Looking for great summer reads? Try any or all of these:
Rick Riordan’s The battle of the labyrinth is book four in the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This super set catapults Percy (really Perseus) into all kinds of hilarious and serious danger after he finds out he is really a son of Poseidon, the sea god. That’s not really a good thing, in spite of having unknown powers, because those famous mythical power struggles are not mythical nor are they limited to the Mediterranean. One of the funniest scenes I have read recently occurs in one of these books on a wild taxi ride where the three Fates are the drivers, juggling their one eyeball between them with no one but Percy really watching the road. I can’t wait for that one to be made into a movie! Give these a half-serious try!
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen is found in the young adult section, yet it deals with adult issues found in many thrillers and romances. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, the luscious setting and opulent clothes will capture your imagination even as the plot keeps you guessing until the end. The multiple possible outcomes are just a small part of the interest. The sequel, Rumors, comes out in June.
Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a fun new entry in the redone fairy tale genre. A vastly changed Sleeping Beauty, Princess Ben (Benevolence) is the grieving pudgy and sullen heiress to the throne. Her aunt, the Queen Regent, tries to teach her etiquette and government, but Ben isn’t having any. When magic crops up, adventures ensue and Princess Ben finds out that her bad attitude really does reflect on her country as well as herself.
Another sequel, coming in June, is The Magician (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Dylan Scott. If the name Nicholas Flamel seems familiar, check your Harry Potter. This person actually existed, and rumors still run that he found the secret to immortality. JK Rowling borrowed his famous legend, and now Scott has built on his notoriety, creating a likable legend and a great group to join Flamel in his adventures. After the exciting action of the first book, the scene moves from California to Paris, where the group is trying to find Nicholas’ wife Perenell. Teens Josh and Sophie continue to learn more about themselves and this world of beings they were never knew existed. Great action!