Normally, summer is the time of the year when I get the most reading done. But with having a summer semester and working part-time over the summer, that didn’t leave much time for reading. However, I was still able to read quite a few books, and added some new favorites to my shelf. Without further adieu, here are my favorite books of summer 2016!
Without further adieu, here are my favorite books of summer 2016!
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING BY MORGAN MATSON
I have mentioned before just how amazing of an author Morgan Matson is. I have absolutely loved Since You’ve Been Gone, her last novel, and also adored Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. I was very excited to start reading The Unexpected Everything, her latest novel, as I had heard a lot of praise about it. Since I was able to make the Dean’s list this year, I decided to treat myself with a new book, and this is the one that I chose. I can definitely tell you that I did not regret my decision!
TUE is a bit different from Matson’s other two novels. In SYBG, Emily had a to-do list to accomplish. In A&RED, Amy and Roger had to travel to Connecticut. Both had very linear story line, and were quite logical. TUE is different. It’s actually the complete opposite of the other two. You don’t know where the story is going, because Andie, the main character, doesn’t know what she’s going to do on her break. Her plans were canceled last minute, and now she has to find a way to occupy herself over the summer.
The Unexpected Everything is the perfect cute summer contemporary. It’s perfect to read while laying by the pool or on the beach. The story is interesting and entertaining. It’ll keep you on your toes, and you’ll want to know what is going to happen next. Yes, it can be a bit predictable (because most contemporaries are), but Matson does a great job at making you want to read how it happens. Her style is, as usually, very fluid and makes you want to continue reading. I read the first 200 pages in one sitting, because I simply couldn’t stop reading! That’s just how good this book is.
The characters are honestly what make this book so good. I couldn’t connect with Andie the way I did with Amy and Emily, but I still highly enjoyed reading from her point of view. She was different than I would have expected, and I liked that. Clark is also sooooo swoon-worthy! I definitely wouldn’t mind having him as my boyfriend. 😉 I also liked Andie’s friends, even if they sometimes got on my nerves. I think it’s cool that the author briefly mentioned some of the characters from Since You’ve Been Gone. You don’t have to have read the book to understand what’s happening with them, but if, like me, you’ve read it and loved it, that’ll definitely make you smile!
If you’re looking for a cute, summery contemporary romance, I’d definitely recommend checking out this one!
UNRAVEL ME BY TAHEREH MAFI
This book is addictive. I have read the first installment over a year ago, and I found myself caught up again in this world from the very first pages! I could hardly put it down.
I think the reason why I loved this book so much is because of the characters. Mafi has developed a bunch of complex, flawed characters that you cannot help but love.
I found Juliette to be annoying, but I loved reading from her point of view. I loved seeing how she coped with everything and how she adapted to the situations she was thrown in. I honestly don’t think this book would have much as much of an impact if it was written in third person omniscient, and Juliette is the perfect main character to focus on.
I have fallen hopelessly in love with Warner. I hated him so much in the first book, but now that we got to know him better, I cannot help but fall in love with him a little more each time. Mafi went in deep in his background story and now I understand him, and the way he acts, better. Behind this mask is a caring boy who just got a rough start in life.
Adam, on the other, has gotten quite annoying. I don’t know if it’s because of the way Juliette interacts with him and all of their drama has gotten on my nerves, but I can’t stand him anymore. I used to love him in the first book, but I feel like Mafi is ruining is character for the sake of Warner’s.
One thing I absolutely hated was the love triangle.
However, I love Mafi’s unique style! It’s refreshing to read a story that is written by such a different character. I felt like I was reading Juliette’s every thought, like I was a part of her mind. I felt connected to the story like I hadn’t before.
THRONE OF GLASS SERIES BY SARAH J. MAAS
I’ve read the first book of the series last summer, and its sequel in the fall. Sadly, my library had only purchased the first novel at the time, so I read the sequel on my Kobo. However, when I found out that we had bought the entire series (except The Assassin’s Blade, the prequel to the series), I checked out Heir of Fire, the third installment, and, more recently, Queen of Shadows, the latest book of the series.
I ended up loving those books, as well as The Assassin’s Blade. I had enjoyed the first two novels, but I think HoF and QoS surpassed them! This series is definitely the “gets better with time” type. I feel like Maas is improving as an author, and you can definitely see that reflected in the last two novels of the series.
While Heir of Fire is more slow-paced, Queen of Shadows is packed with action. The Assassin’s Blade is kind of in the middle. I think Sarah J. Maas definitely knows how to work up the pace of her books! She will have you addicted, even if nothing much is happening.
These books have wonderful character development, and we are finally able to dig deeper into the characters’ personality. I finally understood the main character more more, as we dug up into her past and unveiled secrets.
Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows and The Assassin’s Blade also introduced us to new characters, which I had heard a lot about. I’ve heard people ramble a lot about Rowan and Manon, and I have to admit that, at first, I was a bit disappointed by both of them. However, the more I read, the more I started liking them.
If you like fantasy books with kick-ass female characters (the main character is an assassin!), I would definitely recommend checking the Throne of Glass series out! Now, I cannot wait to read Empire of Storms, the latest novel in the series that comes out on September 6th!
RICOCHET BY KRISTA RICHIE
Ricochet is a novella that takes place after Addicted to You, the first installment of the Addicted series. I had enjoyed the first book, but I had found it to be overdramatic and thought the characters were a bit annoying. But I felt like reading New Adult romance and that’s why this book crossed my mind.
I personally think that Ricochet is a lot better than Addicted to You! I enjoyed it a lot more than the first one.
I started enjoying the characters more. I didn’t really connect with anyone in the first book, but I’m starting to feel for them more. First, Lily, the main character, is a lot less annoying. I actually enjoyed reading from her point of view this time. You actually see some character development on her part. Ryke is more bearable, and Rose is probably my favorite Calloway sister. But my favorite of them all has to be Lo. He barely even makes an apparition, but I connected with him so much in this book. The plot contains a lot of flashbacks, which makes us understand both Lily and Lo (and their relationship) a lot better.
This novella’s plotline is also quite interesting. Like I said, I don’t really understand why this is considered a novella. For me, it could have totally been considered a whole book! I feel like so much happened and that the plot was really woven.
If you’re looking for a New Adult steamy romance, you should definitely check this series out! I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!
BITTER OF TONGUE BY CASSANDRA CLARE
Bitter of Tongue is the seventh novella in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series. I’m reading all of these in audiobook format, and I have to admit that this one is probably one of my favorites so far! Not only is it read by Torrance Coombs, who I had loved in Reign, but the story is also one of the most interesting I’ve read so far.
It’s not so much about Simon, the narrator, as it was in previous novellas. This one concentrates on Mark Blackthorn, a half-Fae shadowhunter. It actually gives us a little sneak peek of what’s waiting for us in Lady Midnight, Clare’s latest series. I’m really excited for this one, and this novella really made me want to dive into it ASAP! Bitter of Tongue made me fall in love with Mark. I absolutely love his character, and I cannot wait to read more about him in LM!
What have you read over the summer? What were your favorites?