Thursday, August 25, 2011

Favorite Summer Reads Blogfest: Favorites Reads This Summer

Surrounded by Books Reviews is hosting a Favorite Summer Reads Blogfest. Yesterday, I talked about my favorite read this year (to date). Today I'm going to mention a few of my favorite reads this summer.

Jennifer Hillier's Creep is fantastic! This thriller had me reading late at night, dreaming about it when I slept, and made me finish reading it the next day. And the ending . . . oh, I can't wait for the next book by Jennifer Hillier!

I don't read much sci-fi romance, but I have read Aubrie Dionne's Paradise 21 from first draft to finished product. I have been Aubrie's friend and critique partner during her early writing days, the highs, the lows, her agent quest to publication. Aubrie makes me want to read more sci-fi romance. It's wonderful!

I recently read King's Envoy by Cas Peace. I acquired this fantasy novel as an ARC from the publisher (Rhemalda Publishing). I thought the cover and description seemed intriguing. Then, I began reading. This book makes me want to write fan fiction about it. Seriously. I was wrapped up in the characters and world and I didn't want it to end. Now I must wait until 2012 to read book two, but wow! Great fantasy novel.

So, what books have you read this summer and enjoyed? And there is still time to sign up for the Favorite Summer Reads Blogfest. You'll have a chance to win some great books.


Theresa Milstein said...

I loved Touching Blue by Cynthia Lord, a lovely middle grade novel about a family on a tiny Maine island who takes in a 13-year-old foster boy partially to keep their school open. It's a struggle to make him feel part of the family and part of the community.

Chime by Franny Billinglsey, which is YA fantasy set around the time cars were first made. So odd. It feels old and new. The protagonist is an unreliable narrator. The writing is beautiful. What a world this author has built. The protagonist thinks she's a witch and everything bad that has happened is her fault. Her stepmother's words echo in her head. But she needs to save her sister and the draw of the swamp is too much, so can she defy her deceased stepmother's wishes?

I won Creep. I'll read it soon.

Julie Flanders said...

I loved CREEP as well, I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to Jennifer's next one too!

You have me curious about the other two, I'll be adding those to my list. :)

Christine Rains said...

I just posted my first one for the blogfest. :) And yes, Aubrie is a gem. I love her writing style. We need more sci-fi romance out there.

M.J. Fifield said...

I've been reading the novels of John Green. The man is a genius and I love his work, particular Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson