Your Say

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



Related Stories

Travel back over the rainbow to a much darker Oz than you remember by checking out the official b...
Now that you've spent the month of July enjoying the freedom of summer vacation, it's time to set...
Do books inspire you? Do you get lost in stories of magic and adventure, vampires and corrupt soc...
It's time to put your head down and complete a very large goal: write a whole novel. To help cele...
Micro_harry potter-micro
Before lots of your favorite movies hit the big screen, they were best-selling books. Check out t...

What's your favorite topic in sci-fi books?

  • Dystopias (new corrupt societies, such as The Hunger Games)
  • Post-apocalyptic (end of the world novels, such as Divergent)
  • Epidemics (outbreaks of disease, such as The Scorch Trials)
  • Aliens and Other Planets (such as The Knife of Never Letting Go)

Random In The Forums

"-Oracle-" wrote:"Our minds are constantly being invaded by legions of half-truths, prejudices, and false facts. One of the great needs of mankind is to be lifted above the morass of false propaganda." OMG!! awesome quote!!!!!  I'm totally writing it down :D
reply 11 minutes
-Oracle- posted in General:
"Our minds are constantly being invaded by legions of half-truths, prejudices, and false facts. One of the great needs of mankind is to be lifted above the morass of false propaganda."
reply about 1 hour
reply about 9 hours
Pink_Cool_Girl posted in General:
I wanted to say something to everyone. But since I want to, you must read this. Enjoy my message.  ★★★★★ 1. I need you to look at 5 ★ ★ 2. The answer is look at 11 :) ★ ★ 3. Don't get mad and look at 13 ★ ★ 4. Calm down don't be mad and look at 15 ★ ★ 5. First look at 2 ★ ★ 6. Don't be angry look at 12 ★ ★ 7. All I wanted to say was hello, and that I wasted 30 seconds of your life. Not that you had one, anyways.  ★ ★ 8. Look at number 14 ★ ★ 9. Be patient look number 4 ★ ★ 10. Finally look at 7 ★ ★ 11. I hope your not mad, look at 6 ★ ★ 12. Take a look at 8 ★ ★ 13. Just glance at 10 ★ ★ 14. ...Look at 3 :) ★ ★ 15. LOOK AT 9 ASAP ★★★★★
reply about 9 hours
Hi! I'm making this so I can get commissions to draw something from someone. I love doing commissions, and I love drawing :3 If you'd like to request something, here's what I'll need to know. Note: I tend to do humans (mostly OCs for people) and fail at inanimate objects/plants/animals, but I can try XD Style: Realistic (Hardest for me) *A selection of a head shape. Like, oblong, square, oval, etc., and if you don't know all them or what they look like, look up some charts of head shapes, and pick your favorite. Or just, whatever your character has XD *A body type. Chubby, skinny, average, toned, etc. *Height, generally. I'm not good at putting a height effect in, but I can try :P *Eye shape. Good to look up a chart for this, too, and choose the one you like. Also say whether or not they're wide-spaced, close-set, or the classic one-eye-apart. Note, though, that Africans/African-Americans tend to have wide-spaced eyes. *Ethnicity. European, African/African-American, Asian, etc... it's good to know, since some ethnicities have different proportions than others. And yeah, Google doesn't think "ethnicities" is a word. I'm not sure either XD *Age. It'll make a difference in heads tall. *Gender. It'll make a difference in features. *Hair color, hair length, and a good description or image example of what it's styled like. *A good description or an image example of what the person wears. *A good description or an image example of what the pose the person is doing is. *If you prefer, it can be done in black-and-white. You don't have to include colors if you want black-and-white. That's all I can think of for that style, so if you think of anything else, please add it in! X3 You can also just use embedded images for all of the areas, if you so wish. If you desire to see my skill level before you request a drawing, I'll be posting an example of each style I do this weekend. Now... for anime/manga. *Essentially the same as realistic, but with the eyes, it's best to provide examples for the shape of the eyes. Anime/manga elements should be included, too :P That's all. If you have some other style I should try, or have some tips on how I can improve, please tell me! ^-^ I already know I need to work on clothing wrinkles for sure, so any help on that is greatly appreciated. (Eventually, over the weekend, I'll make forms for each individual style... And an example of my work in each form.) Oh! Media forms! Here's what I offer, and the time expected... Pencil and paper (Just shading): One day (1-2 commissions), 2-3 days (3-6 commissions), 3-5 days (7-10 commissions), 5+ days (11+ commissions). NOTE: ESTIMATES. Pencil and paper (In color): Same amount of time as the above. Digitally drawn (Longest): Five days (1-2 commissions), it really just depends though. Expect digital ones to take at least a week.
reply about 9 hours