It’s almost summer! Here are some books released this week that would make perfect beach reads.
Rapture by Lauren Kate
(June 12, 2012, Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
The fourth and final novel in the Fallen series follows Luce and her fallen-angel boyfriend, Daniel, as they battle against forces trying to tear them apart. The couple tries to stay strong together, but Luce and Daniel are the definition of star-crossed lovers. How can they persevere if fate is set against them? It’s up to Luce to figure out a way to throw off their curse, once and for all.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
(June 12, 2012, Balzer + Bray)
In a futuristic world without technology, Elliot North thought she knew her place. Four years ago, she turned down a marriage proposal from Kai, a servant she’s loved since girlhood, in order to stay loyal to her upper-class family. But now, things are looking less certain. A new class is emerging, putting Elliot’s estate in jeopardy and forcing her to rent land to some mysterious shipbuilders—including Kai. Will Elliot and Kai rekindle their love? Or will Kai’s darkest secret ruin everything?
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
(June 14, 2012, Viking Juvenile)
It’s 19th century England and seventeen-year-old Althea needs a husband. All she really wants is someone rich enough to help her repair the family castle, but so far, her prospects have been pretty disappointing. When the aptly-named Lord Boring shows up, Althea is sure he’s the one she’s supposed to marry. She’s resigned to this fate, but Lord Boring’s friend Mr. Fredericks keeps hanging around. Maybe Althea hasn’t exhausted all her options, after all?
The Fear by Charlie Higson
(June 12, 2012, Hyperion)
The Fear is the third book in the Charlie Higson’s Enemy series. When an illness turns every adult into a child-eating monster, young DogNut and his companions must survive alone on the streets of London. When some of his friends go missing, DogNut must set out on a perilous journey across the city, facing unimaginable danger while trying to avoid the zombie grown-ups along the way.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
(June 14, 2012, Dial)
The Garretts and the Reeds are neighbors, but they couldn’t be more different. Seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed is fascinated by the Garretts: They’re noisy, loving, and the total opposite of her self-absorbed family in every way. When she and Jase Garrett fall in love, Samantha is overjoyed to be accepted into his family. Suddenly everything changes and Samantha has a choice to make: Should she rely on the family she wants or the family she already has? The Garretts or the Reeds?