2018 Summer Reads – 5 Favorites

The post has migrated from my now defunct Facebook page. It was originally published August 20, 2018.

Since my timeline is full of back-to-school photos of my friends’ kids, I figure that means summer is over. And while I haven’t read as many books this summer as I did last year (when I was reading two books a week), I have read 21 books since the beginning of May, and I have a few favorites. I’m not providing a synopsis for all of them. You can head over to goodreads if you’d like to know more about any of these titles. So here we go, in no particular order, my favorite reads from this summer:

1) Spell on Wheels, vol 1. – Kate Leth
This is a graphic novel and I was drawn to it because one of the comps was Buffy. The art style was cute, and I loved the three witches’ personalities. If you’re wanting a graphic novel to read, pick this one up.

2) The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw
I thought when I picked up this book that it was going to be similar to two other books I’ve read this year, and I was a little nervous about that. I kind of thought I knew a plot twist as I was reading it, which again made me a little nervous, but then by the end there were more plot twists than I’d seen coming, and I really liked the ending. So here it is, a book about three sisters accused of witchcraft 200 years ago who come back every year to drown 3 (or more) boys in a coastal Oregon.
I recommend reading it at the beach, if you can. It’s more fun that way.

3) Isle of Blood & Stone – Makia Lucier
This was a fun read. It’s the first in a series, which I used to avoid, especially when book one is a new release and so I know I’ll have to wait for book two. But I picked this up anyway, and the mystery of what happened to the young princes kept me turning the page.

4) Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Okay, to be honest, I read this awhile ago, but I re-read it this summer to provide a review for Sirens, and I loved it just as much the second time around. Six outcasts, one impossible heist (or so I believe the tag-line reads). Crooked Kingdom is already out too, so when you reach the end and you’re desperate for the next (and you will be), you’re good to go.

5) Daughter of the Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller
The theme this summer for book seems to have been boats and water, but I suppose that’s okay given it’s summer, right? A female pirate in charge of her own ship? Yes, please! Spunky red-head? Yep, I’ll take that too. Romantic sub-plot? Sign me up! Bonus: sequel is already out.

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