Whew, the heat in Toronto has been intense so far this summer! We've all been drinking a lot of water and reading a book in the AC or shade (don't forget sunscreen.) Whether the temperature is scorching or just pleasant where you are, we've got a look at some hot titles to keep you reading through to August.
Legacy of Tril: Soulbound by Heather Brewer. Known for The Chronicles of Valdimir Todd and The Slayer Chronicles, Soulbound is Brewer's exciting fantasy debut with a tough heroine, romance, monsters and swords! Minions are going to love it.
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. One of my most anticipated reads of 2012. Are you #TeamVampire or #TeamHuman? Whether you love vampires or loathe them, this hilarious book about that moment in everyone's life when they realize their best friend wants different things from them is for you.
The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller. Satisfying your historical fiction needs, The Lost Crown tells the story of the last days of the Russian Empire through the eyes of the four Romanov sisters.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. Fantasy is going strong this summer, and Hartman's debut is a new take on courtly intrigues and dragons. Daring knights, and a fair court musician (maiden) with a secret.
Sailor Moon volume 6 by Naoko Takeuchi. What is going on at the mysterious Mugen Academy? Are these two new Sailor Guardians friends or foes? Volume 6 continues the storyline for Sailor Moon S.
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer. After six books of high stakes and magical adventures, the end has come for my favourite crimminal mastermind. Will Artemis defeat Opal? Will Butler survive this final mission? What awaits Holly and Foaly and Mulch? You've got to read to find out.
Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan.The sequel to Glow returns us and Waverly to the Empyrean, but Kieran has become a leader as strict as the one he overthrew. Will Waverly partner with Seth, declared enemy of the ship, if it means saving their parents trapped on the New Horizon?
Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel. If you're looking for a contemporary read, try this one. Three of McDaniel's previous novels are collected in Reaching Through Time, which also releases this month. (July 24)
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. One of the best books I read last year, this horror with some ghostly romance is both gruesome and hilarious. Plus, it's set in Canada. The first book in a duology, so read it or reread it to prepare for when Girl of Nightmares comes out August 7.
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton. A dark paranormal romance, Blood Magic is what you need to send chills down your spine on those hot summer nights. (July 24)