There are several TOP 5 and 10 list in blogging and vlogging world, so I decided to do a TOP 7 list, which, in my opinion, is just a perfect number 🙂 Therefore, this post will have a TOP 7 list from my summer reading, which won’t be an easy task to do as I have read some good books this time around. Also I will try to make every Monday some fun TOP 7 list because I enjoy making lists. But now let’s just get to the best books that I read this summer.
7. One Small Thing by Erin Watt (4 stars) – an intensive, bit dark, heart-breaking and very emotional YA contemporary romance with forbidden love and frustrating parents.
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.
Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…
Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.
Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.
6. Play With Me (Grover Beach Team, #1) by Piper Shelly/Anna Katmore (4 stars) – a very cute, entertaining, fun and sweet YA sports romance. A book for simple entertainment as it’s light, fast and easy to read.
She’s prepared to play soccer to get her man, but she never bargained for the team’s captain.
Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.
Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Liza craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.
The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school. Ryan Hunter.
5. Sweet Evil (Sweet, #1) by Wendy Higgins (4.5 stars) – a dark, sweet and intriguing YA paranormal romance with demons and angels.
Embrace the Forbidden.
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
4. Ugly Love by Coleen Hoover (5 stars) – a hear-wreaking, beautiful and steamy adult contemporary romance.
An unforgettable love story that breaks all the rules.
When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. In fact, they wouldn’t even consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction.
He doesn’t want love and she doesn’t have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realise they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two rules – never ask about the past and don’t expect a future.
Tate convinces herself she’s OK with it, but soon realises that it’s harder than she thought. Will she be able to say no to her sexy pilot when he lives just next door?
This new romance from Colleen Hoover will have you laughing and crying in equal measure – definitely her best book yet!
3. The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) by Elle Kennedy (5 stars) – a steamy, intensive, addictive, fun and swoon-worthy NA sport romance with hot hockey players.
She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…
Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.
…and it’s going to be oh so good
All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.
2. Origins (Lux, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (5 stars) – a steamy, action packed, heart-breaking, heart-warming, swoon-worthy and thrilling YA sci-fi romance with hot aliens. One of my all-time favourite series. Not to spoil the series for anyone, who hasn’t read it yet, I’ll add synopsis from the first book – Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Obsidian >>> Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.
1. Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1) by Mary E. Pearson (5 stars) – a beautiful, exciting and swoon-worthy YA fantasy packed with danger, betrayal and love. At the moment this is definitely also my favourite book of 2018 and my all-time favourite as well.
A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
So these are my this summers favourite books and some of them even my all-time favourites. Also I wanted to mention one more book, which didn’t get into this list even-though it did deserve it. However, one of the rules for this list was not only that I must love the book but also that I must want to re-read it again. So this book was beautiful and powerful but at the same time it was emotionally hard to read it, which is something that I prefer not to have too much in my reading life. As there are already so much of negative, dark and heart-breaking things happening all around as in the world, so I prefer something a bit more emotionally easy and light to read. This means that I won’t re-read the book even I loved it. This mystical book that I’m talking about is A List of Cages by Robin Roe (4 stars) – a heart-wrecking, incredible and emotionally punching YA contemporary story about abuse and friendship.
Please share in comments some of your top books that you read this summer! Is any of the books from this list a favourite of yours as well?
Lady of Bookland