Summer Slide Holiday Reads

Read 7 books in 7 weeks

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After the Lights Go Out
by Lili Wilkinson
Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year’s worth of water. Each of the girls has a ‘bug out bag’, packed with water purification tablets, protein bars, paracord bracelets and epipens for Pru’s anaphylaxis.

Goodreads. (2019). After the lights go out. Retrieved from
The Things That Will Not Stand
by  Michael Gerard Bauer

Sebastian is at a university open day with his best friend Tolly when he meets a girl. Her name is Frida, and she’s edgy, caustic and funny. She’s also a storyteller, but the stories she tells about herself don’t ring true, and as their surprising and eventful day together unfolds, Sebastian struggles to sort the fact from the fiction.

Goodreads. (2019) The Things That Will Not Stand . Retrieved from
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The Knife of Never Letting Go
by  Patrick Ness

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too.

Goodreads. (2019) The Knife of Never Letting Go. Retrieved from
A Blade So Black
by  L.L. McKinnery

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Goodreads. (2019) A Blade So Black. Retrieved from
Fire and Ice (Warriors #2)
by  Erin Hunter

Book Two of WARRIORS continues Fireheart’s quest to be a true warrior, when he finds new danger lurking in the woods as the chill of winter sets in.
WindClan is missing, and hostilities between the remaining.

Goodreads. (2019) Fire and Ice. Retrieved from Goodreads.
The Heroes (First Law World #5)
by  Joe Abercrombie

They say Black Dow’s killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud.

Goodreads. (2019) Forest of  Secrets. Retrieved from Goodreads.
How to Make Gravy
by  Paul Kelly

This extraordinary book has its genesis in a series of concerts first staged in 2004. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades.

Goodreads. (2019) How to make gravy. Retrieved from Goodreads.
by  Emily Ruskovich

One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking.

Goodreads. (2019) Idaho. Retrieved from Goodreads.
Ironheart (Valentine #2)
by  Jodi McAlister

Pearl Linford is stuck. Her best friend won’t talk to her. She’s promised never to lie to her siblings again, so she’s not exactly talking to them. And she’s waiting for the right moment to forgive Finn Blacklin, but she doesn’t know when that is.

Goodreads. (2019) Ironheart. Retrieved from Goodreads.
A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1)
by  Joe Abercrombie

The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments.

Goodreads. (2019) A  Little Hatred. Retrieved from Goodreads.
The Miniaturist
by  Jessie Burton

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam–a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion–a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.
“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .“
Goodreads. (2019) The Miniaturist. Retrieved from Goodreads.
Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities #6)
by  Shannon Messenger

Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.

The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.

Goodreads. (2019) Nightfall. Retrieved from Goodreads.
Princess in Practice (The Rosewood Chronicles #2)
by  Connie Glynn

As they return to Rosewood after the dramatic events of their first year, Lottie and Ellie are hoping for a peaceful term.

But strange things are happening at Rosewood. Pupils are being poisoned.

Goodreads. (2019) Prince in Practice. Retrieved from Goodreads.
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It Sounded Better in My Head
by Nina Kenwood
When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks.

Goodreads. (2019). It sounded Better in My Head. Retrieved from

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Clockwork Angel
by  Cassandra Clare

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Goodreads. (2019) Clockwork Angel. Retrieved from
Best Served Cold
by  Joe Abercrombie

There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

Goodreads. (2019) Best Served Cold. Retrieved from
The Book of Ivy
by  Amy Engel

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.
Carry On (Simon Snow #1)
by  Rainbow Rowell

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Forest of Secrets (Warriors #3)
by  Erin Hunter

Allegiances are shifting among the Clans of warrior cats that roam the forest. With tensions so delicately balanced, former friends can become enemies overnight, and some cats are willing to kill to get what they want.
Goodreads. (2019) Forest of  Secrets. Retrieved from Goodreads.
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How to Make Friends with the Dark
by  Kathleen Glasgow

Here is what happens when your mother dies.
It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

Goodreads. (2019) How to Make Friends with the Dark. Retrieved from Goodreads.
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by  Alison Evans

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

Goodreads. (2019) Ida. Retrieved from Goodreads.
Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories
by  Michael Erp, Jax Jackie Brown, Claire G. Coleman, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas

What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #OwnVoices collection, twelve of Australia’s finest queer writers explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers – the connections that form us.
The Lost Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles #3)
by  Connie Glynn

In the third book in the Rosewood Chronicles return to a world that effortlessly combines the charm of The Princess Diaries and the immersive magic of Harry Potter.

Ellie is a rebellious princess hiding her real identity.

Lottie is her Portman, acting as the princess for the public to shield Ellie from scrutiny.

Goodreads. (2019) The Lost Princess. Retrieved from Goodreads.
Mortal Danger (Immortal Game # 1)
by  Ann Aguirre

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

Goodreads. (2019) Mortal Danger. Retrieved from Goodreads.
A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on fire #2)
by  Jessica Cluess

The magicians want her to lead. The sorcerers want her to lie. The demons want her blood. Henrietta wants to save the one she loves. But will his dark magic be her undoing?

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients

Goodreads. (2019) A Poison Dark and Drowning. Retrieved from Goodreads.
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The Rise of Darkness
by  Sarah Earl

For centuries, the Chroniclers have been the keepers of knowledge, history, and tradition. Living and working in the various Havens around the world, the Chroniclers are protected by the Guardians, warriors sworn to shield them from harm.
Kess Grayson is a Chronicler, like her mother before her, but she knows there is more to her than just curating dry and dusty books and learning facts and figures.

Goodreads. (2019) The Rise of Darkness. Retrieved from Goodreads.

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