Summer is almost here!

And if you're like me, my favorite activity is lounging at the beach or by the pool with a book and a cool drink!

With that in mind, here are 6 of my favorite beach reads this summer!

The Girl in Cabin 10 – Who doesn’t want a sharp, fast paced thriller when they’re lounging by the beach? I flew through this book in a couple of days and that was only because I have a job and a baby. otherwise I probably would have devoured it in one sitting. Mystery, intrigue and the high seas, trapped on a cruise ship? It’s Agatha Christie for the new age!

Top 6 Beach Reads for this summer! (that I have read)

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Published by Gallery/Scout Press on July 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 340
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5 Stars

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…
With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

The Couple Next Door – How much do we really know about each other or about ourselves? This psychological thriller is well done and kept me on my toes with a small cliffhanger at the end of every chapter!! That’s right, you’ll be begging to just read one more chapter, just one more, well into the night. When a middle class family’s baby is kidnapped, the police are suspicious about everyone. About the possibly unfaithful husband, the emotional and dark wife/mother and the couple next door, who they were having dinner with the night it occurred. The baby monitor was in arm’s reach. The father and mother were going back an forth to check back on the baby every hour. How could this happen? Twisty and hard to put down!

Top 6 Beach Reads for this summer! (that I have read)

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Published by Pamela Dorman Books on August 23rd 2016
Pages: 308
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5 Stars

Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing.
You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.
Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying.
Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour.
Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She's gone.
You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there.
What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

The Girl From Everywhere and its sequel The Ship Beyond Time – Maybe you want some time travel adventure and this creative little gem really delivers. Nix is a girl with a past that is her present as she and her father sail from map to map, trying to find THE map that will get them back to Nix’s mother. But by doing so, will that erase Nix’s very existence? Seriously entertaining and creative, I loved every minute of this book and you will too if you’re looking for adventure!

Top 6 Beach Reads for this summer! (that I have read)

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 16th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 464
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5 Stars

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear.

Top 6 Beach Reads for this summer! (that I have read)

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Series: The Girl From Everywhere,
Published by Greenwillow Books on February 28th 2017
Pages: 464
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5 Stars

Some things should not be stolen.
After what seems like a lifetime of following her father across the globe and through the centuries, Nix has finally taken the helm of their time-traveling ship. Her future—and the horizon—is bright.
Until she learns she is destined to lose the one she loves. To end up like her father: alone, heartbroken.
Unable to face losing Kashmir—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—Nix sails her crew to a mythical utopia to meet a man who promises he can teach her how to manipulate time, to change history. But no place is perfect, not even paradise. And everything is constantly changing on this utopian island, including reality itself.
If Nix can read the ever-shifting tides, perhaps she will finally harness her abilities. Perhaps she can control her destiny, too.
Or perhaps her time will finally run out.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – Who doesn’t love little bit or romance? A hugely successful singer/songwriter (think Taylor Swift) and her best friend go on tour and on the way find some romance in a fellow songwriter/opening act that will leave you tingly. This is Emery Lord’s debut and a few years old now, but honestly, it’s one of my favorite summer books.

Top 6 Beach Reads for this summer! (that I have read)

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Published by Walker Childrens on April 15th 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 352
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5 Stars

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.
Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.
This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.
A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

For Darkness Shows The Stars – Persuasion retelling complete with heartbreak, love and second chances. I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. It’s a few years old now, but you can’t help be swept away into this fantasy world. And you know, love.

Top 6 Beach Reads for this summer! (that I have read)

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars,
Published by Balzer + Bray on June 12th 2012
Pages: 407

It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.
Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

The Royal We – Read this now! Before the movie comes out! The Royal We is the fun fictionalized account of an American girl falling for the Prince of England. (Hello Kate and William!) It’s easy to read and sweet and wonderfully fun. Perfect beach reading when you want some romance, some gossip and a prince.

Top 6 Beach Reads for this summer! (that I have read)

The Royal We by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan

Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 7th 2015
Genres: Romance
Pages: 454
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5 Stars

"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next."
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Magic and mystery surround this fantasy book by the popular YA author. This book is Adult Fiction though and lot of dark fantasy thrive in four different Londons where magic prevails, kills, rules and dies. I loved Kell’s character in the first book and I’m anxious to start the second. The third book just released earlier this year so now you can binge on the trilogy with out the wait!

Top 6 Beach Reads for this summer! (that I have read)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Victoria Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic,
Published by Tor Books on February 24th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 400
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5 Stars

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

Shades of Magic series
A Darker Shade of Magic
A Gathering of Shadows
A Conjuring of Light