The last few years, our very own Rachel Grant has put together Kiss and Thrill’s annual MG/YA summer reading list. But since she’s in the midst of another book release (Covert Evidence), I offered to do the list this year. As a librarian and former reader’s advisor (for all reading levels), I was happy to compile it. It helps that I am surrounded by children who read within these ranges. Besides my fifteen-year old boy/girl twins, I have seven nieces and nephews between 8-18 who offered recommendations.
This year’s list is divided between Young Adult and Middle Grade, then subdivided by genres including YA romance, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Classics, etc. I also marked with an asterix those books that have been made into a movie or are currently in movie production. There are books on this list for every tween and teen reader, even the most picky.
Below is just a small sample of this year’s complete list. Since the 2015 list wouldn’t fit on the blog, here are two links: K&T 2015 MG/YA List word (downloadable) file and a K&T 2015 MG/YA List PDF file.
So pour some lemonade, throw down a blanket in the sun, and let’s start reading!
Here are my daughter’s recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:
Here are my son’s recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:
Here are my Middle Grade recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:
If a book you’re looking for is not on this list, please check the 2014 and 2013 lists. I tried not to duplicate titles, but if a series from earlier years had another book added this year, including e-novellas, I added it to this year’s list. Also, there are some annual faves that I duplicated because my kids want to reread them. (The entire Harry Potter Series is always a summer reading re-do!)
Disclaimer: Some of these books are (or once were) controversial. Some older YAs have closed-door adult situations, and others (YA & MG) deal with harsh issues such as suicide, bullying, war, poverty, and loss of a parent. As a librarian, reader’s advisor, and mother, I’ve learned that tweens and teens tend to read within their comfort zone, both emotionally and reading-level wise. All of these books offer a chance for parents and kids to discuss which topics are appropriate now and which books are best left for another summer. But I hope you all find books that will give your family a summer of new adventures and imaginary friends.
Now I need your help. This list is not complete. Are there books that you’ve read and would like to see added to the 2015 list? If you add them in the comments, I’ll update the list and repost it. Thanks!
What characteristics do you prefer in romantic suspense?
a) Sexy Heroes
b) Smart Heroines
c) Killer Romance
d) All of the above
If you answered all of the above, I have a treat for you. (And if you didn’t, what is wrong with you???)
Today I have not one, not two, but three sexy heroes for our Kiss and Thrill audience to drool over, three smart heroines for you to root for, in three killer romances that I hope will keep you reading late into the night.
3 Sexy Heroes
First up, Hugo Martinez. I think the cover tells you everything you need to know, but for the sight-impaired I can say this might be the most alpha hero I’ve ever read. He’s hot, dark, and all hard edges. Brawny, overbearing, and hot. Did I mention he’s hot? Look again at the cover. I’ll wait.
Next, we have Lincoln Frazer. I’ve been looking forward to Lincoln’s book ever since reading A Cold Dark Place. Lincoln wields his brain as much as his brawn in his hunt for a vicious killer. He’s polished and professional on the surface, but underneath he has a burning intensity that is so very appealing.
If you are having trouble picturing Lincoln, this should help. You’re welcome.
Finally, we have Ian Boyd. Ian is dedicated to his job, which he’s very, very good at. His job is lying. Ian hides his dark, deceptive side behind the charming persona John Baker, but Ian’s true self slips out in raw moments, like when a thug with a knife threatens the woman he’s trying very hard not to develop feelings for.
This is the cover model from Covert Evidence, and he’s an excellent fit for Ian. Let’s pause for a moment and enjoy.
3 Smart Heroines
Zelda. A forensic botanist and former CIA covert case officer, she’s got brains, strength, and fierce courage.
Dr. Isadora Campbell. An ER doctor and former Army captain, she knows how to use her intellect to get out of trouble and protect those she cares about.
Cressida Porter. A PhD student studying underwater archaeology, it’s academic research that brings her to Turkey, and her knowledge of Byzantine sites might just save her life.
3 Killer Romances
Named a Desert Isle Keeper at All About Romance, Behind the Mask by Carolyn Crane is dark, sexy, and intense. I can’t wait to go back and read the first three books in the series.
With edge of the seat action and suspense, Cold Fear by Toni Anderson is another fabulous addition to the Cold Justice Series. I am a devoted Toni Anderson fan.
Because it would be weird to praise my own book, I’ll let another author chime in: “With a believable plot, an exotic setting, a smart heroine and a sexy hero – Rachel Grant’s Covert Evidence is the definition of fabulous Romantic Suspense.” – New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Toni Anderson
All three books are available now!
Today from 4:00-10:30 Eastern / 1:00-7:30 Pacific, Carolyn, Toni, and I are hosting a Facebook party to celebrate our new releases. We have fabulous guest authors lined up and lots of fun games, excerpts, and prizes. Everyone is welcome. Stop by and comment for a chance to win ebooks and other prizes!