Marielle's Summer Picks
With amazing artwork and wonderful storytelling, SUNCATCHER weaves a story of music, family, and how far you're willing to go for each. Suspense will grab you on every page as Beatriz’s life is put on the line in her quest to create the perfect song to free her grandfather’s soul. If the vibe of Disney and Pixar's COCO combined with a much darker twist to create a truly exciting read this book is for you!
Nathan Hill's creative and satirical writing style had me turning pages so fast I got paper cuts following this epic story of life's strange connections. Flipping through time from 2011 to as far back as WWII Norway, you will race through the mysteries of a family’s history, unraveling, and possible redemption. THE NIX makes you truly feel the complexities of life, while remaining at its core a stunning portrait of family love that will pull at your heartstrings, and keep you salivating for more to the very last word and beyond.
THE CRUEL PRINCE is an epic tale of FaerieLand nestled inside a dark coming-of-age story. Holly Black’s words draw you into this dark, magical world so well you will never want to leave, as a human girl named Jude fights for her place among the fey, in a dangerous game against the youngest prince that may not be all it seems. Complex characters with hidden motives, a fierce female protagonist, and a twisted, but darkly humorous relationship combine into one truly enjoyable read.
An ode to bookworms and introvert everywhere, THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL, had me smiling and laughing long after I’d finished the last page. With a literary style combined with a Hallmark rom-com, this book weaves the story of introverted indie bookstore employee Nina Hill who finds herself shoved out of her comfort zone via a large extended family she didn’t know she had and a sweet annoyingly persistent suitor. At turns hilarious and poignant, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to smile.
A very original retelling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the richly described world of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY had me hooked from the very first line. With Harper as our very fierce Beauty, Rhen as our tragic but not pitiable Beast, and the mysterious enigma that is Grey, this story is far too exciting to put down. If a dark classic fairytale combined with a modern day girl power vibe sounds good, then this is your kind of read.
RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE is by definition a romance, hitting all the plot points in the formula up to and including the inevitable happily-ever-after, but there is a depth to this romance that makes the story stand out. Heavy issues of today, fantastic family relationships, and a truly wonderful queer romance combine into a funny and warmhearted read that will have you laughing and crying but always feeling good. Read this book and smile!
You know that book that leaves you speechless when you finish the last page? STRANGE THE DREAMER is that book. The beautiful writing and expert storytelling draw you into this fantastical world, and the lovely, heartbreakingly flawed characters will make you want to stay forever. If you are dying to go on a wonderful journey and get lost in a truly good book, this is the story you need.
Fact and fiction combine in the tale of Nefertari, Queen of Rameses the Great. Taken in by Seti I, young Nefertari is mostly protected by her disgraced family's legacy, but when she catches the eye of Crown Prince Rameses she is thrust into a dangerous world. As the niece of reviled heretic queen Nefertiti, their marriage is heavily opposed forcing Nefertari to fight for both her throne and her heart. Amongst war and political intrigue, the greatest love story of ancient Egypt is about to unfold in THE HERETIC QUEEN.