Top 5 books I’m Looking Forward to Reading on the Beach


With summer just around the bend, I am using all my powers of positive thinking to get through the last of the cold days of winter and looking forward to the warmth of spring and summer. And so to prepare for the wonderful upcoming summer, I’ve been considering which books I’d take with me if I were to be laying on a warm beach tomorrow. The following list is the five books I currently would like most to be reading on a beach right now.

1. Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon
This book is basically a “where are they now” story about our favorite fairy tale princesses. We catch up with Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Penelopea years after they’ve supposedly obtained their “happily ever afters.” I think this would be a fun book to read on the beach, it sounds funny and I love the fairy tale princesses.

2. The Marriage Season by Linda Lael Miller
This book is the third in the Brides of Bliss County series by this author. We will read the story of the third in a group of three girlfriends who is going to fall in love with the third in a group of guy friends. I really mostly want to read this story to find out what the other two charms on the charm bracelet are. Silly I know but it still bothers me that we never found out what the charm for the woman in the last book was. Also I think this will be a light, cheerful read which can sometimes make a really good beach read.

3. The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
This is a debut novel by Chase. The author is said to have a writing style similar to that of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, both of which I very much enjoy. I think this would be a good one to read on the beach since it sounds really interesting to me and if her writing style really is similar to those two authors I have a feeling this book is going to just suck me right into the story.

4. This One Is Mine by Maria Semple
 read another book by Maria Semple earlier this year and just loved it. It dragged me into the story and didn’t release me. I devoured it in a day. I’m hoping that I love this book just as much. And if it devours me just as quickly, it could make a great beach read.

5. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
This book sounds pretty scary to me so I think reading it in the sunlight surrounded by a ton of people is the best way to go. Girls going missing and sisters torn apart, and I guess an unexpected twist that you’ll never see coming.

So those are the five books that I am most looking forward to reading on the beach this summer. What about you? What books are you looking forward to diving into on the beach?

2015 Book #24 – Mortal Heart by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


Title: The Mortal Heart
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Date finished: 3/29/15
Genre: YA (novella)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Pages in book: 54
Stand alone or series: Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories

Blurb from the cover:

Everyone in Gatlin has a story…
Before she met and married Mitchell Wate, the beautiful and brilliant Lila Jane Evers was an honors student at Duke University. Studying late into the night in the rare books library, she is captivated by a single line of text on an old piece of parchment: “In the Light there is Dark, and in the Dark there is Light.”
What can it mean?
Then one night, Lila Jane meets a mysterious young man who may have the answer. His name is Macon Ravenwood, and for every secret he reveals, he is hiding another. With Macon’s help, Lila Jane uncovers the wonders of the Caster world–the Light and the Dark. But a romance between the Incubus who is fighting his own dark side and this fiercely independent Mortal is doomed from the start. The closer Lila Jane and Macon become, the more her life is in danger.
Discover the unforgettable and untold story of how Lila and Macon fell in love in this all-new Beautiful Creatures novella from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

My rating:
 3.75 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: This book will be counting towards my goal for the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2015 checklist under the “a book with magic” check box. While this was a short story (it was a novella after all), it was oh so very interesting. And such a tease. The end really just leaves so many worlds open on what could happen in future stories.
This novella tells the heart-breaking story of Lila Jane Evers and Macon Ravenwood. Lila Jane and Macon fell in love before Macon’s transformation into an Incubus. Macon has never wanted this fate and has fought his change at every turn. Lila Jane makes him wish more than ever that he was normal so that he could be with her forever. Unfortunately, he can not fight his family’s heritage. Macon gives her an Arclight to protect her in case he should attack her after he turns into an Incubus. I know that if Macon and Lila Jane had stayed together that Ethan never would have been born so obviously I can’t wish that they had been together always, but they loved each other so much it is just heart-wrenching.

The bottom line:
  For those who like the Beautiful Creatures series I would definitely recommend this novella!

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